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Calling All Graphic Designers

CelticsBlog.com is going to be moving to a new and improved format right around Christmas time! We have just about everything set up and ready to go, but we would like to upgrade our logo and get some nice banner images (several rotating images) to finish the work. That is where you come in. You each showed some real talent in the forums with your sig files and other images and I'd like to challenge you to come up with a logo and/or a few images for one of the fastest growing sports blogs in the world. Read more after the jump.

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General Info and Guidelines:
  • We are looking to have a new logo and several new header images for a new CelticsBlog website we are developing. It seemed to us that since CelticsBlog is a community website that we should provide the opportunity for some of our community members known to be good designers to offer some contributions toward this work.
  • We are looking for only one logo of course, but it would be good to have variations on any logo you create. It would also be good to have both full and abbreviated versions of your logos in both vector and raster format if possible.
  • We can use about as many header images that we deem suitable for the CelticsBlog site as you come up with so even if your logo is not chosen for use on CB, most likely some of your other work will be.
  • We would like all work turned in by December 22nd and by 23rd at the latest. We know that's not much of a window, but we have faith that those of you who are available to do the work will be able to come up some nice offerings within that timeframe.
Logo specs:
1) The logo must be in character with the new CelticsBlog website. The new site uses official Celtics greens along with black, white and greys. You can use any colors you wish, but as I said, your work needs to fit well with the new site.
2) Master can be any size but the final logo must be from 350wx66h to 455wx76h maximum. That's an aspect ration roughly between 5.3:1 and 5.9:1.
3) The final web-ready logo must either perfectly match the existing, repeating gradient background of the header area or have a transparent background (PNG or GIF). A note on this:
8 bit PNG and GIF formats are limited to 256 color palettes. Neither are particularly good for rendering photos or painterly type images that include many subtle shades and color transitions. For those type of images, 24 bit PNG and Progressive JPG formats are preferable. Of course, you guys should already know that.
4) The final web-ready logo must be under 30KB in file size and as close to 20KB as possible. Under 20KB would be even better. A note on this: If you have a nice image and can't figure out how to get it under 30KB, let me (Bob) know and I'll help you with it.
5) Do not plagiarize either the Official Celtics logo or anyone else's existing logo. This is about creating a new, original logo unique to CelticsBlog.
6) Make your master Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop or Fireworks images available to CelticsBlog so that we can tweak final output or use various elements of it as may be needed.

Header image specs:
1) Header images must be in character with the new CelticsBlog website. The new site uses official Celtics greens along with black, white and greys. You can use any colors you wish, but as I said, your work needs to fit well with the new site.
2) Masters can be any size but final header images must be from 96wx66h to 455wx76h maximum. Same as with the logo, that's an aspect ration roughly between 5.3:1 and 5.9:1. Note: These header images will rotate as visitors browse through the website. We will be adding texts along side more narrow images. Those texts will change as well.
3) The final web-ready header images must either perfectly match the existing, repeating gradient background of the header area or have a transparent background (PNG or GIF). A note on this: 8 bit PNG and GIF formats are limited to 256 color palettes. Neither are particularly good for rendering photos or painterly type images that include many subtle shades and color transitions. For those type of images, 24 bit PNG and Progressive JPG formats are preferable. As I mentioned previously, you guys should already know that.
4) Final web-ready header images must be 20KB or smaller in file size. A note on this: If you have a nice image(s) and can't figure out how to get it to 20KB or under, let me (Bob) know and I'll help you with it.
5) Do not plagiarize anyone else's existing logo. This is about creating a new, original header images unique to CelticsBlog.
6) Make your master Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop or Fireworks images available to CelticsBlog so that we can tweak final output or use various elements of it as may be needed.