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2014 Mug Design Competition Guidelines

Stained glass mountain scene

Submit your design for the second-annual UPR art mug contest!

Utah Public Radio is seeking submissions of artwork from our creative listeners for the station's second-annual mug design contest.

It is your support that makes what we do possible, and we want you to share your view of UPR and Utah with our members. The winning design will be showcased on a limited edition UPR coffee mug.

Check out the 2013 top five mug designs.

About the Competition
What does Utah Public Radio mean to you? What image do you see when you listen on your radio, in your car, on your phone, or online? Your design should be an interpretation or in appreciation of UPR, its programming, and the station's home in Utah.

We welcome all styles of artwork from cartoon to watercolor to photography. The winning design will be featured on our website and promoted on the air during our spring 2014 membership drive. Each person may submit up to three (3) designs. If more than three designs from one artist are submitted, none of that artists' designs will be considered.  

All Entries must be received by UPR by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 to be considered in the competition.

How to submit artwork:

Please upload your submission to our Tumblr.

Design Specifications:

The printing space is 8 and 3/4 inches wide by 3 and 7/8 inches high, and the entire design must fit into the printing area. The image should be in full color and able to wrap around an 11 oz. white ceramic coffee mug almost from handle to handle.

mug design specifications
The mug design must fit these specifications.

  • The design must be provided in a digital format. We accept Adobe Illustrator (preferred), Photoshop, and JPEG and TIFF formats 300 dpi or higher. Hi-resolution vector art in CMYK is ideal. The artwork can be created in any medium you want, even a painting or quilt, but it will need to be scanned or photographed at a high resolution to be converted into a digital format and fit the same printing space given above.
  • To submit the design to our tumblr, save your design as an RGB file as well as in CMYK, and upload the RGB file to Tumblr. If your design is chosen, we will contact you for the CMYK for the final product.
  • If you are unable to submit your design via Tumblr, you may also put it on a CD and bring it into the UPR studios, mail it to 8505 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322 or email your artwork to April Ashland.
  • A caption, "Designed for UPR (Utah Public Radio) by (your name) 2014" must be included. It can run along an edge of the artwork within the printing space, or be incorporated into the design.

The design must be created exclusively for Utah Public Radio. The artist gives Utah Public Radio the unlimited rights to reproduce and/or display the image on mugs, websites, and other promotional materials. The image will become the property of Utah Public Radio, and we will retain the artwork submitted for the station's permanent collection. The artist will not receive any payment, cash or otherwise, for the work.

Some examples of artwork are:

The initial voting committee will be comprised of UPR staff members, who will pick the top 3-5 designs from submitted entries. The top entries will then be voted on by visitors to UPR's Website and Facebook page, February 5-7, with a winner determined by 5 p.m. February 7.
Questions? Contact Bryan Earl at (435)797-3107 or by email.