I Need A Banner!

It’s been pointed out to me that the banner residing atop my blog is a bit dull. There’s a very good reason for that. I haven’t the faintest idea how to make a snazzier one.

Apparently other people have had contests to find a banner. That sounds good. Make other people do the work. I like that.

So how about it? Anyone have any ideas? Got a good image to use for a banner? Er, when people have had these contests in the past, have they also offered prizes?


  1. #1 John McKay
    October 17, 2007

    Traditionally, the winners get buckets of cash, shiny new cars, and a nice stinky cheese.

  2. #2 Don
    October 17, 2007

    My daughter has a degree in graphic design. Going to see if she’d help out.

  3. #3 Coin
    October 17, 2007

    Actually, I rather like the header. It looks stark and minimalist and it stands out against the complicated JPEGs that the other sciencebloggers are using. It communicates that this is a no-nonsense kind of blog.

    I’m not sure if I should be trusted on aesthetic judgments, though. For example I’m a big autechre fan…

  4. #4 IanR
    October 17, 2007

    It’s all about framing. You just need to figure out how to market your current banner appropriately. The background consists of two blank rectangles, one within the other. The smaller one, on the inside, represents the vacuity of creationist arguments, while the larger one represents the vacuity of religion in general. The bold black lettering against that background speaks to the stark contrast between science and these other “ways of knowing”. 🙂

  5. #5 R.M.
    October 17, 2007

    Perhaps a scale of the geologic eras progressing left to right employing images of the life process. Difficult, but appropriate.

  6. #6 decrepitoldfool
    October 17, 2007

    I second the ‘minimalist’ compliment. But maybe something like HomerSapien?

  7. #7 pough
    October 18, 2007

    I’ve done a couple and the only prize I got was the knowledge that I had finally left a mark on Sb more than just a few inane comments. So people are willing to do them for a No-Prize.

  8. #8 Ginny
    October 18, 2007

    I’ll admit to being the one who told Jason his banner was dull…

    Anybody who wants to send him one–make sure it’s 756 x 93 pixels! 🙂

  9. #9 Nio DiPietro
    October 18, 2007

    A relative of mine asked me to make a few banners for his blog back in the day…I’d love to try and enter a contest to make one for your blog as well!

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    October 21, 2007

    Let me tell you, I like the simple layout you have now as your banner. If you change it, I’ll stop reading your blog.

    Well, not really. But you definitely don’t need to change it.

  11. #11 pough
    October 22, 2007

    It would be easy enough to make a banner that’s just as simple as the one you have now. New banner! Same as the old banner, just in image format rather than text!

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