What to Enter
Any design project printed, published or aired for the first time from May 2021 through May 2022 is eligible. Publication means in a form of mass media exposed to a substantial audience. Entries may originate from any country, but we need an English translation for the jurors. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of Communication Arts to use them for publication and exhibition.
Design Competition Categories
These categories are judged by the Design jury and will appear in the Design Annual. For a list of fees, please download the category PDF:
Packaging: labels, shopping bags, audio/video/software packaging, etc.
Trademarks: single trademark or logo
Identity Guides: corporate identity manuals/style guides, brand strategy guides, etc.
Integrated Branding Programs: comprehensive identity programs. May include trademarks, business papers, websites, etc.
Business Papers: business papers for a single company
For Profit Annual Reports: annual report for publicly-traded companies
Non-Profit Annual Reports: annual report for nonprofit organizations
Institutional Brochures: institutional/corporate/social responsibility/booklet or brochure
Product/Service Brochures: product or service booklet or brochure
Product Catalogs: includes product images, descriptions, specifications, price etc.
School Catalogs: course catalog for colleges, universities or other educational outlets. Catalogs for art schools offering courses in visual communications belong in Self-Promotion
Exhibition Catalogs: brochure listing works at an art exhibition or book published to accompany an exhibit.
Miscellaneous Company Literature: conference literature, announcements, company invitation/greeting card, etc.
Posters: posters for exhibitions, institutional, theaters, movies, etc.
Editorial: consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, house organs/newsletters/association publications, etc.
Books: covers and complete books Self-Promotion: promotion for design firms, printers, paper companies, art schools, illustrators and photographers
Self-Promotion for Design Clubs: promotion/communication for art/design clubs
Motion Graphics: program titles, event videos, animation, music videos, etc.
Public Service: work produced for nonprofits, including zoos, museums, orchestras, ballet companies, etc.
Environmental Graphics: signage, interiors, architectural graphics, exhibits, tradeshow booths, point-of-purchase displays, etc.
Personal Announcements: personal invitations/greeting cards/birth announcements, etc.
Calendars: calendars for sale or created for clients. Calendars created for self-promotion belong in Self-Promotion
Menus: single and series of menus created for establishments serving food
Miscellaneous: work not covered in previous categories
Student Work: work created for school assignments
Entries must be registered no later than Midnight (Pacific Time), May 6, 2022. Entries registered after that date require a late fee of $10 per entry. No entries can be registered after May 20, 2022.
How to Enter
All competition entries are processed through our online competition system.
Before you begin the process of entering a competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make the process go quickly:
• Your contact information for registration and notification.
• Title and basic credits for each project.
• Digital files of work you want to submit. See below for file specs.
Entries can be submitted in the following formats:
Digital Images: Must be RGB in JPG or JPEG format with a maximum file size of 2MB.
Video Entries: Must be in MOV, MP4, MPG or MPEG format, with a maximum file size of 500MB.
PDF Entries: Must have a maximum file size of 50MB.
All entrants grant Communication Arts the right to reproduce work selected in the Design Competition on the Communication Arts website and in materials used to promote the magazine, the competition and/or future related promotions.
Forms and Entry Fees
Once you have completed the registration process, a PDF with an invoice will be generated.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal through our online competition system. Charges for your entry fees will appear on your statement as (“Commarts Competition Fees”). We also accept checks, international money orders and wire transfers. Make checks payable to Communication Arts. Non-United States contestants wishing to pay by check must send a check in U.S. funds drafted on a U.S. bank. Please include a copy of your invoice with the check or money order. Please note on wire transfers: We require an additional fee of $25 (U.S.) to cover fees charged by the banks to process the transfer. If you would like to pay via Wire Transfer, please contact us at [email protected] for bank information.
All entry submissions are final and entry fees are nonrefundable.
Mail checks to:
Communication Arts Design Competition
PO Box 889
Belmont, CA 94002
(Via United States Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. Entrants submitting from outside the U.S., please use an international courier.)
Notification of Acceptance
Only accepted entrants will be notified within two months after the final deadline date due to the number of entries we receive. Complete credits and any necessary material for the best possible reproduction in the Annual will be requested at that time.
If you have any other questions you can reach us by:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (650) 326-6040