Ever had an idea you thought would improve a team’s look? Welcome to the club.
Icethetics is pleased to present the creative contributions of our community in the Concepts Showcase. Every day, we publish fan-created concept art that proposes new and interesting design possibilities for our favorite hockey franchises.
Becoming a part of this inclusive community is easy. If you have a submission you’d like considered for publication in our Showcase, follow these simple steps.
Here are some tips for getting started.
Icethetics accepts contributions from anyone. That being said, to have your work selected for publication, it helps to have a solid understanding of design principles and ability to use graphic design software.
Try something unexpected. You’ll increase your chances of being featured in the Showcase if you experiment and get creative with an idea we’ve never seen before.
You are permitted to use official team logos in your designs. However, if you’d like to use a logo created by another artist, please seek their permission first.
There’s no limit on how many concepts you may submit to Icethetics, but even our most prolific contributors are published no more than once or twice a month.
Once you’re ready to bring your concept to life, you may want a template. Some of our more experienced designers create and use their own templates.
Icethetics will soon offer a free custom template option with a layout specially designed for display in the Concepts Showcase. Until then, there are plenty of resources available across the web.
Here are some technical details to give your submission the best chance of being posted.
Set up your template in a 16×9 layout. This is a common aspect ratio for TVs and computer monitors. The preferred image size is 3200×1800 pixels (minimum 1600×900).
Try to arrange the elements of your template so they fit nicely within a 16×9 layout, avoiding excess empty space on any side. Compare some examples from the Concepts Showcase to get a sense of ideal arrangements.
To be clear, submissions that do not follow these guidelines are not immediately rejected, but they may be reformatted by Icethetics before being posted to the Showcase.
The preferred file format is PDF (vector) or PNG (raster) with a transparent background. We may also accept a JPG with a white or light gray background. Icethetics adds a watermarked background to all posts for visual consistency.
You may also submit native files for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Pixelmator.
Here’s how you get your files to Icethetics.
To have your concept considered for the Showcase, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your file(s) as an attachment to the email. We currently do not accept Google Drive or Dropbox links. Ideally, your files should be no larger than 5 MB.
We also do not currently accept concept submissions via social media channels such as Twitter or Instagram. Please submit via email only.
In the body of the email, please include your first and last name. Icethetics does not publish concepts under pseudonyms or screen names. You may submit work jointly with another artist, but one individual must be designated as the primary artist.
By submitting your artwork to Icethetics, you are granting permission for it to be published to the website in perpetuity. Icethetics can offer no compensation or guarantee of publication.
If you would like to include your own personal logo, please provide this with your attachments. It will be displayed in the corner of all of your concepts posted in the Showcase. Most logos are single-color (black and white), but multi-color logos are also accepted.
Your personal branding will also appear on your Creator page, which is generated when your first contribution is published. This page can also include links to your portfolio website and social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, Dribbble, Behance, and LinkedIn, if you choose to provide them. (See this example.)
If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to send an email.