T-shirt Design Contest Asks 'How Does Linux Inspire You?'
Article by George Norman
On 18 May 2012
Linux fans once again have the chance to take part in the annual Linux Foundation T-Shirt Design Contest, now in its 3rd edition. The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of Linux, has recently announced that if you take part in the competition, you could win one of two prizes (yes, this year two winners will be selected). The two prizes in question are:
  • 1st place - $2,000 for airfare, hotel and admission to a LinuxCon event of the winner’s choice. The events the winner can choose from are LinuxCon North America (San Diego, Aug. 26 - 29, 2012) and LinuxCon Europe (Barcelona, Nov. 5-7, 2012)
  • 2nd place - $1,000 for attending either LinuxCon North America or LinuxCon Europe.

To take part in the 2012 Linux T-shirt Design Contest, you must first find an answer to the question “How does Linux inspire you?”. The theme for this year’s contest is “Inspired by Linux” so thing hard and come up with anything related to that theme. “The design can depict literally or figuratively the events or ideas that get you pumped up for Linux. It can have words, graphics, or both in whatever font and colors you like. Let Linux be your muse,” said Digital Content Editor for Linux.com, Libby Clark.

No matter what you come up with, make sure you submit it by the deadline and make sure you obey the official rules and guidelines. The deadline for submitting the designs is June 8th, 2012. A link for the official rules and guidelines is available below.


From all the submissions The Linux Foundation Staff will pick 5 to 7 designs and present them to the community so the community can vote (only Linux.com registered members who are logged in can vote). The designs that get the most votes will win the prizes mentioned above. The design that getst 1st place will be sold in The Linux Foundation online store and the money from the sales will go towards supporting Linux and The Linux Foundation.

So let’s recap, let’s list the most important things you need to know about the 3rd edition of the Linux Foundation T-Shirt Design Contest:
  • Theme – Inspired by Linux
  • Deadline – submit your design by June 8, 2012, at 11:55.
  • Prizes – 1st prize is $2,000, 2nd prize is $1,000 that goes towards attending LinuxCon North America or LinuxCon Europe.
  • Rules and guidelines – the official contest rules are available here.

The one to win the Linux T-Shirt Design Contest back in 2011 when Linux celebrated its 20th anniversary was Indian-born but Sweden-based designer Kim Blanche. Her winning design, which you can see below, was entitled “Flying Penguin”. The idea behind this design was that Tux managed to take off after 20 years of hard work and is now flying high above the competition.

Here’s what Kim Blanche had to say about coming up with the winning “Flying Penguin” design:

“When I read the terms for the competition, I thought the picture should be joyful and fit for a very happy birthday. I started with the text and I came up with the idea of making the numbers similar to the style of the Linux Foundation logo. After that, Tux came flying in my head with the balloon. And that was it. Simply joyful and suitable for a happy birthday! Then I realized how hard it must be for a penguin to actually fly. That’s the connection with The Flying Penguin. The picture is clear about Tux: he’s heading for a very bright future!”

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