Blank Canvas: Design a Bell Full 9 Helmet and Win!

Jun 20, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
Do you have what it takes to design the helmet Mick Hannah will be wearing during his race runs at Crankworx? If so, Bell wants to see what you've got. Download the vector graphic template for a Bell Full 9 helmet and create your own design, making sure to incorporate the Bell logo. When your masterpiece is finished, upload it into the Bell Blank Canvas photo category here on Pinkbike. The top five designs will be voted on by Pinkbike viewers and announced on July 22, 2013.

All of the finalists will get a Bell Full 9 for their efforts. From the five finalists, the grand prize winner will be chosen by Pinkbike, Bell, and Mick Hannah. This winner will see their artwork worn by Mick Hannah at Crankworx, and will also receive a custom painted helmet of their own. The helmets will be painted by Airtrix.



BELL Helmets reserves the right to reproduce any design submissions and pertinent content in future BELL Helmets. In other words, we reserve the right to show off the winning design as often as possible.
*This means that BELL will be using the winning submission for the 2 helmets produced (one for Mick and one for the winner) as well as the photography of the helmet that will be used to promote the winning graphic and that BELL WILL NOT use it for an inline graphic without working with the artist first.

Enter Now: Blank Canvas Contest Details

The submission deadline for designs is July 19th, 2013.

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  • 163 13
 "BELL Helmets reserves the right to reproduce any design submissions and pertinent content in future BELL Helmets."
This is some shitty term of use. It mean that even if you aren't a finalist, they can use your design and have full right ont it, without mentionning your name, without paying you.
This kind of contest is great for them, they'll get plenty of free design, and all they'll have to pay is 5 helmets.
This kind of contest is destroying the profession of graphism. Sad.
  • 32 29
 NGL i'd be stoked if they used my design whatever happened!
  • 15 32
flag MadddMaxxx (Jun 20, 2013 at 4:32) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah same here! I'm gonna try and if I would win, I would be still proud of myself knowing that I designed the helmet even thought getting credit for it would be nice...:P I'm gonna use Paint and Photoshop Big Grin
  • 40 5
 They ripp you off and earn money with your design and you would be proud of it ? interesting.
  • 21 1
 No you got it wrong.. I would be proud that I won! I wouldn't be happy about them selling it without giving credit to me BUT, I would be happy knowing that I designed it! I didn't say that I would be proud of them ripping me off and earning money on my design? I said that I would be proud that I won and designed something that took the first place! You didn't quit get what I meant, sorry if I wrote and/or formed my thoughts to text somehow oddly and that it was hard to understand. English is my 3rd language so yeah...
  • 12 1
 This happens in many areas of art. I've had a request to use a photo in a printed publication before and when I asked how much they were planning on purchasing the picture for, they said they weren't. But I could have a copy of the ride guide... There is so much medium-high quality art work out there that those few making a living out of producing professional pieces are being pushed out, and as a result we are seeing more and more fairly alright pieces used in more locations. My picture wasn't great, but they were happy to reduce their overheads in this way. The proliferation of consumer level art isn't great for the development of a prefession.
  • 14 2
 Did you guys ever read Facebook's terms of use? You'd wonder who owns the stuff you posted.
  • 5 0
 This happens with music, graphic design, drawings, photoshop etc.. And yeah I've read a part of them. I got in trouble on Youtube because i used music that WMG claimed to be theirs, but it was a song that I made? Oh well there is a lot of things like this going on on the internet.
  • 8 2
 Good call Doft, thanks for pointing this out. Agreed, that's an unfortunate clause. I make a living doing graphic design and creative in the bike industry and would be excited for the distraction of entering the contest. Wouldn't mind losing, wouldn't mind winning just a helmet as payment, but I DO mind giving away the rights to my work for nothing. It's a lame thing for Bell to ask.
  • 4 1
 I wonder what their design department is thinking. Either way, I pass. Mick is a cool guy though, I hope he gets a great lid. Good luck to the entrants
  • 60 0
 Hey guys, spoke with Bell and we're revising the terms now.
  • 4 0
 JMHPH, that is exactly my point of view. Kart-burkat, that would be awesome from you and Bell !
  • 13 3
 Pulease! This is a contest! I seriously doubt Bell is having troubles coming up with a new design. They're simply giving the public the opportunity to get excited on their products. It's marketing! I work as a graphic designer and I feel that in no way are they "ruining the profession". That's ridiculous. If you're so worried, I'm betting you're not that great of a designer in the first place. It's their contest, their rules. If you don't like it, don't enter. And if I win, damn straight it's going in my portfolio.
  • 4 1
 @shaun77r - If you are a designer or photographer then the first thing you should learn is that giving away the rights to your work devalues it. Eventually nobody will want to pay you for work they can get through a contest or from some kid on the internet. I am stoked you and I share a passion (well, two passions if you count bikes!) now I encourage you to take the next step and get involved in the design community and become a professional. I hope you do this so you can understand what's wrong with the simplistic view you expressed above, and I hope you do this so you can make a rewarding career for yourself.
  • 8 0
 Oh, and serious kudos to Bell for revising the terms and thanks to Karl to checking into it!
  • 1 0
 sounds like my day is set.
  • 2 2
 @JMHPB - "Professional", "get involved in the design community", "rewarding career"? Haha. I've owned a successful print/design firm for over 10 years. I've been involved in graphic design for over 15 years. You learn there will always be people willing to work for less, you just have to be good enough to make people want to pay you more. It doesn't matter how many contests companies put out there, I'm still going to get paid, because I'm worth it. That doesn't affect the value of my work, however it may affect yours. Good for them for changing the terms, now let's get on with it! I love a little competition to keep the mind fresh.
  • 4 0
 they've changed it now.
"*This means that BELL will be using the winning submission for the 2 helmets produced (one for Mick and one for the winner) as well as the photography of the helmet that will be used to promote the winning graphic and that BELL WILL NOT use it for an inline graphic without working with the artist first."
  • 1 0
 Exciting to see another creative contest on Pinkbike. I haven't seen one since of this type since Troy Lee Designs put one out. Totally jumping on.
  • 4 0
 If there are those that give away work, and if there are companies that don't understand the value of the work, it lowers the pay scale for everybody regardless of talent, experience or ego. It's a simple equation and creatives have to learn the value of ALL creative work beyond "mine's bitchin, so people will pay." I am sorry you don't see this but I am glad to hear that you are doing well for yourself in spite of it. You sound very confident in your work and if you've been putting food on the table for 15 years you are clearly doing something right, I wish you continued success!
  • 2 0
 This was a cute little volley of handbags. Good luck to all the entrants, lookin forward to seeing the finished work
  • 2 0
 @Karl-Burkat, good work dude! Nice to see Bell willing to change it too, I've seen lots of creative competitions with 'that' clause where the sponsor just shrugs and tells you to deal with it, Bell are evidently nicer than that.
  • 1 1
 Cool that Bell is changing the terms. I bet it was just a standard legal term that was copied over. Good catch by whoever actually read that thing.

A little off topic: Just because something is free does not mean it loses value or has no value. Take a read over at Did Trent Reznor lose the value of the album 'The Slip' when he gave it away for free? Nope. He sold limited edition box sets, vinyl, and other things and made more money doing that than selling singles.
  • 91 4
 Who's the first to draw a penis on it?
  • 64 2
 somebody from new zealand obviously...
  • 28 3
 Aussies next...
  • 33 0
 We always draw penises on shit.....
  • 42 0
 We literally have a facebook page called "drawing dicks on the herald sun"
  • 13 1
 I could Imagine all the best Herald Sun/The Age penis art allover a helmet.
  • 15 1
 haha, someone with the profile name woody
  • 10 49
flag saruti (Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35) (Below Threshold)
 welll..... my is too big to fit this helmet...... Smile ( I could not resist.... Smile )
  • 5 22
flag Drookit (Jun 20, 2013 at 2:42) (Below Threshold)
 My first thought too
  • 4 33
flag TheDude88 (Jun 20, 2013 at 2:50) (Below Threshold)
 @saruti, mine couldnt fit on the entire jersey Smile
  • 50 3
 That sucks. Must be miserable carrying that thing around and being unable to stick it anywhere.
  • 3 12
flag lsmillie (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:52) (Below Threshold)
 lololololololol ^
  • 24 0
 I can see the word "END" maybe making an appearance also
  • 2 8
flag immacaroni (Jun 20, 2013 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 mine is too small, so i tell people ill never hit rock bottom but ill dent the shit out of the sides
  • 1 6
flag HowitzerMyFace (Jun 20, 2013 at 10:08) (Below Threshold)
 Its not the biggest but you wouldnt like it as a wart
  • 11 1
 yet again the 12 year olds converge.
  • 3 6
 You can tell which users have confidence issues.....
  • 3 6
 Haha confidence issues. Ive dipped it more times than you've dipped in ketchup pal
  • 2 2
 Worm....I hit the wrong props button Frown
  • 10 0
 im gonna use felt tip pens and an etch a sketch to design mine.
  • 9 0
 ill be using paint and word.. Smile
  • 19 0
 crack out the comic sans
  • 1 0
 Fuzzy cootie!
  • 11 4
 Should so do this with a TLD D3
  • 11 2
 Have you tried on a Full-9? They are just as comfortable as the D3s I have worn. TLD is great stuff, but other companies make stuff that is just as comfortable that doesn't come with the TLD price tag.
  • 3 0
 if you dont want the possibility of your design being used, dont enter!! i you want the chance of winning a sweet helmet enter. its not that f n difficult. they give you a chance to win something and you bag them out. stop being pussys all you haters out there. it makes me sick!
  • 2 0
 My wife says crayons and finger paint.. She's still mad about my last paint job and the thin layer of candy apple green paint on everything in the garage... The pdf shows a loop on the vision for a camera. I would use it as key ring so I don't loose my keys when I forget to zip which ever pocket they're in... Or as "Tree feelers" Hate to scratch it on a branch... Haha
  • 2 0
 Here you go fellas.

PNG format:

SVG format:

Download Inkscape for free to open the SVG (vector) format.
  • 1 0
 Hows the learning curve on inkscape?
  • 1 0
 Pretty tough if you've never used a vector editor.
  • 5 1
 I painted my own helmet myself, so I will be entering. Already got a couple ideas!
  • 5 1
 Joining the contest like a boss, with a colouring picture Big Grin
  • 3 0
 HAHAHA... I can tell the 4 years of art school have paid off. I'm out...
  • 1 0
 What is needed, and we are trying to do it, is to develop a full face, or convertible full face helmet for Enduro. We're co-developing it right now. It's not easy, but we'll succeed
  • 1 0
 Awesome... would love to be able to get a decent lightweight full/convertible along the lines of the Parachute or original Deviant... where can I find out more?
  • 1 0
 Be patient, we're still on the design phase.
  • 5 1
 Those Bluegrass helmets make Bell look good =)
  • 4 0
 Busting out my Spirograph. Gonna be siiiiick
  • 1 0
 Have you guys looked at he entrants, there are some seriously talented designers on here. I considered entering until I saw the level of work been produced by some members. I'm out.
  • 1 1
 How can Pinkbike-users vote for the contest? Is there a voting coming up? Because I don´t think only favorizing (which is the only way to post your opinion so far...besides commenting) is a representative way to find the five finalists from more than 300entrys...
come on guys, people have put so much effort into most of these artworks there, this can´t be the way to choose the sweetest design.
please guys if the choice is supposed to be made tomorrow, you should open up a public voting very very soon!
best regards...
  • 3 0
 Or maybe they hoping someone will inadvertently design a TLD styled lid...
  • 1 0
 This helmet might be cool if they changed the Bell logo. helmet design and graphic = sweet. bell logo = fugly, take that thing off the helmet.
  • 1 0
 Is there a age requirement? I didn't see anything but it would suck to find out there is one after I make some designs and can't enter them
  • 3 0
 Then the welsh...
  • 1 0
 Is one logo on the visor enough? fantastic contest, screw work, im doing a helmet.
  • 3 1
 Can I design them a new logo to start? It really needs a redesign.
  • 2 0
 it says that you're allowed in the vector template Smile
  • 2 3
 Disappointed to see another Spec work contest from the MTB industry. If you want your helmets to look as good as they perform, please hire a pro in the future. Your brand image will be better for it.
  • 2 0
 hey guys, where do i upload my design??
  • 1 0
 Wait the contest is over already?
  • 2 0
 july Smile
  • 2 0
 hey karl, i can just draw on the template right?? no PS or AI needed?
  • 3 3
 Crowd sourcing is a shitty way to deprive real designers of what they have worked so hard for. Fuck this!
  • 1 0
 i've finished the design..ready to submit..
  • 1 0
 Sweet new lid !!!
  • 1 0
 How do you vote?
  • 1 0
 How do you enter?
  • 1 0
 how do i upload it?
  • 1 4
 You have to pay to download the software?.....
  • 4 1
 what software?
  • 5 3
 Do it in windows paint.
  • 3 1
 Its in vector format so you will need a professional graphics program to use and create a design-Adobe Illustrator.
  • 2 0
 arrrrr, if you know what i mean
  • 1 0
 Loads of options for free software besides paint I used the second one there "inkscape" to make reverse stencils for specialized logos on my frame
  • 1 1
 Iv got Gimp... Will that work?
  • 3 0
 Nothing says your entry has to be edited or submitted in a vector file format. You will need a program that can read a .pdf, which you can get free from Adobe's website (Acrobat).
After that, what's wrong with pens and a scanner? The final image has to be uploaded to Pinkbike anyway, so you won't be uploading .ai files anyway.
  • 2 0
 I dont think gimp can open vector files, it depends on what format the template is, I havent had a chance to check yet but if you could get someone to export it in a .png or .jpeg format you could edit it with just about any program such as gimp like you have
  • 5 0
 Here you go fellas.

PNG format:

SVG format:

Download Inkscape for free to open the SVG (vector) format.
  • 1 0
 Gimp and Paint will work with PNG format. I you want to work in Inkscape, it can export your finished SVG into PNG format.
  • 1 0
 I did so, pm me and leave your mail-adress then i'll send it via email (its too large to upload here!)
  • 1 0
 The SVG format works great and loads faster than the adobe one anyway, so thank you for that! and if you're working with inkscape it has an export feature its labeled "export bitmap" or you could press " shift +control + E "
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