Brickset banner competition results

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As part of our Super Heroes month we held a competition to design a Super-Heroes themed banner to be displayed at the top of the page for the next four weeks.

There have been some absolutely stunning entries submitted to Flickr and Instagram (among all the Mighty Micros). Entrants used a wide range of methods to create them and I have been blown away by the creativity shown by everyone, particularly as I have no graphic design or art skills whatsoever.

It was incredibly hard to choose a winner but there can be only one, and it is Chris Rumsey! His winning image is now in place and will be there at the top of the page [1] for the next four weeks. I chose it for its originality, how well it fits the brief, the inclusion and placement of the Brickset logo, how it looks at the top of the page and, most importantly, because it features a sausage!

So, congratulations Chris, I will be in touch to arrange for the collectable minifigures to be sent to you, along with some Brickset goodies.

Given the high standard of entries, I have chosen a number of runner-ups who will also receive some Brickset goodies. See them after the break:

Ready Brickset Go! by IamKritch. A very clever design which incorporates both Brickset in an interesting way and features Mighty Micros, the subject of our other competition.

Ready! Brickset! Go!

There were lots of entries that used minifig heads in a row with the first letter of each one's name spelling out Brickset. These two were my favourites:

By A. Stormtrooper:

By Grayson Leigh:

I love the comic book feel of this one by Seraph, and the Brickset logo in the middle:

Brickset Banner 02

One of the first entries, by TheOneVeyronian is a wonderfully original idea: Tony Stark/Iron Man viewing Brickset on his head-up-display.

Brickset Super Heroes banner contest entry: Tony Stark, Iron Bricksetter

This colourful and original work by toarickbrick features Spider-Gwen.

BricksetSpiderGwen

So, congratulations to Chris and the runners up, and thank you all for entering. I will know where to come to should I want custom banners designed in the future!

I will contact the winners via Flickr mail to get your addresses.

Oh, and stay tuned for our Super Heroes designer interview which we will be publishing in the next day or so plus more Super Heroes set reviews.

[1] Note that at screen sizes less than 1024px wide the regular banner will be shown, which will include most tablets in portrait orientation, and phones.

61 comments on this article

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By in Poland,

Congratulations!
The banner on my screen looks odd (it's one and a half a banner actually), there are two Brickset logos, the second one being cut in half.
Is it due to screen size?

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By in United Kingdom,

You might need to ctrl-F5 to ensure the latest CSS is loaded.

I'll take steps to hopefully prevent that being necessary.

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By in Singapore,

Congratulations to Chris and all runners up! All the banners are really striking and creatively designed, nice one guys!

I love all these contests being held at this site, keep them coming!

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By in Sweden,

I'm experiencing the same as Alonzo, I see Batman and Superman twice at the top of my screen, the second time on the right where the banner 'starts again'.

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By in United Kingdom,

That shouldn't happen: what screen resolution and device are you using? Can you send me a screenshot (huw[at]brickset.com]

I've added background-repeat: no-repeat; to the css which might help but as the image is exactly the right size it shouldn't be an issue.

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By in Canada,

Congrats to everyone!
Although I feel like something has to be said about the last one, because it would tarnish the amount of effort everyone else put into their work. It is literally the header of the official lego dc superheroes site: http://www.lego.com/en-us/dccomicssuperheroes. Sorry to be a party pooper, it just doesn't feel right to let that slip by.

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By in United Kingdom,

I know that many of them pinched bits from official images: there was nothing in the rules to preclude it. I felt CM4Sci should be rewarded because of the sheer number he entered and, official image or not, they do look very cool and would look great as a header...

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By in United States,

Wow you're right.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think someone forgot to centre the banner. The website is centred, but the banner's aligned left, so on my screen, it's way out of line. >.<

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By in Australia,

Congratulations to the winners! They did a fantastic job!

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By in Canada,

That's the difference between plagiarism and appropriation. It's one thing to "pinch" images from elsewhere to create something different and it's another to just swap logos on an existing work. Another one of his entries was taken from the marvel site as well: http://www.lego.com/en-us/marvelsuperheroes. Again, not to be a party pooper and of course it's up to your discretion, but to me it kind of takes away from the effort the other participants put in their banners.

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By in Australia,

Those are all pretty adorable.

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By in United States,

Lots of great entries in this contest. Sometimes it feels like the LEGO community so heavily revolves around building that LEGO fans' other creative abilities rarely get a chance to shine, so this contest was a great idea!

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By in United Kingdom,

I do have to agree with pigeonbobble, as someone who spent a decent amount of time finding, cutting out, manipulating and re-positioning images to come up with the banner for my idea it does feel like a bit of a slap in the face to read that CM4Sci should be rewarded just for the number of banners he made considering the lack of thought and effort that would have needed to go into them.

It's obviously fine not to win the competition, especially as I know I couldn't make an entry with the style or feel of any of those you selected but when there is a section for banners that fall as runners up and you see that those banners made the list over those that people obviously put a lot of work into it really feels disheartening. Any of us could have just as easily made numbers of similar banners using the elements that are freely available on the LEGO website but instead made the choice to make something for ourselves and so to see someone rewarded in any way for taking such an obvious shortcut is a little upsetting.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ you know in the future you just have to steal another website's images and put your name on them. If you do it in quantity then you may get a runner's up prize.

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By in United States,

Congrats, weird I'm getting the same as everyone else it is split in half.

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By in United Kingdom,

OK, display problem now fixed and I bow to your pressure as you make some good points: the final runner up has been removed.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very nicely centred now.

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By in United States,

I think the one the Tony Stark is my favorite! Awesome idea.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish I'd just stolen one from the LEGO website now. :P *sour grapes*

Congrats to the winner.

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By in Australia,

I really enjoyed perusing these, there are some awesome banners. Congrats to Chris !

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By in United Kingdom,

Very Good entries.... I wish I knew anything about either art or web design. Huw can I ask if the "refresh background button code" see my previous statement about web design knowlede needs moving.... i quite often get back to brickset and click the icon for a refresh.... it still works but with the new banner you have to click where the old logo was not where it is now....... thankyou

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Yes, I should really fix that :)

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By in United States,

Yay! Great job Chris and everyone else!

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By in Cyprus,

Congrats to everyone, really cool designs!

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By in Poland,

Now it looks and works (link) perfectly fine, thanks.

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By in United States,

I personally think that A. Stormtrooper's should have been chosen because it was all original artwork (and of course, Deadpool) but still, nice choice.

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By in United States,

@jmjt4 Everyone else's was also original work it was just made digitally, not hand drawn. But I agree with you his does look awesome!

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By in United States,

Oops. I won't do as many entries next time. You're right, they didn't take much effort, but I think they still looked neat as banners. Didn't think people would be this upset over it. Oh well...

The winning entries do look cool, though. There was one with a fully drawn picture of a ton of characters that I saw, that was really cool!

Congrats to the winners! :)

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By in France,

I knew that was the sausage. I guess next month everyone will include helicopters and lighthouses as well XD

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ They did indeed, which is why I highlighted them. But as others have rightly said, quality is more important than quantity.

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By in United States,

^ I'll remember that next time. Thank for for considering me in the first place :P

There's always next time!

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By in United Kingdom,

The winning entry is excellent not least for its humorous inclusion of a sausage!

Of the runners up, TheOneVeynronian's stands out for its creativity and execution. I'm glad I didn't have to choose between it and the one that won. They're both very cool.

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By in United States,

Would it be possible to have the banner alternate? Such as you'll have one banner on one visit, and when you close the website and come back a different one will appear and cycle through all the runnerups?

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By in United Kingdom,

@huw, from a PC works, from iPad it's the standard brickset banner still.. And I've refreshed / reloaded the page...

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It's difficult to display it properly at less than 1025px wide so it will show only on desktops over 1024px wide.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ok thanks, that's my excuse for a iPad pro then.. Business justification: brickset banner competition viewing!

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By in United Kingdom,

Actually, at 1024px it works OK although Iron Man is obscured by the search box, so I've tweaked the CSS so it'll show in landscape mode on iPads. That'll save you a few hundred £'s :)

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By in United States,

I like how Superman is holding Batman's hand... or trying to steal the hot dog. Either way works for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Doesn't show on ipad mnis though. Never mind.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks good! Congratulations to the winner!

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By in United States,

Wow! Love seeing the alternate creativity of Bricksetters. Congratulations to all.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Ah Deadpool, so smart of him. Nice entries.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huh, I'm surprised there was a runner-up category in this contest! I'm the creator of the Tony Stark banner btw. It's such a pleasant surprise to be picked, and thanks so much for this contest Huw. It's not often that non-building creativeness gets to be showcased in the LEGO community and I'm glad to show my artistic capability here. Oh, and congrats to the winner and other runners-up too! :o)

p.s. when will the Flickrmail contacts be sent out? I haven't received any contact via Flickr yet, so I was just wondering. The email connected to my Flickr is different from my main email so I don't check it...

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By in Canada,

Congrats to the winner and the runner ups! Also well done to all of those of you who participated!

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By in United States,

Congratulations to Chris and others! There were some amazing entries from very talented community members. I love those featured here and tried to look at all the submissions, too.

I'm honored and shocked to be featured in this post. Thank you!

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By in United Kingdom,

Here was my effort. Bit gutted, but hopefully there will be more competitions of this type.
https://flic.kr/p/EhHdCx

@bigrickmachine I really liked your Joker one, with the cards.

And I thought TheOneVeyronian's entry was great too.

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By in United States,

Thanks for sharing the runners-up as well; I enjoyed seeing some of the alternatives as well as the well-deserved winner! Lots of talent and dedication went into these submissions! Many thanks to everyone who submitted.

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheOne, drop me an email and we'll do it that way.

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By in United States,

Ok, now I can see the entire thing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Dropped you an email Huw :o)

By the way, to the person who said only one of the featured entries was hand drawn, that's not really true. My entry, though it was digital, it was drawn and coloured freehand using a graphics tablet, so technically it is (mostly) hand drawn :o)

EDIT: Can't believe this took 5 attempts to post, it kept disappearing when I hit post :o/

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw

The banner actually appears for about a second as the page loads, then it reverts to the old one once fully loaded.

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By in United States,

@TheOneVeyronian I meant drawn on paper but my point in my reply to @jmjt4 was to say that they are all original artwork, drawn or digital.

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By in United States,

I don't know how you guys decided there were so many good ones! Congratulations to all, you do amazing work.

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By in United Kingdom,

What a fantastic competition and superb entries. Beautiful!

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By in United States,

@Putters
Thanks :) and I agree, I hope for more competitions like this

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By in United States,

I would love to have participated, but between my daughter being born and a death in the family a few days later, there was no way I could have done one this time around. Please do another one soon!

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By in United States,

Sausage FTW!

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