Create a Versatile Base Design for YouTube Thumbnails replicable for future use

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $12
  • Entries Received: 61
  • Winner: iamabhyas

Contest Brief

[My Youtube video]
I'm making videos with stories (Learn English through stories, with vocabulary explanation), aiming the English learners to enjoy the story and learn new vocabulary at the same time. Each story/video consists of AI generated images. I usually use one of the images I use in each video for the thumbnail. I might use another image but it comes from the story or the character(s) of the story. I attached the screenshot of my channel.

[What I need]
This project is *not* for making a good thumbnail itself, but rather to make the basic design/structure/layout of the thumbnail. In other words, to make the "signature style" for the thumbnails I will keep using.

[Style, Color scheme, etc.]
I attached the images of thumbnails I have been using(file "my channel"). I recently use a red "Study English" mark/logo on the top left of the thumbnail, Yellow text for the title or keyword, and then "Listen and practice" or "Listen and Understand" etc. text in white.While I've used a red 'Study English' mark and yellow text, I'm open to completely new color schemes and elements/style that might better capture the essence of learning English through stories, including not use the "Study English" mark. Also, the "Listen $ speak/understand" part is not really necessary (you can still have them) .

To be more clear, You can use the similar style, maybe changing only the color scheme, shape of the "Learn English" part, OR you can come up with the entirely different style which would surprise me in a good way.

[Additional info]
I attached some other channels' thumbnails (file: other 1 - other 5). As you can see, they are mimicking the styles from each other. They are using Pixar style images, but my videos don't always use that (sometimes they do). I'm making similar, but different videos, and I want to stand out, or to be distinguishable. I'm using the red "Learn English" part now, but I'm not sure if it is a good idea. You can totally change the style as I said, or make something similar but distinguishable, keep using the red "Study English" part, or make something totally different. It is up to you.

[special requirements]
Your base design should be easily replicable by Canva's free version. You must let me know which font you used, which tools you used etc. You don't have to use Canva yourself, as long as Canva's free version has the capability of making the same style.

[Comment etc.]
If you comment on what you are doing and why you are doing etc. and if you can give me advice for the future thumbnail, it would be a plus to be chosen as the winner when there is a good competitor.

[Base image to use]
I will provide you with a base image to use for this contest. I understand an effective thumbnail depends on the base image, but it is to compare the style, please use this image (Which I used for my latest video). If you are to add the title on the thumbnail, please make it "At the Airport" (same as my latest video).



Ideal skills and experience for the job would include:

• Proven experience in graphic design, specifically YouTube thumbnail design
• Proficiency in design software
• Creativity and innovation in design
• Good understanding of YouTube's aesthetics and audience preferences.

What I'm essentially looking for is a design versatile enough to use repeatedly, yet dynamic enough to uniquely represent each video.

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Public Clarification Board

  • tchanvw
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Many of you are asking individual feedback, but it all boils down to what I have already mentioned here. Most are

    1: Not standing out from the thumbnail examples I attached (similar designs)
    2: The bottom of the thumbnail/canvas is used when should be avoided
    and
    3: Not considering the future usage as a template (e.g. attaching the title and "Listen & Understand" like one unit - it wouldn't work with other titles)

    Please read my requirements fully before submitting....

    • 1 month ago
    1. Salmirish
      Salmirish
      • 1 month ago

      kindly check entry 54 please.

      • 1 month ago
    2. mehuldharajiya73
      mehuldharajiya73
      • 1 month ago

      Please Check Design Entry #66

      • 1 month ago
  • ali176p
    ali176p
    • 1 month ago

    please check the entry #55 ASAP.

    • 1 month ago
  • DilawarNaich23
    DilawarNaich23
    • 1 month ago

    Please feedback entry 40

    • 1 month ago
  • tchanvw
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Additional note...this is to use as the template for the future projects/thumbnails, so the title "at the airport" will change. So if you put "at the airport" and other elements to look nice together, it will not work with other titles which might be two words or 4 words etc.

    • 1 month ago
  • tchanvw
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    I'm sorry to tell you this, but it seems like there are not many entries so far that are answering to all my requests. Many of them are just mimicking other thumbnails I attached. These are there NOT to mimic, but actually to STAND OUT from them. If you just change the colour but use the same fonts or shapes etc., then they look very similar to them.

    There are some I actually liked, but they are fully using the bottom of the canvas. Please note it is YouTube's thumbnail, meaning if you use the bottom right corner of the canvas fully, then it will be covered up by the time stamp and the letters won't be read.

    • 1 month ago
    1. abuhanipha
      abuhanipha
      • 1 month ago

      Please check #34 and #14

      • 1 month ago
  • asadshahzad9090
    asadshahzad9090
    • 1 month ago

    check 43

    • 1 month ago
  • abuhanipha
    abuhanipha
    • 1 month ago

    Please check #34 and #14

    • 1 month ago
  • tchanvw
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Thank you for all the entries so far. I haven't been able to rate each one because I might like some part of it but not the other parts etc. Please note if you use the entire bottom part of the thumbnails, that covers the time stamp and not ideal. Also, some of your works are very similar to other channels thumbnails. What I'm asking here is to *stand out* from them

    • 1 month ago
  • abuhanipha
    abuhanipha
    • 1 month ago

    Check my entry #14

    • 1 month ago
  • jihadhossain908
    jihadhossain908
    • 1 month ago

    Please check my entities with #9

    • 1 month ago
  • jihadhossain908
    jihadhossain908
    • 1 month ago

    Please check my entities with #8

    • 1 month ago
  • jihadhossain908
    jihadhossain908
    • 1 month ago

    Please check my entities with #7

    • 1 month ago

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