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International Year Of...

KENYA 2020-2021

International Year of... Logo Contest

In spring 2018, the WKU campus will vote to select the logo for the 2018-19 International Year of Cuba. The campus-wide contest will consist of three final logos designed by WKU students, chosen by the International Year Of… (IYO) Cuba Planning Committee from the pool of applicants. Applicants may be contacted to revise their designs, as suggested by the IYO Planning Committee, before the campus-wide vote is opened. These changes will be requested in a timely manner, and representatives from the Office of International Programs will be available to discuss changes.

The winner of the contest will receive a $250 book scholarship, to be applied to the student’s TopNet account in the fall of 2018. Even if you are early in your creative program, we encourage you to submit your design!


Timeline of Contest: 

  • To be considered for the contest, designs must be submitted by December 15, 2017 Individuals should submit their designs to
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted by February 1, 2018.  Semi-finalists may be asked to make minor revisions.
  • Finalists will be contacted by March 1, 2018. Finalists may be asked to make minor revisions.
  • The final three logos will be released for a campus-wide voting contest in March 2018.
  • The winner will be announced in April 2018.
  • The winning designer will be featured on the IYO website for the duration of the IYO Cuba and will be awarded a $250 book scholarship the following fall semester (for students graduating in 2018, a comparable award will be given)

Summary of IYO

The International Year Of…(IYO) program is an annual yearlong exploration of a single country designed to provide WKU and community audiences with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of and appreciation for the world around them. Academic departments, individual faculty, staff members, and community organizations and businesses partner with the Office of International Programs (OIP) to spotlight the year’s target country in ways that are most relevant for their audiences, resulting in a diverse and varied calendar of co-curricular events and roster of internationalized courses.

Goals of logo

For the IYO Cuba, we would like to see a design that is multi-faceted, memorable, and easily connected to the country. This may be accomplished through the use of images, colors, and concepts emblematic and representative of that country and culture.  While we are not opposed to the colors of the flag, designers are also encouraged to consider other unique color possibilities. Designers should draw upon iconic cultural symbols or other recognizable visual elements, like architecture styles, geography/landscape, etc.  Ideally, the design will reflect some of the key themes WKU will be exploring during the actual IYO. Some of the key themes identified by the committee, which may be a good starting point, are listed below:

  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Agriculture (sugar, tobacco industries)
  • US-Cuba history and current relations
  • Culture (visual arts, performance arts, sports, etc)
  • Geographical features 

We want the logo to immediately remind the viewer of the IYO Cuba and evoke excitement for the year. It will serve as a visual link, connecting all the various activities and events going on throughout the year. The target audience for the logo is all WKU constituents, including community members. Departments across WKU are involved in the IYO, so it is essential that the logo will relate to constituents across the entire campus. 

Prominence and application of logo during 2018-2019 and beyond:

The logo will be applied in several different ways both during the 2018-19 academic year and beyond. It will be featured in the following ways:

  • Prominently displayed on the IYO website during the 2018-19 year
  • Used at the focal point of print resources like the calendar of events
  • Included on all promotional materials, print or electronic
  • Featured on a 33” x 79” banner that will be displayed at all IYO events
  • Potentially featured on official IYO t-shirts and other giveaways
  • The designer will also be recognized on the IYO webpage with a brief bio. 

Required Elements

The final logo must have:

  • The name and year of the IYO
  • “International Year of” in Trajan Pro font
  • “Cuba 2018-2019” in a font of the designer’s choice which should serve to enhance the overall design
  • The WKU Office of International Programs logo (available here)
  • High quality, easily resizable .jpgs  (with transparent backgrounds) in full color, black and white, and all white
  • The designer must also provide a short (few-sentence) description of the inspiration for the logo.

Other considerations

The winning designer should be prepared to:

  • Provide the names of the font(s) used in the text of the logo
  • Provide any variations of the logo that OIP will need
  • Provide working files of the logo
  • Grant OIP permission to use the logo on various marketing materials

While other designers will likely work with the logo so that it can be added to promotional materials (e.g., a t-shirt and other giveaways), the original design would remain unaltered and the original designer will be featured as the logo designer on the OIP website. 


We strive for clean, well-executed design and elements that are easily recognizable as being related to the country of focus.  

 IYO Ecuador: This logo was meant to evoke the sun – a tribute to Ecuador’s location on the equator. The pattern on the bird was inspired by Incan designs. The colors were chosen to evoke the sun and the equator.

logo of international year of ecuador


Designed by WKU ImageWest, 2014.

IYO South Africa: The rhino was chosen to represent one of the ‘Big Five’ game—all of which can be found in South Africa. The thorn tree is an iconic tree found in the dry grasslands throughout Africa. The blue cranes were included since the blue crane is South Africa’s national bird. Blue cranes are also significant in traditions of the Xhosa and Zulu tribes. Read more about the significance of the elements in the IYO South Africa logo here:

 international year of south africa logo


Designed by Jeremy Copeck, Visual Arts, 2014.

IYO South Korea: This image was meant to convey a narrative of community. It consists of a flock of birds flying in unison towards the sun, which is represented by the image found on South Korea’s flag. The birds themselves are inspired by Korean magpies, the national bird of South Korea. Their forms are influenced by shapes found in the Seal of Seoul, the image that represents South Korea’s capital city.

 international year of south korea logo


Designed by Sierra Billingsly, Graphic Design, 2015.

IYO Bosnia and Herzegovina: The logo was designed to be fairly simplistic, with the Stari Most as the main visual focal point. The bridge is not only one of the country's most recognizable landmarks but is also a symbolic structure for the country's history. The colors and elements of the Bosnia and Herzegovina flag are also showcased with the stars and the yellow and blue accents. 



Designed by Nikki Gross, Advertising and Graphic Design, 2017

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