What better way to get the word out about you than to enter a design competition? Whether you are a student at graphic design school, looking to make a career change to graphic design, or a veteran in the field, competitions can be a great way to challenge yourself, network, and exercise your creativity.
AIGA, the professional association for design, has an annual cross-category competition that many feel is the Olympics of design. AIGA 365 invites applicants from across the globe to send in their best, boldest, and most unique work that was published in the past year. Upon receipt, an esteemed panel of industry heavyweights judges each piece. From promotional design and advertising to entertainment design, the winning works are sometimes edgy, often provocative, and always eye-catching.
AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers
Another AIGA contest, 50 Books/50 Covers highlights the best book covers of the past year, and awards the most deserving, according to their panel of judges. Stiff competition among over 900 entries made 2008 a particularly tough year for the arbiters, but in the end 91 books were selected for their inventive and distinct designs. Don’t hesitate if you’re up for the test. Entries are still being accepted for 2009.
Communication Arts Design Competition
Some people live by Vogue magazine. Others, Sports Illustrated. You wait like a kid for the ice cream truck until the Communication Arts Design Annual is delivered to your doorstep. Well, here is your chance to be on the inside looking out. The annual Communication Arts Design Competition selects the most outstanding graphic design work from an array of entries, and the winners are subsequently published in their annual publication.
These are just three of many design competitions. Don’t let yourself get comfortable. Challenge your mind, test your creativity, and take a chance. Who knows? You just might win.
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