The Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students began in 2000 as a way for students to enter work done not only for a campus newspaper, but also projects done for a class, a job or an internship. Those are the students who served as the inspiration for the MSU Design Contest seven years ago.
There are a number of beginning student designers who have demonstrated incredible talent, but they do so in the classroom or at a part-time job. In much the same way, some of the most talented visual journalists—for a variety of reasons—do not work at their campus newspaper. These students are usually ineligible for other college design competitions, where contest rules often limit entries to work done for a student newspaper. The MSU Design Contest was established to give those other students a voice in a national competition.
This award should be granted for work that defines the best in its category. It should be perfect or near perfect.
This award should be granted for work that is outstanding in its category. It should have few, if any, flaws.
This award should be granted for work that is impressive in its category. Technical and design skills are evident.
This award should be granted for work that is not in the top three in its category but shows innovation and potential.
Front Page Newspaper
Feature Page Newspaper
Sports Page Newspaper
Art & Illustration
- Third Place
- Nick Yarbrough, Brittney Jeffries, Elizabeth Choe, Sara Creef
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From April 4 to April 18, 2011, 18 professional designers from around the world judged 370 entries. This was the first year the contest was held entirely online and we received a record number of entries as well as encouragement and advice from our amazing judges.
We would like to thank our judges:
Charles Apple, Freelance visual journalist/apple.copydesk.org
Elizabeth Conley, Staff photographer/The Detroit News
Chris Courtney, designhawg.com
Josh Crutchmer, Senior Designer/Minneapolis Star Tribune
Julie Elman, Assistant Professor in School of Visual Communication/Ohio University
Amy Etmans Huschka, Detroit Free Press
Carrie Gee, Art Director/Edible Vineyard/destructokitty.com
Martin Gee, Features Design Supervisor/Boston Globe/hellvetica
Jessy Harger, Senior Designer/redhead design studio
Kathy Kieliszewski, Deputy Director of Photo and Video/The Detroit Free Press
Kris Kinkade, Designer/USA Today
Suzette Moyer, Designer/St. Petersburg Times
Nick Mrozowski, Creative Director/Adweek
Michael Stoll, Professor for Infographics, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, http://www.hs-augsburg.de/~mstoll
Juan Velasco, Art Director/National Geographic Magazine
Paul Wallen, Design Director/Hunstville Times
Deborah Withey, Former Deputy managing editor for presentation/The Virginian-Pilot, Director, Cheese + Pickles Studio, deborah-withey.com
Andrea Zagata, Designer/The Detroit News