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UO Libraries Digital Wallpaper Design Competition

The UO Libraries is sponsoring a contest to design new digital wallpaper for the library's workstations.  The winning design will be used on more than 700 computers throughout the libraries.   The creator of the winning design will also receive a $100 prize.

The digital design contest is open to all current UO students.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:00 pm. Multiple entries may be submitted.

Entries will be judged by a committee of students and a faculty member.

Submission instructions:

Send an email message to, with your name, current UO affiliation, a brief description of the piece, and preview of the image as an attached jpeg, with a resolution of 1680x1050. In the message, please include instructions on how to download, or otherwise obtain, the full Photoshop or Illustrator file, whether through Dropbox, ftp, website, etc.

ORIGINALITY: The design must be completely original and contain no copyrighted material.

Technical specifications:

  • Save the work as a .psd or .ai file with editable layers
  • Save a copy of the work as .jpg file to attach in your submission email message.
  • Multiple aspect ratios are needed:
    • 1920x1080
    • 1680x1050
    • 1280x1024
  • The text "Academic Station" should be prominent.
  • The text "UO Libraries" should also be featured prominently in the design.
  • There should be a reserved text space/overlay for 10-20 additional words. You may fill that space with some lorem ipsum to show its usage.
  • The image, not including text, should be low-contrast so icons show up clearly.
  • There must be space for a logout button icon to be placed in the top left corner.
  • Optional: A variant image with a visibly different layout or color scheme, with the "Academic Station" text replaced by "Internet Kiosk". Only the 1280x1024 aspect ratio needs to be supported for this version.

Wallpaper currently used on Academic Stations:

wallpaper used for library's academic workstations

Created by dsimpson on Apr 25, 2013 Last updated Apr 17, 2014
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