Can you give our emblem
even more of an edge?

As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we also want to celebrate the remarkable talent in our network. Presenting the Toptal Emblem Challenge. The assignment: 1) Reimagine our emblem. 2) Unleash your creativity! Anyone can enter. Only three will win. Are you up to the challenge?

Be bold. Be daring.

(Within reason, of course.)

Create your unique version of the Toptal emblem using these design guidelines:

  • Download and use the emblem templates provided.
  • Maintain the emblem size, shape, and position on the template.
  • Use the Toptal color palette (included in the template download).
  • Stick to a 1:1 (square) aspect ratio.
  • Be sure your original artwork minimum resolution is 3000 x 3000 pixels.

Submit entry.
Prepare for glory.

After completing your design, please answer one of these questions to go along with your submission:
  • What was your inspiration?
  • What process or technique did you use?

Then, submit your artwork and answer.
There are three ways to enter:

Post on Instagram
1. Make sure your profile is public.
2. Tag @toptal in the image and the caption.
3. In your caption, include your answer and hashtag #ToptalTurns10.
Submit via Email
Submit your artwork and answer via email to [email protected].
Share via Slack
Share your artwork and answer via the Toptal Community Slack in the #emblem-challenge channel.
Entries will be accepted until October 9, 2020

Your winning designs. Our gear.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Toptal judges. The top three winning designs will be turned into Toptal gear, sent to the winning designers, and featured in Toptal’s new TopGear website (launching later this year). We will also share our favorite designs on Toptal’s Instagram page.

ENTRY IN THIS CHALLENGE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES (THE OR THESE “RULES”). No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win, but you must be a current member of the Toptal network, registered on the Toptal platform to be eligible to win. Void where Prohibited or Restricted by Law.

  1. Binding Agreement: IN ORDER TO ENTER THE TOPTAL EMBLEM CHALLENGE (THE “CHALLENGE”), EACH ENTRANT (“ENTRANT” OR “YOU”) MUST AGREE TO THE RULES. Please read these Rules carefully to ensure you understand and agree prior to entering the Challenge. You agree that submission of an entry in the Challenge constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Challenge unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Toptal with respect to the Challenge.
  2. Eligibility
    • No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win, but you must be a current member of the Toptal network, registered on the Toptal platform to be eligible to win.
    • Void where Prohibited or Restricted by Law: Participation in this Challenge is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law, including in jurisdictions where law would require these Rules to be published in a language other than English. This Challenge and the Rules are subject to, governed by and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware, excluding all conflict of law rules.
      ARBITRATION: By entering the Challenge, you agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute, claim, or demand related in any way to the Challenge shall be submitted to Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) for binding arbitration in Wilmington, Delaware by a single arbitrator. The arbitrator shall be selected by JAMS in an impartial manner determined by it. The arbitration shall be conducted under the Delaware Uniform Arbitration Act, 10 Delaware Code § 5701 et seq. The arbitrator shall have complete authority to render any and all relief, legal and equitable, appropriate under Delaware law.
    • All Entrants must be age 18 or older at the time of entry
  3. How to Enter:
    • There are three ways to enter the challenge:
      • Post on Instagram. Your profile must be public. Tag @toptal in the image and the caption. Use the hashtag #ToptalTurns10 in your caption.
      • Submit via email to [email protected]
      • Share via the Toptal Community Slack in the #emblem-challenge channel.
    • When entering, Entrants must include their design as well as a short explanation about their design.
    • There is no limit on how many entries an Entrant can submit.
    • Entries will no longer be accepted after October 9, 2020.
    • Winners will be selected by an internal panel of judges from the Toptal core team, and will be judged on the following criteria:
      • Follows all challenge entry guidelines
      • Originality & Creativity: The design should be unique and interesting
      • Concept/Idea: The idea behind the artwork.
      • Brand: Correct use of the Toptal emblem and colors
      • Quality of the design: Professional-looking, high-quality design. Quality of the technique used.
    • Winners will be chosen and notified no later than December 31, 2020.
  4. Challenge Entry Guidelines:
    • Create your unique version of the Toptal emblem using these design guidelines:
      • Download and use the emblem templates provided.
      • DO NOT modify the emblem size, shape, or position on the template.
      • Use the Toptal color palette.
      • Aspect ratio: 1:1 (square).
      • Original artwork minimum resolution: 3000 x 3000 pixels.
      • All Emblem designs and content should be appropriate for public use.
    • AS A CONDITION OF ENTRY, YOU GRANT TOPTAL A PERPETUAL, IRREVOCABLE, WORLDWIDE, TRANSFERABLE, SUBLICENSABLE, ROYALTY-FREE, AND NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO USE, REPRODUCE, ADAPT, MODIFY, PUBLISH, DISTRIBUTE, PUBLICLY PERFORM, PUBLICLY DISPLAY AND CREATE A DERIVATIVE WORK FROM,ANY MATERIALS SUBMITTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE EMBLEM, FOR ANY PURPOSE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DISPLAY ON ANY TOPTAL WEBSITE OR MERCHANDISE, WITHOUT ANY ATTRIBUTION OR COMPENSATION TO ENTRANT. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED. TOPTAL RETAINS ALL RIGHTS IN THE TOPTAL LOGO, INCLUDING THE EMBLEM, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AND ENTRY INTO THIS CHALLENGE WILL IN NO CASE SERVE TO TRANSFER ANY TOPTAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TO THE ENTRANT.
  5. General Conditions:
    • Toptal reserves the sole right to determine whether or not the eligibility requirements set forth in the Rules have been met.
    • Toptal reserves the sole right to change or update Challenge rules at any time.
    • Entrants agree and acknowledge that personal data submitted with an entry, including name and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Toptal for the purposes of conducting and administering the Challenge.
    • Entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of Toptal, which are final and binding. Entrants acknowledge the Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.
      BY ENTERING, YOU RELEASE, DISCHARGE, HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFY AND AGREE TO KEEP INDEMNIFIED TOPTAL, INSTAGRAM AND ALL OTHERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OR EXECUTION OF THIS CHALLENGE AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS, SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES, INJURIES, LOSSES, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES) OF ANY KIND, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THIS CHALLENGE. THE RELEASED PARTIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATIVE TO THE USE OF ANY PRIZE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.