Mascot Contest

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on May 02, 2011 in Community Updates, Site News

Team XBMC is interested in finding a mascot for XBMC. To that end, we have decided to have a competition in which you, the user, can submit drawings for what you think an ideal mascot would be.

Your Design Here

Can you make the XBMC Mascot?

The winner will receive a Nyxboard Hybrid Remote and an OpenELEC HTPC with XBMC pre-installed from Pulse-Eight, along with an XBMC t-shirt. If you’d like, one of the Team members can sign the computer, the t-shirt, or random other items, like shipping boxes and small, furry animals. And if you’d like your winnings to have any resale value at all, you can ask us politely to refrain from signing them.

Second place will receive a Nyxboard Hybrid Remote from Pulse-Eight and an XBMC t-shirt.

Third place will receive an XBMC t-shirt.

Everyone else will receive an imaginary high five!

Artists…, start your engines.

Some simple contest rules:

1. Once you’re done, upload your design to your favourite photosharing site of choice and post the link to this forum thread. You can enter multiple times if you like. We recommend flickr as a photosharing site for their excellent copyright options.

2. Ideally you’d use vector graphics to allow your mascot to scale, but it’s not essential.  Keep any preview images to something less than 600px or so.

3. You have until Friday, June 3rd at 12PM, Central Standard Time to submit. If there are not enough entries by then we may have to extend the contest; also, if nothing is found suitable, then the mascot may not be adopted by the team – prizes will be granted either way. The winner will be announced on Monday, June 13th.

4. You’re designing a mascot for XBMC, so if you are selected as the winner, you’ll need to transfer the ownership/copyright of the design and image(s) to the XBMC foundation.  Obviously you’ll still get full credit for your creation.

5. We’re looking for original designs – please don’t submit something that isn’t your own work – make sure you have the right to all the artwork used in your design.

Finally, good luck, we are excited to see your submissions!

Discussion - 17 Comments

  • HwyXingFrog May 02, 2011 

    Too bad I have no artistic skill at al.

  • HwyXingFrog May 02, 2011 

    Whoops, meant “at all”, unless stick men count, I may be able to pull that off.

  • Me May 02, 2011 

    As the thread is closed I think entries will be a bit scarce! :p

  • Me May 02, 2011 

    I would think having your box signed by XBMC team members would increase value!

  • momsn May 02, 2011 

    great idea. :)
    a mascot in the sense of this description?

    could it be abstract, too? is there a need to recognize a kind of character?

  • pike May 02, 2011 

    hehe oops, you can go ahead and submit your creations now!

  • jmarshall May 02, 2011 

    Anything goes pretty much, though we’re looking for something more than just a logo and something closer to a “character”. After all, I think we can all agree that the demand for plush toys of the XBMC mascot will far exceed the demand for your typical generic-movie-tie-in, er, “action figures” ;)

  • bleze May 03, 2011 

    What will the mascot be used for? No word on this? Personally I don’t really care for mascots and would not want to see such in GUI, logos etc as it would ruin the aesthetics of XBMC in my eyes. I guess this is not shared by the team and I respect that :)

  • watzen May 03, 2011 

    haha, at first I thought; does xbmc really need a silly mascot? Then you pull out the plush toys, and it became awesome, awesome to the max!

  • Roelio May 03, 2011 

    A XBMC mascot ? HMMMM interesting this makes my brain hurt…. But I will come up with one for sure :D

  • Shish May 03, 2011 

    But what creature could possibly be suitably awesome to represent XBMC? Maybe like a tiger, flying a jet plane, firing XBMC-branded missiles; but instead of exploding and killing people, it gives them an amazing multimedia experience?

    (PS. I am not a graphic designer or branding specialist, so that may not actually be a good idea)

  • Nathan May 03, 2011 

    An XBMC mascot? You already have an awesome logo that carries a lot of brand recognition. Why do you need a mascot? It’s way too late in the game to attempt this. Are you going to change the logo? Having a logo and a mascot will screw up branding.
    If you want to increase recognition, push your logo.

  • Michael May 03, 2011 

    are we allowed to use the XBMC logo lol, id assume so but i dont know, and also, does it have to be a drawing or can it be photoshopped?

  • psybertech May 04, 2011 

    I gave it a shot, but reading jmarshall’s thoughts on marketing the mascot as plush toy rather an action figure probably makes mine fall out of the running since I think mine lends more to a poseable, rubbery based figure kinda like Gumby if anything toy-like at all.

    Anyway… it was fun to play with Photoshop again.

  • jmarshall May 05, 2011 

    @Nathan We don’t need a mascot, and it’s certainly not aimed at increasing brand recognition or anything like that. We just thought it would be nice to have some sort of a character to represent XBMC that we can utilize at the various open source gatherings we go to, put on t-shirts (if it lends itself to that) and so on. It’s also a nice way to involve the community in the project in a fun way, with some nice prizes :)

    @Michael You’re welcome to use the logo as part of your mascot design if you wish – no requirement for it and no restriction against it.

  • notaspammer May 05, 2011 

    Are you really hotlinking an image in this post? Then to make it worse it’s a url-shortened one?

    C’mon you guys.

  • theuni May 05, 2011 

    Nasty indeed. I’ve fixed this and I’ll give natethomas his lashings when he’s back in town. Thanks for pointing it out.

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