Show Your Best.

It’s your chance to SHOW your best design work to our stellar creative community. Be a part of design’s biggest night of the year!

Enter Submissions Here

How It’s Done


August 13, 2018 -
September 7, 2018

Call For Entries


September 17, 2018 -
September 28, 2018

Judging, Round One

Physical Entry

October 5, 2018 -
October 9, 2018

Physical Entries Due



KANEKO - Omaha, NE

Entries, Round One

All first round entries are in digital format only (see Call for Entries below for dates). SHOW accepts entries for work which were published/created between September 26th, 2017 and September 7th, 2018. Award-winning entries from other competitions are still eligible to be entered in SHOW.

Student pricing is available to current students and graduates within the past year (if the project in question was created under the guidance of an instructor at an educational institution while the entrant was a student). Student and professional work is judged independently, but the entry categories are the same.

You may enter the same piece in more than one category if you believe it should be evaluated according to standards of excellence for each individual category (i.e., you may enter the same piece in both the Illustration and Web categories). However, each will be treated as an individual and independent entry, so you are required to submit separate entry forms, fees, and digital files for each entry. Questions? Check out our FAQ for more info.

Prep Your Work

Uploaded images must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Entrants’ image files must be named following this naming convention for each entry: EntrantLastName_EntrantFirstName_1.jpg. EntrantLastName_EntrantFirstName_2.jpg
    • Accepted file types are: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg and .png.
  • The image dimensions are left to the entrant’s discretion, but the file size for each image must not exceed 800kb .
  • A maximum of two image files may be submitted for each entry. However, the layout and content of each file is up to the entrant and may include multiple views therein (i.e. a multi-page website design entry may mockup multiple pages within one image file; same with books/magazines/packaging, etc.).
  • To maintain the integrity of the judging process and keep entries anonymous, imagery and descriptions will be reviewed by AIGA Nebraska prior to being passed to the judges. Any work which states the identity of the designer or design team—either in the description or imagery—will be removed from the judging pool (unless it is entered in the Self Promotion category or if the identity is contained within the design).



Call for Entries, Dates

Professional Entries • Monday, August 13th, 2018 through Friday, August 24th, 2018

Late Pro Entries • Monday, August 27th, 2018 through Friday, September 7th, 2018

Student Entries • Monday, August 27th, 2018 through Friday, September 21st, 2018


Categories, What to Enter

Design entries take various forms; from apps to websites, signage to packaging, branding to photograph, and more! Check out or categories page for more details on the various categories and what they entail.

Entry Fees

  • $40 Member
  • $55 Non-Member
  • $20 Student Member
  • $30 Student Non-Member

Professional entries submitted after August 24th will incur a $5 late fee.

All entries must be paid online via credit card at the time of entry. 

Join AIGA Nebraska now to receive your member discount. (It pays for itself after enough entries and comes with many more benefits!)


App/Software, Game, VR, AR

Layout and functionality of apps, software, games, AR/VR intended for desktop, mobile, tabletop or other platforms.


Clothing and accessories. (t-shirts, polos, hats, socks, tie, etc.)



Cover designs and/or interior layouts of published books. Please indicate if you designed the interior, cover or both.


Corporate Communications

Newsletters, emails, standards manuals, press kits, sales kits, brochures, annual reports, investor communications, etc.


Professional work that has not been produced, for whatever reason; or work that is of a purely conjectural or entertaining nature.


Identity System

Branding executed in stationary system (i.e. business cards, letterhead, envelope, etc. - stickers, etc. should be included in promotional design)


Pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text/layout. May include drawing, painting, pen-and-ink, woodcut, mixed media, etc.

Information Design

Charts, maps, graphs, schedules, forms and way-finding systems that intend to clarify the complex.

Judges Choice

Logo Design

Individual logos consisting of a mark and/or typography (not icon illustrations).


Animated motion graphics, special effects, videos.


Consumer/promotional materials including, packaging, swag, labels, boxes, bags, music albums, 3D items.


Published photos including architecture, lifestyle, still life, etc.


Though frequently a part of promotional design, this medium deserves its own category. Must be larger than 11" x 17". Anything 11" x 17" and below should be entered into the promotional design category.

Promotion/Advertising Design

Works designed to introduce, sell or promote products, ideas, or events. May include print advertising, flyers, invitations, announcements, direct mail, social media, stickers, guerrilla, etc.


Magazine, Newspaper (whole issues or individual articles)/Catalogs/Journals.


Created by the entrant to promote the entrant.


Installation of signage, wayfinding systems, multiple media or a single medium engaging an audience intellectually and emotionally. Includes installations, interiors, exteriors, vehicles and other real-time experiences.



Web Design

Websites intended for desktop, mobile, or other platforms.

Judging, Round One

The first round of judging takes place from September 17th through the 28th. During this time, SHOW Judges review digital entries and select the most outstanding pieces. Those selected will move onto the second round for the Judges to assess and critique in person.

Judging, Round Two

Entrants whose work is selected for the second round of Show judging will be contacted by AIGA Nebraska by October 1st. These entrants will be notified as to which of their entries were selected for the second round and will receive instructions on how to deliver a mounted version of their entries for judging and display at the event. Entrants will have approximately two weeks to prepare their physical entries for delivery/drop off at a location to be determined in both Lincoln and Omaha.

Mounded entries are due on Friday, October 5th, Monday, October 8th & Tuesday, October 9th. Location & times will be included in the notification email.


All entries must be mounted on black mat board, which MUST measure either 15”×20” or 20”×30”. Orientation and content are up to the entrant, but winning work which exceeds these dimensions may not be hung during the exhibition (for the integrity of both the work and the property of Kaneko). Entries physically larger than 20”×30” may be submitted in the form of a photograph mounted on black mat board. If more than one board is needed, boards must be securely and neatly fastened/hinged together with binder clips, not taped. Even in this case, the dimensions of the entry when flat/folded must remain either 15”×20” or 20”×30”.

Special consideration may be given for entries which, due to the nature of the work, are difficult or impossible to display according to the above requirements. Contact the Director of Show or Show Co-Chair with accommodation requests.


Entrants whose work reaches the second round may opt to provide physical samples relevant to the entry if desired. Please deliver the sample in a self-contained box with an entry form and a mated photo entry of the physical sample.


It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to pick up any physical entries or samples. All artwork from the second round will remain on display for one week. It will be available for pick up at Kaneko on October 20th from 10 am until 12 pm (noon). Any unclaimed entries will be recycled on October 20th after those times.