Visual Vitriol Punk Flyer Contest

September 9th, 2011

Okay everybody are you ready to go “old school” with your designs?  If so, you’re going to love the latest contest we’ve dreamed up.  We were so inspired by our talk with David Ensminger, author of Visual Vitriol, that we’ve decided to run a punk gig flyer contest!  Even better David has agreed to be our guest judge and pick the winning design.

The winner will receive a copy of Visual Vitriol, 50,000 pieces of lucre and a Figment t-shirt!  2nd Place will receive 30,000 pieces of lucre and 3rd place will receive 10,000 pieces of lucre.

Here are the rules:

1. You must be a registered Figment user to participate.  If you don’t currently have a Figment account please click here to create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a fake punk or hardcore band on Figment – you may also use an existing band that you’ve already created – then create a tour for the band and release a gig flyer for a particular show on the tour.  The gig flyer design will be what is judged in this contest, but we’re not looking for flyers created in Photoshop, nope we want you to go “old school” and either draw or use a cut ‘n’ paste collage type of design in creating your flyer.  You can certainly use Photoshop or a free image editing software like Sumo Paint to re-size or tweak it for the web, but we’re really looking for authentic punk flyers, so try to avoid designing the poster using an image editing software.  Once you have released a gig flyer that you want to submit as an entry please post the band, tour name, and the URL to the gig flyer’s page on Figment as a comment to this post, so that we and other users can check it out.  If you don’t post that information as a comment to this post your entry will not be considered eligible.

3.  Any artwork used in the creation of your gig flyer should either be original or something you have the permission of the copyright owner to use.  If you do use someone else’s work you need to make it your own by adding text, altering it (cut ‘n’ paste collages are ok) or doing something else that makes it your own.  Any gig flyers that are judged as being a copy of an existing work will be disqualified.  We will also disqualify any gig flyer that is offensive in nature – sexist, racist or hate-based.

4.  You may enter as many gig flyers as you like, but it must be a new design.

4.  The contest will run from Friday, September 9, 2011 until Friday, October 14, 2011.  All entries must be posted by no later than 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 14, 2011 to qualify for judging.

5.  By no later than, Monday, October 17, 2011 Figment will select the Top 10 gig flyers and send them to David Ensminger for his review.  David will judge the Top 10 flyers and select a winner and two runners up.  The winner and runners up will be announced on Friday, October 21, 2011.

We really want to get the word out about this contest, so let’s show our Figment DIY spirit and post links to this post on Twitter or your own blog.  If you do we’ll reward you with 500 pieces of lucre. Simply tag your twitter posts with #figment or send us a link to your blog post by using the feedback link at the bottom of any page on Figment.

Once you’ve created your flyer hold on to it, because we’ll also be issuing a Figment Challenge related to this contest when it’s completed.  So get out your pens, scissors and paste, fire up the old xerox, and get to work!

17 Responses to “Visual Vitriol Punk Flyer Contest”

  1. javdoc Says:

    Ok, I hate to keep sounding a sour note, but 50k Lucre??? Not saying Lucre is the only measure of success in Figment, or the main reason for doing it, but it is a way of tracking your accomplishments and I find it a bit disheartening that I am on the cusp of 50k Lucre after 2 1/2 years, and one contest to make a hostage-note flyer will throw off the same.

    I know we were told there would be more ways to generate Lucre, but I took that to mean within the framework of the game. I’m starting to feel like the contests are overpowering the initial concept of the game itself, versus being a fun aside. Am I alone in this?

  2. eric Says:

    First of all, patience. Every lucre earning aspect of the game will be changing, but contests are the easiest thing to change immediately. As for creating a “hostage-note flyer” – thanks for not even bothering to “get” the creative spirit of this contest. Obviously it’s lost on you. As for contests overpowering the game I fail to see your point at all. We have on average 4 -5 contests a year. They serve many purposes, the least of which is rewarding lucre.

  3. javdoc Says:

    No, I get the creative spirit of the contest, it’s just not my thing. That’s not the same as saying it’s lost on me. As far as you not getting my point, I am not sure what to tell you. If you cannot fathom why it would be frustrating to be one of the top players, and increasingly see one-shot contests which result in rewards that are surpassing the results of big chunks of that work, and now the entire body of it, then I guess we just have different perspectives on work and reward.

  4. eric Says:

    I would prefer to respond to this in a different forum. Please feel free to start a new topic in the feedback section and I’ll be happy to respond when I have the time.

  5. javdoc Says:

    Nope, all good.

  6. frizbee Says:

    Wow. That was painful to read.

    Javdoc, I’ve noticed that you’ve had a few things to say as of late about the direction that Figment has taken, to which I must also say patience. Eric and the gang behind the curtain at Figment know what they’re doing. I don’t think they’re just throwing out random numbers for Lucre earnings, or trying to one-up hard working players. I’m sure there’s a method to the madness.

    I can understand if the current contest is not quite your cup of tea. It’s not particularly mine either, but I look forward to Figment’s contests and the challenges they bring. I agree that 50k is a lot of Lucre for one contest, but I trust Eric and the other guys have a plan in the works. And while you may not necessarily think it’s fair, or that Figment is trying to make light of your hard work, I don’t think you need to be so vocal about it. Voicing a concern is one thing, but to keep trying to prove your point starts to come off a bit childish. Especially when Eric tries to be diplomatic about the situation and move the conversation to a less public forum, and you respond with “Nope, all good.” Really, man?

  7. javdoc Says:

    Frizbee, not sure why you felt the need to chime in, but your smart-ass comment and insulting remark did not help in putting that thread to rest. As someone who has done as much as anyone to advance the development of the game, I think I am entitled to voice my opinion/criticism of elements of the game. You can disagree with my point of view, but I take issue with you categorizing anything as being “childish”. Childish would be whining about not winning, or belittling the work of others. I have made 2 or 3 comments recently, questioning the scope of different awards rela

  8. javdoc Says:

    relative to the day-to-day earnings in the game. I don’t think I have been all that vocal about it, it’s just that no one else has expressed any opinion at all. Honestly, I’m a bit surprised I am the only player who seems to question the huge jump in the contest awards.

    As far as my final brief post is concerned, I think it was appropriate given the way I was dismissed in the previous post from Eric. No idea what you do for a living, but as a business person, if I want to subtly tell someone I am done with them, I would say “I’ll get back to you when I have the time.” In other words, don’t hold your breath….

    Let’s just let this go now.

  9. eric Says:

    Javdoc, I wasn’t dismissing you I was simply trying to move the conversation to a more appropriate venue, so that this area could be used for contest entries to be posted. I said I’d answer when I have time, because when I wrote it I was in the middle of a bunch of things and simply didn’t have the time. Sorry you took that as a “blow off”, but it honestly wasn’t intended that way.

    Clearly this has escalated farther than I think any of us intended, and as the blog’s admin I’ll be the first to take the blame. I could have taken this discussion offline or to the feedback site in the beginning and should have. Having said that, I’d appreciate it if we could drop it so that this space can be used for entries. David has been nice enough to agree to judge it and is actively helping to promote it, and the last thing I think we all want is for him or anyone else who takes the time to check it out to think we’re a community of bickering fake music fans. We’re a passionate bunch, but we’re not petty. Thanks.

  10. theHoseman Says:

    I do enjoy the ol’ cut & paste. It had become my bread and butter before I got completely overwhelmed by Photoshop. It was fun to utilize these lo-tech techniques again.

    Mine Shaft gig flyer – Hanz Openschut

  11. Furious Grace Says:

    What the hell, I’m game!

    muffin has a baked sale!

  12. Halokitzen Says:

    Sexeh Tacoz are Live at the Zebra Bar!

  13. Furious Grace Says:

    Only 3 entries so far?? I’m liking these odds for us three, but not so much for figment. Tsk. Where are all you creative types? ;P

  14. theHoseman Says:

    Would really love to see some more entries. Where are you all at?

  15. frizbee Says:

    I think the lack of participants in this particular contest is due to the lack of punk bands on Figment. If you try and search for Punk bands (there’s a way to search by genre, but it only works for the first page of bands) all of the bands are at least 3 years old and most are inactive. Users can create Punk bands and enter the contest, but if you’re like me you may not like creating a band just for the hell of it. Also, I think the classic DIY style of old Punk flyers is an acquired taste, and maybe not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. Oddly enough it’s not as easy as it looks to assemble something like that. I find that whenever I’ve tried to create things with the DIY collage look in the past they always look like I’ve tried too hard to make it look simple.

  16. Eric Says:

    The deadline for entries in this contest has passed. Thanks to those players who submitted an entry. The winner will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, October 21, 2011.

  17. frizbee Says:

    Oh, damn it. I completely misread the deadline. I thought I had until the 17th. Crap. Sorry I didn’t get to compete. =(

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