You are invited to design the new International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) Logo!

We are reinventing the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) and we want you to be part of the process! We are announcing a contest – open to all adults – to create the new logo for ICADS. The winning design will be featured on all our print and digital communications.

Since it was founded in 1993, ICADS has existed as an unincorporated association. Now, 2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year in our organization’s evolution. So far this year we have formally incorporated ICADS as a nonprofit corporation. We have adopted new bylaws, elected our first Board of Directors, established our own bank account and filed for tax-exempt status. Now we are tackling a re-design of our website and print materials with an important feature–ICADS’ first logo.

Please take a close look at the details of the contest. We invite you to submit your design for this new ICADS logo and/or forward information about the contest to friends and acquaintances who might be interested. There’s a cash award for the winner . . . plus bragging rights for designing a logo that will be seen around the world for years to come!

Joe Loundy
President, ICADS Board of Directors

ICADS Logo Competition Official Rules & Prizes

Competition: Design a logo that reflects the mission of ICADS

Mission of ICADS: The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) is an alliance of societies around the world that, through preservation advocacy, education and celebration, educate the public about the important contributions made by architects, designers and artists of the Art Deco Period.

Competition Objective: Create a new logo for ICADS for use in both digital and print media applications. This logo will be used on a new ICADS website, stationery, business cards, social media, merchandise, and other appropriate applications as needed.

How to Enter: The below entry form must be filled out in its entirety, and submitted with each entry’s PDF. Note: Submissions CANNOT display the entrants name or identification of any type. Entrant’s name must be on entry form only. To ensure anonymity, each entry will be assigned a number upon submission prior to the judging process. Therefore, no name should be on any proposed ICADS logo submitted, but only on the accompanying entry from. Any submission that includes the name of the entrant on the PDF of the Logo itself will be disqualified.

Submission: All Entries must be submitted by midnight, September 12, 2016, Central Standard Time, USA. Each entrant may submit up to three designs in PDF format that are no larger than 10 mb. Each entry must be submitted separately. If selected, final winning submission must be delivered to ICADS no later than 7 days after notification of winning.


Terms and Conditions:

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open worldwide to any adult over the age of 18.


  1. Only original entries are eligible for submission. The entrant is responsible to ensure that the entry does not infringe on any third party’s proprietary rights. An entry that, in the sole discretion of ICADS, may infringe on third party rights will be disqualified.
  2. The entrant must own the rights to the imagery and information of the Entry. ICADS reserves the right to use all imagery and information in the winning entry for the official ICADS website, print material, press releases, promotional materials and its promotion and associated events, which may include text and visual representations. ICADS has the right to reproduction of the logo in print and electronic format; to crop, enlarge, and/or reduce the image; to overprint the image with type; to print the image in black-and-white or in a color of ICADS choice without acknowledgement. This authorization is given by submitting the images and no future permissions will need to be given for the images’ future use.
  3. ICADS bears no liability to the entrant or relating to the entry.

WINNER SELECTION: Members of ICADS Board of Directors will judge all eligible entries in their sole discretion and the decisions of the judges will be final. Members of the ICADS Executive Committee will participate in the first round of judging and submit the five entries with the highest scores to the full Board of Directors of ICADS who will make final judging. The winner will be notified by email or phone by midnight September 17, 2016 Central Standard Time.

Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to Art Deco theme: 35%
  • Overall impact/Artistic merit: 35%
  • Versatility of design: 30%

In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged based on artistic merit criteria. The decision of the judges is final.

Winner will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Permission and submit the winning entry as a Vector file within 7 days of notification. If not received within 7 days of notification, an alternate will be selected. The winner surrenders all rights to use or incorporate the design in subsequent work aside from the winning image being part of their portfolio.

PRIZES: The winning entrant will receive a cash prize of $250 (USD). Winner will grant ICADS unlimited permission to use the winning entry in all its uses in perpetuity without further compensation.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. All US federal, state and local laws apply. All submissions must be entrant’s original work, must not have won a previous prize or award, and must not have been previously published. ICADS reserves the right to publish or display in electronic or print media the winning entry and has the right to alter, amend, edit or change. By participating in the ICADS Logo Competition entrant agrees to release and hold harmless ICADS and its directors, officers, employees and sponsors, from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the ICADS Logo Competition. By participating in the ICADS Logo Competition, entrants agree to be bound by the official rules and decisions of the judges. ICADS is not responsible for any typographical or other error in connection with the promotion and/or administration of the ICADS Logo Competition for the announcement of prizewinner. ICADS will have no liability or responsibility for any claims arising in connection with participation in this Competition or prize awarded. Questions and inquiries about Competition rules can be emailed to


ICADS Logo Competition Entry Form

By submitting my entry, I agree that:
1. My entry is original and does not infringe on any third party’s proprietary rights. 

2. I own the rights to the imagery and information on my entry
3. I understand that if my entry is selected as the winner of the ICADS Logo Competition I will receive an award of $250 and will grant ICADS all rights to use of the logo in perpetuity for no further compensation.