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Twitter homepage design competition closes. More prizes. Great examples!

The Christmas/New Year break was, in hindsight, not the best time to organize this competition… but never mind! The prizes are still awesome, and the quality of submissions has been really excellent. So we’re into Phase Two (no more submissions will now be accepted) and Guy Kawasaki will receive the list of ten finalists shortly.

In about a week we will announce both the ten finalists as well as the winner. All ten finalists will receive a FREE license of the incredible Market Samurai. Now, if you’ve never heard about this great piece of software you’ve got some catching up to do. It’s hands down the best keyword reseach tool out there and the handiwork of Eugene Ware, Brent Hodgson and team.

If you don’t know much about SEO or keyword research in particular, why not grab a coffee and check out this pretty in-depth chat I recently had with Eugene and Brent, in front of the latest release of Market Samurai… you’ll be blown away by what this program can do.

It normally retails for about USD$150 but our top ten finalists will each receive a fully licensed copy for FREE! A big thank you to the guys at Noble Samurai for their generous gifts.

 

For the winner — chosen by Guy Kawasaki against criteria of originality, creativity and wow factor — my company, Australis Media, is giving away one year’s free business-grade hosting on the same power-packed server infrastructure that hosts my own blog. This hosting package includes unlimited emails, subdomains and MySQL databases and all the bells and whistles you’d expect. It’s valued at about USD$250.

Finally, here just 30 of the impressive submissions we received…

avflox

carrotmadman6

carterharkins

chrissylvester

djcitywide

dnwa

freshjendizzle

hollymccaig

idesignstudios

jaygoldman

kellyverge

leecollins

leocomerlato

lola_eco_dog

maddow

marismith

martinbowling

mayhemstudios

morganramsay

niphal

nuzunet

pasoderholm

praval

problogger

sharpwit

socialjulio

sofaemployed

theleggett

thinkdesign

Between now and when the finalists and winner are announced, I’d love you to drop a comment below and tell us which one of the above is your favourite, and why. Of course, If you find another Twitter page which you think is a stellar performer, you can link to that one too 🙂

(Note: I am aware that the Problogger Twitter page and a number of others were created by a professional design company that specializes in this kind of thing, but since I didn’t specifically ban “commercially created” entries, I feel they need to be included on merit as much as any other entrant. Sorry if you disagree.)

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  1. Posted 8 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    Perhaps such a thing exists and I just haven’t stumbled across it yet, but I’d sure love to see some kind of tutorial on making Twitter backgrounds that fit as flawlessly as some of these. For example, I’d like to know what’s the optimal image size (in pixels) and the coordinates for where to place elements so that they’ll perfectly flank the main post area.

    I’m really impressed with the way the iDesignStudios, PawLogic, & Problogger backgrounds fit in & around the page elements.

  2. Posted 8 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    Look Ma, I’m famous! Thanks for the include nuzunet here.

    @ rob o. It’s pretty easy to design your background. I started with a resolution of 1600/1200 bigger than most standard screen sizes. As I designed I was careful to consider the dynamic width of the left “column” of space next to the twitter content. On a smaller screen you will see less of the left side of the image. I tried to make mine look good all the way down to 1024/768 – most laptop screens native resolution. I did this with my other user kicksnet also: http://twitter.com/kicksnet

    http://nuzu.net
    http://kicksnet.com

  3. Posted 8 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    I think Rob O. nailed the top of mind question I had while scrolling through the designs…Is there and design guidelines available to help with sizing?

    I would imagine a graphics pro can figure it out – but if someone could point to a tutorial or some basic guidelines – maybe someone with a lesser skill set could still put their vision out there in a way that could legitimately compete with the pros…

  4. Posted 8 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    I was just checking your site to see the status of the contest – and now I know! Thanks for the update!

    Just curious – how do you know which backgrounds were professionally designed?

    PS – I’m the former @fearlessblogger – now @faryl!

  5. Posted 8 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    Rob, have you seen this article about twitter backgrounds, it’s very helpful when it comes to designing background: http://www.twitip.com/custom-twitter-backgrounds-tips-for-better-readability/

  6. Posted 8 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    the Beeston one is the best in my opinion because it gets the reader to focus in on the text, while the images give off a good feel of … richness, quality, mystery (for lack of better descriptive adjectives.

  7. Posted 8 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    great site contest..

  8. Posted 8 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    Hey Alister We are always up to the challenge as small business owners we needed to raise the banner of greatness if it be challenged by professional or amateur all is creativity in the eye of the creator and is worth equal merit!

  9. Posted 8 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    I like the freshjendizzle entry – two reasons.
    First, it’s clearly a statement of her personality and attitude.
    Second, the information (business card) is small enough to be above the fold and fit within even the smallest resolution.

    Shame I didn’t know about the contest earlier. I had lots of fun with mine – http://twitter.com/crystalsquest

  10. Posted 8 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    These are the nice twitter templates. It looks like a nice clean theme that I plan on using on one of my sites. I appreciate you
    sharing.

  11. Posted 8 years, 7 months ago // Permalink

    The thing that’s most frustrating is how unpredictable the sizing and layout can be according to various browser settings, (toolbars, etc.) and especially screen resolutions. You can design a gorgeous design with some great info laid out just so to perfectly flank the Twitter boxes, but on anyone else’s PC, half the text might get stomped on or most of the right-hand portion of the design may be off-screen altogether.

    Seems about all you can feel truly confident about is whatever you’ve positioned in the first 1″ or so on the left-hand side of the screen.

  12. Posted 8 years, 7 months ago // Permalink

    thanks, i love seeing my twiter background here! @freshjendizzle

  13. Capt Vlad Nikolskiy
    Posted 8 years, 6 months ago // Permalink

    Thank you, Alister, for interesting article with good samples. After it I’ve changed my mind regarding Twitter and now goin’ to register there.

  14. Posted 8 years, 6 months ago // Permalink

    of Colorful Profiles from the Twittersphere (+ Things to Consider When Choosing a Color Theme)Twitter homepage design competition closes. Grea

  15. Tyler Schaefer
    Posted 8 years, 6 months ago // Permalink

    Mine should be up there…to bad i missed the submission date. Check it out though, please http://twitter.com/tylerschaefer have it look at it. im sure you’ll like it

  16. Posted 8 years, 4 months ago // Permalink

    ChrisSylvesters Twitter profile is the most creative and thoughtful design layout.
    sandy

  17. Posted 8 years, 2 months ago // Permalink

    Great post. Always like seeing different Twitter backgrounds and how they continue to grow and become creative in all different ways.

  18. Posted 7 years, 10 months ago // Permalink

    its great. Thanks

  19. Posted 6 years, 10 months ago // Permalink

    Interesting … the way I got to this site. It was a link advertising “how to get more blog traffic with MS”. And here is what it really is :).
    On the other hand … nice templates .

  20. Posted 6 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    Nice designs. Many people doesn’t design their twitter account. I think is necessary a good design.

  21. Posted 6 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    This is great. Some of the best catchy designs for thier own twitter accounts. Good Job Done

  22. Posted 6 years, 3 months ago // Permalink

    Some great examples here. A good twitter background can sometimes determine whether someone will follow you or not.

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