Today is Figment’s 5th birthday!  And as a present to you our loyal Figment players we’re launching a new contest!  If you haven’t already read our interview with Robert Landau, author/photographer of “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”, then you might want to check it out, because the focus of this contest will be Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards!

I know what you’re thinking, billboards?  How are we going to create a billboard?  Well, you know that big flash animation that takes up a big portion of the Figment Home Page?  Well, that space is in essence an online billboard, and if you win it will be occupied by your band’s billboard!  Better yet, the winner will also receive a copy of Robert’s book!

So how will this work?  Here’s 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.  Design an original billboard for one of your Figment band’s albums.  The billboard needs to be 750 px wide and 243 px tall.

3.  DO NOT release your billboard on Figment. Please send it to us using the feedback link at the bottom of any page on Figment or directly to our Customer Service dept via email at customerservice at

4.  Any artwork used in the creation of your billboard should either be original or at least artwork 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 through manipulation or doing something else that makes it your own.  Any billboards that are judged as being a copy of an existing work will be disqualified.  We will also disqualify any billboard that is offensive in nature – sexist, racist or hate-based.

5.  You may enter as many billboard designs as you like.

6.  The contest will run from Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 until Friday, March 15, 2013.  All submissions must be posted by no later than 11:59 pm ET on Friday, March 15, 2013 to qualify.

7.  By no later than, Friday, March 22, 2013 the Top 5 finalists will be announced, and sent to Robert Landau for his review.  Robert will judge the Top 5 finalists and select a winner and two runners up.  The winner and runners up will be announced on Friday, March 29, 2013.

8.  The winner will receive a copy of Robert’s book “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”, 2,500 pieces of Lucre, and will have their billboard placed on the Figment home page for a month with a direct link to the album advertised on the billboard.  The two runners up will receive 1,500 and 1,000 pieces of Lucre respectively.

If you are looking for inspiration, I would suggest you watch this video.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us directly using the feedback link on the bottom of any page on Figment.  Good luck!

9 Responses to “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards Contest”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Ooh, this is gonna be interesting!

  2. Tyman Says:

    I actually really like this idea. We should keep this on the website regularly. Like every month or every other week, we post a billboard or ad for a new album from a band.

  3. poppinfresh Says:

    This is a brilliant idea. I agree with Tyman that would make a great regular feature.

  4. frizbee Says:

    Tyman actually has an interesting idea there. Although, if the band/album is already posted on the main page at the time, then it would be a bit redundant.

    I had a question: what is the cut-off for the age of the album your billboard is for? Obviously, you wouldn’t want to design a billboard to advertise an album that’s a year old, but what would the exact cut-off point be? Would it be for relatively new albums, or only upcoming albums?


  5. eric Says:

    frizbee, while I see your point a bit, I think it’s fair to say this contest is open to any album you’ve released that you want to promote. Of course, it makes more sense to promote your latest releases, but if you really want to promote some hidden gem in your collection that never got the attention it deserved we’re not against the idea. If you need a general guideline though, I would say anything released after Jan. 1, 2013 would probably work best.

    As for Tyman’s idea, believe me it has already been discussed here at Figment HQ, so thanks for the feedback Tyman. While I won’t commit to anything at this time, suffice to say that this idea is being actively considered.

    And thanks for the birthday wishes frizbee!

  6. Tyman Says:

    Oh and also, can this work for tours as well? Not just bands, but an upcoming or ongoing tour.

  7. Eric Says:

    Tyman – thanks for asking. For the purposes of this contest let’s keep it to albums.

  8. FuriousGrace Says:

    I’m dying to see what comes of this. Happy Birthday Figment! What a great way to celebrate!

  9. Eric Says:

    Thanks to everyone who contributed an entry to our “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards” contest! The deadline to submit entries is now past and this contest is closed. We’re going to narrow the entries down to five finalists from which our official judge Robert Landau will pick a winner and 2 runners up. So stay tuned to Figment News to see who wins!

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