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Channel 4 - 40th Anniversary Designs

A milestone worth celebrating..

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denton
Great work. Out of interest, what software did you use on the Chromebook?
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C.Channel04
Great work. Out of interest, what software did you use on the Chromebook?

You'll see it underneath "Software Used". I enabled Linux support to download WPS, and I think I used Terminal to get it, though I am not too sure.
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C.Channel04
I have some more design ideas for you all! So, I was watching the 1995 Christmas ident, wondering if I could remake it, and I did that, although the main trouble was the lights that fly from the star. Undeterred by the fact that I didn't know if I could remake them shape by shape, I went for a cheaper option - and used some images from online. The actual idea, my version, has some differences to the real thing, but I would think maybe Channel 4 would temporarily bring back the idea of reusing the old identities for Christmas 2022, despite them only seeming like they'd be on the air for at least all of November, maybe even late October, if they wanted to build things up.


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As you can see here, the star is now four-pointed instead of five, despite the latter often being put on top of Christmas trees. I suppose I was harking back to when The X Factor used that kind of star for its trees when they had them for the Final.


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And this is where originality really takes hold of this design, I spent ages pouring over images to find good images of light leaks, rainbow prisms, but I instead found the smoke-like dust that would emit from the star, as well as the shine. I realised now that there is a similarity between the leaks to the 1989 Christmas ident, although this could be purely coincidental.


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An 1999-style ident. Before you ask, yes, the Tree in the Box will return, it's just not shown in this design. I suppose the main thing about the colour scheme is that red and blue are regarded as festive, so I blended the two together against a backdrop of red sparkles. You could imagine that the sparkles also change the box from the Tree to the symbol, akin to the 2000 idents.


The next thing I will be working on is a 1996-style Christmas ident, but I need to get round to making that, and figuring out how the heck to sort out the ripple effect. I hope you like these new designs, and, as usual, comments and suggestions are welcome and will be appreciated!
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Michael
rob posted:
Ah... I see.

Just asking, do you have any good suggestions on how I can change the watermark? Like, getting rid of the '4'?


Ditch it completely. It's not necessary.


Well, he clearly doesn’t want anyone to steal his work, that’s why it’s there.


Yes the watermark is a completely acceptable addition nowadays. Otherwise it'll be on Reddit or YouTube in half an hour.
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richard110888 New member
rob posted:

Ditch it completely. It's not necessary.


Well, he clearly doesn’t want anyone to steal his work, that’s why it’s there.


Yes the watermark is a completely acceptable addition nowadays. Otherwise it'll be on Reddit or YouTube in half an hour.


The watermark spoils all his hard work through. I would just position 1 watermark per picture in a strategic place on part of the design he does not want copying. Usually the centre of the image will be fine
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Brekkie
The over zealous watermark completely ruins these (quite arrogant really - don't recall any previous mockers doing anything like that over the last 20 years).

That said they aren't bad at all. We had a glimpse with It's a Sin but you've shown a little bit more how giving C4 it's colour back really could work moving forward - the menu is very effective and to be honest the white version and endboards/break bumpers are beginning to look a bit tired now, so adding the coloured blocks to them could refresh them nicely.

I wouldn't go through the 40 years of branding though for the 40th birthday - actually as they seem to bring out the 80s ident so often now it feels lazy rather than special so I'd rather they did something new for the event, building something from the current look. A long time ago but back in 1997 C4 had a completely different set of idents for "4 is 15".
Last edited by Brekkie on 16 March 2021 1:07am
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1stplayertokens
i rated these mocks 1 star simply for the obnoxious watermarking. it was hard to see the actual concept behind that watermarking
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C.Channel04
Some of you have been commenting about the watermark in the previous posts, and, I completely understand your criticism.

I wouldn't go as far to call it overzealous, though - some of my friends on Discord have sadly had their work stolen by others on sites like ROBLOX, and another one had to re-upload his entire YouTube channel with a watermark, so I was quite wary of the same thing happening to me, so naturally, I wanted to prevent that.

However, I have decided to scrap that, as you can see on the Christmas idents, owing to some of you thinking my ideas are being overshadowed by the watermark. I hope this is better for you, as it will enable you to see my ideas without being obscured.
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C.Channel04
The over zealous watermark completely ruins these (quite arrogant really - don't recall any previous mockers doing anything like that over the last 20 years).

That said they aren't bad at all. We had a glimpse with It's a Sin but you've shown a little bit more how giving C4 it's colour back really could work moving forward - the menu is very effective and to be honest the white version and endboards/break bumpers are beginning to look a bit tired now, so adding the coloured blocks to them could refresh them nicely.

I wouldn't go through the 40 years of branding though for the 40th birthday - actually as they seem to bring out the 80s ident so often now it feels lazy rather than special so I'd rather they did something new for the event, building something from the current look. A long time ago but back in 1997 C4 had a completely different set of idents for "4 is 15".

I saw those '4 is 15' idents on TVArk and I was quite curious by them, to be honest.

But, the reason why I wanted to go through the brandings of each decade was that, because the '80s Iogo is pulled out so much, why wasn't the others given the same treatment? They, at least, deserve some restoring, no?

Then again, that is why my mind thought and went along with as I designed it. I may think about completely overhauling my designs, though, because I think some of you would want something different for the anniversary, rather than just what I've come up with...
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Joe
I really don't like that zero. I think it's an interesting idea, but it just doesn't work for me – they look like totally different styles and don't fit together. I don't know how easily it would be resolved, but I'm afraid it's not for me.
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JasonB
rob posted:

Ditch it completely. It's not necessary.


Well, he clearly doesn’t want anyone to steal his work, that’s why it’s there.


Yes the watermark is a completely acceptable addition nowadays. Otherwise it'll be on Reddit or YouTube in half an hour.


Accompanied by 15 minutes of music.
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J. Lyric
Yeah, I don't like the new thumbnail.


EDIT: ...yeah, I should probably explain why. The way the "0" looks in the "40" graphic just doesn't sit well with me - the "4" itself looks like a Clarendon-style typeface to me, so I'd expect any extensions to at least reflect it
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