Call for Entry
SIGNS, SYSTEMS, AND LETTERFORM MARKS
UDA Annual International Design Competition 2019
There are more submissions coming in. Therefore, we are extending the deadline to Monday, March 18. This date is absolutely last chance to submit designs. Please submit your work and your students' works. We have beautiful designs this year.
Submit before Monday, March 18 (Extended Deadline)
Award Announcement on Monday, April 22
Signs, Systems, and Letterform Marks (SSL)
Signs communicate ideas through visual elements. Systems integrate multiple ideas into one family. Letterform Marks integrate type to present a specific concept. A graphic designer manipulates and perfects the visual form to ensure a clear understanding of the user.
These signs, systems, and letterform marks visually convey our behaviors, beliefs, and institutions. They warn us of danger, guide us through space, inform us of choices, and portray organizational attributes. While we vary religiously, politically, socially, and culturally, universal signs, systems, and letterform marks can unify humanity through communication. Design students and professionals continuously revise old ones and create new ones. They establish a language we can all understand.
CEO & Creative Director of Coy LA, USA
One of the founders of the AIGA/LA chapter
The first president of the AIGA/LA chapter
World-known calligrapher and type designer
CEO & Creative Director of Jill BellBrandlettering, USA
Juror, Type Director’s Club (NY), Linotype’s Type Design Contest (Germany)
Partner of Defrost Design, USA
Mentoring Chair the Detroit AIGA chapter
Past Detroit AIGA president
CEO & Creative Director of Kame Design, Germany
Professor of Paju Typography Institute (PaTI), Korea
Gold Prize, Morisawa Typeface Design Competition
The Best Typefaces for the New Millennium by Association Typographique Internationale and United Nations
CEO & Creative Director of Todd Blank Design, USA
Served as an advisor to the San Francisco Civil Service
ID Magazine's Annual Design Awards
CEO & Creative Director of Ian Lynam Design, Japan
Faculty at Temple University Japan
Co-founder of Néojaponisme, a critical cultural online journal
Please choose which category is most appropriate for your entry/entries:
1. Signs (visual representation through a pictorial, symbolic, or geometric form)
2. Systems (visual representation through 2 or more related elements, i.e. icon system)
3. Letterform Marks (visual representation which incorporates individual letterforms and/or words, i.e. logotypes, wordmarks, signature marks)
Design & Submission Specification
Please follow these design specifications. If you do not follow them, we cannot guarantee your submission(s) will be considered. You may only submit a vector image using the attached Adobe Illustrator template file ‘Design Category_First Name Last Name_Title’.
Step 1. Place a color vector image (dimension is 6cm square) on the center of the A4 size horizontal format.
Step 2. Fill out the description line on the bottom of the page. You must indicate that you are either a student or a professional designer.
Step 3. Please indicate the nature of the client’s business/organization, if applicable.
Step 4. Use the following method for naming your file: Filename: Design Category_First Name Last Name_Title Example: Signs_John Doe_Love
Step 5. Save your file as a PDF file (Acrobat 6 capability) with ‘Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities’ and ‘Embed Page Thumbnails’ options checked.
Step 6. Submit your PDF and application form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 7. Send your submission fee via PayPal account email@example.com. Please make sure you have the right name and address.
– Single Entry: us$20
– Multiple Entries (Max 5) from one designer: us$60
– Single Entry: us$10
– If a student’s instructor is a UDA member, a student can submit up to three entrees for free.
Submission Deadline: Monday, March 18 (Extended deadline)
Award Announcement: Monday, April 22
All awarded designs will be announced at www.uniteddesigns.org.
Award Certificate & Publication
All winners receive an Award Certificate (PDF file) via email.
All winners will get a complimentary e-book catalog at http://fliphtml5.uniteddesigns.org.
Copyright: All matters regarding the copyright of the entry will be the responsibility of the entrant. All designs will become the Collection of United Designs Alliance. The United Designs Alliance reserves the right to use all information provided by the entrants, as well as the right to publish, exhibit or reproduce all designs entered for the competition.