Call for Unicode 13.0 Cover Design Art
The Unicode Consortium is inviting artists and designers
to submit cover design proposals for Version 13.0 of The
Unicode Standard, scheduled for publications in March 2020.
The selected cover design will appear on the Unicode Standard 13.0
web pages, in the print-on-demand publications, and in associated
promotional literature on the Unicode website. The artist whose design is selected for the cover will receive full credit in the colophon of the publication for which the art is used, and wherever else the design appears, and will receive $700. Two selected runner-up artists will receive $150 apiece.
Please see the section below for requirements and more details.
Cover Art for Unicode 13.0, Requirements and Specifications
Proposals must be received on or before November 1, 2019. Final candidate
art will be chosen by December 6, 2019. Artists will be notified of the
results by December 20, 2019. There is no fee or other cost for submission.
Submission materials and inquiries should be sent by e-mail to
Submissions must be in electronic/digital form, and contain the following
- Cover letter
- Draft size-reduced image
- Artist bio or résumé
- Source info for any images
All art and associated rights for use must be owned by the artist. Reference
and source materials must be owned by the artist or be in the public domain.
Submissions utilizing any images not owned by the artist must include source
information and copyright status information with the submission. (For example,
if a free-use stock image is used, provide a source URL and link to the
provider's statement of stock availability.)
Copyright permission and release forms for only the selected art will be
required for publication. Other entries will be retained for future reference
and contact purposes.
The Unicode Standard Core
Specification is printed as a two-volume set having a form factor of 6×9
inches (US Trade paperback), with wrap-around continuous cover art, and a 4-side
The submission must include a full-spread cover design proposal in JPEG
format approximately 1000 by 1500 pixels, but no smaller than 900 by 1300.
The final cover art must be approximately 13.75 inches wide by 9.25 inches
tall at 300 DPI. Art should be created with room for width adjustment of the
The center of the book spine is at or near the center of the image. The same
piece of art will be used for both volumes, with differing text and slightly
differing book thickness, therefore, the image should be suitable for adjustment
of width to accommodate differing spine widths for each volume. This may take
the form of right-alignment or center alignment, depending on the image.
Text with title and other info may be added to the covers later during
production, but the proposal may also specify intended locations for the
respective text blocks on front and back covers.
Examples of Cover Art
Results of the previous cover art submissions were announced in a blog post on
July 5, 2018. See that blog post for some examples.
For reference, cover art and information for prior versions of the standard can also be seen on these pages:
Full-sized sample files in Adobe Illustrator and
JPEG format are also available.