GUIC 2008 – Lets Talk Details

By on July 8, 2008 1:26:39 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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The 2008 GUI Championships, the latest iteration of the world’s largest GUI customization competition, is quickly approaching.  This fall skinners from all over the globe will compete in one of three main events for their shot at hardware, software and cash prizes totaling near $10,000!

For the last few months we’ve been letting out little teasers here and there about what we’re going to be doing with this year’s event.  Today, I’m happy to reveal some of the contest details to everyone, so skinners can begin to prepare their masterpieces early.  In 2006, there were complaints that there wasn’t enough warning on the contest, so this year we’re giving you all months to prepare!

Events

In 2006, there were three main categories; WindowBlinds skins, Icon Packages, and Wallpapers.  This year, we have dropped the Wallpaper event and will instead be replaced by Animated Wallpapers (Dreams).  Here is the official event list for the 2008 GUIC:

  1. WindowBlinds Skins
    1. Most Original
    2. Most Usable
    3. Best Overall
  2. IconPackager Sets
    1. Most Original
    2. Most Usable
    3. Best Overall
  3. Animated Wallpapers (.Dreams)
    1. Most Original
    2. Most Usable
    3. Best Overall

We’re still debating a “User’s Choice” event, but haven’t decided how we’d handle it yet.  But the above covers the major categories and what the base events are.  Should be more than enough to get people started.

Timeline

The 2008 GUI Champs will officially kick off on October 12th.  Starting on that date, we will launch the new contest site and begin accepting submissions. The contest will run up to the end of December.  This gives everyone a 3 month lead before we even start accepting skins, to just over 5 months total before the competition closes.

A specific event schedule will be posted closer to the start of the competition.

Rules

The rules from 2006 are undergoing review and will likely see significant changes.  However, there are a few rules that will remain the same and that you should know before the contest starts:

  1. All submitted work must be 100% original
    You must be the sole author of the art used in the submission.  No working with other skinners, no reusing elements from other skins (either your own, or others) or art.
  2. Work submitted to the 2008 GUIC must be new.
    The GUIC must be the first place you submit a skin to.  Skins that are posted on other sites prior to being submitted to the GUIC will be disqualified.  Note that this does not mean you can’t post some preview shots of your work in progress, just that you may not make available for download a working skin (in any stage of development)
  3. Entries must not use logos, characters, or other imagery that is copyrighted/trademarked
    No Windows logos, no Apple logos.  No modifications or interpretations of cartoon characters, mascots, movies, games, television shows etc.  We expect all designs and work to be completely original.  So no making your ideal Windows Vista skin, or a Dragon Ball Z icon set.

Prizes

We’re still in talks with potential sponsors, but we’ve lined up at least one hardware vendor and have several software makers interested in being a part of the event.  We are currently working toward the goal of having at least $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. 

Once the sponsors are finalized, expect a big post listing them all out, and what the prizes will be.  I’m really excited so far based on the initial response I received from the companies I’ve contacted.

(Note: If your company would like to be a sponsor for the 2008 GUI Champs, please email me at mikec AT stardock DOT com).


Hopefully now you have a much better idea of what we have planned for this year’s event.  A lot of details are still to be worked out, and as we have major news (i.e. sponsors, the new site) you better believe I’ll be posting about it.

If you have any questions about the 2008 GUIC, post them below and I’ll answer what I can.

Get those skins started!

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August 24, 2008 11:21:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Will dreams be judged on there appearance only, or will performance also be a factor. I would love to switch to WMV encoding to get a smother/longer more detailed dream.
If I were judging I'd have a weighted score for both and average it out.
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September 15, 2008 6:07:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I see 2 dates: on the index it says October 13th, and on this page it says October 8th...?
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September 15, 2008 6:49:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The other page is more recent . . editing this one.

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September 27, 2008 8:26:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Great~
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September 27, 2008 4:30:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Also, you can visit www.guichamps.com for the latest information. 

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September 27, 2008 5:53:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have a question. One of the rules is that we cant upload somewhere else before we upload to the GUIC. So, could I upload it to WinC the day after I upload it to GUIC? or do I have to wait till the competition is completly over before uploading it to WinC?

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October 12, 2008 7:09:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Nice!
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October 13, 2008 6:07:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

HG_Eliminator is still trying to merge Flaming Aero,brittany,dolphins and a lens flare, in to a animated sequence. Man Zubaz I dont quite follow your "vision' on this dream, but  Il give it my best shot.  

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October 13, 2008 8:44:13 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

HG_Eliminator is still trying to merge Flaming Aero,brittany,dolphins and a lens flare, in to a animated sequence. Man Zubaz I dont quite follow your "vision' on this dream, but Il give it my best shot.
You, are the best!  Make sure to add cow bell too!

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October 13, 2008 10:02:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have to get started.

So how/where would I upload if they're supposed to start accepting things now

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