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Goal.com invites you, the reader, to guide us onward with our brand new logo...

How would you like for your design to feature as Goal.com's new logo?

Our recent site re-design has gone so well that we're changing even more, starting with our logo. The current Goal.com crest has served us well, but it's time for something new.

Goal.com would be nothing without its readers, so we feel that it would be a great idea if one lucky, talented Goal.com fan makes their mark on world football by designing the new logo.

Why We Need Your Help

Goal.com
represents the global football fan. With our 20+ editions in several languages right across the world, we bring the passion of the world's game to you, wherever you are.

More importantly, you bring it to us. Our fans are the lifeblood of our site and our community: through comments, forums, and more, everyone has a voice.

We want this to be the same: the logo, the symbolic expression of our company, is best expressed by the fans. We'll make it easy to enter: you don't need to be a professional graphics designer to take part. Far from it - anyone can send their logo idea to us, and we intend to help you do so.

The winner will not only have their design placed on Goal.com as our new logo, but will also carry off a prize of $2,500. As a further incentive, 20 other entrants will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Goal.com Shop.

Ready to enter?

How To Get Started

Before taking to the canvas, there are some key points to remember:

a) Every logo must have the name Goal.com either as:

- the name and a symbol

OR

- the name as a symbol

b) Every submission should include two versions: one with our tagline SCORE TO LIVE, and one without the tagline.

c) Optional: We would like to see how the logo works in both horizontal and vertical perspectives.

How To Create Your Design

If you've got the design skills and tools, this is your chance to shine!

If not, don't despair. You don’t need to be a professional designer to have a great idea!

Although many graphic designers today use computer software, some of the best designs are done by hand. You might sketch your design with a pencil or perhaps you would like to paint your idea on a canvas. Or maybe you like to work in crayons! It can be anything. To submit a hand-crafted design, simply take a photo of it or scan it, and then submit it.

Or, if you want to use computer software, the following powerful and easy-to-use logo-makers can help you design professional logos. They have intuitive, user-friendly interfaces that require no previous graphic design training. Plus, they contain libraries of designs and logo objects that you can use and customize.

1. GIMP
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/ (Windows- Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2 or newer to run)

Or

http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html (MAC- OS X Leopard,Tiger)
 
2. INKSCAPE
http://www.inkscape.org/download/ (32-bit MS Windows NT/2000/XP, All POSIX Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes, Linux, OS X)
 
3. CORELDRAW
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Content/1152796555406 (Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit editions or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later - 15 days Free Trial)

4. AVANQUEST-MyLogoMaker
http://www.avanquest.com/USA/work/design/graphic-design/MyLogoMaker_2_0.html (Windows 98, Windows Millenium, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit - 10 day Free Trial)

5. PAINT.NET
http://www.getpaint.net/ (Windows XP SP2)

How To Enter

Now that you know how to get started, you need to know how to enter.

The actual contest will open on May 18th, and the Official Contest Page will be hosted by Crowdspring. Be sure to check back and we'll let you know as soon as it's up. (If you're a registered Goal.com user, you'll be notified as soon as it's ready. Click here to register - it's free!)

How The Winner Is Chosen

If you don’t feel like an artist you can always be one of our judges: the best option will be chosen via a poll for registered users!

Goal.com will pick a shortlist, and then begins 15 days of voting to see just whose logo is the best.

You need to sign up for a free Goal.com account to be a judge. Registration is free and easy: simply click onto http://www.goal.com/en/membership/registration!

Please note that while votes will be taken into account, Goal.com reserves the final decision, and may also alter the logo that is chosen.

Good Luck!

Goal.com

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