August 13, 2018 -
September 7, 2018
Call For Entries
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!
August 13, 2018 -
September 7, 2018
Call For Entries
September 17, 2018 -
September 28, 2018
Judging, Round One
October 5, 2018 -
October 9, 2018
Physical Entries Due
KANEKO - Omaha, NE
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.
Uploaded images must adhere to the following requirements:
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Charts, maps, graphs, schedules, forms and way-finding systems that intend to clarify the complex.
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.
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.
Websites intended for desktop, mobile, or other platforms.
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.
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. Artwork that did not win will be available for pick up at 10:00 p.m. the night of the event until Friday, November 9th at Kaneko. Artwork that won awards will remain on display for one week. It will be available for pick up at Kaneko on October 9th. Any unclaimed entries will be recycled on October 10th.