Last year, our small publishing company opened its doors and released our first book: Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement by Aaron Gustafson.
We are overjoyed at the response to Aaron’s book and floored by how many web professionals around the world are falling in love with truly adaptive web experiences. As our way of celebrating and thanking you, we threw together this little contest to give you an opportunity to express your creativity and possibly net yourself some awesome prizes from our sponsors.
This contest closed on the 31st of March 2012 and we announced the winners on the 13th of April 2012.
What was the deal?
We asked you to design a poster celebrating your passion for adaptive web design. The poster didn’t have to promote the book, just the concept.
If you delight in Veerle’s cover art as much as we do, you could use any elements from it you’d like. In fact, you could use the original assets she used to create it and remix them however you wanted.
Your completed masterpiece(s)—you were limited to 3 entries—were uploaded them to the I ♥ Adaptive Web Design Poster Contest Flickr Group (a Flickr account is required). And you had until the
16th of March to turn in your poster concepts. See below for specs, templates & other details.
Your poster ideas were judged by Veerle Pieters, Aaron Gustafson, and the rest of us here at Easy Readers. We announced the winners on the
26th of March.
What were the prizes?
We chose 10 winners, each of whom received an awesome prize package stuffed with goodies from our sponsors.
All winners received
- a limited edition run of high-quality posters (digital or silk screened) that will be sold on Fab.com, with 100% of the profits from each poster sale going to the charity of your choosing;
- a copy of their winning poster;
- a 1-year subscription to .net Magazine;
- 2 Postcard Packs: 1× all 10 winning designs, 1× 10 postcards with their winning design, compliments of Wonder Press;
- Tattly’s Ultimate Design Set: 2 each of Cursors, Tattone, CMYK, RGB, Golden Ratio, Crops, Deming, and Haters Gonna Hate, compliments of Tattly;
- 1 custom StickerBook, compliments of MOO; and
- A paperback of Adaptive Web Design, signed by both Aaron Gustafson and Veerle Pieters.
Of course, the top entries got even more…
Grand Prize Winner
1st Runner Up
2nd Runner Up
3rd & 4th Runners Up
Winners also got their posters promoted on this site (see above) as well as via Twitter, Facebook, etc. In fact, we celebrated the hell out of them and their amazing work.
What were the specs?
The following were the specs for source files and were required in order to win:
- Posters should not exceed 13″ × 19″.
- If you wanted full-bleed, give yourself ¼″.
- Vector files were preferred, but if you prefer raster, you needed to make sure your source files are at least 300 dpi.
- If you design in vector, but use raster effects, you needed to make sure they are applied at 300 dpi too.
- Files must be in CMYK. Note: Color-correction of the low-resolution (72 dpi) file uploaded to the Flickr Group was necessary as it should be RGB.
- Designs had to stick to Flickr's guidelines and we recommended a content type of “other — art, illustration, CGI, etc.”
To make life easier, Veerle prepared a template document in both Illustrator and Photoshop that have the correct dimensions, color mode and resolution settings. The rest, though, was completely up to you… you had total creative freedom.
- Original Adaptive Web Design Cover Art
- Poster Template for Illustrator
- Poster Template for Photoshop
Depending on the artist’s preference and/or how the poster file was constructed, we considered screen-printing posters. Files for screen printing needed to be designed specifically for this process: vector based & color separated. You may choose between 2 & 5 colors for screen printing and have the option of including specific Pantone requests. Check out these resources if you’re interested in designing for a screen print run:
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