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Upcoming Design Conferences, Contests & Webinars

Upcoming Design Conferences, Contests & Webinars

Michelle Taute

December 03, 2010

There’s so much going on in the design world these days that it’s hard to keep up. Use this cheat sheet to figure out what’s worthy of your attention as we roll into the New Year. You might want to add “study type in Rome” or “enter a design competition” to that resolution list.


Compostmodern 2011 This conference has inspired more than one designer to change the entire course of her career (no, we’re not exaggerating). It’s THE place to be to learn about sustainable design.

Dates: January 22-23, 2011
Location: San Francisco


Graphic Design USA American Package Design Awards Shoppers may never know how much time and thought went into all those packages on the shelf, but this competition offers a tangible reward beyond that bump in sales. It covers packaging, point-of-sale and retail merchandising design.
Deadline: December 10, 2010

Core77 Sustainable Refrainables So you wanna save the world? Here’s a doable challenge to get you started: Design a poster around a phrase that inspires sustainable design and business practices.
Deadline: January 2

Communication Arts Illustration Competition Many designers and illustrators dream of seeing their work in a Communications Arts annual, but as the saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t enter. Now is your chance to throw your creative talents into this prestigious ring.
Deadline: January 7, 2011

TDC 57 The Type Directors Club celebrates typo-philes of every stripe with this annual competition. It’s rewards mouth-watering type in just about any form of print or digital design. There’s even a student category.
Deadline: January 12, 2011

Art Directors Club’s 90th Annual Awards Get your work in front of some of the biggest names in the industry. This year’s jury includes Michael Beirut, Marian Bantjes, Ogilvy’s chief creative officer and more.
Deadline: January 21, 2011 (design, photography, illustration, design sphere), January 28, 2011 (interactive, student)

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