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.


Reinvent Payphones

Today the City of New York manages over 11,000 payphone kiosks across the five boroughs – and we know that with the rise of mobile phones and digital media, the way that New Yorkers share information is changing rapidly. In order to modernize our powerful communications infrastructure, the City of New York is hosting Reinvent Payphones, a public design challenge that seeks to rally urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts to create physical and/or virtual prototypes that imagine the future of payphones.

Have ideas on how New York City can reinvent payphones to create a safer, healthier, more sustainable, accessible and informed city? Submit your prototype by February 18th and you could help to shape the City’s future.

Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi with White Fungus announce an open-entry poster competition

Closing date: Friday 11 January 2013
Winner announced: Friday 25 January 2013

Competition brief:
Design a poster that responds to this statement

“Our children are important… they are the consumers of the future.”

This comment, by New Zealand’s current Prime Minister John Key, has been used by White Fungus magazine as a point of departure for a project commissioned by the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

“The Consumers of The Future” seeks to address the myth and reality of Wellington’s branding as New Zealand’s ‘Creative Capital’ by providing a space for critical comment grounded in the language of design. In this, White Fungus attempts to push back at the impact of neoliberal economics on local communities and the urban environment of Wellington. (See for more details.)

The Adam Art Gallery and White Fungus extend the challenge of the Consumers of the Future commission into this open-entry Poster Competition.

We are looking for clever and visually effective responses that strike to the heart of the issues raised by Key’s statement.

Entries are not required to refer to John Key or the specific context of New Zealand. Rather, we are interested in a critical deployment of graphic and visual design.

Most fundamentally, we seek responses that attempt to unpack the implications of this claim for futurity in the context of consumer culture and the complex interrelations of the local and the global in contemporary life.

Posters can be created in any media but must be presented as an A2, 300dpi jpeg file delivered via Dropbox or WeTransfer to by Friday, 11 January 2013.

Following the closing date, all entries will be made available online until the selection of a winner by the following panel of judges:
Wellington Media Collective
White Fungus
John Lake, Artist
Kate Daellenbach, Lecturer (Arts Marketing), School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington

The winning poster will be printed in an edition of 500 and presented as a work of art in the Adam Art Gallery. It will be published on the Gallery’s website, as well as in the next issue of White Fungus.

National Eating Disorders Screening Program Poster Design Contest

Screening for Mental Health is looking for talented individuals to create an original poster design to increase awareness and encourage screening for eating disorders on college campuses.

The winning entry will be included in the 2013 National Eating Disorder Screening Program implemented at colleges across the country and the designer will be awarded $300!

For details:

Farenheit 451 Book Cover Contest

Next year, Simon & Schuster will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. Simon & Schuster is launching a contest to redesign the iconic book jacket. The winning design will be used for the first print run of the anniversary edition in the spring of 2013, and the designer will be awarded $1,500. The design may also be used on in-store displays and other promotions both physical and online. All rules and guidelines on the contest Tumblr site. Accepting submissions until November 30th, and the winner will be announced at the American Librarian Association Midwinter conference in January. | New Brunswick, NJ