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Student Volunteer T-Shirt Contest

Back for 2019, Student Volunteers can design the T-Shirt they will receive at the conference! In order to participate in the contest, you need to be eligible to be a Student Volunteer at VIS this year and submit a T-Shirt design before the June 15 deadline. The winner will automatically be selected to be a Student Volunteer on top of being acknowledged for designing the T-Shirt.


To be able to qualify to the Student Volunteer T-Shirt contest, students must be eligible for being a Student Volunteer, and agree to the duties that come with it. Please see the home page for the general information.


The process for the contest are as follows:

  • We accept one design per person, and each design should be single-author.
  • Send your design to before midnight PDT on June 15, with the subject: VIS18 SV Shirt Contest - FIRSTNAME LASTNAME.
  • Include in the email:
    • Full name (first and last)
    • Affiliations (e.g., University)
    • Status (undergraduate, masters, or Ph.D. student)
    • Design file -- .png, .jpg, .pdf, or .svg.
    • Design title
    • (Optional) Design description/explanation (max 150 words)
  • Participants to the contest must then apply to be a Student Volunteer during July to remain eligible.
  • The SV chairs and the conference committee will select a subset of the designs.
  • Then the community will vote for their favorite of those pre-selected designs through an online voting system.
  • We may ask the contest winner to make some small changes to the original design.
  • If the design uses live/changing data, the data must be frozen by the IEEE VIS early bird registration deadline.

Guidelines and Instructions

You are quite free in designing the T-Shirt. However, here is a list of constraints or suggestions that you should take into consideration:

  • The T-Shirt is two-sided. The design must show both the front and the back of the T-Shirt if you plan to submit a two-sided T-Shirt. However, it is not mandatory and you can submit a one-sided design.
  • Four mandatory elements must be in the design: the VIS logo (jpg, svg), a mention of the year "2018," a mention of the location "Berlin," and a mention of "Student Volunteer" "SV" or similar.
  • The T-Shirt color should be noticeable, i.e. no black or white. You are free to pick any color for the T-Shirt.
  • Colors for images are limited: you can use up to four different colors for the front, and up to four colors for the back. They do not have to be the same.
  • The design cannot extend to the seams (side or top) or use the sleeves. Our printer provides a standard rectangular area that stops several inches from the seams.

Past winner

2017 Winning design

Important Dates

  • June 15: deadline for sending your design.
  • July 1: pre-selection of up to 5 designs, opening of the voting phase.
  • August 1: the voting phase ends and the winner is notified
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Shirt must be finalized (e.g., change requests, if live data were used to generate, etc)