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I thought it might be fun to have a contest for best eInk art for display on the HyperFlash32 eInk display. Winner will get a free HyperFlash32 cart ($150 value). This contest is open to anyone, even existing buyers. I’ll refund your cart price if you’ve already paid or give you a second free one.

The idea is to generate eInk labels that would be associated with a loaded ROM file. This is flashed to the screen so that you know what game is currently programmed. It’s meant as a changeable game label.

You can see the visible area of the image below in the picture of approximately 226 x 168 pixels set within a 264 x 176 frame. Your image needs to be 264 x 176 in size but only the 226×168 offset image will be visible once on the cart. Image needs to be in 4 gray shades to match the display: black, white, and two intermediate shades. Saved as a 24bit BMP file (this is what I need to convert to an eInk format). I’ve also attached an image showing an example 4 shades of gray available on the display, as well as some images I’ve done already. Be aware that the images I’ve done in the examples are NOT offset properly. To keep everything consistent in the conversion on my end lets use gray levels 0xFFFFFF, 0x000000,0xC0C0C0, and 0x808080.

The images I’ve done were ripped/modified from various existing labels/places. This may not be the best approach as they were not originally designed for a 4 grayscale display. But I won’t restrict people in any way. Feel free to do what you think is best.

For judging, I’ll put the images on an eInk display and pick my favorite 3. I was going to let the community vote via a poll, but someone brought to my attention that cheating would be very easy via a poll. So I’ll be the judge on this one but I’ll pick my top 3 favorites. Then I’ll randomly pick out of a hat from the top three for the final grand prize. I’ll pick the top 3 on May 1st. Then select the top one. I’m likely to have a 2nd and 3rd place prize as well. TBD on what those are.

To enter, just post your image here in this thread when its ready. By posting and entering the contest you’re open to letting others use your image on their own personal HyperFlash carts. The idea is to share labels.

Let me know if you have any questions. I reserve the right to modify the contest slightly just in case some issues arise that I didn’t think of but the general idea will remain untouched.

  • This topic was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by mellott124.
  • This topic was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by mellott124.
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VirtuousRage wrote:

RMZK wrote:
Here’s my entry.
I tried to prioritize the logo legibility rather than do an illustration, as the goal is to make it a game label.

Nice!
I’m a huge fan of original custom labels like this and that from Morintari! 🙂

Agreed, that one is definitely pretty nice.
Here’s yet another one from me.

(edit)
added the japanese text, and after doing it I probably prefer it without the jap text (not by that much, but still). Regardless, I figured there’d be no harm in adding it here anyway.

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don’t wanna spam separate posts, so while nobody has replied, I’ll sneak this next one in

“Nice!
I’m a huge fan of original custom labels like this and that from Morintari! :)”

Thank you for your kind comments Virtuous Rage and The Red Menace.
Comments like yours help keep me goin.

Wow RMZK, your entry is awesome! Morintari’s Galactic Pinball one as well. 🙂

There are many other good ones, but crisp original artworks like these are quite the eye catcher IMHO.

As the cartridge will now be black and not red, will the artwork get slightly ‘lost’?

The examples superimposed against the red cartridge mockup look great.

Here is my seventh label I hope everyone understands it.

Tetris. Who doesn’t love it?

Probably the last one I’ll have finished for tonight; Virtual Lab (I’ll probably still work at least a little on my next one before I go to sleep though).

Here’s the latest Morintari batch on the eInk display.

Converted my “Innsmouth Mansion” label. 🙂

(Also tiny tiny update to my Virtual Bowling)

Here they are. Very nice. Any plans to do all your labels?

mellott124 wrote:
Here they are. Very nice. Any plans to do all your labels?

Woo! They look awesome on the screen!! 😀

That’s the plan!
Hopefully I’ll get to all 22 games, but I’ll just start with the 6 I made custom labels for. 🙂

Here’s my label 🙂

EDIT: Fixed some lines.

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Hi,

Here´s my first entry for the contest. I also went with the box art inspired design. I think that will look cool on the eInk display.

Thoughts behind the design:
– legibility (keeping it simple as it’s a very small design)
– hyperflash32 in focus! (it is the name of the product after all)
– minimal yet cool design (the idea is to pick one or two elements that represents each game)
– creating a template (the game name and illustration will change depending on the game, all other elements stay the same)

Hopefully everything is crisp when loaded on the eInk display. The idea is to create the full set (if anyone is interested).

Hope you like it!

Here’s the latest two. The banner on baseball is awesome. And the space invader label is super crisp and clean looking. Love it.

Took a bit of a break yesterday because I’d been going at it pretty hard since I started. I did a bit of work on these yesterday, and finished them today. Hopefully I’ll get a couple more done today as well 🙂

Here is my 8th attempt I hope everyone can recognize the angry figure on the e-label

 

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