Creative Best is an annual competition held by Columbus Society of Communicating Arts. Submit samples of your hottest work from the past year, and help us recognize that hard-won creative best.

Online submissions for all categories in the Creative Best 2018 show will begin on August 15th. Please check back here then to submit.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers.

Formats: PDF, video or image file. Link to live ad or mockup.

Judged On: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable)

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Interior design, exterior design, booths for exhibitions and trade shows, wayfinding systems and signage, wall scapes, billboards, point of sale, other large-scale dimensional space design.

Formats: Rendered prints, photographic prints, video. PDF, image or video file.

Judged On: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable), usability. Clarity and cohesiveness of signage, success of piece within space.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Brand systems, collection of branded touchpoints, identity launch collateral (business cards, letterhead, swag, etc.). A logo and up to 5 other items may be submitted.

Formats: PDF or image file.

Judged On: Creativity, Execution, strength of concept, success of identity in representing subject, application of brand to different touchpoints.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: A single logo and/or word mark on a page. No more, no less. For larger identity systems, please submit in the Identity Systems category.

Formats: PDF or image file.

Judged On: Creativity, Execution, strength of concept, success of identity in representing subject.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Design of websites and microsites, apps and extensions, digital games, digital publishing, interactive installations (kiosks, trade show displays, and museum exhibits). Judged primarily on design and content.

Formats: URLs to web sites or app store pages. If piece is no longer live, submit PDF or locally running files.

Judged On: Creativity, Execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable), design aesthetics, presentation of information.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: User Experience of websites and microsites, apps and extensions, digital games, interactive installations (kiosks, trade show displays, and museum exhibits). Judged on usability and quality of user experience.

Formats: URLs to web sites or app store pages. If piece is no longer live, submit PDF or locally running files.

Judged On: Creativity, Execution, user experience, clarity and flow of information.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: “Moving Illustration” Fully or mostly animated either traditionally or digitally. Based around narrative or characters. Structured
similarly to an edited live action video but animated. Cartoons, animated commercials, educational videos.

Formats: Video file in .mov or .mp4 format. Video, or series of related videos, with total runtime not to exceed 3 minutes.

Judged On: Creativity, Execution, editing, sound design and voice work, scene design, character design, animation.


 

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: “Moving Graphic Design” Motion graphics, kinetic typography and iconography, opening sequences, trailers, educational pieces, motion demo reels. Graphics integrated with or a large part of live footage. A piece of moving graphic design largely centered around animated typography and iconography.

Formats: Video file in .mov or .mp4 format. Video, or series of related videos, with total runtime not to exceed 3 minutes.

Judged On: Creativity, execution, design, pacing, typography and iconography, sound design and voice work, animation, transitions.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Photographs for ads and print, editorial or photographic series, photo retouching.

Formats: PDF or image file.

Judged On: If other elements present, piece is to be judged only on the quality of the photography. Creativity, Execution, photographic merits.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Writing in sales and promotional materials, website content, case studies and white papers. Writing in radio ads. Blog posts and articles.

Formats: URL link to content. PDF, video, audio, text or image file.

Judged On: If other elements present, piece is to be judged only on the quality of the writing. Creativity, execution, success conveying message.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Illustration or iconography for print, packaging, digital, web applications, editorial and books, lettering and custom type, illustrated poster design.

Formats: PDF, video or image file.

Judged On: If other elements present, piece is to be judged only on the quality of the illustration. Creativity, execution.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Graphics and labels, consumer goods packaging, packaging for promotional pieces, other three-dimensional objects.

Formats: Image files of photographs or renders.

Judged On: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable), production quality, shelf presence.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Printed design work that is for sale. Art posters, apparel design, stationary, pins and patches.

Formats: PDF or image files of photographs or renders.
Judged On: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable) production quality, use of format.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 60.00
$50.00 - 60.00

Examples: Printed work under 8 pages. Cards, invitations and announcements, promotional or self-promotional items (including posters, shirts, etc.) menus, brochures, direct mail.

Formats: PDF or image file.

Judged On: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable) production quality, use of format.

Ends on September 20, 2018$55.00 - 65.00
$55.00 - 65.00

Examples: A set of three or more related pieces from one or more other categories.

Formats: Follow the format requirements specific to each piece in your campaign.

Judged On: Merits of individual pieces, cohesiveness, success applying concept to multiple touchpoints.

Ends on September 20, 2018$50.00 - 55.00
$50.00 - 55.00

Examples: Any piece from any category created in the last year that was going to be great but got killed off by the client, creative director, budget, etc. Comps, storyboards and other partially finished work. Greeked text and other elements characteristic of unfinished work is ok but we unfortunately can’t accept work with watermarked or unlicensed photos or assets.
Formats: Follow the format requirements specific to each piece.

Judged On: Merits of the piece had it been completed.

Ends on September 20, 2018$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

Examples: Logos, logos systems, identity launch collateral created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum. Any project created by a student outside of an accredited class must be entered as professional work.
Formats: PDF or image file.

Judged on: Creativity, Execution, strength of concept, success of identity in representing subject.

Ends on September 20, 2018$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

Examples: Websites, apps, banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum. Any project created by a student outside of an accredited class must be entered as professional work.

Formats: PDF, jpg or video. Link to live piece or mockup.

Judged on: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable), presentation of information.

Ends on September 20, 2018$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

Examples: Packaging, wall graphics, signage, advertising and promotional posters, billboards, art posters, apparel design, stationary, pins and patches, cards, invitations and announcements, periodical and book design, self-promotional prints, menus, brochures, direct mail created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum. Any project created by a student outside of an accredited class must be entered as professional work.

Formats: PDF or image file.

Judged on: Creativity, execution, art, copy and photography (as applicable), production quality, use of format.

Ends on September 20, 2018$15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00

Examples: A set of three or more related pieces from one or more other categories created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum. Any project created by a student outside of an accredited class must be entered as professional work.

Formats: Follow the format requirements specific to each piece in your campaign.

Judged On: Merits of individual pieces, cohesiveness, success applying concept to multiple touchpoints.

Ends on September 20, 2018$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

Examples: Motion graphics, animation or live action video created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum. Any project created by a student outside of an accredited class must be entered as professional work.

Formats: Video file in .mov or .mp4 format. Video, or series of related videos, with total runtime not to exceed 3 minutes.

Judged On: Creativity, execution, design, pacing, typography and iconography, sound design and voice work, animation, transitions and editing.

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