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Triple Crown Contest winners announced

Desktop Winners

Without question, the entries received for the Triple Crown Giveaway were the best in iLounge’s history. The 2-D graphic designed, 3-D modeled and photographic submissions on display in the Desktops Gallery are nothing short of stunning: from rendered versions of the iLounge logo to an incredible variety of retro themes, we found it almost impossible to pick a single winner. Our “first cut” for Desktops pared down the potential winners to a short list of around ten selections, and we ultimately decided to award not just the grand prize of an iPod mini, but also runner-up prizes of iLounge t-shirts to another five spectacular entries. Higher resolution versions of these desktops are available in the Desktops Gallery.


Grand Prize Winner: We chose Chris Chen’s Orange Wave to win an iPod mini because it combined elegant graphic design with great summer colors and a subtle iLounge theme. It was easy on the eyes, instantly appealing, and works well as a desktop image - a requirement for our winning entry. Congratulations to Chris, who wins an iPod mini!

Runner Up: We really liked the retro 1970’s/1980’s styling and cool uses of spraypaint on this entry, which was part of a great series from the same designer, Robert Nixon.

Runner-Up: Previous iLounge contest winner Mark Kempken’s entries caught our eyes numerous times. This fantastic artistic entry was visually strong enough to win the Grand Prize, but the dominant white background color was harsh when used as an actual desktop image.

Runner-Up: This photograph by Jason of the new fourth-generation iPod is a classic “desktop” style image; the sort of picture many people would choose to use as a background.

Runner-Up: There were multiple three-dimensional renderings of the iLounge logo, but this was our favorite: though the picture on the wall was a little too much, the other elements were spectacularly realized. Talented artist Nevin Styre is clearly going to be a future grand prize winner.

Runner-Up: Another amazing piece from Mark Kempken showed incredible graphic design talent, with intricate details that must be examined to be believed. Several similar entries from different artists really excited us.

iPod Style Winners

Photographic entries for the new iPod Style Gallery ran the gamut from brilliant to downright bizarre (an iPod wrapped in duct tape?), but there were a number of highly impressive pictures in the collection. Again, it was hard to pick our favorite two from a short list of around ten, but we went with pictures that best followed the rules and matched the theme: “photos of people with iPods” that were “fashionable, stylish, or sexy.” Two winners each received iPods.


Super Prize Winner: We loved the color, composition, and theme of this indoor Style shot, which managed to be stylish and sexy at the same time. The Super Prize winner, Luke Sevcik (with model and wife Nicole Sevcik) takes home Apple’s latest fourth-generation iPod (20GB). Congratulations!

Second Prize Winner: A totally different take on the Style theme, this outdoor picture by Anna blended iPod with fashion. The hardest part was picking the best of this photographer’s shots, as several of them were superb. This winner takes home a new iPod mini - congratulations!

If the winners would like their names published, please add them to the comments thread below. Since the winners of this contest only represented a handful of the incredible entries we received, we strongly encourage you to check out the full Galleries. The Desktops Gallery pictures work well as computer background images, and the iPod Style Gallery pictures include many great and memorable photographs. Thanks to for providing the iPod minis, and again, congratulations to all the winners. We’re looking forward to your submissions for the next iLounge contest!

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Get over it? don’t complain? I was expressing slight disappointment! Whats your problem? You get over your self!

Posted by GMMorris in Israel on August 9, 2004 at 11:34 AM (CDT)


Wow, see how much anger has built up. Chill man. I just made an observation, 300 other people feel the same I’m sure, just havent made an issue of it. I’m happy, now I have a place to come for some great Ipod desktops, which was needed!

Posted by Illnada on August 9, 2004 at 12:02 PM (CDT)


GMMorris, i think you should neither complain nor be dissapointed in any way.
For about a week long i spend 1 till 2 hours every day for making photos (either for me or my girlfriend) or illustrating.
Unluckyly at last i was too busy with something else so i had no more time (and wasn’t keen anymore) to change the background of the illustration with that afro woman.
Now afterwards i.. well let’s say am a bit fret about that when i read that it was actually good enough to win but the background was just too bright. (which IS in fact a really “not-winning-issue” in my opinion, i understand that and think the same way!)
Now afterwards I don’t mind in any way. I won a (or two?) very nice shirt(s?) and of course feel quite lucky for my girlfriend!

When a jury has to pick a winning desktop, the reason why you don’t win is, that is for sure, almost 90% just because they somehow did not like your wallpaper and it did not apply to the rules. (sounds logical, right?;) )
I don’t know if it was the color that does somehow not fit with ipodlounge, or the blurry illustrations that don’t look so good in my opinion… i don’t know.
With all the last contest, for me I learned one thing: Strictly abide by the rules and try to imagine what the jury likes.

It’s like in school. If your teacher want’s you to make a presentation about eh.. for example dolphins… but you hate dolphins and therefore make a presentation about itsy-bitsy sweet Koalas you will, in the best case, will still get a “C” or something like that. But only an “A+” will be rewarded with a price… that’s in our case beeing the winner of this contest and then recieve an iPod mini ;)

Posted by Mark on August 10, 2004 at 2:54 AM (CDT)


I have an odd question… well, not so much odd as it is just a simple inquiry. How many people that submitted and/or won or was a runner-up are professional graphic designers or in a creative-related field? I, for one, am a designer. Anyone else that I might not know of?

Posted by The_Nix in Detroit on August 10, 2004 at 8:51 AM (CDT)


When you say “professional” do you mean, went to school, have a degree and, work for a company doing design? I am a designer… I was born to design, however I don’t have a degree in my back pocket, and I don’t work for a corporation. I’ve taught myself everything that I know, and I have paying freelance work, and my own company. However I didn’t win this contest, or even make runner up… but that’s ok.

The outcome of this contest is pure luck. You can pour every bit of your talent into a piece, and then not get picked because your background color was too bright, or your use of typography wasn’t suitable for desktop use. It’s not any kind of technical test, it’s another human being’s personal preference, just like all art. To anyone who feels any dismay, please don’t.

Everyone put forth their best efforts, and hopefully learned something new in the process (I know I did). I am a firm believer in “every idea, leads to more and better ideas”. You could win it next time :)

Posted by baldisthenewhair in Atlanta, GA on August 11, 2004 at 12:38 PM (CDT)


Well…. degree-having, corporation-working is just as good as self-taught and freelancer when it comes to design, baldisthenewhair. I myself fall into both categories. I attended a prestigious school, but then dropped it after my third year due to… well how should I put this… “creative differences.” I also got screwed out of a lot of tuition money. Lots of my instructors weren’t worth what I paid, hence I am VERY self taught. But the community of creative people is irreplaceable. I wouldn’t trade it for any other kind of education.

I also work for a fairly large design studio ( - yes a shameless plug) that does very corporate work, but I also do plenty of work on my own for as many of the local, indie bands as I can here in Detroit.

Degree? No degree? Doesn’t matter. All that matters is how your stuff looks and if it’s done on time and under budget.

And yeah, man… it’s just like any other art form: it’s open to one’s personal interpretation. Fine by my, man. I wasn’t even coming close to complaining. I was just curious as to how many people here that entered were professionals in their field.

As for runners up? I agree… there were SO many that I felt deserved at least a nod… but you know what? I feel totally honored that someone (or a group?) liked my whacked out s*** enough to be a runner up at all! Thanks to everybody and kudos to everybody! I had so much fun.

Posted by The_Nix in Detroit on August 11, 2004 at 1:53 PM (CDT)


Great stuff.  Congrats to all who entered and especially to the winners.  I love what you’ve done.  We have a lot of great talent here.  I’m very impressed.

Posted by honeybee1236 on August 20, 2004 at 6:55 AM (CDT)


Has anyone gotten their ipods yet. I havent. Was just wondering how long it normally takes. Let me know Denis if there are any problems. Thanks.


Posted by LupinIII on August 23, 2004 at 1:06 PM (CDT)


Hey LupinIII, well my girlfriend recieved her ipod mini about a week ago. Too bad for me that the mini is PINK!
But that’s okay for my girlfriend, at least this will circumvent that i’m not going to “borrow”, or in other words just take the mini without asking :)

Anyway, i did not recieve my t-shirts yet.

Posted by Mark on August 23, 2004 at 2:23 PM (CDT)


I got my mini last week too :-)

Posted by macniatic in Panama on August 24, 2004 at 12:47 PM (CDT)


hey, nightelf, what colour is you mini? and i mean your IPOD mini, not… :)

Posted by mark on August 25, 2004 at 12:11 PM (CDT)


my ipod mini is green :D

Posted by macniatic in Panama on August 25, 2004 at 2:04 PM (CDT)


hey, i received my t-shirt about a week ago… THANKS! and also thanks for the stickers! awesome stuff! :)

Posted by chubbygumby on September 2, 2004 at 7:51 PM (CDT)


hm, i did not recieve my shirts, yet. perhaps because i’m living in germany.
hope they’re coming this week.

Posted by Mark on September 3, 2004 at 12:19 PM (CDT)


I have yet to recieve my t shirt aswell, not that big of a deal

Posted by nevin on September 12, 2004 at 1:24 AM (CDT)


Hey guys, thanks for the new 4G! Worth the wait!  ;)

Posted by Nicole on September 14, 2004 at 8:45 AM (CDT)


hmm i wonder if i will ever receive my shirts?! ;)

but hey, if they wait a bit, perhaps they can send them with my new ultimateears UE10 Pro’s in one package ;D

Posted by Mark on October 26, 2004 at 8:07 AM (CDT)

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