CowParade NC 2012 - cow design

The Red Hat Cow-laboration

Let's make art the way we make technology.

Red Hat is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Cow Parade for the Raleigh area. This year's event raises money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

Our task: to design a cow that represents our culture, our company, and our communities.

The Red Hat cow will be a truly collaborative work. We're asking partners, customers, associates, and friends from the Red Hat community to draw cows for us. Realistic or abstract, sketches, cartoons, or detailed portraits...whatever your vision of a cow is, draw it. Next, our highly-skilled, cow-loving design team will collect every drawing, arrange them in a pleasing way, and cover the surface of our life-sized cow with your community cow drawings.

Best of all, we want you to contribute. Get inspired and view some submissions in our Flickr gallery. Then submit your own.

How to submit your cow-laboration

Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Choose from one of four Red Hat Cow templates to download
  2. Please use only a black pen for your drawing
  3. Please fit your cow within the space provided
  4. Sign or initial your drawing in the designated space  
  5. Commit your cow to the project by submitting your drawing to

Remember, it's your cow to draw, however you like. But because we want every cow to be unique,  please include only your original work. Cow Parade rules don't allow the use of corporate logos or advertising. All contributions are submitted and used under a Creative Commons license. The deadline for submissions is July 25.

See the final design on later this fall, and check back on for a gallery of all submissions.

Thank you very much for your contribution and being a part of our community.