Casting Call for HGTV Design Star @ Embassy Suites

Design Star, HGTV’s top-rated reality competition series, is currently casting for its sixth season and will hold an open casting call in Philadelphia on Monday, January 10, 2011.

Some information from HGTV on what they’re looking for:

  • Extensive design knowledge
  • Personality that “pops”
  • Passion for design
  • Lots of energy and enthusiasm
  • A  clear and unique design perspective

Date: Monday, January 10, 2011
10am – 1pm
Embassy Suites Hotel
1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

What To Bring To Casting Call:

  • Application
  • Two photos of yourself
  • Portfolio of your work

If you are unable to attend the open casting call, see instructions on how to submit a home video at:  The deadline for video submissions is January 15, 2011.  For More Information:  email, or visit

Communication Arts Illustration Competition – Deadline Jan 7

Introduce your work to the world via this competition for creativity in illustration: the Communication Arts Illustration Competition. Any Illustration first printed or produced within the last twelve months prior to the deadline is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and on, bringing exposure to the creators of the winning work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the illustrators represented.

Philly Photo Day – Oct 28

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is designating October 28, 2010 as Philly Photo Day. They are asking anyone and everyone to take a picture in Philadelphia on this day and submit it electronically to PPAC.

Photographs can be taken with any device from a camera phone or a computer to a digital SLR or 8” x 10”. It can be the first photograph someone has ever taken or it can be taken by a seasoned photographer. Everyone is welcome to participate. PPAC hopes to receive hundreds if not thousands of images that will constitute a broad portrait of Philadelphia on that day.

On November 11, 2010, PPAC will open an exhibition of the submitted images in the Gray Area at the Crane Arts Building, where copies of all submitted images will be for sale at $10 and $20.

Guidelines for participating in Philly Photo Day:

1. Photographs must be made on October 28, 2010, between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm.
2. Each participant may only submit one image.
3. Photographs must be taken within Philadelphia city limits.
4. Any camera can be used but the image file must be digitally submitted.
5. Images must be submitted digitally at 3200 pixels x 2400 pixels (10.5” x 8” at 300 ppi).
Dimensions may vary due to camera format. Files must be submitted as a JPEG or TIFF, no other file format will be accepted. Files that are smaller will be re-sized to the above dimensions.
6. All images must be submitted by 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 31, 2010.
7. Digital files can be uploaded at Participants must accept agreement terms as detailed.

Philly Photo Day celebrates PPAC’s early success in strengthening the connection between Philadelphians and photography. Philly Photo Day is designed to give the largest number of people the opportunity to consider how they want to represent themselves and their city, and how they can do that through a single photograph.

AIGA Design Competition – Deadline Dec 10

AIGA BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Competition
Students are asked to create a design for a reusable canvas bag that speaks out about an important cause related to the theme of nutrition.

Proper nourishment is a basic human need. This need, so intrinsic to the health and happiness of every person, is central to many social issues. Hunger, obesity, eating disorders, organic food, and local farming are just a few related topics.

In the process of providing oneself with nutrition, a consumer makes many decisions not only about what to purchase, but also how to carry it home. Paper, plastic or reusable? Like a T-shirt or poster, a canvas bag can be a means of self-expression. This competition seeks to give students the opportunity to craft a message that brings attention to the general theme of nutrition using reusable canvas grocery bags as the vehicle.

Bag Dimensions: 14″ x 11″ x 5″
The REQUIRED bag to use as the base for your design is here. The bag can be manipulated in any way you wish. The design can be silk screened, iron-on, painted, or cut.

For more details and entry form: AIGA Philly Events
EXHIBITION: March 17 – March 31, 2011
CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday March 31, 2011
WHERE: The Icebox Gallery at the Crane Arts Building

Interactive Competition – Deadline Oct 8

Communication Arts Interactive Design Competition is accepting entries through October 8, 2010. Winning entries will be featured in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual and on
Categories judged include:
  • Advertising: Interactive ad, point of sale kiosk, sales presentation, website, etc.
  • Entertainment: Games, programs, books, music, etc.
  • Information design: Educational program, museum / exhibition guide, public service, website, etc.
  • Self-promotion: Sales promotion, including websites, for designers, art directors and vendors who provide creative services, art schools that offer courses in visual communications, design and advertising club promotions, etc.
  • Experimental / virtual: Community (personal, student, social networking, alternative digital media, etc.)

Entry fees are $100 for websites and $125 for disk-based media.

Your Art Here by H&M – Deadline Oct 15

Participate in Your Art Here and see your work displayed in the window of the H&M store at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in New York.

Winner swag also includes:
  • $500 H&M gift card
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Roundtrip airfare + accommodations to NYC
  • An installation budget of up to $15,000
Full details are available online, and the deadline is October 15, 2010.

Hand Drawn Competition – Deadline Oct 1

Print Magazine has launched a new competition: Hand Drawn

“What is illustration today? Is it pen-and-ink on paper? Vectors on pixels? A cut-paper scene captured in a photograph? A hand-stitched portrait with a touch of Photoshop? We think it’s all of the above. And now, we want to see what illustration is to you.”

Guidelines: This competition is open to all participants.

Entry fees: $40/entry, $60/campaign or series, $20/students

Deadline: October 1, 2010

Prizes: $500 for best in show, $250 for two runner ups
Placement in the magazine and on

Old City Window Contest – Deadline Sep 2

As part of the Design Philadelphia city-wide initiative, a call for entry has been announced for innovative and visually inspired students, recent grads, professionals and artists in various fields of design. The Old City Windows Contest is open to student, professionals, or artists in the design field. The ability to draft, plan, and fully execute a window is needed to participate in the contest.

Prizes and recognition will be awarded for best windows. Designer entrants must read all guidelines and submit requirements. If designers or artists are looking to just display their own artwork in a vacant window you may contact OCBC about available spaces and fees.
For full information, registration details, and questions, visit
Submissions are due September 2nd.