Three Graphic Design Student Competitions Worth Looking Into

Check out the details on some exciting design contests that will challenge your in-store display design, poster design and publication design skills sponsored by POPAI and Pepsi, Obama for America, and the Society of Publication Designers, below.

Pepsi Student Display Design Competition

Pepsi Student Display Design Competition

November 30, 2011 – Registration Deadline
December 31, 2011 – Submission Deadline

1st Place – $1500, plus flight and accommodations to GlobalShop
2nd Place – $1000
3rd Place – $500

The competition is open to all graduate or undergraduate students who are studying primarily in the following disciplines: marketing, communications, engineering, advertising, design, creative arts. Competition is open to individuals or teams.

Description: The POPAI (The Global Association for Marketing at Retail) Student Display Design Competition celebrates student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of creative marketing in the retail setting. The competition – which showcases individual projects created specifically for a national brand – honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, illustrators, and visual communicators from the world’s top institutions of higher education.

Download the creative brief here.


Art Works: Jobs Poster Contest

Art Works Jobs Poster Contest from Obama for America

Deadline: November 4, 2011

Awards: Three winners will get a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store with proceeds benefiting the campaign.

Eligibility: Open to the public.

Art Works Jobs Poster Design Contest from Obama for America, logoDescription: Obama for America invites artists from across the country to volunteer their creativity to support President Obama’s plan to create jobs now, and his re-election campaign to keep fighting for jobs for the next four years.

The Obama campaign is seeking poster submissions from artists and designers across the country to convey why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs now, and why we’ll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years. You can make your poster about that broad theme, or focus on a specific aspect: why we’ve got to rebuild and modernize our roads and bridges, help veterans find work once they’ve returned home from service, support the small businesses that are the engine of our economy, make sure teachers can stay in their classrooms, and so on.

The posters should include the words from one of the suggested slogans found at this link, or visually interpret the concepts they represent.

The campaign will choose 12 finalists once the submission period closes on November 4, 2011, then put the finalists to a vote.

Download the creative brief here.


SPD: 2012 Student Design Competition

Society of Publication Designers 2012 Student Design Competition

Deadline: Monday, March 7, 2012

Awards: Cash prizes, the Adobe Creative Suite software and an internship at a top NYC magazine.

Entry Fees: Current Society of Publication Designers (SPD) Student Members get their first three entries free. If you’re not a current member (or if your membership expires before March 5th, 2012) you can sign up for $25 and get your first 3 entries free too. Otherwise, each entry is $10.

Description: Every year, SPD holds a professional competition to find the best editorial design out there. Now students have the chance to be a part of this world-class event. Create a 4-page story (two spreads) on the project you choose. Each page measures 8 x 10, so a spread is 16 x 10. Original photography or illustration is required for one category, but not all; it is welcome in every category though, if appropriate. You may enter more than one design in the same or different categories.

Download the creative brief here.


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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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