Design an interesting sphere, circle or atom that can be used as a graphic element in a user interface

  • Status: Pending
  • Prize: $250
  • Entries Received: 19

Contest Brief

I am looking for colorful and interesting designs of spheres, circles or atoms to incorporate into my desktop as graphic elements. Each design should be 1) creative, original and colorful; 2) legible at a size of 75x75 pixels 3) be produced in six different versions incorporating a different color in each version: ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, purple amethyst, yellow tourmaline, garnet orange. The designs can incorporate other colors but each version of each design should have one of the colors above as its primary color.

Winning entries will be the ones that are visually interesting, sophisticated, scale well to the size I plan to use them (somewhere between 50x50 to 100x100 pixels depending on the design), incorporate shading and texture creatively, add an element of three dimensions (these elements will appear to float about the desktop when in use), that look good in all six color versions, etc. I don't want designs that "look like" other things - no circles of flowers, spheres that look like baseballs, etc. Final versions of the entry must be delivered in PNG format on a transparent background, with each version in a separate file.

I'm uploading several files that 1) illustrate the six colors I'm interested in as well as samples of other work that's been done for me that I like very much. These samples are meant to inspire you to create new designs, not to copy.

This contest is guaranteed so I will be awarding the contest to a single winner, but I will make offers to purchase other designs I also like for lesser amounts so please know that great design will be recognized and rewarded. I'm often online so I react quickly to entries and to answer questions and I try to give useful specific feedback as to what I like and what I don't.

In order to save contestants' time and effort, feel free to submit an entry with a single version of a design - submit the ruby red version for example - and I can indicate if I want to see other versions. I'm leaving the contest open so that all participants can see one anothers designs and see how I judge them. Hopefully, this information will help inspire and guide you. I'm also leaving the contest open for 30 days to give contestants plenty of time to work on this.

Thank you for your interest in this project and I look forward to seeing your designs!

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Public Clarification Board

  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 1 day ago

    Contestants -

    I cannot thank you enough for all of the entries you have submitted. You have truly demonstrated great creativity and skill and I appreciate all of the work on my behalf.

    I will pick a winner fairly soon but I would also like to purchase many of your designs. I will make offers to you directly via message and I hope you will consider them. My budget is limited but I will try to find a price we can agree on.

    Again, thank you!

    • 1 day ago
  • lauriitadesign
    lauriitadesign
    • 5 days ago

    Kindly check #379 Thanks

    • 5 days ago
  • Cobot
    Cobot
    • 1 week ago

    #340 #345

    • 1 week ago
  • lauriitadesign
    lauriitadesign
    • 1 week ago

    Hi! Please check #322 Thanks

    • 1 week ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 1 week ago

    Contestants -

    I can't begin to thank you enough for the excellent work you've done on my behalf. I'm truly impressed by the creativity and the technical proficiency I see in your designs. Thank you so much for participating and for making my decision as to a winner a very hard one.

    There is still a week to go in the contest so I hope you'll continue to post entries if you have a great idea, but I also would like you to think about selling your design even if it's not the overall winner. I see at least 20 designs I'd like to buy if we can reach an agreement on price. My budget is limited but I will make offers on the designs I really like - mostly the five-starred entries - and as many additional designs as I can afford. In anticipation of that possibility, please spend a little time thinking about what you might accept as a fair price for your excellent work. I will do my best to find common ground.

    Thank you!

    • 1 week ago
  • alviolette
    alviolette
    • 1 week ago

    #258 & #259 Thanks!

    • 1 week ago
  • lauriitadesign
    lauriitadesign
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi! Kindly check #240 Thanks!

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    If you are looking for ideas...I would welcome more spheres and more rings. I would love to see an atom design with a single electron. I've seen enough simple circles so please don't feel like you need to submit more of those. I welcome different patterns/textures/shadings but if you look at what gets rated highly you'll see I like subtlety in those attributes. Again, though, thank you and I look forward to your participation!

    • 3 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for the continued interest in my contest. I have received a number of entries I would happily recognize as the winner already and the contest still has more than three weeks to run.

    • 3 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    If you do not want to wait until the end of this contest to see if you're a winner - and at this point you would need a five-star entry to be competitive - please reach out to me via chat. If I like your design but don't think it will be a winner, we may be able to negotiate a sale of your design immediately. Thank you!

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. Valdz
      Valdz
      • 3 weeks ago

      Are you also offering for 4 star ratings sir?

      • 3 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    Contestants - Thank you for all the hard work on my behalf. I'm very appreciative of the creativity and skill I'm seeing in your entries. Please keep them coming!

    • 3 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 4 weeks ago

    Note to contestants...please don't just copy one another's designs. I left the contest open to inspire participants, not to give people an easy way to pirate someone else's work, make a minor change and pass it along as your own. Thank you!

    • 4 weeks ago
  • reddmac
    reddmac
    • 4 weeks ago

    #68. Thank you

    • 4 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 4 weeks ago

    Contestants - I appreciate the continued efforts on my behalf. If you are unclear as to what would constitute a competitive entry, please review the contest description and the samples posted on that page. You can also look at the five- and four-star entries here to see what has caught my eye so far.

    • 4 weeks ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Contestants - If you're looking for another example of entries I like, please look at #33. It is a very simple, but to me very beautiful, execution of my contest description. Thank you!

    • 1 month ago
    1. thirdricohermoso
      thirdricohermoso
      • 1 month ago

      thank you! :)

      • 1 month ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    If you're looking for entries that I like very much and represent the kind of entries I'm looking for in this contest, please look at entries #25 and #30. These contestants clearly read the contest description, looked at the examples and produced entries that are responsive to my request.

    • 1 month ago
  • jmaustin
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Hello, contestants! Thank you for the early interest in my contest. I really appreciate the effort and creativity I'm seeing from the community.

    • 1 month ago

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