GAERF 2010 National Student Design Competition

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The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®) second annual student design competition challenges students to create marketing materials designed to promote GRAPH EXPO 2011 – the largest and most comprehensive trade show and conference for the graphic communications industry in the Americas.

The GAERF 2010 Student Design Competition invites students to be creative by taking their original design from concept to finished product as they:

  • Create a theme for GRAPH EXPO 2011
  • Design artwork to support the theme, incorporating the GRAPH EXPO logo, show dates and location, and
  • Produce a product that incorporates the theme and logo (i.e., advertisement, web site page, postcard, etc.).


The competition is open to all students attending recognized secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program.  Instructors are responsible for submitting student entries; limited to three per instructor.  All entries become the property of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, and may be reproduced and distributed. Entries will not be returned.


Download Competition Entry Form

All entries must:

  • Be completed during the 2009-2010 school year.
  • Be original work of the student and contain no copyrighted materials or photos.
  • Be submitted by the instructor with all files necessary for reproduction.
  • Include printed version of entry. Printed screen shots acceptable for electronic entries.
  • Include CD or DVD with a digital version of the entry.
    •  PDF, JPG or TIF files
    •  300dpi resolution
    •  For website entries, several screen shots and an active URL. (Note: active websites must remain online through August 3, 2010, to ensure viewing for judging, and may not be altered after submission.
  • Include all source files required for artwork reproduction.
  • Be received by the deadline: June 15, 2010.

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1st Place Awards:
$2,000 plus a two-day all-inclusive paid trip for the student and instructor to attend GRAPH EXPO 2010, October 3-6, in Chicago, IL (one secondary winner; one post-secondary winner)

2nd Place Awards:
$1,500 (one secondary winner; one post-secondary winner)

3rd Place Awards:
$1,000 (one secondary winner; one post-secondary winner)


Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by the Graphic Arts Show Company, the producer of GRAPH EXPO 2011. Winners and their instructors will be notified by USPS delivery by August 15, 2010.


1st place winners will receive their awards at GRAPH EXPO 2010 during Career Awareness Day, October 6, 2010. All other winners will receive awards via USPS delivery by October 29, 2010.


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Contact Eileen Cassidy, GAERF Director, via e-mail: or phone: 703/264-7200.