VALE/NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS 2015 Annual Users’ Conference Program Cover Competition

VALE/NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS 2015 Annual Users’ Conference Program Cover Competition

The Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE), a consortium of New Jersey college and university libraries and the New Jersey State Library are pleased to announce the program cover design competition for the 2015 Annual Conference, On the Road to Excellence: Library Pathways to Student and Faculty Success, to be held on Friday, January 9, 2015.

All students enrolled in a NJ College or University are invited to enter the competition. Some design instructors/departments are using this competition as a class project.

Conference theme: On the Road to Excellence: Library Pathways to Student and Faculty Success

Specifications for submissions:
§ VALE logo (must be used in design):
§ Cover dimensions: 8.5″ high x 5.5″ wide
§ Colors: Black, white, and two other colors of your choice
§ Required text for inclusion:

Sixteenth Annual VALE/NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS Users’ Conference
On the Road to Excellence: Library Pathways to Student and Faculty Success
Friday, January 9, 2015

§ Submission format: jpg or png
§ Submissions: Email (jpg + png) files to
§ Submission deadline: Monday, November 3, 2014

Prize: The reward/prize is design attribution on the program, a mention at the conference, and a gift card.

For more information:
Matthew Ragucci
Kelly Bennett
Joan Liu-DeVizio

VALE Mission: Vale is dedicated to furthering excellence in learning and research through innovative and collaborative approaches to information resources and services.

Matthew Ragucci, MLIS
Bankier Library
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd.
Lincroft, NJ 07738

A threadless-inspired contest for glasses

This contest is open to anyone who considers himself/herself a designer. To participate just download the lens shape requirements and contest guidelines here. All forms and mediums are welcome, just make sure they follow the guidelines. There are no limits on your number of submissions, so go crazy.

Don’t forget to promote and share your sumbissions to win the $1,000 prize for most votes. If you have any questions, please reach out to us on Twitter @FrameriEyewear or email us at

Thanks and good luck!

-The Frameri Team

Paid Internships, Magazine Articles, a Trip to Chicago and Cash Prizes

Under Armour has teamed with industry publications Event Marketer and Event Design and experience design agency George P. Johnson to launch Brand X, the first student competition on experience design.

Goal: Expose students to experience design. Teams of student designers are invited to develop a hypothetical campaign for Under Armour’s sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympics, including the creative concept, idea and physical and online elements. It’s a wonderful exercise for students to get “real world” perspective on one of the hottest growth sectors: experience design. Each student team will be assigned a real-world industry design mentor who will help them craft submissions and provide feedback and support.

Winners will receive a cash prize, paid summer internships, an article on their work in Event Marketer and Event Design and a paid trip to Chicago for the Brand X award ceremony.

You can learn more at:


Competition for Customizing Desktop Images and Screen Savers for Computer Labs at CSB

Good work requires good tools, but good tools do not necessarily create inspiring environments. Yes, in design area, we have fabulous computer labs all sorts facilities. We are wealthy but not happy because our labs look like Apple stores rather than an art school. So we decided to take a step to customize our virtual environment and we are announcing a competition for designing desktop images and screen savers for theses labs.

Here is a fun and thorough presentation about screen savers:

You can simply code the screensaver with processing or if you want to explore Xcode follow the link:

All other hacky or techy ways are accepted as long as approved by Shane.
Animated GIF’s are also OK.

Desktop image should be no smaller than 2560-by-1440 px. and size for the saver should be relative and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Prizes are stunning! Winners will get a VAP credit and a lunch with design area faculty! The winner will be responsible for assisting the installation and maintenance of the work.

The selection will be made by a closed jury and the results will be announced on this blog.

Please submit to no later than February 18, 2013.