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Old 10-11-2017, 10:50 AM
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Message Board Customization Process and Graphics Team Information Thread

Hi everyone,

In this thread you can find out what the Graphics Team is about, the process we go through to customise each message board, and how you can apply if you wish to join the team. We hope that it will answer some of the questions you may have. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask them in this thread or PM one of the Graphics Team Managers.

For a list of all Graphics Team Members, see the Forum Leaders page.

When possible we all work to design graphics for four boards. Each member of the team makes a graphic for at least two of those boards. Sometimes some of us are too busy with work or school or have other things going on so we are not able to make graphics for each round. Hence, some rounds last longer than the two weeks we set for each round.

When each board is to be (re-)customised, we start a thread on that board asking for colour and picture suggestions so that the posters on that board can let the Graphics Team know what they would like to see. These are only suggestions though; so do not expect the Graphics Team to make exactly what you say.

When enough graphics have been made (usually around 5 or more for each board), we put all of them into polls and then vote for a week anonymously for which ones we feel are the best.

After the four graphics for the four boards are chosen, the colours are put together by Mel and Leif based on the chosen graphic and wishes of the boards. This process is time consuming and can take quite a bit of time. When it is decided that the design looks good enough, the customisation is set up on the actual board. Sometimes the graphic that the team has chosen does not look right for the board, so the runner-up graphic has to be used. When putting together the customisations Mel and Leif follow the list outlined at the end of this post. Ideally the boards will be done in order, however some boards are simply more difficult to do than others so it is just a guideline.

All of the message boards here at Fan Forum will eventually have their own graphic and colours; all of the boards that need a new look will be re-done. Some boards take longer than others because we can get delayed at any stage in the process; we want the best look that we can achieve.

One of the main questions that is asked is "when will *insert board name here* be customised/re-customised?" and the answer to that is "as soon as possible", but we cannot give you an exact date. The boards chosen first are the boards that we feel will most benefit from being customised. When picking the boards to be customised, we consider a number of things including:

- Whether the number of posts on the board is low and therefore customising it could give it a boost.
- Whether the number of posts is high and therefore it deserves to be customised as many people view it every day.
- How long a board has been without a customisation.
- Whether the graphic it already has needs refreshing.

It is a myth that a board will be customised after a year of it being at Fan Forum, we do not even hold that into consideration. So do not expect that just because a board reaches its one year mark it will immediately be customised.

We can assure you all that we have a list of every single board that does not have a customisation yet and of every board that needs re-doing, so do not worry that your favourite boards might not be on the customisation radar. They are on the list and will not be forgotten.

If you feel that your board could use a refreshed look feel free to PM Chelle and we will take it into consideration. When sending your PM please take the above points into consideration and inform us why you feel your board could use a refreshed look. Chelle will then discuss this with the other Graphics Team Managers and we will get back to you with our decision. Even if we decide to not recustomise your board at this stage we will make a note of your request to look at again at a later date.

running wild (Mel)
Member since: January 23rd 2013 | Manager since: August 21st 2014
Mel is the manager in charge of doing the actual customisations, meaning she's in contact with Leif to discuss and put up the board customisations. This means that when you find there's a problem with one of the customisations or you have a question about when they'll be put up, Mel is the person to contact. Mel also handles all Graphics Team applications which means that if you have any questions about joining the team or wish to join she is the person to contact.

If you have general questions about the Graphics Team, it's also best to contact Mel about these things.

calling me home (Chelle)
Member since: May 8th 2014 | Manager since: April 10th 2017
Chelle is the manager who is in charge of determining which board needs to be recustomised. She maintains the lists which assist in determining which boards need to be (re)done; including a list of all new boards which have not been customised yet, and a list of when all current customisations were put up. She is the contact person for any moderators who feel their board could use a refreshed look or have any questions about the customisation process or when their board is likely to be up for (re)customisation.

sweet creature (Catia)
Member since: June 25th 2013 | Manager since: April 10th 2017
Catia is the person in charge of all current customizations, meaning the ones that the Graphics Team is working on at that moment. If your board is getting customized and you have some concerns/questions, feel free to contact her about this. She can also give you more information about the process (if you wish extra info other than the information given in this thread).
The process for joining the graphics team is not hard at all. You do not have to wait for an opening to be posted anywhere, we will accept applicants all the time. Ideally we would like to see two graphics from you; one celebrity and one television show. For those unsure if they are ready to apply yet feel free to stop by the Graphics Team Mentoring thread on the Fan Art board where you can receive tips and advice from current graphics team members. You can also read Jen's tips (Live Journal) and Mel's tips for some advice on how to make them.

If you feel that you would like to be a part of the Graphics Team please send Mel a PM with your two graphics.

We hope that we have answered your questions, if you have any others or if you think of something that could be added to this post, please let one of the graphics team managers know.

Mel, Catia and Chelle
Please note that although we aim to do row 1 before row 2 and row 2 before row 3, it doesn't always work out that way, some boards are simply more difficult to do than others. Each row is in a random order so any board in a row could be the first and any board could be the last. Basically this list is just a guideline.
  1. Tyler Hoechlin, The O.C., Lauren Graham
  2. Eliza Taylor, Emilie de Ravin, Nina Dobrev, Patrick Dempsey
  3. Hawaii Five-O, Ian Somerhalder, Sci-fi/Fantasy
  4. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Veronica Mars, Paul Wesley, Movies
  5. Riverdale, Josh Holloway, Off Topic, Hilarie Burton
  6. The Crown, The Borgias, Bryan Greenberg, Rupert Grint
  7. Iron Fist, Castle, Jennifer Aniston
  8. Hart of Dixie, Troian Bellisario
  9. American Gods, Comics & Cartoons, Josh Hutcherson
  10. Wentworth Miller, Fringe, Buffy and Angel
  11. 13 Reasons Why, Sports, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  12. The Handmaid's Tale, Jennifer Lawrence, Joseph Morgan
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:36 PM
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Thanks to Catia for the update in the previous thread too
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Old 10-21-2017, 05:38 AM
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If you've been thinking about applying for the Graphics Team, now is the time to do it! If you'd like more information you can check out this post, and we hope to see you apply!

P.S. If you have any doubts, we have a team of mentors ready to help you prepare and mentor you. Just check out this thread!
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Old 10-21-2017, 06:07 AM
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Old 10-21-2017, 02:38 PM
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Thanks Mel for putting up the opening

If anyone has any questions about being on the team or even any questions about what we do anything else like that please don't hesitate to ask . You can do so by PMing one of the managers (Mel, Catia, or myself), asking in this thread, or over in the mentor thread. For those who are interested but don't feel they have the time or maybe even the talent you may surprise yourself. I recommend heading over to the mentor thread as we have some amazing mentors who'd love to help guide you in the right direction & answer any questions that you may have . There's no pressure or rush for you to produce art for your mentor, it is all in your own time & the mentor will be there for you for as long as you want them. Your mentoring is also the perfect time to test out if you would have the time as they can guide you through the process we go through & what exactly we do on the team. Even if you're not sure on if you want to join, you're just curious about the team, feel free to sign up for a mentor. Signing up for a mentor doesn't mean you have to join the GT. Sure we'd love it if you did, but there's no pressure & you don't have to join just because you signed up for a mentor. If you join, wonderful, but if you find that its not for you then that's ok too .

I hope to see many people take advantage of the mentoring program & apply to join the team .
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