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To be present or not to be

Participating in competitions is an essential marketing tool for every visual designer. There is no more efficient way to present the own work to a specialized audience. And of course it won't do any harm, if the relevant press takes notice of your work. Even for students these competitions offer the possibility to early build up a reputation and to upvalue the own portfolio significantly.

My fellow student Thomas Lehner has sent me a list of recent competitions some days ago, so we won't let the time for application elapse idly again. He suggested, that I should share this list on my blog. So I did!

A definitive must for design students is the international competition for students from Design and Architecture of the :output foundation. Until February 15th works can be submitted for entry. The profile of the competition is described as follows:

Works carried out by students usually disappear into drawers after presentation to a relatively small college audience. There the work remains invisible. We want to change that. :output is the biggest international competition for students in design and architecture. The works selected by the jury will be published in the yearbook :output.
The award includes prize money of € 3,000.

The famous red dot award is also offered for the sector of communication design. It is accounted a seal for outstanding design. Even a red dot: junior prize is annually awarded which addresses explicitly students of the various design disciplines. The application documents for 2009 can be preordered on the website already.

The D&AD Student Award is also open to students of not design-related disciplines. Within this competition 27 briefs are offered. The prize is awarded for the most creative communication solutions for one of the briefs. The registration for 2009 is already running.

Who completed his studies at a German academy for design less than 12 months ago, should try to make one of his professors propose him for the Lucky Strike Junior Award. With this Award, which includes € 12,000 of prize money, the Raymond Loewy Foundation has been advancing young design talents since 1991.

Till April 17th applications for the iF communication design award of the International Forum Design can be submitted. As part of the «Campus» program students and young professionals, who graduated less than two years ago, also are allowed to submit works.

Within the Wolda Talent Award there is another possibility for students to participate in a global competition. Wolda stands for Worldwide Logo Design Annual. The website says:

Wolda is the high-profile graphic design awards scheme that rewards the best professional logos and trademarks designed throughout the world. With Wolda Talent, the competition is now open to students too, for logos designed in schools and universities, including logos never used publicly.
The 88th ADC Award is also tendered and allows professionals as well as students to let an expert panel assess the own work. Selected works will be published in the next ADC annual and will be shown in several exhibitions. But hurry: entry deadline is January 30th.

For the ambitious type designers among us the latest open call of the Type Directors Club is challenge to face. They call for entries for the 55th Annual Type Directors Club Exhibition. This award should honor excellence in the use of typography, calligraphy, handlettering and other letterforms. Is their any type designer who has never dreamed of his work going on tour around the world within one of the TDC exhibitions?

I wonder if some of my – still very few – readers have already participated in one of the competitions mentioned above? Or are their any other important competitions which should be added? Comments are welcome.

Friday, January 02nd, 2009 06:27PM | Read: 5784 times | Feedback: 0
Tagged: competitions, adc, tdc, red dot award, :output, d&ad

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