Call for Unicode 9.0 Cover Design Art
The call is now closed. We thank everyone for their submissions.
The Unicode Consortium is inviting artists and designers
to submit cover design proposals for Version 9.0 of The
Unicode Standard. This is the first time Unicode is
extending this invitation.
The cover design would appear on the Unicode Standard 9.0
web page, in the print-on-demand publication, and in associated
promotional literature on the Unicode website. The chosen
artist will receive full credit in the colophon of the
publication, and wherever else the design appears, and
receive $700. The two runner-up artists will receive $150 apiece.
Everyone in the world uses Unicode every time they
read or type any character on any laptop, tablet, or
smart phone. This is the opportunity to be on the cover
of the standard for those characters.
Please see the section below for requirements and more details.
Cover Art for Unicode 9.0, Requirements and Specifications
Proposals must be received on or before June 15, 2016. Final candidate
art will be chosen by July 15, 2016. Artists will be notified of the
results by July 30, 2016. 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 13.5 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 for Prior Publications
For reference, cover art and information for prior versions of the standard can be seen on these pages:
Full-sized sample files in Adobe Illustrator and
JPEG format are also available.