Challenge Summary

Welcome to the 2015 [topcoder] Open Site Icons Design Challenge! The goal of this challenge is to design the new track icons of the new [topcoder] Open website. 

For this challenge, you are going to design about 16 simple icons for the TCO15 website. 

Challenge Description

The 2015 [topcoder] Open will have updated competitions tracks and we need new icons for this purpose aside from the existing icons of the website. These icons will be placed all around the website with their specific Purpose. See the TCO14 website for reference. The icons outlined below are going to be designed. 

Icon Requirements

- icons should be in vector format
- provide a set of icons in 28x28, 36x36, and 128x128 sizes
- each icon should show how they look like when in normal, hover, and active state
- style should follow flat style with vivid color and high contrast, make sure to make them simple and representative
- use and complement the primary colors of [topcoder], these are #0071bc, #29abe2, #8cc63f, #d9e021, and #f7931e
- use the provided Web GUI kit as guidelines and reference in creating your icons 
- on we already have icons for Development, Design, and Data Science so please make sure those 3 icons designs are consistent with our TCO ones as well so the flow well together.

Main Navigation Icons

1. Home
This icon is intended for the website main page 

2. Tournament
This will be for the Tournament landing page 

3. Developer Events
This will be for the Developer Events landing page 

Tournament & Track Icons

1. Overview
General icon for overview information or a sub-navigation icon for landing pages (e.g. Tournament and Developer Events) 

2. Algorithm
The Algorithm competitions are timed challenges where all contestants compete online and are given the same problems to solve under the same time constraints. 

3. Development
The Development track allows competitors to build high-quality components and applications through a series of challenges. 

4. Information Architecture
Information Architecture includes wireframes that is designed to take the requirement documents inputs from the Specification Contest (or directly from the client) and create a "roadmap" of the working application. They do not demonstrate the look and feel of the website or application. 

5. Marathon
The Marathon Competition provides a more flexible format with an extended timeline that offers different types of problems than what can be offered in the Algorithm Competition. 

6. UI Design
Creative design challenges that produce flat graphic files and how should they exactly appear to the user, but nothing is interactive or functional. 

7. UI Prototype
This is a software and/or design competitions that includes UI Prototype, Architecture, and Conceptualization Specification. 

Footer Icons

1. Program
This is intended for the TCO15 tournament programs that includes the finalists info, schedules, sponsors, and other tournament related information.

2. Blog
Page of post articles related to what's happening in TCO15 

3. Photos
Page for photos during the onsite events 

4. Movies
Archive page for YouTube videos related to TCO15 

5. Twitter
Archive page of twitter posts related to #tco15 

6. Sponsorship
This is a page of information on how to become a sponsor of TCO15 

Provided Resources
- [topcoder] Web GUI kit 

Target Audience
- [topcoder] members 
- potential clients and sponsors
- Developers and designers who are potentially non members

Judging Criteria
- How well you design the provided design challenge
- How well you follow the provided Web GUI kit
- Cleanliness of your graphics and design 

Submission & Source Files

Preview Image
Create your preview image as one (1) 1024x1024 JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode at 72dpi and place a screenshot of your submission within it. 

Submission File
Please upload PNG/JPEG images in a zip file with all requested contest requirements stated above. 

Source Files
All original source files of the submitted design. Files should be created in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or similar and saved as layered PSD, AI, or EPS files. 

Final Fixes
As part of the final fixes phase you may be asked to modify your graphics, images (sizes or colors) or modify overall colors. 

Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

Stock Photography

Stock photography is not allowed in this challenge. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you. See this page for more details.

How To Submit

  • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here
  • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
  • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
  • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

Winner Selection

Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the client's discretion.

Challenge links

Screening Scorecard

Submission format

Your Design Files:

  1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
  2. Place your submission files into a "" file.
  3. Place all of your source files into a "" file.
  4. Declare your fonts, stock photos, and icons in a "Declaration.txt" file.
  5. Create a JPG preview file.
  6. Place the 4 files you just created into a single zip file. This will be what you upload.

Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.

Fonts, Stock Photos, and Icons:

All fonts, stock photos, and icons within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any 3rd party files in your submission or source files. Read about the policy.


All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to  pass screening.

Challenge links

Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.

Source files

  • Layered PSD files created in Adobe Photoshop or similar
  • Vector AI files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
  • Vector EPS files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar

You must include all source files with your submission.

Submission limit


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