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Communication Arts – Typography Competition

Promote your talent to the world! Enter the third annual juried competition in typography.
If selected, your award-winning work will be beautifully reproduced in the 2013 Typography Annual and on the Communication Arts website, promoting your talent on the industry’s premier stage.

Why should you enter?
Winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession and guarantees your work will be seen by top design firms, agencies and potential clients who value creative excellence. Ask any creative director which competitions rank as the most influential, and they will place Communication Arts at the top of the list.

New for 2013:
Each winning entrant will receive a personalized Award of Excellence, milled from solid aluminum.

DEADLINE: 09.07.12

* Entries submitted after September 7, 2012 require a $10 per entry late fee. No entries will be accepted after September 21, 2012.

See last years winners at:

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Submit here | Submission Guidelines here


Posted by penelope on 08/13/12 under contests/projects
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Slanted Magazine #20 – Egyptienne / Slab Serif, Call for Entries

From the editorial submissions:

Slanted #20 will feature the so-called Egyptienne / Slab Serif typefaces. In early 19th Century the genre of serifenbetonte Linear-Antiqua emerged, broadly known as Egyptienne, Slab Serif, Serif or Mécanes Square outside German classification. Born during the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain, it was increasingly spread on advertising posters and flyers. Back in these days it was the main purpose of the slab serifs to attract attention by their strong visual expression.

With this issue we want to bring back some of this rather gone attention to the often characterful slab serifs. We are not only interested in Egyptienne typefaces that derive from classical Antiquas, but also interested in brand new slab serifs, that have been constructed or based on grotesques.

We’re looking for interesting fonts, projects and/or essays related to this issue. Submissions don’t have to be all typographic, we are also interested in projects from other design fields.

More information at:

Please submit your work in screen-PDF format via email along with a short description to The submission deadline is Sunday, September 2nd, 2012.  We will inform you via email after we’ve had a look at your work.

Deadline: Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Release: Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

We are looking forward to your contributions!

Posted by penelope on 08/06/12 under contests/projects
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UnCommonGoods – iPhone Case Illustration Challenge

UncommonGoods is currently hosting an iPhone Case Design Challenge until June 7. This challenge is a call for all 2D designers to share their paintings, sketches, collages, digital graphics and photographs for a chance to have them printed on an iPhone case to be sold on UncommonGoods. One grand prize winner will win $500 and 5% sales commission on cases sold. All finalists will be invited to share their entire portfolio with the team of UncommonGoods buyers, receive feedback from a panel of judges and receive exposure to our online community.

Sounds like great fun and a great opportunity! Find out more details here.

Posted by admin on 05/23/12 under contests/projects
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wildwood mapmaking contest

Amazingly talented illustrator Carson Ellis and her musically gifted husband Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists) are hosting an impromptu Wildwood Mapmaking Contest!

from their blog:

THE RULES:  Draw a map of an imaginary place.  It must be an imaginary place that YOU imagined; a place YOU invented.  All ages are welcome to participate, though we won’t be judging the maps on how well they’re drawn.  That is to say, maps made by older people who draw very well won’t necessarily win out over maps made by little kids who are still working on their drawing chops.  They’ll be judged by how much Colin and I like them and the main things we like when it comes to maps of imaginary places are creativity and originality.  Just have fun and make something great! Additional rules by publisher here.


Grand Prize:  These four giant one-of-a-kind prints, signed by Carson and Colin.

Second Place Prize:  this little drawing of Septimus that wasn’t in the book.

Third Place Prize:  a signed copy of Wildwood… German! (hee)

THE FINE PRINT:  All entries must be received by Friday, May 4th.  Contest winners will be announced Monday, May 7th.

Find out more here on the Wildwood Blog.

Posted by admin on 04/27/12 under contests/projects
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They Draw & Travel Contest

Nate and Salli from They Draw & Travel  asked me to be the judge of a student illustration contest on their illustrated map website. The students were from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Out of 25 maps I had to pick 3 winners. It wasn’t an easy job because there was a lot of great student artwork. The maps I picked are pictured here and you can see larger images and read more about the contest on They Draw & Travel‘s blog here.

Posted by admin on 03/21/12 under contests/projects
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Art Lab for Kids

For you illustrators and artists that teach or like makin’ stuff with your own kiddies, Susan Schwake of Art Stream Studios has recently published a new book, Art Lab for Kids. I received a copy recently and it’s amazing!

A bit from the press release:
“Art Lab for Kids will bring out your own creative style and voice with 52 fun, refreshing, and creative art projects that are great for children and set into weekly lessons. The exercises include drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, and mixed media. Such open-ended lessons as these can be explored over and over – with different results each time! Each lesson is inspired by the work of a contemporary artist, including Rebecca Emberley, Lisa Congdon, Megan Bogonovich, Amy Rice, Georgia O’Keefe, Chuck Close, and author, Susan Schwake. 

Susan has kindly offered to give away a copy of the book to Illustration Friday readers! Please leave a comment of your own favourite art project as a child and I will randomly select a winner.

The contest ends Friday, March 9 at 5:00 p.m (MST).


Posted by admin on 03/06/12 under contests/projects

Illustration Challenge at UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods’ first design challenge of 2012 has begun and is a unique experience for graphic designers and illustrators. They have teamed up with Susty Party, a Brooklyn start-up that sells sustainable party ware, and Recyclebank, an online community that rewards its members for making eco-friendly decisions. The call is for an original graphic or illustration that could be stamped onto cups and plates to be sold at UncommonGoods for summer parties and picnics. Designs will be selected by UncommonGoods merchants, voted on by our online community and judged by a panel of various backgrounds. The winning designer will receive $500 and a vendor contract.

Visit their site to find out more. And here to read the official rules.

It would be great fun and exposure to get your work on products!

Posted by admin on 03/05/12 under contests/projects
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The Draw & Cook

“Nate & Salli at They Draw & Cook just announced their biggest contest yet – $7,000 in cash prizes – $2,000 will go to the grand prize winner and $1,000 will go to 5 runner-ups. Due to legal restrictions, only US Residents can win. So, for you guys based in the US, your chances of winning are probably pretty good! I guess the rest of us will just sit back and watch.”

Posted by admin on 02/25/12 under contests/projects
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Calling all young explorers and artists!

Ever-inspiring author and illustrator Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is collaborating with Oopsy Daisy to host a super fun contest for young artists. Jenny’s new book Same, Same but Different came out earlier this year and this contest ties in with that. What a fun contest to inspire your kiddos to make art!

Find out more here on Jenny Sue’s blog, and look at the official site and guidelines at Oopsy Daisy here.

Posted by admin on 02/21/12 under children's art,contests/projects
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ArtLA student art contest


Students take note!

ArtLA in Santa Monica, CA is hosting a student art contest right now. It’s open to students of any age, and it’s free to enter. Prize for winning is $10,000 in cash, a new MacBook Pro, and a gallery show at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA, along with some other great perks. (Super wow!)

Read the contest rules here. Register for free here.

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Posted by admin on 02/01/12 under contests/projects
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