Calls for entries: Upcoming graphic design competition and book submission deadlines

All of the following competition or book submission deadlines present great opportunities to showcase your design efforts, market your work on an international scale through the published books, and "toot!" your own horn to clients, peers and the media:

International Design Awards
(IDA - USA)
Deadline Extended: 15 February 2012 (late fees apply)
Entry fees charged

Design School Wisdom [book]
(Chronicle Books - USA)
Deadline: 17 February 2012
No entry fees charged

ADC Advertising & Intergrated Awards
(Art Directors Club - USA)
Deadline Extended: 24 February 2012
Entry fees charged

Poster Annual 2013
(Graphis - USA)
Deadline: 27 February 2012
Entry fees charged

Core77 Design Awards
(Core77 - USA)
Deadline: 27 February 2012
Entry fees charged

Logo Design 3
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

Poster Design 2
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

Magazine & Book Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

Illustration 2
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

Jewelry Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

Inkarnation Tattoo & Lifestyle
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

Best of Caricature
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

XXX Graphic Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2012
No entry fees charged

PRINT Regional Design Annual
(PRINT - USA)
Deadline Extended: 1 March 2012
Entry fees charged

HOW Promotion Design Awards
(HOW - USA)
Deadline: 1 March 2012
Late Deadline: 19 March 2012 (late fees apply)
Entry fees charged

Brand New Awards
(UnderConsideration - USA)
Deadline: 2 March 2012
Entry fees charged

33rd Annual Telly Awards
(The Telly Awards - USA)
Final Deadline: 2 March 2012
Entry fees charged

Summit Creative Awards
(Summit International Awards - USA)
Deadline Extended: 7 March 2012
Entry fees charged

Communicator Awards
(IAVA - USA)
Final Deadline: 9 March 2012
Entry fees charged

Social/Political Posters
(Graphis - USA)
Deadline: 9 March 2012
Entry fees charged

Neenah UnShow Competition
(Neenah Paper, HOW and PRINT - USA)
Deadline: 12 March 2012
No entry fees charged

Top 100 New Creatives #53
(CMYK - USA)
Deadline Extended: 12 March 2012
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Photography Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 16 March 2012
Entry fees charged

In-HOWse Design Awards
(HOW - USA)
Deadline: 2 April 2012
Entry fees charged

The Dieline Package Design Awards
(The Dieline - USA)
Final Deadline: 2 April 2012
Entry fees charged

2012 Media and Interactive Awards
(The Creativity Awards - USA)
Deadline: 6 April 2012
Entry fees charged

Win A Classic
(Neenah CLASSIC® Papers - USA)
Deadline: 30 April 2012
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Design Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 11 May 2012
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Advertising Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 11 May 2012
Entry fees charged

Typography 1: Bright Ideas in Type
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

Layouts 1
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

Black & White
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012

Color 1
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

Logo Design 3
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

Brochures 1
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

All-Type Logos
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

Big and Bold
(Bright Books|David E. Carter - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2012
No entry fees charged

HOW Interactive Design Awards
(HOW - USA)
Deadline: 2 July 2012
Entry fees charged

iheartlogos season three
(iheartlogos.com - USA)
Early Deadline: 31 August 2012
Late Deadline: 15 September 2012 (late fees apply)
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Typography Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 9 September 2012
Entry fees charged

(To make sure you are reading the latest bLog-oMotives design competition update click here.)

You may want to read my article about participating in design industry competitions and calls for book submissions: A collection of design competition - and book submission request - tips, tricks and observations.

A design competition calendar is also available at Icograda. L├╝rzer's ARCHIVE has an impressive online list of competitions sponsored by international magazines and organizations. Dexinger posts competitions of great value to industry professionals - however designers need to be aware that some of the listings are for "spec" work as a requirement for submission. Requests for new, or speculative, work as a condition of entering a "contest" are much different than legitimate design competition "calls for entries," in which previously created works are judged for possible awards, exhibition, or publication in an annual or other book.

My own work appears in over 160 graphic design books. Many of those inclusions are the result of design competitions, or requests for submissions, like those listed above.

© 2012 Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

Toot! Toot!*: 'iheartlogos' second volume gives logo love to Jeff Fisher LogoMotives identity design

The newly released book iheartlogos season two includes the work of Jeff Fisher, the Engineer of Creative Identity for the Portland-based firm Jeff Fisher LogoMotives.. The inspiration-filled volume, published through the iheartlogos website, features 450 logos created by 170 designers from 31 countries around the world.

The Jeff Fisher LogoMotives design included (above) is a pro-bono effort for the Historic Kenton Firehouse Committee, representing the group maintaining and operating the landmark community space in the designer's own North Portland neighborhood. The identity was also short-listed in the Russian design competition Identity: Best of the Best 2010, and appears in the books Logo Nest 01 (Australia) and Logo Design Vol. 3 (Germany).

Identities included in the book were judged and voted on by other designers submitting logos, and individuals registered to vote, at the website iheartlogos.com. The limited edition book is currently available exclusively on the site, for $25 - which includes free shipping in the continental United States. Season three of the iheartlogos competition is currently underway.

Fisher, a 35 year design industry veteran, is the author of Identity Crisis!: 50 redesigns that transformed stale identities into successful brands and The Savvy Designer's Guide to Success: Ideas and tactics for a killer career. Other book projects are currently in the works.

The designer has received over 600 design awards and his work has been published in more than 160 books on identity design, self-promotion and the marketing of small businesses. He often travels – nationally and internationally – to present courses, seminars and workshops on design, branding, marketing and social networking. In addition, Fisher is a nationally-recognized speaker, making numerous presentations each year to design organizations, design schools, universities and business groups.

More information about Jeff Fisher, and his design and writing efforts, may be found on the Jeff Fisher LogoMotives blogfolio.

(* If I don’t "toot!" my own horn, no one else will.)

© 2012 Jeff Fisher LogoMotives