Category Archives: Competitions

Design Co-Founder Needed

Queens College Computer Science majors, Karina Ibragimova and Theresa Crupi are the Co-Founders of Bhazra and participating in the CUNY Accelerator Program (CUNY Startups). Bhazra is a sunscreen delivery system that dispenses the precise amount of sunscreen/product needed to optimally protect you from sunburns, photo-aging, and skin cancers. They are currently looking for a designer to join the team.

They’re looking for a team member who:
– Can produce user interface specifications, graphics, pixel perfect designs as well as mockups and prototypes
– Can design digital creative across marketing channels, including email, social, display ads and social ads
– Has a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude
– Is excited by a fast-paced startup environment
– Is eager to take on new challenges, grow, and learn!

Those who are interested can email Karina ( with a short blurb about themselves and link to an online portfolio. Please send any questions to her as well.

Frank Lloyd Wright Graphic Design Fellowship

Frank Lloyd Wright is America’s greatest architect, and his visionary legacy lives on at Taliesin West. Wright’s sprawling desert masterpiece, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, is an environment like no other.

A utopian world unto itself, Taliesin West is simple, elegant, and perfectly in harmony with the surrounding Southwestern landscape. It’s bustling, yet serene. Prehistoric, yet modern. Familiar, but exotic. Incomparable inspiration can be found everywhere you turn.

One designer will be chosen to spend 12 months living and working at this extraordinary place. The work will include traditional graphic design, magazine design, marketing, signage, product design, and other projects related to the full spectrum of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation programming.

Throughout the Fellowship, the selected designer will be mentored by Michael Bierut of Pentagram ( The Fellowship includes room and board at Taliesin West and an annual salary of $20,000, plus health benefits. The term may begin as soon as October 2017. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create in the same space where Frank Lloyd Wright reimagined architecture.

Submit the following materials by September 4, 2017 to Jeff Goodman,
Director of Marketing and Communication at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at

  • A one-page letter of interest

  • A résumé

  • One letter of recommendation

  • A PDF portfolio: 5 projects, 5 pages. Choose work that best showcases your design aesthetic and experiences working in different areas of design.

  • A BFA or MFA in graphic design (or related area) is required. Applicants must be highly independent, exceedingly creative and love what they do.

Design Major Receives Prestigious Honor for Illustration

Congrats to recent QC Design Alumnus Jiemin Yang, who is a winner in one of the most prestigious student illustration competitions in the country!

Every year since 1981 the Society of Illustrators holds the annual Student Scholarship Competition. This year, a little over 200 works were chosen from more than 8,000 entries submitted by professors of college-level students nationwide. The work is judged by professional illustrators and art directors. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used.

(C) Jiemin Yang, 2016

Jiemin’s piece “Foodie Town,” which he created in Assistant Professor Ryan Hartley Smith’s Illustration II course, is now on display at the Society of Illustrators along with the other winning entries. The exhibition is up now through June 3rd. More information here.

CUNY Diversity Art and Design Contest

The richness of the City University of NewYork (CUNY) is defined by who we are: the most diverse University-system in the nation. CUNY’s history and our future is built around opening the doors of higher education to all students from across the globe who strive to learn, study and share knowledge.



See attached PDF for Details

Strength in Us Official Flyer

Redesign the NYC “I Voted” Sticker!

Worn by proud voters across the city on Election Day, “I Voted” stickers are one of the best ways for New Yorkers to show that that they care about the future of our city. Now it’s time for a brand new sticker, and the NYC Campaign Finance Board is holding a sticker design contest for the 2017 city elections and beyond.
Learn more here and review submission guidelines and rules here. Entries are due by 5pm on April 14th.

SMARTPITCH by CUNY Startups – Kickoff & Team Match: March 31st

SMARTPITCH is a pitch competition for students in marketing, business, design and computer science. SMARTPITCH is an opportunity to work as a part of a multi-functional team of four to ideate, run a team, project manage, create a prototype and a pitch. You will use the tools NYC’s tech companies and startups use to communicate and to run projects and will apply cutting-edge methods: design thinking, lean method and Agile team management. You will do competitive research, tech planning, define marketing strategy, create a prototype and a 5-min pitch.

Society of Publication Designs Student Design Competition–Deadline March 20

Society of Publication Designs Student Design Competition
Win $2,500 in cash prizes and a summer internship at major magazine.

The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) is an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design. SPD serves a worldwide community of art directors, designers, photo editors, illustrators, and other creative professionals. Each year, SPD holds a publication design competition that recognizes and celebrates the best in editorial design. This work includes design, illustration, and photography across multiple platforms and the best work is then commemorated in our Publication Design Annual. For over ten years, SPD has given students the opportunity to be a part of this annual with their own world-class student design competition. Entries will be judged in each category against other student work by our jury which includes some of the most distinguished publication designers. The first, second, and third place winners will be honored with an Award of Excellence and an invitation to the Society of Publication Designers’ Annual Awards Gala in May 2017 in New York City. At the Gala, the first-place winner will be presented with The Mitch Shostak Award—a $2,500 prize—and a summer internship at a major magazine in New York City. Second and third-place winners will also be offered summer internships, as well as, receiving a cash prize of $1,000 and $500, respectively. All award-winning work will be printed in the Society of Publication Designers’ PUB 52 Design Annual, which is perhaps the most widely used creative reference tool for industry professionals.

Find out more about the competition, rules and how to enter 2017SPDStudentCFEFinal