contest was setup to get new Mac Guild designs for
the official Mac Guild banner. After 5 designs were
submitted, 3 were selected as finalists. The
designs were implemented into graphic images, and
voted on by the Mac Guild membership. The winning
design is now prominently displayed on the
Been There Done That T-shirt
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Been There Done That T-shirt
below for three
"Finalist" banners that went to a final vote.
- What is
- The Banner
Contest shows which Mac Guild member has
the creative and technical prowess to
create the ultimate Mac Guild banner for
the ultimate Apple User Group for corporate
America. All Silver, Gold and Platinum
members may participate.
- How did it
There will be
three phases to the contest.
- The first
phase is the initial submission of your
banner theme. All submissions will be
screened by myself to ensure that each
entry fits into the theme of the Mac
Guild. The screening process will also
determine if the size and resolution of
graphics needs to be adjusted, and will
give the entrants the opportunity to
make those adjustments.
second phase is facing the judges. The
entrants will face critique from the
Mac Guild's panel of Tom, KC, and Bill.
Based upon the judges, the final
candidates will make final adjustments
to their banner.
- The last
phase of the contest is membership
- What's the
- First of all,
all entries receive 6 Mac Guild point (even
if they don't pass the initial screening).
Entries that pass initial screening and
face the judges receive an additional 6 Mac
Guild points plus a Mac t-shirt.
In the membership vote, the number 2 and 3
entries are awarded 12 more points (which will
bring you to Gold membership status), plus a Mac
sweatshirt! The winning entry will be awarded 24
more points, giving you a full year of Platinum
membership status. In addition to that, you will
get to pick multiple items from a prize pool that
contains Mac t-shirts, Apple sweatshirts, Apple
banners, Mac books, and Mac software!
- What are
the icon requirements?
- The banner
must contain a theme representing the Mac
Guild. It can be any mixture of graphics
and text. The banner size should be a
horizontal banner graphic to appear at the
top of the Mac Guild web site, but there
are no specific dimension requirements. The
winning entry will be used to supplant the
previous Mac Guild banner. The only
specific requirement is that somewhere in
your entry, either in your graphics or in
text, you must have a heading of "The
Macintosh Guild", and you should have a
short phrase that describes the Mac Guild
(it can be "The Ultimate Apple User Group
for Corporate America", or anything else
you might consider
- Each member
who emails a proper vote (placing all three
banners in order of preference) is awarded
2 guild points.
Each member who also adds in feedback regarding
the banners (what you like, don't like, would
like to see changed, ideas for improvements,
etc.), will earn an additional 3 guild
The votes were tallied in 3 categories:
- Most Popular
- this is based upon how many people voted
the banner as their #1
- Most Liked -
this is based upon being selected as #1 or
#2, with twice as much weight being given
to #1 votes.
- Most Votes -
this is calculated similar to Most Liked,
except that all votes are multiplied as
follows: Lurkers 1x, Silver 2x, Gold 3x,
The winner of
the contest is the banner with the Most Votes
(with the goal being that those who
participate the most have the most say).
Most Popular: Banner 2 (runner-up Banner 1)
Most Liked : Banner 2 (runner-up Banner 3)
Most Votes : Banner 2 (runner-up Banner 3)
Congratulations to Tom Leahey for creating the
winning entry. Based upon membership critiques, a
revised version of the banner is now proudly
displayed on the Mac Guild home page.
A big Thank You
goes out to all of the contestants for
putting the time and effort into creating a
banner for the Mac Guild, and many thanks to
all of you who voted for and provided
critiques of the banner finalists.