Northern Dimension Logo Contest

12. aprill, 2012

northern_dimension_instituteNorthern Dimension Institute (NDI) in cooperation with the Cumulus Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media would like to invite young graphic designers to participate in the contest for the Logo of the Northern Dimension. Design of logo must symbolize the idea of the Northern Dimension connecting a broad geographical area from the Arctic region to the southern shores of the Baltic Sea by concrete cooperation.

The selected logo will become the official logo for the Northern Dimension and will play a significant role in the visual identity for the ND policy. The winner of the competition will be announced at the third Ministerial meeting of the Northern Dimension in November 2012.

The organizers of the competition will retain all rights to the logo design and will have the freedom of reproducing or not using it for any function and in any material deemed fit by the contest jury. An Honorarium of the amount € 1000 will be awarded to the designer of the chosen logo.

The competition is of international nature and it is addressed to young designers as well as students of design specialization especially from the Northern Dimension area. The amount of proposals is restricted to three (3) pieces per designer.

Proposal requirements

The logo must be versatile in nature so that it can be translated and adopted for various functions and reproduced on various materials. The logo must reproduce well in a variety of sizes in a digital as well as in printed form. It is critical for the logo to be successfully reproducible in both color and monochrome (black and white.) The logo will be used as the primary graphic representation of the Northern Dimension.

Acceptable submissions may be created in either PC or Macintosh platforms in formats that allow cross-platform conversion. In your submission, please specify the authoring platform to ensure accuracy. Vector art is mandatory for the design. You will also need to include a JPEG version of your design for the jury panel to review. To keep reproduction costs reasonable, minimize the number of colors in the finished work. In addition to a color version of the design, it is required that a monochrome (black and white) version be submitted. Include or embed any placed images and identify spot colors with Pantone color specifications.  Please do not submit works created in Microsoft Office applications such as Publisher, Word or PowerPoint as these won’t be accepted or considered.

Technical requirements

1. Master file: Vector artwork: EPS, AI or PDF (Color and Monochrome)
– Ensure that all typographic elements in each file are converted to curves (paths, outlines).
2. JPEG (Color and Monochrome)
– Prepare artwork in RGB color space, 1000 pixels on the longest side.

Contest juryEntries will be judged by a panel of representatives of the Northern Dimension and graphic arts professionals.

– Relevance to the Project and Purpose
– Simplicity
– Reproducibility
– Adaptability
– The jury is allowed to set up other relevant criteria.

All submissions must be received by 6 p.m. (CET), May 16, 2012, at the address below. Late submissions won’t be considered regardless of circumstances.
The selected artist will be notified by email by October 21, 2012; other entrants will be notified shortly after.


Submit to:
Katja Lahikainen
ND Logo Contest / Northern Dimension Institute
Lappeenranta University of Technology
P.O. Box 20
FI-53851 Lappeenranta
Any inquiries;
Please also enclose your contact information (name, telephone, email) and a short description of the logo in English like the reason for the idea, the
background etc., max 300 words.

Northern Dimension

The Northern Dimension (ND) policy is an instrument of cooperation between four equal partners, the European Union, Russia, Norway and Iceland. The Northern Dimension covers a broad geographic area in the North, comprising the Baltic Sea and Barents Regions, North-West Russia in the east and Iceland and Greenland in the west, stretching increasingly towards the Arctic.

The Northern Dimension policy aims to support stability, welfare and sustainable development in the region by means of practical cooperation. The Northern Dimension covers a range of sectors, such as the environment, nuclear safety, health, energy, logistics, transport, promotion of trade and investment, research and culture. For more information on the Northern Dimension, please see the website of the Northern Dimension Institute