Newsletter Design Awards

We are always on the lookout for ethical design competitions and awards programs to share. This week, Roger C. Parker of Design to Sell contacted us about the Newsletter Design Awards at Newsletter on Newsletters. In the business for over 35 years, Newsletter on Newsletters has been cited as the “the quintessential newsletter for newsletter publishers.”

The 2007 Awards recognises the best in newsletter editorial, design and marketing. Amongst others, awards will be given for the best edited, the best designed and the best marketed newsletters.

Download their pdf entry form here. If you are curious, you can even check out their past award winners.

SPEC!FREE: Art Face Off

Art Face Off is …

… striving to build a flourishing world art community that connects artists, curators and art lovers through the vigor of healthy competition. As a community, we vote to choose the next great artists of our times. Our Face Off competitions are designed to promote all artists and encourage everyone to participate. We are different. We are a free unique democratic community driven to advance the arts worldwide. So please come be a part of the movement!

SPEC!FREE: PRINT Call for Entries

… to boost your business exposure

The A + C = D Review

The International Business Review – brought to you by PRINT magazine and sister publication of HOW – has a new name, a broader reach, and the added component of motion graphics and interactivity.

Now coined A + C = D for the International Art and Commerce Design Review, the new competition brings together design work done for corporate clients across the globe, from print ads and corporate identities to animated short films, websites, interactive games and more.

What makes this competition SPEC!FREE?

1) In the rules PRINT states “Submitted work must have been produced between July 1, 2005 and November 1 …”

Spec contests require newly created work.

2) Unlike spec contests, they are not claiming ownership of all submissions. They only want the right to “publish the winners in PRINT and to show them on the magazine’s Website.”

To read more about the competition go to the A + C = D Review

SPEC!FREE Design competitions: bLog-oMotives

bLog-oMotives: Calls for entries: Upcoming design competition deadlines

When it comes to design competitions, it’s pretty difficult to find a spec free resource. The one I depend on has been carefully researched and compiled by Jeff Fisher, Engineer of Creative Identity, Jeff Fisher LogoMotives.

Add bLog-oMotives to your feed if you want the lastest spec free competitions around.

If you are confused about what a spec free competition entails, check out Jeff’s classic, When a “contest” is not a contest (at Creative Latitude).

Thanks Jeff!


DEADLINE: MAY 26, 2006

The editors of Graphic Design USA invite you to join the thousands of creative professionals who have won awards in this national design competition over its three decade history. The competition is open to everyone in the community: advertising agencies, design firms, corporate, institutional and publishing inhouse departments, and more. It honors outstanding new work of all kinds: print, packaging, point-of-purchase, internet, interactive and motion graphics.

FIDIUS: fighting for fair design competitions

FIDIUS: fighting for fair design competitions

The objective of the association FIDIUS – fair design competitions, which is now in the process of being founded, is to ensure that in the future there will be fair conditions and that competitions strictly and consistently adhered to them. To resolve disputes outside the court and to pledge secrecy on the matter is simply not enough. Numerous victims do not even summon up the courage to claim their rights at all; and many do so for fear of a financial disaster.

FIDIUS will start its activities in 2006. Until July 30, 2006, designers are invited to submit to the association examples of an unfair and/or particularly fair design competition and are asked to make sure that they enclose the corresponding invitation documents of the competition. Invitations that feature an award of contract, claiming they are looking for the right designer to carry out a given task, will also be considered. Eligible for nomination for the upcoming first FIDIUS award are design competitions from the period 2000 to 2005.

For further information, please contact Sabine Zentek at: sabine.zentek @.gif