Graphic Design Contest: – A Channel for Creativity

Contests are held for graphic design of any kind these days; t shirts, slogan and logo design, graphic poster design, website design or any other kind of graphic design. There is a great chance to express creativity, make money and friends and hang out with likeminded people as well.

A Graphics Design Contest may be in respect of any kind of graphic design; such as slogan and logo design, graphic poster design, website design, or just about anything. What is more, anyone not even trained in graphic design can send their entry and participate in all these online competitions.

How would you like to design a t shirt for instance? How would you like to wear a tee shirt that has been designed by you? Well this is a trend that is getting more and more popular on the internet these days. It works like this: tee shirt design contests are held by a lot of sites, where anyone can enter and participate by giving their own entry or tshirt design. These graphic design contests are a great way to express creativity. It gives people a chance to express their creativity, sense of humor, or even their existential angst! There are many sites that hold such contests. Inkfruit.com is an interesting one with attractive cash prizes for winners and fame in the form of their name being printed on the label. Contests2Win.com is another one that holds design and photography contests regularly.

Many of the sites that conduct graphic design contests have some very substantial prizes in cash or sometimes in kind which are up for grabs for the winning entry which are a great incentive. Another interesting thing about design contests is that you can visit the site and check out the forums that are often set up for likeminded people to hang out and exchange thoughts, ideas, news, banter or just chat and make friends.

Design forums or t shirt forums are places where you can view and post questions, communicate publicly or privately with members or moderators of the community etc. You can also set up or respond to or participate in polls. You can also sell and buy items of interest or from the classifieds that are set up on the forums. As a member of the forum you can take part in all the contests and giveaways and access many other special features. This is a great way to become part of a community where you can learn, share tips and experiences and get help from likeminded people as well as network for your own benefit.

Forums are a great networking tool and a way to keep abreast of what is going on in terms of new contests, announcements as to winner and prizes etc. Seeing other peoples’ designs, especially the winning entries can be inspiring and give you ideas for creating your own graphic design.

The great thing about these forums is that you can learn a lot and take the benefit of other people’s experiences. Marketing, business and finance are other matters which can be discussed which can be very beneficial. So don’t hide away your creativity, express it! And don’t think that you cannot do itFind Article, you can! Original ideas always get a lot of appreciation and perhaps it may be you that gets the appreciation as well as the prize money next time!

There is an ongoing tshirt contest held at InkFruit.com. Send in your tee shirt design and become famous! You can also buy great graphic tees at InkFruit.

The very basics of design

Design is a very subjective thing, therefore, if you ask me how to come up with a first class design for your marketing collateral or publishing mediums, it would be very unfair for me or anyone else to tell you what is a good design and what is a bad design…….

But there are certain elements and principles that we should look for in a design to determine whether the design and layout of the material will be able to carry the message across effectively to the readers and your potential market. The main aim of every design material related to advertising or promotion is either to sell something, promote something or brand a company.

Keep the design and layout simple and clean

The more cluttered or messy the layout and design is for your marketing collateral, the harder it would be for your customers to find the important stuff. So, don’t overcrowd the design of your marketing materials. First and foremost, it should be kept clean and very simple. Yes, we all want to fit as much information as we can into the design but hey, keep the purpose of the design of the marketing stuff in mind. You want to design a novel or design something that sells.

Design Colors

If you have a set of corporate colors (like the colors that you use on your logo, letterhead, envelopes…etc), keep to the same colors in your design. You should present a very simplistic, unique, corporate, professional, consistent image, not a haphazard one. How can anyone rely on you when you have that kind of image, right? It’s best that you not use too many colors for your design. And another important point about designing marketing materials is this; avoid using all the colors of the rainbow in one design! You’re not trying to confuse your customers, you’re trying to make it easy for them to find information, attract them and urge them to buy something from you! I would say using 2 or 3 main colors from your corporate color for the design is good enough.

Fonts

There are tons of free fonts (quite incredibly attractive ones at that) that you can find off the Internet for the design of your marketing stuff – but the sad news is that it’s not always possible to use all of them. Keep to one single font for the content in your design, and if you wish to, you can use a different (a bolder and louder font) for the headings and titles in your design.

Images in your design

Unlike web publishing, using images in the design of your brochures, flyers, menus, company profiles is always a good idea. Enticing your customers with useful pictures or diagrams that illustrates your point or including pictures of your products in the design of your marketing stuff is encouraged. Be careful and weary of using stock photos from the web for your marketing material. One, the resolution of such images (those that you can get off the Internet) is never good enough for printing purposes. Two, you’ll get in trouble with the people who actually owns the rights to those images. So, if possible, if you want to use pictures or illustrative images in your designFind Article, it’s best to either get the pictures for the design yourself (with your digital camera) or you should just purchase it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at http://www.creativejooz.com and is the author of “Raising little magicians”, and the popular “The Lance in freelancing”. More information can be found at http://www.marshamaung.com

Free birthday party fonts

Celebrating a birthday is an important milestone in many peoples lives, not just kids. Great looking fonts is an important part of a successful birthday party. You will need fonts for invitations, decorations and maybe a memorable scrapbook about the event.

Here are some free birthday and party fonts top get you started:

Free Birtdaze Font

Free KR Party Time Dings

Free Cartoon Party Time Font

Free KR Birthday Letters Font

All fonts are compatible with both PCs and Macs and you can download all fonts free. For more free fonts check FontDaddy.com.