Student Graphic Design Contest2018-10-17T02:32:10+00:00

Student Graphic Design Contest

Student Graphic Design Contest banner

Students at NISOD member colleges are invited to participate in the Student Graphic Design Contest and design the official Conference Program for NISOD’s 2020 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the definitive gathering of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff seeking best and promising practices designed to improve student achievement.

It is at each member college’s discretion how it determines what artwork is submitted to NISOD for consideration. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact their college’s president’s office regarding how to participate in this contest.


The winning student artist will receive:

  • $1,000 USD
  • The winning artwork will serve as the front cover of the 2020 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Conference Program.
  • Five (5) poster size copies of the winning artwork.
  • Winning student artist recognition and unveiling of the winning artwork will take place at the 2019 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 25-28, 2019 in Austin, Texas), which includes:
    • Up to $400 USD toward travel to Austin, Texas;
    • Up to three (3) nights lodging (Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights only); and
    • One (1) complimentary conference registration.

The winning student’s college receives a complimentary membership for the next membership year.

Suggested Theme and Style Guidelines

We are looking for artwork with interesting, fun, bold, fresh, colorful, original, and modern images, yet which honors the legacy of NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Keep in mind that the winning artwork will become the 2020 Conference Program front cover, and must also be easily applicable to advertising, brochures, and other applications. If you choose to use community and technical college educators in an illustrated format, our preferences are faculty members in classroom settings. No recognizable students, faculty, administrators, and staff are permitted.

Elements That Must Be Included in the Design

  • NISOD’s name and logo (Download various formats below)
  • “International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence”
  • “May 23-26, 2020”
  • “Austin, Texas”

What NOT to Include

  • No recognizable images of community and technical college students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • No stock images or clip art, except the NISOD logo.
  • No copyrighted work.
  • No photos.

Artwork Specifications

  • All submissions must be original art/illustrations, except the NISOD logo.
  • Burnt orange and white are the official colors and the primary palette used by NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin. Although not required, student graphic artists are strongly encouraged to employ the following distinctive burnt orange color in their artwork:

CMYK: 0, 65, 100, 9 | RGB: 191, 87, 0 | HEX: #BF5700
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  • All submissions must be minimum 8.5″ W x 11″ H and minimum 300 dpi resolution.
  • Accepted file formats include .JPG, .JPEG, .TIF, .TIFF, .EPS
    • .TIFF (or .TIF) formats should be flattened
    • .EPS formats must have all type converted to vector paths (traced or outlined)
  • If chosen as the winner, your original file must be produced in vector format for ease of duplication (layered Illustrator .eps or .ai file)

Preparing Art for Submission

Convert to RGB color space and reduce to max file size of 60 MB.


  • Contest Opens: August 27, 2018
  • Contest Closes: February 28, 2019
  • Winner notified: March 15, 2019
  • Winning artwork unveiled: May 2019

Download the Individual Release and Waiver of Rights form.

Download the NISOD logo in various formats.

Adobe Illustrator iconAdobe Photoshop iconEPS Image iconTIFF Image icon

How to Enter Your Submission

Once your artwork is completed, your college’s NISOD liaison may submit it using the form below or contact Nicole Novelli at or (512) 471-7545 for additional information.

Submit Your Artwork!

Contact Nicole Novelli at or (512) 471-7545 for more information. To spread the word on your campus about the contest, please use the flyer below:

Student Graphic Design Contest Flyer