Announcing The Great 11W Banner Contest

By 11W Staff on September 7, 2011 at 10:17p
105 Comments

As some of you may have noticed, our site banner is a little stale. Sure, the new coach is featured, but slapping his head onto a sweatervest does not do the Fickell era justice.

So here's what we're going to do: Taking a cue from BuddhaBuck's fine work (featured below), we're going to hold a contest to replace the 11W banner. If you have mad design chops, we'd love to see your work -- as would thousands of other Buckeye fans, no doubt. We'll leave this open for a week and then we'll pick one lucky winner and send them two t-shirts from 11W Dry Goods for their effort.

BuddhaBuck has set the bar (and automatically entered himself into a contest he had no idea about), but we'd love to see what the community at-large can do.

Image Specs:

  • The banner should maintain its current size (660x60 pixels).
  • The banner should maintain its current frame -- meaning "ELEVEN WARRIORS" and the stripes should stay -- your canvas is the rightmost 264 pixels or so.
  • If you'd like, you can download our current banner here.
  • You should submit your image as a JPG or PNG and can either link to it in the comments, or insert it (though the comment box is < 660px wide, so you may want to link).
  • The banner does not have to feature Luke Fickell.

The Fine Print

  • Entrants must be 18 or older.
  • Deadline for entries is 9pm ET on Wednesday, September 14th.

Good luck!

105 Comments

Comments

Denny's picture

I assume all images must be Creative Commons licensed, yes? 

More specific: do you guys have access to Getty if their images are used?

Taquitos.

builderofcoalitions's picture

Because we couldn't go for three.

builderofcoalitions's picture

Because we couldn't go for three.

builderofcoalitions's picture

Sorry. I give up. I'm just not that good at Photoshop.

Because we couldn't go for three.

Buckforlife's picture

No relation to OSUFORLIFE...

Sgt. Elias's picture

Some type of this bad-assery incorporated (cropped from shoulders up)? love this photo. I'm digging the men in black thing. 

"I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town I wear it for the prisoner who is long paid for his crime But is there because he's a victim of the times"

 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

builderofcoalitions's picture

Because we couldn't go for three.

Sgt. Elias's picture

Fuck yeah x1000. Maybe text says "all your negative yardage are belong to us". Dammit I'm drunj.  Maybe "Our man-fu is strong-bad". I'll show myself out /istackledbycurbmonsterfeelsnothing

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

JozyMozy's picture

 

awooooooooo #drunj

ovalbrewing's picture

Well, I cheated and used a .gif

(that one plays once)

(or looped)

Luke's picture

Trollgaze tears, sir.

Leanenaud's picture

I really like the looped script, but there are a lot of great ones on here. I think if you get a lot of good ones a rotation wouldn't be bad. Hoke deep throating the party sub needs some time on the page.

BucksfanXC's picture

I think the looping gif is cool, but would be too distracting.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Leanenaud's picture

I did an eye test after I lleft the comment and I do have to agree. A bit nauseating.

Kdawg24's picture

Here's mine.. SHOCK THE WORLD!!!! GO BUCKS!!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I'm a big fan of this one, followed by the land of legends one below.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Kdawg24's picture

Thanks! I'm suprised nobody else has done something with shock the world.

MaliBuckeye's picture

This.  Shock The World!!

"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."

tBBC

buckeyedude's picture

 I like this one as well.  Just for this season.

 

 

OK Buckeye's picture

Shock the world! Awesome.

klfeck's picture

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

klfeck's picture

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

klfeck's picture

Someone with better skillz than mine could paste my second 300 photo in with the current players in the background.

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

ovalbrewing's picture

last one for the night

BuddhaBuck's picture

AWESOME! Love the contest.  The animated banners are pretty ridiculous (in a good way).

Don't text while driving.

Luke's picture

I'm obviously ineligible but since a reader asked if they could mess with the typography, it piqued my amateur design curiosity. Would love to see one of you artsy fartsy types really shake it up (in a good way):

Luke's picture

Forgot to post this the other day, but I got more "full redesign-y" when I was bored the other evening. What if 11W was, um, white(r)? lol

RBuck's picture

I don't know if Fickell has ever checked out 11W. I think if he saw the current banner he'd hate it. Good move 11W.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

BucksfanXC's picture

Good thinking. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

jfrank373's picture

Ohio State - Land of the Legend

Ohio State - Land of the Legend

BucksfanXC's picture

We have an early front runner. This is my favorite so far.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Ditto - my favorite as well.

Backup Placekick holder's picture

Do you think you can fit Coach Tressel with the NC trophy?

 

buckeyedude's picture

I think the homage to the past is nice, but I prefer Luke and and his boys.

 

 

Darth Brutus's picture

JFRANK373.... I love this!!

"Have you ever been to Michigan? The whole state smells like hot-dog water!"

jfrank373's picture

Thanks - I wanted to mix in some of the Heisman winners with retired jersey numbers and their two best coaches of all time. 

Matt's picture

did this before i saw JFrank's...oh well.

 

BucksfanXC's picture

Good idea, but any banner that features JHC is a no in my vote.

I'd like to see one like JFranks with all the Heisman winners

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

The Six Fingered Buckeye's picture

I had started on mine before I saw this and realized that my hackjob was nowhere near this good. So I stopped.

Please, be honest. This is for science.

Nappy's picture

I suck at photoshop but maybe one with all the Heisman winners?

Fan of bacon since 1981

cdubs's picture

Count me as a fan of the Legends one as well, for those asking what it would look like with all the Heisman winners, something like this:

 

 

BTW - you guys finally got me. I've been reading this site for ages but had to finally register for an account to post an image, haha.

BucksfanXC's picture

Should you put 45 on there twice?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

RunTellMatt's picture

New Hotness

New Hotness 2

Suggestions for new ones?  I did these two at lunch, so I'm pretty quick with the Photoshops.

Luke's picture

The wording on the left half of the second turned out really interestingly. Nice work.

BucksfanXC's picture

I think you should take the left side, do a grey background with the red letters with white outlining. Then on the right side, do the Heisman winners from OSU history

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

The Six Fingered Buckeye's picture

Yeah, I gave up. I used to be good at this. But since my work computer will only permit GIMP, I can't display my Shoopin Ninja Skills.

Please, be honest. This is for science.

MaliBuckeye's picture

My vote is for the "Shock The World" one...

I'd submit one but a) I suck at photoshop, and you don't want MSPaint and b) for some reason I keep typing "Elven Warriors".

If you're interested in a version that includes Legolas, though... say the word.

"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."

tBBC

Jason Priestas's picture

Good stuff, folks. Let's keep these coming. I removed the "one entry per person" line because, well, that was dumb. If you have more than one great entry, submit them.

Buckeyejason's picture

Wow is it me or does Vrabel have a huge wad of chew in his lower lip?

BUCKEYES BABY!

Jason Priestas's picture

Looks like it. Shades of Fred Pagac.

Leanenaud's picture

Perhaps "Eleven Warriors" in ink (Olde English) on some skin on the left and some tatted up dudes on the right. Maybe "Skin to Win" somewhere in there?

Roger's picture

First stab, can be tweaked if necessary.

salberico's picture

+1 for BuddhaBuck's original. 

buckeyedude's picture

Awesome. Yous guys got skillz!

 

 

flipbuckeye's picture

throwing my hat in the ring. h/t to walt for the photo. just did some slight photomanips.

The Buck Guy's picture

 

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

The Buck Guy's picture

I went with something sport-generic for all seasons.

It says, "Shock the World Buckeye Nation!"

O - H !!!

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

BuddhaBuck's picture

I'm borrowing a part of CDUBS entry above with the Heisman winners (so if this wins, he definitely should share props)...

Note - I can add the stripes back... so I'm in compliance (no pun intended)...

Don't text while driving.

RBuck's picture

My final 3 so far: BuddhaBucks 1st; Runtellmatt's 2nd; The Buck Guy's O-H-I-O

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

The Buck Guy's picture

Thanks for the mention, RBUCK.  FYI, the graphic is yours regardless of t-shirts.  It took quite a while to render the Buckeye Nation (sans-tsun w/the Buckeye Flag) in a way that it was legible at such a small scale. If you want it, here's a larger map.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

Scott's picture

Woooooah!

Mine didn't show up the first time. Please accept my resubmission in all its glory.

Class of 2008

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Hey everyone. I'm new here and I wanted to submit my design for the banner contest. I thought the text on the original was bland so I added a bevel to create a more appealing and creative touch. For the photo I used the helmet with a full Ohio stadium on gameday reflecting off the visor. I felt this gives a better balance of scarlet and gray and isn't as busy as the ones with the heisman winners/coaches on the right. However I do like those banners very much and I have seen a lot of creativity from my Buckeye Brotheran. Feedback, Comments?

flipbuckeye's picture

I would avoid using bevel. I'm no expert but I've dabbled in a little bit of graphic design. It's not a very professional look.  Pull up the logo of any famous brand and I doubt you'll see a bevel effect. Just trying to help.

The Buck Guy's picture

HOLYBUCKEYE1093,

Personallly I really like your design. The relief of the lettering is sharp; but the terms of the design contest is to stick witht the 260x60 portion at the extreme right.  I would guess that the reason for that is probably because it is difficult to reproduce graphic fonts at various scales that it looks standard, and it is their logo (which should remain standardized).  I also reallylike the visored Buckeye at the right.  Simple, strong, and well done.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

flipbuckeye's picture

 

I personally love this one...

Kdawg24's picture

I like this one good job.. but would like it more with some graphic lighting and stuff to it.. i'm not into plain graphics.. I like detail and stuff :)

flipbuckeye's picture

Sometimes less is more.

But I appreciate the feedback. Go Bucks.

flipbuckeye's picture

I like buddabuck's but the jerseys being slightly off color was annoying the crap out of me, lol. They're slightly pinkish. I touched it up a bit so it has more of a focal point and now the color meshes with the left side of the banner a little more.

Kdawg24's picture

I love my shock the world and Flipbuckeye one...

ArmorAbs's picture

Normally I don't comment on things, but when I saw this contest I had to take a shot...

 

The Dream Team

"The Dream Team" - What if all the retired numbers could take the field together? (Admittedly, the original manip also included number 10, for Troy Smith, as a heisman winner, but I goofed on the size and had to cut most of it out. You can see a little bit of it on the far right.)

 

"The Dream Team- Holy Buckeyes Remix" - Same as above but with enhanced numbers

 

"The Fundamental Things Still Apply" - Coaches Hayes & Fickell

 

And just for fun, a little change to the left. Repping the Big 10 and Eleven Warriors in the text:

"Dream Team- Game of Numbers Remix"

"Fundamental Things Still Apply- Game of Numbers Remix"

Rych's picture

Here are a few I came up with... I never was much one for rules:

Rych

What I lack in youth, I make up for in immaturity.

BucksfanXC's picture

I like this one. I like the buckeye leaf sticker feature on these latest ones.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Luke's picture

Said as much on twitter, but I think this one's phenomenal.

COB's picture

Thanks guys, my employer's misappropriated time well spent. 

BucksfanXC's picture

When this contest started I got a little worried we'd end up with a banner that sucked by default. I had no idea we had so much photo editting talent on the board (maybe because some of you had admittedly never posted on here before). But now I see that we can't go wrong, there are a ton of great entries so far.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

RunTellMatt's picture

New Banners:  If we're going complete redesign, I like Rych's 3rd one down with the grass and the top two as well, and Cob's take too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BucksfanXC's picture

Those championship rings not being tilted the other way was a smart move. Not sure if those are vacated, shared, etc. No way to put a price on them. No amount of tattoos in the world... (If we don't make fun of ourselves, someone else will)

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Walt Keys's picture

I cheated, but anyway:

 

 

Johnny Ginter's picture

waaallllttt! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllttttttttttttt!!

...that's awesome

flipbuckeye's picture

I was wondering why you weren't the go-to guy for the banner.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Winner?

Don't text while driving.

The Buck Guy's picture

OK, since I didn't get a response earlier, let me ask now:

11W, what is it that you really want?  I see that most of the submitted designs are not according to your stated guidelines... If you want a fully new design, say so.  I'd like to know whether to stick to the rules or go maverick like the others.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

Kdawg24's picture

I'm with The Buck Guy...

The Buck Guy's picture

The Heisman winners

Buckeye Heisman winners

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

Matt's picture

game over shun