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ARGFest Design Challenge

ARGFest 2010 planning is underway! We’re getting really excited about things and we want to share, but before we can do that - we need a website. Oh, sure, we could just go out and get ourselves any ol’ WordPress theme, but where’s the fun in that? We want something special & unique, something that stands out, something that tells the world to take us serious because we seriously know how to have fun. And, when we were thinking about what this site might be we knew that we wanted to throw it out to the community. We’ve seen some of your sites, we know what you can do. The questions is, can you do it for ARGFest?

So, here’s the deal. You have until October 1st to send us a design for the site. That’s a full three weeks three weeks away, so we know you’ll come up with something great. A decision will be made by October 5th and we want to have the site up by the end of October - giving another three weeks to polish up the design and get the site built. A schedule like that even leaves you time to catch up with your favorite ARG!

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1) The theme of ARGFest is going to be Think, Play, Do! We will want icons for each of those and it’d be nice if the overall design had some think-y, play-y, do-y sort of feel to it (yeah, we don’t know what that means in a design, either… but smart, active, and fun might be a start)

2) We want the design be clean & simple and professional yet fun. It might help to take a look at other conference and/or festival sorts of websites to get a feel of what they do. Here are a few examples, mostly taken from recent twittering activity: PAX, Picnic, Power to the Pixel, SXSW.

3) The site uses WordPress, so the winning design will have to be converted into a WP Theme. That means experience with WordPress is a plus. It is not a requirement, though. If a design blows us away, we may be able to pair you up with someone able to make the templates or find an existing theme that could be modified. That said, if you’re experienced with Wordpress themes & templates, let us know! Depending on the design chosen, we may need you! (especially if you’ll be able to work on the theme in October)

4) While the vast majority of the site is run on WordPress, not all of it is. So we’ll need the design to be able to work outside of it.

5) It would be nice to have some of the elements of the site that we can use off of the web - for example, in templates for PDFs, powerpoint slides, and print materials. If you want to make a couple of comps with these things in mind, that’d be great!

We’ve put together a simple design document which contains the above plus a few extras - like a site map, which might help in any navigation design. Feel free to download it from here

So, you’ve got three weeks to flesh out some ideas and give us some mockups (details on how to do this will be available closer to the end of the month). If your design rocks the most, we’ll let you know on October 5 and then we’ve got about three more weeks to get it up on the web. We’ll be busy busting out the content for the site, but will do what we can to make your design happen (if that means sending you some virtual brownies as you pound out the theme and make the graphics all perfect or if it means helping you find someone to write the them and then sending you both virtual brownies, we’ll do it!) If all goes as planned, we’ll have the site up by late October. Yay!

Posted 10 years, 4 months ago at 3:27 pm.

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Welcome to, the website for the yearly event dealing with Alternate Reality Games and everything Transmedia. It’s also a major networking event for both ARG community members, industry professional and enthusiasts in general.

Currently we’re working very hard getting the plans for ARGFest 2010 together. See below for all available news on this process!

Posted 10 years, 4 months ago at 1:35 pm.

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Where’s ARGFest?

Now that we’ve all recovered from ARGFest 2009, it’s time to start looking forward to ARGFest 2010. We’ve got some big plans! Some amazing plans! But before we can get into any of that, we need to know where in the heck it will be.

That’s where you come in…

If you think you know the perfect city to play host to ARGFest 2010, then we need you to prove it. We’ve put together an RFP which will walk you through most of the things that we will need to consider as we move forward. Please… fill it out. And then send it back to us sometime before September 25.

The selected location will be announced sometime in early October.

Download the ARGFest 2010 Location RFP and get started!
RFP - ARGFest 2010 Location

Posted 10 years, 4 months ago at 9:05 am.

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ARGFest weekend almost over!

ARGFest weekend is almost over, and we had a blast! We sure hope you did too!

For those still in Portland, the last event on our schedule is the Stragglers’ Supper at PF Changs, 1139 NW Couch St. Meet up at the restaurant at 6:00!

Stragglers’ Supper is presented by The Contingency Foundation.

Posted 10 years, 6 months ago at 3:57 pm.

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and this year’s official t-shirt is…

Must Love ARGFest submitted by Rowan!


Congratulations! to Rowan and everyone else that submitted designs. There were some truly great designs and we had a really tough time choosing the three finalists. And the votes were close between those three. Really, good job everyone!

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 10:49 pm.

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