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App Launcher Icon Competition November 2011

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We're having a competition to celebrate the launch of Nokia's new icon styles and templates.

All you have to do is use our new toolkits to create a compelling app launcher icon for your Series 40, Symbian, or Nokia N9 device. We're going to be awarding a number of new Nokia N9 mobile devices, which is a pretty cool prize for doing something that every great app has to have anyway!

If that's not enough, then consider that as winner of a Nokia Developer competition your icon, and hence your app, will be featured in our Community, Wiki, and Project home pages, as well as in our developer newsletters - giving your app immediate visibility with hundreds of thousands of your peers and potential employers!

The icon toolkits can be downloaded for each platform from here: Series 40, Symbian, MeeGo. In addition to the more traditional Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop templates we're now providing SVG templates for the open source Inkscape graphics editor, so even novice artists can compete.

Read the guidelines for each of the platforms (Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo) and off you go!


How to participate

Create an app launcher icon using our new templates and email it along with a brief description of your app to That's it!

Here are the competition rules:

  • The icon must be original work and be based on our templates
  • You submission must arrive in our inbox between November 14 and Nov 30 (GMT).
  • Nokia must have permission to publish your icon on the wiki, discussion boards, newsletters, and any other mechanisms while promoting this competition and its results.

See the fine print for more information.

Evaluation of entries

We will be judging the icons on how well we think they communicate the essence of your app. We'll be looking for simplicity and purity, along with a thick serving of friendliness and fun.

The entries will be evaluated by selected Nokia UI Experts. The results are expected to be announced in early December.


In order to improve our templates, we wish to receive your valuable feedback and improvement ideas. Share your thoughts [xxx here].

Generic questions or comments concerning this competition can be addressed as comments to this wiki page.

The fine print

The main sponsor of the competition is Nokia Corporation, Finland (“main sponsor”). The competition is a competition of skill. No purchase or admission fee is necessary to participate. By participating in the competition the participant indicates his/her/its acceptance to these rules and agrees to be bound by them as well as any rules and regulations of Nokia Developer and the Developer’s Wiki. You acknowledge and agree that no form of cheating will be tolerated. Any persons found cheating, as determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the main sponsor, will immediately be disqualified from the contest. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the main sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to amend, withdraw or revise these rules and the prizes at any time without notice and in such event the main sponsor shall not have any liability whatsoever.

This competition shall not constitute a commitment or create a joint venture, partnership, agency or other business relationship between the participants and the main sponsor of this competition. This competition shall not either be understood to grant to any participant whether expressly or by implication any ownership, rights or license to any intellectual property rights of the main sponsor and vice versa. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Nokia shall not be liable for any damages arising out of the participant’s participation to the competition. The laws of Finland shall be applicable to any disputes arising out of the competition. Unless otherwise provided for in applicable mandatory legislation, such disputes will be finally settled in the public court of Helsinki.

Nokia Developer employees and contractors are not eligible for this contest. The competition is open to other Nokia employees (except those working directly for Nokia Developer) with the following limitations:

  1. You should not be directly involved in the development of icons for Nokia platforms or Nokia marketing material
  2. You should use only the published tools and resources - "practice what you preach"
  3. Submissions from the Nokia employees will be judged and prized separately, and will not compete directly with third party developers

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