This is a true branding exercise.
Read what the Skipity Button does (above).
It boils down to:
A) an icon that optimized to look good in 16X16 and 24X24, and
b) a longer, rectangular button that includes graphical text.
We now need to design what the Skipity Button will look like in at least 4 environments. THE BEST ENTRIES WILL THEREFORE HAVE 4 DIFFERENT DESIGNS. Specifically:
1. A 16X16 Favicon followed by "Skipity!" text in a Browser toolbar (See Toolbar-example.tiff attached)
2. A 24X24 Icon to be used as a Google Chrome addon Button. See attached chrome extension.tif. (along with that same or similar icon vector art at 128X128).
3. A 16 pixel High Button that includes graphical text of the word "Skipity!" to be used in a browser toolbar. The width will be as large as it needs to be (so, something like 16x100.) See example of point 1 PSD.
4. As a stand alone graphic to be used on the skipity website. The dimensions will be something with a height up to 128 pixels and a width up to 256 pixel. (So for example, the winning design could be something like 52X250, or 128X128)
"4" may be a more detailed version of "3", but may be completely different while following the same theme.
We are leaning in the direction of something like a cute alien, Animal superhero or monster mascot, but could be swayed by some other type of symbol that:
A. Conveys what the Skipity button will do and
B. Arouses people's curiosity enough to click that button a 1st time.
A superhero rabbit might be a good direction . . .
I've extended the contest a week because most of the designs have been pretty far off the mark. That may be my fault for not explaining things clearly enough.
A couple have stood out for have certain Elements in them that we like.
For 2 in particular, I made a deal and gave them an early $$$ bonus so I could demonstrate to you, the other contestants, exactly what I liked about them in order to help guide you to better designs.
First was an innovation by X-brush. He put the S and the K together to make what looks like an iconic new letter:
He's been working on variations of them since and is (obviously) still in the contest to win it. However, I think it would make sense for some of you other contestants to include this "SK" or a variant of it in some part of your 4 designs (but not all of them).
For example, it could be the front emblem on a super hero. Which brings me to the next innovation we liked from Mooncake:
We really like what he's done here with
Especially how it looks at the 24X24 level. We like the comet type hand with the fire. We like the super hero bunny.
However, we probably want our superhero animals more anthropomorphic. Especially at the larger resolutions. So more like (but please, not Rip-offs of):
It seems most people are just about completely ignoring how the button will look like as a rectangle (like in the 16X65-22X80 range) environment. I'm NOT an artist, but I threw this together by combining the xbrush and mooncake's designs:
That could Perhaps be used in a toolbar environment like this:
Mooncake and Xbrush are still in this competition. Everyone is going to need to step up their game to win this!
I hope this direction helps you designers and please, if you don't understand, ask me for clarification!