Mouse Mat Competition


Use the GIMP to design a mouse mat that can be used as a give-away to promote UCC's Computer Science degree to prospective students.

A winning design will be chosen by Derek Bridge and the Computer Science Department's PR Committee. We are in negotiations with a printing company to print the winning design as a foam mouse mat. A copy will be given to each member of the CS1102 class; and the rest will be given away to prospective students, etc. (If the negotiations fail, an alternative prize will be awarded.)


5 pm Friday 30th November 2007
There is no limit on the number of entries that you may make. We welcome entries both from individuals and from small teams. All entrants must be currently registered for First Science CK401 in UCC. Read the legal stuff at the end of this web page. Email your entry to Derek Bridge, with the phrase "mouse mat" in the Subject line and team members listed in the body of the email.
File format
Prepare your entry using the GIMP. In general, do not flatten layers. Save and submit in the GIMP's own format (XCF), e.g. as mousemat.xcf, rather than GIF or JPEG.
Image dimensions and resolution
The final mouse mat will be 9.25 inches x 7.75 inches. But, you must create a larger image: 9.5 inches x 8 inches. Obviously, don't put anything important into this extra space, but don't leave it blank either: make sure your artwork goes all the way to the edge of the image. After printing, the mouse mat will be cut to the correct size. The extra space gives some room for error in the cutting process.

Anything that's really important (e.g. text) should be at least 1/2 inch in from the outside of the image.

Here is an illustration (not to actual size) that may make this clearer.

The resolution of your image needs to be 300 dpi.

Suppose you've launched the GIMP and selected File > New. The Create a New Image dialog will appear. Look carefully at all the boxes in this screenshot; make sure you fill in the boxes in the same way.

Finally, when working with the Image window, be aware that the GIMP will probably not be displaying your design at full size.

Legal stuff
By entering the competition, and as conditions of eligibility,

UCC reserves the right to use any technique to verify the accuracy of the information that participants provide when they enter this competition.

No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, or illegible submissions; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, lack of Internet accessibility or availability, or technical failure of any kind, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, or the failure to capture any such information.

(This legal stuff is based on that used in the 'Challenging Perspectives' Equality Photo Competition organized by the seven universities of Ireland in Autumn 2007.)

Clarification can be sought from Derek Bridge by email or in CS1102 labs.