Tips are pretty much as last yea and the year before, so I'll be an even lazier bastard and just repost my repost of my repost:
- Keep clear requirement is not compulsory, just compensate for the RSS button overlaying the banner or incorporate it in the design.
- Do not overuse existing renders and themes, there are plenty of new shows to choose from.
- Actual banner width is 970px, so bear that in mind if your design relies on a frame of sort.
- As for additional text - Happy New Year, Happy Holidays and similar are accepted, but we're steering clear of Merry Christmas and similar religious holiday greetings as we're trying to be neutral.
However we are tolerating Christmas themed banners, Christmas tree, gifts etc. as it is tied to New Year spirit.
For the general idea you can also check out banners we accepted previous years '15
, and '10