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Oct
03
2011

We dare you to try.

Think you can do better than this? Prove it!

Think you could design a better iCADE skin than us?

No, really, we want to know.

Later this month we're going to officially launch iCADE skins as a new iCADE accessory. Our artists have already designed a handful, but we wanted to crowd source the last one in the collection. We want to see what smart masses like yourself can cook up.

Why should you do this (aside from wanting to rise to the challenge)? If we choose your design, we'll not only produce it, but you'll win a new iCADE with your skin, a $500 gift certificate, and fifteen minutes of internet fame in the form of credit on ThinkGeek.com. That's pretty shiny if we do say so ourselves.

For all of the details and the legalese, wander over to the official contest page where we give you the whys and hows in a handy list form.

What're you waiting for? Stop reading this blog post and start making art! We've never done anything quite like this before, so we're really looking forward to some face-meltingly awesome entries.

No pressure or anything.


UPDATE: This contest is now closed!

We had a lot of fun receiving entries over the last few weeks! It wasn't easy to choose a winner, and we appreciate the work that went into the designs--except for the whiteboard one by Michael J. (Just kidding, Michael! It's a clever idea but your blank entry PDF was pretty hilarious.) So without further ado...

Grand prize winner

iCADE IIIe by Andrew M., who wins a $500 shopping spree, iCADE, and skin of his design

We loved the throwback look of this skin, and of course we're suckers for a Timmy logo. (That's a Timmy there, not a very particular fruit.)

iCADE IIIe by Andrew M.

Runners-up

TARDIS by Keegan H., who wins a $100 gift certificate

Sure, everyone loves a TARDIS, but it was the detailed control panels that put us over the edge.

TARDIS by Keegan H.

TRON-ish by Mike D., who wins a $100 gift certificate

Ah, it reminds of us our actual TRON arcade cabinet--just smaller. (No, we're not planning on adding blacklights to the iCADE.)

TRON-ish by Mike D.

We also loved:

NES by Dann M.

Clever! It makes us want to blow on our iPads before gaming. But that would be weird.

NES by Dann M.

Octopus by Meghan K. M.

The control pads are the suckers, get it? Super colorful, too.

Octopus by Meghan K. M.

Whiteboard by Michael J.

Yes, he even sent in a blank template to make it clear it should just be a dry erase surface all over. Neat idea.

Whiteboard by Michael J.
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Comments

meaningless icon! Sounds cool! Is it ok to submit several skins?
The_Lenny said this 1151 days ago.
meaningless icon! Writing a comment because the comments section currently says "BLURGH! There's no comments!" It SHOULD say "BLURGH! There are no comments!" (Instead of "There is no comments!") Unless it's just purposefully grammatically incorrect. ;)
Beanster said this 1151 days ago.
meaningless icon! The_Lenny, yep, that's fine!
CarrieGouldin said this 1151 days ago.
meaningless icon! so no minecraft? how about tacos and cthulhu?
bananataco said this 1149 days ago.
meaningless icon! so no minecraft?
bananataco said this 1149 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Bananataco No Minecraft, sadly, but Tacos and Cthulhu?? Go for it! ...Mmm, Tacos.
Raevyn W. said this 1144 days ago.
meaningless icon! when are they gonna anounce the winner?
bananataco said this 1136 days ago.
meaningless icon! Soon, @Bananataco, soon!
Raevyn W. said this 1135 days ago.
meaningless icon! When will designs be for sale?
foxglove9 said this 1116 days ago.

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