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About Me Template Design

About Me Template Design

Published: Jul 28, 2022

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Introduction

Is there a specific theme or style you'd like to see added to the modern About Me design page? Or maybe an entirely new layout?

Create a submission for this contest to give the About Me section on MAL profiles a makeover and win some great MAL-themed prizes!

Event schedule

Submission period: July 27 ~ August 24 8pm PT
Showcase: September 8
Winners announced: September 25

Prizes

Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive:

  1. An official MAL t-shirt of their choice ✨
  2. One year of MAL supporter

Winning designs will be added to the available templates on the modern About Me design page, along with the creator's username and design title!

MyAnimeList Official T-shirt
MyAnimeList Official T-shirt

Design not finalized

Showcase

A selection of the short-listed submissions will be showcased here from September 8, so check back to see what the amazing creators on MAL have to offer.

Getting started

First, decide if you'd like to create a new theme for the current layout, or a completely new layout.

Designing a new theme

It's less time-intensive to create a new theme for the existing layout because there are many specifications you can ignore. However, this also restricts what you are able to change on the design.

Elements you can modify include:

  • Header image (default is none)
  • Background color, pattern, or image
  • Title/Heading font
  • Accent color
  • Body text color
  • Shapes/outlines of text boxes
  • Shapes/outlines of images

Examples:

About Me Theme Sample

If you'd also like to:

  • rearrange where sections appear
  • add new elements (e.g. SNS icons/links, a fancy underline below the title, etc.)
  • add new sections (e.g. YouTube embed, more rankings, etc.)

please consider the appearance on desktop and mobile.

Designing a brand-new layout

Please keep the following points in mind when creating a completely new layout.

  • Your design must stay within the About Me section of your profile page. Space outside of this area cannot be changed. Designs that include anything outside of this area cannot be considered.

    About Me Sample Image
    About Me Sample Image

    Width (Desktop): 798px
    Width (Mobile): 375px
    Cut-off height (Desktop): 1000px
    Cut-off height (Mobile): 350px
    (the height from the top of the design to the arrow that unfurls the rest of the About Me)
    Length: any

  • Please design for both desktop and mobile. Focus on how to rearrange components and/or make them smaller to create a cohesive design that looks similar on both devices. (Play with some existing templates to see what we mean!)
  • Consider how your layout will appear when different sections are displayed or hidden. For example, Seasonal and Last Completed anime can be toggled on and off; rankings can have descriptions or not.
  • Feel free to add new sections (e.g. a second image, YouTube embed), remove sections, or incorporate new elements (e.g. SNS links, a fixed image next to the title).
  • Please make sure you include a space for at least one text box for the Title/Introduction section. Note that the introduction text section can contain a maximum of 5,000 characters. Scrollbars can be added if you'd like to make this section a maximum height.
  • Please keep in mind that your design will be coded in CSS. This means some things you can easily do in Photoshop (e.g. create custom text shapes) will not be feasible to implement in code. Avoid adding complicated moving parts, including elements that would require extensive coding, etc. Complex designs may be disqualified or released for MAL Supporters only.

Rules

  • Keep it PG-13. Please do not submit designs that contain any sort of nudity, graphic violence, foul language or otherwise NSFW content.
  • Get permission. If you want to use artwork made by somebody else in your design, please ask for permission from the artist first.
  • Keep a resource list. Please save links to any free-to-use resources (images, brushes) used in your design. Note that images from Freepik can also be used.
  • Google Fonts only. Only one Google Font per design. Other fonts will be replaced or the design will be disqualified. Standard fonts (e.g. Arial, Verdana) are fine.

Submission form

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your MAL username*
  • Design name*
  • Design description (optional)*

    • A short description about your design or the idea behind it.
  • An image of your design (JPG or PNG, max 3MB)*

    • Make sure your design is fully visible.
    • The filename should be the same as your design name.
  • Links to Google Fonts used

    • Standard fonts (e.g. Arial, Verdana) do not need to be linked.
  • Links to any resources used

    • Includes images used with the artist's permission, free-to-use resources, and Freepik images.
  • Your email address

    • To send you a copy of your submission, and in case we need to contact you.

*Will be displayed in the public showcase if your design is short-listed.

FAQ

If you have any other questions about the contest, feel free to ask here in the Bunkasai club Q&A forum.

Terms and conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

BY ENTERING OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT, ALL ENTRANTS AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE OFFICIAL EVENT RULES, WHICH ARE FINAL AND BINDING ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THIS EVENT.

Sponsor

About Me Template Design Contest (“event”) is sponsored by MyAnimeList Co., Ltd. (“MyAnimeList”, “Sponsor”, “we”, “us” or “our”). The event is void in whole or in part where prohibited by law. In the event of changes to the event, we will announce them on the event page and Twitter.

Eligibility

This event is open to individuals who are 16 years of age or older at time of entry. Individuals who are minors in their jurisdiction must have their parent’s or legal guardian’s consent before entering the contest. Further, children under age 16 in Europe or under age 13 in the United States and other countries may participate, but only with verifiable parental consent. We shall have the right at any time to require proof of age, parental consent, identity and/or eligibility to participate in this event. Failure to provide such proof or insufficient proof may result in disqualification from the event in our sole discretion. All information requested by and supplied to us for the purpose of the contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant from the event should such an entrant at any stage supply unsatisfactory, untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information. Sponsor’s employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this event.

※Professional and amateur artists welcome.

※By applying to participate in this event, you (“Applicant”, “you” or “your”) agree to these Event Rules, including all Terms of Application outlined below and any other instructions or terms and conditions we post in connection with the event.

Terms of Application

Please read and confirm all the terms below to confirm that your work meets all criteria before submitting.

Event period and submissions

□Works must be submitted between 21:00 PT on July 27 and 22:59 PT August 25, 2022 in order to be eligible.

□There is no limit to the number of works an Applicant may submit.

□ Applicants must own the copyright of the work they submit. If someone other than the author (copyright holder) submits the work, the Applicant must obtain permission from the copyright holder.

□The Sponsor reserves the right to decide at its discretion whether or not to publish the submitted work and, if published, the period of publication, the format and the placement of the work. Submissions that fall into any of the following categories will not be published:

  • Works of which the Applicant does not hold ownership.
  • Works that are suspected to plagiarize works for which the Applicant does not hold ownership.
  • Works which contain personal information (such as names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses etc).
  • Works which do not match the theme of the event.
  • Works of a political or religious nature.
  • Works which violate laws or are considered offensive.
  • Any material that infringes on the intellectual property rights, portrait rights, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, honor, social credibility, or other rights or interests of other applicants, the Sponsor, or any third party.
  • Any material that is defamatory, fraudulent, threatening, or harassing to other applicants, the Sponsor, or other third parties.
  • Works which are of a discriminatory nature.
  • Any other content that the Sponsor deems inappropriate for the operation of this event.

□ Should a third party claim infringement of copyright, infringement or violation of other rights, entitlement to compensation or damages, or assert other claims arising out of or in connection with any of your submissions, the Sponsor shall not bear any responsibility for such third party claims and you shall be responsible for resolving said claim. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against all such third party claims.

Regarding applications

□ Application to this event must be made by following our instructions and providing the necessary information and submitting your entry via the web page designated by the Sponsor.

□ The Sponsor may contact the Applicant directly regarding his/her application.

□ All costs associated with the event application process are your responsibility.

□ The Sponsor will not be held responsible for any accidents, damage to or loss of data during the transmission of submissions. The submitted work will not be returned to the applicant. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to back up the submitted work.

□ If it is found that the Applicant is a member of antisocial forces, or that the Applicant promotes the activities of antisocial forces, the submitted work will not be published or will be withdrawn.

Regarding copyrights

We do not take ownership of your submitted work and the copyright in your work will not be transferred to the Sponsor as a result of the submission. However, by submitting your work to us for the event, you agree that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, publicly transmit, display, distribute, and/or adapt the submitted work for the following purposes without compensation to you or any third party, without limitation as to region, period, or mode of use:

By submitting a work as part of the event, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to the Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, sublicensable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, license to use, reproduce, publicly transmit, display, distribute and adapt the work as described above.

□The Sponsor may, at its discretion, alter, modify, remove, or otherwise process the submitted work so long as the content is not significantly damaged.

□The Applicant shall not exercise any moral rights, including moral rights of performers, with respect to the use or processing of the submission by the Sponsor.

Prohibited actions

□Applicants are prohibited from performing any of the following acts:

  • Violation of laws and regulations or these application guidelines.
  • Sending false information.
  • Sending or posting computer viruses, other harmful computer programs, e-mails, etc.
  • Unauthorized access to the Sponsor's website or other computers related to the event.

Prizes

The prizes available for this event are the following:

Prize item description: Estimated value: No. of items available: Other restrictions:
Official MAL t-shirt $25 3 N/A
MAL Supporter subscription (one year) $29.99 3 N/A

Selection of Winners

Once the submission period for the event ends, Sponsor will review the eligible submissions and may disqualify any ineligible submissions or Applicants.

The Sponsor may communicate with potential winners at the email address provided by Applicants. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within 72 hours, fails to respond to any attempted contact, is in any way not in compliance with these Event Rules, or declines to, does not or cannot accept the prize to be awarded, such potential winner will be disqualified, his/her entry and submission will be declared null and void and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select or randomly select (as applicable) another eligible submission, in which event these provisions shall apply to such other eligible submission.

Regarding handling of personal information

In addition to the provisions of the Sponsor's Privacy Policy (https://myanimelist.net/about/privacy_policy) and Cookie Policy (https://myanimelist.net/about/cookie_policy), the Sponsor will handle the personal information of Applicants obtained upon application in accordance with the following:

Information we collect

Email address

Reasons for use of Personal Information
  • To contact the Applicant in connection with his or her submission.
  • To perform statistical analysis to help us improve events held by the Sponsor.
  • To provide information regarding the sale of merchandise (please contact us should you wish to opt out of these types of communications) and to ship merchandise.
Disclosure to third parties

The Sponsor will not share your information with any third parties except as permitted by our Privacy Policy.

Outsourcing

The Sponsor may outsource personal information in order to achieve the above purposes of use. However, we will not allow the use of personal information beyond the scope of the purpose.

Release

By applying or entering this event, you release the Sponsor and its employees, officers, directors, managers and agents from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with this event or the transmission, failed transmission or acceptance of any prize, whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or any other theory.

Other

□Applicants may not transfer or assign their rights and obligations related to this application to any third party.

□The Sponsor reserves the right to change the contents of this event or to cancel, modify, suspend or terminate this event at any time in its own discretion.

□This event and its Terms of Application shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan, and in the event of the necessity of litigation, the Tokyo District Court shall be the exclusive court of first instance.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions or comments regarding the event to MyAnimeList at
campaign@myanimelist.zendesk.com

Contact Information

Please direct any questions or comments to MyAnimeList at
campaign@myanimelist.zendesk.com