10 Cool Design Contests To Enter This Spring

May 7, 2013

Entering design contests is a great way to enhance your skills, see how other designers approach the same project briefs, and to expand your graphic design knowledge. Winning graphic design contests is a great way to earn recognition for your skills and extra money. Here are 10 cool design contests you can enter this spring.

1.  Website Design Competition/June 30

Presented by A’ Design Award, the Website Design Competition is a juried contest that presents winners with recognition and PR opportunities.

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2.  Design Ignites Change/June 7

The AIGA Design Ignites Change competition seeks submissions that utilize design to affect positive change. Winners receive a fellowship with project funding and mentoring valued at $10,000.

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3.  Slant “Evoking Memories” Design Competition/May 20

The theme of this year’s Slant design competition is “evoking memories,” and you can enter a design inspired by the memory of a special childhood memory, person, place or event.

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4.  Gwen and Dave’s Getaway/May 29

This unique contest sponsored by AREA’s AutoDesk encourages you to submit a video short or postcard image featuring two characters on their vacation getaway.

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5.  Cheltenham Illustration Awards/June 3

Submit a personal, visual, illustrated response to Holt’s “The Planets,” a classical composition in this contest judged by graphic novelist Posy Simmonds.

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6.  Immensely Alive/May 22

Design a laptop sticker or infographic poster with the theme of “gender rights” to enter this unique design contest.

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7.  Communications Arts Advertising and Design Competition/May 10

Enter your best work in a wide range of sub-contests, including those for packaging, identity, public service, posters and motion graphics.

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8.  Graphics and Advertising Design Award/June 30

This is another competition held by A’ Design Award. Submit your best graphics and advertising designs for consideration, and if you will you’ll receive PR and recognition.

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9.  A Home For Everyone/July 10

The United Nations is sponsoring this poster contest themed around the universal right to housing. Everyone deserves a place to call home.

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10.  HOW Logo Design Awards/July 1

Have you designed an amazing logo lately? Submit it to this contest for a chance to be featured in HOW magazine and win a complete prize package.

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Do you have a great spring design competition to share? Let us know in the comments!

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