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Challenge Summary

Welcome to the 2018 Topcoder Open Logo Design Challenge

The 2018 Topcoder Open (TCO18) logo is a very important part of the event. Our premier tournament next year must showcase an amazing logo from our Design community. The goal of this competition is to create a new and never been used eye-catching logo that recognizes this event as one of the industry's premier places to showcase high-tech talent from the global community.

This logo must be unique for a Topcoder tournament, and not something you can find at any everyday business or event. The TCO18 logo will be used on all the event promotional material, the t-shirt, website, etc. The prestigious Topcoder Open brings together the best of the best from countries all over the world, with various backgrounds, cultures, and skill sets.

The logo needs to draw a distinct connection between the Topcoder brand/color scheme.

Round 1

Your initial design solution for checkpoint review:
- Logo in Color on white background
- Logo in Color on black background
- Logo in grayscale

Please explain your design with notes that will help us understand the meaning/purpose of your logo.

Round 2

Your final design solution after incorporating the checkpoint feedback:
- Logo in Color on white background
- Logo in Color on black background
- Logo in grayscale

Please explain your design with notes that will help us understand the meaning/purpose of your logo.
The TCO18 logo will be featured on every piece of the tournament and events. From the t-shirts, the website, marketings, and much more. This logo must encompass what the tournament means; not literally but figuratively. The TCO18 is all about competition either by coding or designing. You must take all of the things the TCO means and produce a visual that people can relate to the tournament.

Design Considerations
Stay away from ideas that have been used in past tournaments, take a look at our TCO logos throughout the years and also learn what our TCO17 logo symbolizes.

Too often we have had globes, computers, circles, and computer mice depicted in logo designs. We want to stay away from anything that has been done in the past and expect something fresh and new - something bold that symbolizes a spirit of a world-wide competition.

Concept, composition, and simplicity will be taken into serious consideration in the selection process (see judging criteria below). Most great logos share some characteristics; they are clean, simple and easy to remember. The winning logo will be used in many different areas, on the event website, the printed program, apparel and large format event graphics.


- We are looking for something fresh and new but at the same time, something that conveys competition, innovation, and the concept of a tournament. We want something that speaks TCO and not just a random design that could relate to any business.

- The logo may say only ONE of these phrases NOT both: TCO18 or 2018 Topcoder Open.

- Make sure the logo looks completely different from the previous year's logo (see links above).

- Do not use any track names, event place, or icons, but something more overall representative.  

- Stay away from gradients, as they will not be able to be easily reproduced across all media.

- Logo must be recognizable when printed on a Black & White background.

- Designs must be created as VECTOR artwork so they can be resized without a loss of quality. Make sure your logo quality is not diminished when scaled up or down.

- Provide an outlined version of your logo.

- The logo should encapsulate the message of the logo design within three seconds of the first glimpse. Anyone who sees your logo for the first time should retain that image in their memory.

- We need you to create the logo in All Color and in Black & White versions. 

- Optionally, provide a version of your logo in stacked and horizontal position.

- Feel free to explain how these criteria are met, or what your idea behind the design process is as a text file/notes in your submission.


- Fonts are open to the designer, just be aware of Studio font policy.


- Use the Topcoder brand colors
- Use the primary colors.
- Secondary colors may be use to support or compliment your main color of choice.


The TCO17, TCO16, TCO14, and TCO13 logos are examples of strong logos. The quality, fresh look, concept, and simple design yet bold look encompasses exactly what we were looking for to portray the TCO.

Explore some logo design inspiration websites, look for simple images or typography that convey a sense of competition. A good logo should be; simple, distinctive, relevant, memorable, timeless, and versatile - and most importantly your own design. Use these references as inspirations only. 

Target Audience

- Topcoder members
- Topcoder's Clients and Sponsors
- Potential Members
- Potential Clients and Sponsors

Judging Criteria

- Relevance:  How does your logo "fit" within the tournament? As in, the tournament of as a whole: the competitions, the competitors, the prestige, the excitement, etc. This is very important.
- Quality: Does your logo look fresh, professional and clean? Is the composition/layout well done? Have you used typography in a meaningful way?
- Concept: Does your logo present a new and interesting concept? Is it simple, yet memorable?

Submission Deliverables

Preview Image
Please create your preview image as one (1) 1024x1024 JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode at 72dpi and place your submissions within it. You are free to resize or crop your submission to fit this size, but do not add any filters or elements for dramatic effect, such as drop shadows or reflections.

Submission File:
All requested Contest Deliverables in JPG or PNG file format in RGB color mode at 72dpi.

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

Your source files must meet these requirements:
1) The AI/EPS logo file with text intact (not outlined).
2) The AI/EPS logo file with text in outlined format.

Final Fixes:

As part of the final fixes phase you may be asked to modify colors or fonts.

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.


2017 TopCoder(R) Open

Challenge links

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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.

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Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.

Source files

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

You must include all source files with your submission.

Submission limit


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