View Full Version : Small Scale Competition for Blog Banner - Prize = Place in Indian Cookery Class

This is one for the foodies, if there are any amongst you.

My food blog is long overdue for a redesign. I'm going to be moving it from blogspot to self-hosted Wordpress, and have nailed down my layout, navigation and so on.

But I've been struggling to come up with a look, centred around a beautiful banner image that conveys not only the title and tagline but a bit about me and my blog. From that will flow the design of the rest of the site, including colours, buttons and everything else.

So I've decided to ask for help.

As an IT Trainer, I know how frustrating it is to be expected to help out for free just because you work in the kind of job where that's possible (who'd ask their surgeon mate to just come over for a couple of hours and do a quick operation on their dodgy knee?)...

So I'm offering a small prize.

My mum and I have been running cookery classes through her very successful Indian cookery website, Mamta's Kitchen. The classes are small in size, and take place in a domestic kitchen, in mum's home in Luton. They usually run from late morning to about 8pm during which time students learn how to make lots of delicious dishes, which they enjoy for lunch and dinner, along with snacks and drinks during the day. Thus far, classes have focused on cooking Indian meals, but we're planning future classes on pickles and chutneys, on Indian breads and more.

The prize is a (single) place on a class. Travel/ accommodation not included.

The classes retail for 95, though similar classes offered by professional cookery schools are far more expensive, especially when you factor in the inclusion of lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks.

You can find out more here:

Kavey Eats: Design a New Look for Kavey Eats & Learn to Cook with Mamta's Kitchen (http://www.kaveyeats.com/2011/10/design-new-look-for-kavey-eats-learn-to.html)

I hope some of you may choose to enter!


Can't you just pay someone 95?

I can do you a banner probably for less, but in all honesty I have zero interest in the competition offer.

It's like offering a painter and decorator a chance to learn how you make cream puffs in exchange for them painting your lounge. Kind of absurd and insulting.....

This is a profession and professionals don't trade for cookery classes.

We may have some designers here who happen to love cooking. In which case, this'd be perfect for that 1% of people.

Thanks, Arrivals, much appreciated.

I would not have expected the majority of designers to be interested, but was looking for the subset who would be. I am pleased to say I found a few who were happy to accept this form of payment, and have chosen one to work with, she sent a few draft options and is now finalising a design following my feedback.

The point of bartering services is that it costs both participants less.

When running the courses, the cost to us is not 95 - that is the retail price we charge in order to make a profit. As I am currently cash poor, it seemed a good way of getting a small subset of food-loving graphic designers to enter.

I am a self-employed IT professional and am certainly not insulted when someone approaches to ask if I have any interest in the services they provide and am willing to look at a bartering arrangement. Of course, I'll say no if the product or service offered is not of interest or doesn't strike me as commensurate value, as is my prerogative.

But insulting? I don't think so.

Not insulting but a little low on the swap side maybe cooking classes for two.
But you found some people so all is well :)