Posts Tagged ‘banners’

PickThisCar – Side Block

Posted: September 27, 2008 in Artwork, Doodles
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Today Jared launched a competition on youtube to design his youtube partners side block.  After about 45 minutes of toiling around inkscape I created this.   I know it’s not really my best, work but i think it’s pretty entertaining.  Hopefully Jared will share this common liking.

Anyway the competition ends on the 10th of October.  I’m pretty sure there is going to be a lot more impressive entries, but at least I gave it a shot.  Only time will tell (and Jared) who the winner is.


After a two and half week hiatus the Go Green Campaign is finally back on track.  For those of you who don’t quite know what this is all about, I’ll explain it briefly.  This is an unsponsored event in which I create an advertisement campaign for an imaginary company.  Throughout the campaign I will produce various mediums of advertisements ranging from textual blurbs, to web adverts, to print style ads. You can find all of these examples under my previous campaign to which this is modeled after: This is Blue.

Also note that “Green” is not a real company. It is simply a color.  No money is made from creating these campaigns. Its sole intentions are to better myself as a designer by exploring new techniques.

Below are three 728×90 Banner advertisements that would run on a web environment.

Using darker shades of green this banner gives an earthy hand woven feel.  The tag line being “Possibilities for the future” presents the idea that green is a resource that we will need to turn to in order to survive.  I like the presentation on this design and it would do well on both a dark background and a light background observed here.

This advertisement utilizes typography and a faint background to draw attention to itself.  It presents the standard definition of green from highlighting the fact that green is actually complex.  The tag line “Put simply, green is the color of life” is the real focal point here which gets viewers to think.

Following the same theme as the second banner but with a more direct approach.  It clearly advertises and advocates a website (no affiliation with Jessetalks) which promotes “green.”  The simplicity of this banner brings forth the element of cleanliness.  I enjoy looking at this banner as the meassage is straight foward.

The Go Green Campaign will continue as I find new innovative ways to bring forth the color green.  I want to do some kind of photographic advertisements, but I don’t really have the proper cameras to do that.  Maybe in the future.

Resources: GG 330×300 Ads | This is Blue Campaign

Banners (1-9)

Posted: September 25, 2008 in Artwork
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A complete collection of the last nine banners on Jesstalks (in case you missed them).  Featuring images from Labor day to the end of the world.

However my favorite would have to be the nighttime sleeping one.  I thought it looked really great on the page and brought forward a nice atmosphere.  If you look hard enough through the files on this site you can probably find the day time version of it.  It hasn’t been used yet as the top banner, but it exists.  Maybe if you’re clever you’ll find the url.

Feel free to request a special banner for an event you’re celebrating using the contact form.  All ideas are welcome because I’m bound to run out of creative juicces sooner or later. (Explanation to almost a weeks worth absent posts)


Posted: August 29, 2008 in Artwork
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Behold! I’ve finally upgraded my website banner to something more appropriate.  I guess the dull gray blocks where starting to get to me. This design is quite flexible, to which I can update the supporting image to be holiday specific.

In addition to the banner you can also access the site via direct domain. Just type in into your address bar!  You will be able to access all the same content as visiting in the normal fashion.

Look forward to more great updates in the weeks to come!

The Ad Is Running

Posted: July 13, 2008 in Brain Ecstasy
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The Bebo advertisement I created for omgupload is running a test drive on a few small advertisement placements.  Where are the ads running? Well… they are running here, on these sites:

Yes, I’m not going to give you the exact urls of the websites.  I do not want anyone to tamper with the hit rates the advertisements receive.  If you do come across them though, please keep in mind my request.  You already know about omgupload and don’t need to click them no matter how pretty they are.

Hopefully the management at omgupload will continue to use my after the trial period. If not… well it was a great run.

I honestly don’t know why I even bother with concept sketches.  I never follow the designs that I originally intended to create.  I suppose I just work better when I’m at the table with a blank slate and my only goal is to create.  (No pun intended)  However this time around I did have a reason to deviate from the project plan.

I felt that the planned design resembled the graphics too much already on the bebo page.  This was intentional in the original planning but later reconsidered.  I didn’t want the advertisement to infringe on the copyrights of bebo.  As a result I scratched the whole Idea.

All in all I’m quite satisfied with the design. I’m a little worried that it doesn’t exactly portray an image hosting site and more of a teen dating site.  I wanted to draw int he audience with the appeal of the model.  After all Bebo is a social networking site with a large percentage of female teens.  Hopefully the staff at omgupload will still approve of the design. has offered me the opportunity to produce another advertisement for them.  This time it’s for the social networking site Bebo.  This is another upscale type website with pretty steep advertising costs.  Thank god for Google Ad Sense.  Anyway I have one particular design concept that I would like to work on.

I don’t know how well it will fly with or bebo.  The advertisement is cleverly designed to look like part of page.  Much like those annoying virus scan advertisements disguised as real ‘windows’.  I hope that it will pass the advertising standards or it’s back to the drawing boards.

Above is the concept sketch. Below the main header there will be a collection of images being ‘sucked’ into a URL bar.  This represents the photos transitioning from a hard drive onto the omgupload servers.  I may play around with the positioning though. I want to make use of as much space as possible while still keeping the image clean.  This means that the URL bar will most-likely be moved above the photos or below it.

You’ll see the final product of this advertisement soon. It’s due by the end of the month but I think I’ll get it in ahead of time. Banner

Last night it was announced that my banner has won the design contest hosted by!  This is quite a surprise to me.  I’ve seen alot of the other entries posted on the forums and many were better then mine, in my opinion.  I suppose the main reason that mine had a chance was because of the color scheme.  The other banners featured more blue tones.

Mat and I should be in contact soon about the prize: 2 months of premium on, 10 Club Sofas on the teen chat game, and my banner used on to promote omgupload.  I’m quite excited about the faveup promotion because faveup is quite well known site across the design community. The ad will also have 219,000 impressions which is quite a remarkable amount.

So all in all after a multitude of design plans which I never followed, I’ve reached a second victory.  My congratulations goes out to all the other entries though.  They’ve got some serrious design talent that I’ve enjoyed competing with.  I’m really hoping omgupload will host more competitions of this sort. Even if it’s not for advertisement purposes.

[omgupload Final call] [Design concepts] [Design Concepts 2]

Omgupload Final Call

Posted: June 21, 2008 in Artwork
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Well… They’re in.  That’s right, my omgupload banner contest submission has finally been sent.  I’m up against some tough competition this time around so I have no idea how this is going to playout. All I can say is, I’ll be glad to know I won (or lost) against some amazing art.

What I find to be hilarious is that I didn’t choose any of my design concepts. [one | two]. I went with an entirely different concept that just popped into my head a few minutes before I begun work on the project. I suppose going on a whim at the last moment isn’t always the best thing to do. However in this instance, I’m glad I did.

Hopefully I won’t get disqualified for submitted two designs (eek!). However I did mention to use the first design in the event that I’m only allowed one submission. Here’s the artwork at a glance:

Wish me luck 🙂 Concepts 2.0

Posted: June 18, 2008 in Artwork
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omgupload large

Pictured above is another concept I have for my 200×100 banner submission.  The only problem as you may have noticed is that I’ve done the sketch in a larger dimension  (390×230).  I was just experimenting around with a design so I didn’t start off in the correct dimension specs.

Right now I’m trying to resize the graphic to the apropriate size but I’m having no luck. The porportion just isn’t working out.  Also during the resign the “” and “share with the world” text gets a little too small to read properly.  I really want to continue working with this design so I’ll have to recreate it in the correct size.

On a side note, this is the first work I’ve done using the opensource vector program inkscape.  Surprisingly it’s quite a simple program to use.  After toiling around for about half an hour I’d say I have it down on a basic level. Don’t you think so too?

Anyway, final submissions for the banner contest close on Friday.  I’ll be working a bit late into the night to get this done as I have numerous other obligations to attend to at this current time.

I’m having trouble deciding on a concept that I want to use for my banner entry. I’ve thought of a few, but I don’t think that they are too graphically pleasing to the eye. The user may ended up distracted by something other than the main point –

These are my first few concepts. (Remember they are concepts so they are just quick sketches of a possible design that I may follow through with)

omgupload banner concepts

I like my first concept but I don’t know if the space factor will hinder the quality of the real image.  I wanted to incorporate a real person shouting in the image.  I’ll have to see what happens when I reduce the image size to fit the banner size.  I don’t want it to look too tacky either :S

Well just sharing some thought in the design process. Eventually I’ll post the final product.


Posted: June 12, 2008 in Brain Ecstasy
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A few weeks ago (maybe a few days ago?) I posted something about my banner submission entry. A few minutes ago I found out that they have selected it as their winning entry. I’m pretty ecstatic about this win even though it shouldn’t be that much of a deal. I guess the whole thought of my banner winning is a prize in itself. has also released a new contest in which I will also be participating. It’s another banner advertisement campaign but with a new twist. The management of omgupload wants to do some banner advertising on, which is sort of like a logo/banner blog collection for “creativity block” artist. Anyway the main twist isn’t about where the site is hosted but about the image size limitation. (200x100px)

To me that isn’t a lot to work with, but I suppose I’ll have to think of something. After all, If I have any plans to do this for a living I’ll have to be able to deal with whatever size restriction my employer gives me. I’m thinking of doing something along the lines of “About me magazine” design. I don’t know… I’ll just have to see where my mind leads me.

omgupload banner submission This is my submission for the banner competition. Hosted on I’m not sure how many entries there are because all entries were to be submitted by private message.

I find the prizes quite generous for a simple banner ad: 10 Club sofas on, Banner featured on for two weeks, and 2 months of premium on (where the competition was posted). My main goal for entering is getting featured on Alexa. The club sofas don’t really interest me because that’s not my local Habbo Hotel.

Good luck to the rest of the competitors seeking out the same prize. I’m sure what ever work you submit will be just as awesome as I think mine is.

Anyway apart from the banner, I created the slogan/trademark “share with the world.” The owner and developer of thought that it was fair enough to possibly use it across their site. I have given him full permission to use it any way shape or form as long as he doesn’t intend to charge for his services any time in the future. We’ll just see where that ends up. (So far no changes to the site)

Dave Made My Day

Posted: May 9, 2008 in Brain Ecstasy
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Logged on to youtube today. Saw Dave’s channel (by now you probably know I’m obsessed with his music). Then Nearly Exploded when I saw that he used the bannersr I made for him. I never in a million years thought he would use them. I expected him to just glance at them and then sort of toss them into his “eh… I get a million of these everyday” pile. It literally made my day to see them there.

It’s exhillerating to know that he thought they were decent enough to put up on his page. What makes me smile even more is that people love the banners as well. Here are some comments from his viewers:

OH! almost forgot, i love the new banner! the shading is beautiful. who did the artwork?

yay, same awesome jeans!! and new awesome banner^^

So now I think I’ll go and celebrate my unrecognized victory by dancing around in my room for a few moments. Make sure you go and visit Dave’s channel (MusicfromBlueSkies) and subscribe. You won’t be sorry

Thanks a TON Dave!