Sorry for the delay! About a month ago, we posted about our new playmat design contest in search of a brand new look. Much to our surprise, we received a ton of great designs with a lot of creativity. We truly want to thank everyone who sent in an entry! All of your hard work is appreciated. Unfortunately, we can only pick one winner, though. Let’s take a look at some of the designs that didn’t win (but were awesome nonetheless).
Our first design comes from the creator of our original logo, Dustin Zimmerman. Here we can see that Dustin has redesigned our original logo completely, giving it a stylish new look. Just the fact that this entry didn’t win should give you an idea of how incredible the entries were for this contest.
Let’s take a look at the next one.
Alice Bailey provided us this cool design with a creative interpretation of Darkrai. But since it does use Darkrai, we were unable to use the entry (copyright and such). Still, we thought we’d show it off because it does look pretty sweet! Thanks, Alice!
Next up we have an entry from the designer of our Top Cut Invitational logo, Quiandro Verstichel!
For this design, we get a look at a 3D version of the logo! The cool thing about this design is that when two mats are put together, the stars form a complete circle! The silver and gold give the mat an elite feeling, and it looks really sleek. Plus, our logo is shooting out lightning bolts.
Now let’s look at Kris Genthe’s entry!
Instead of going with the traditional logo, Kris decided to venture on his own and make a completely new design. The result is this awesome piece of work! Personally I was blown away when I saw this one. The amount of detail is astounding. Like all of the other designers, clearly Mr. Genthe has a lot of talent! We may end up using this at some point.
However, that wasn’t the winning design. Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for!
Not only did Amanda Kovs submit a design, but she gave us a mascot to work with. How amazing is that? She explained it best in her email to us.
My name is Amanda, and I would like to submit an entry to the playmat contest!
I decided to go in a, I hope, unique direction. With the restrictions of copyrighted material, there wasn’t a ton of things I could think of that didn’t just involve using the logo with some color/background treatments. I’m a stickler for branding, so the idea of changing your logo on the mat would have really bothered me, so it was important to me that your guys’ logo remained the same.
So I made a mascot.
His name is Kurt. He’s a twenty something card player that has been playing since Base set. He’s a competitive player with a strong history of success. But just like the other Top Cut guys, he’s starting to do a lot more outside of playing to help the community by bringing great coverage of local games to his fans… Not exactly the most flushed out character, but that can always change if you guys like him enough. Haha. I stuck with the base six colors of cards on the design because they’re timeless. With Fairy type and everything coming out, who knows if they’ll add more energy to the game after that. Everybody knows the base set originals, Kurt started off with Base set, so that’s why there’s only six types! Also, Kurt has dual color eyes and reddish hair to represent the starter types. I thought it was safe to make a mascot because Pokemon has and always will rely heavily on some sort of mascot–whether it be a trainer or a Pokemon. So why can’t Top Cut have a mascot too?
So, say hello to Kurt as our official mascot for The Top Cut! The amount of enthusiasm, effort, and passion that went into this design had us all speechless. Congratulations to Amanda, and thank you so much for the awesome design and idea! We owe you big time!
Before we get this bad boy printed, we’re in the process of making some alterations to the design. Rest assured we’ll let you guys know when we start making these playmats. We just figured it’s been way too long since the contest started, so we need to post something! Hopefully the wait was worth it.
Once again, thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations to Amanda, our winner! We couldn’t believe how many awesome entries there were, and it tells us a lot about how passionate our fans are. Without your support, we’d be nothing. We’ll continue to provide the best content we can. Thank you!