The History of The Cheerful Ghost
Our mascot Spright has taken many forms over the years. Take a bit of time to read about how Spright has changed over the years.
As I was building the intial framework for the site I had a few name ideas but I kept coming back to a dream I had about a happy ghost floating in the sunlight. It was an interesting dream because the ghost seemed content to be dead. Since I didn't have much money to work with an artist I decided to start drawing some concepts for the Ghost. Eventually I decided to name the site Cheerful Ghost and created a very rough sketch that became the basis for Spright, the Cheerful Ghost.
To Hug Or Not To Hug?I wanted it to be obvious Spright wants to give you a hug. Very cheesy but I wanted to subtly(or not subtly) convey the open and good natured aspect of what I want the site to be. Putting the creases on the Ghosts arms convey the hug but I dropped it in the final designs for simplicity.
The Original SprightAfter many iterations on the Ghost design I boiled it down to a few and decided on an image that I felt took the best parts of the Ghosts. I wanted a uniform Ghost that worked in a square aspect and could work as a small and large size on the web(thus the thick black lines). I liked quite a few of my drawings but didn't know how to transfer them to a good quality image. The best idea I had was to scan the image and clean it up in a photo editor. The final Ghost I came to was the best I could do as a absolute NON artist. Looking at it now I should have begged a friend to help me out. The original Spright casts a shadow which was a refrence to the dream I had that it came from.
The Fan Recreation Of My OriginalA year into the launch of the site one of our users Tungsten approached me with some new Spright designs. He had an interesting take on Spright and I talked to him about reinterpreting my drawing to fix some of its major flaws. After some back and forth he came up with the amazing vector art we ran with for many years. It improves on my original by adding some shadowing and cleaning up the obvious janky hand drawn look.
Ghost Needs Swag BadlyAs the site marched on I decided we needed to create some swag to put our branding in peoples hands. I worked with a local artist to put the Ghost on a sticker and poker chip. A popular staple amongst the retro gaming crowd are pearler bead designs of old retro games. I reached out to a local retro pearler bead company and asked them to interpret the 8-bit Ghost as a pearler bead fridge magnet. My partner and I spend many hours hot gluing the fridge magnets together. Later I took all three swag items and packaged it up as The Cheerful Ghost pack. We gave away the packs to users that got Memberships for that year.
Spright has gone through some major changes over the years and as it continues to evolve I'll add that information here. Below are a few links talking about things mentioned above and at times in greater detail.