Advancement Holiday Card Contest

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 28, 11:59 pm EDT

The Office of University Advancement is soliciting designs from all Northeastern students for our annual printed holiday cards. We are looking for two designs:

Take a moment to review this page carefully BEFORE you submit your design.

Suggested Theme & Style Guidelines

We seek designs that go beyond the visual Northeastern brand, so The University Seal, wordmark, athletics logos and marks, and other university marks should not be incorporated in the design. As you come up with your idea, take into consideration that designs should:

– Show how Northeastern has empowered or inspired you.
– Illustrate what you love most about the university.
– Depict the essence of Northeastern.
– Express a feeling of the season without any tie to a particular religion.
– Not rely only on paws or Husky imagery.
– Use any design medium appropriate for print.
– Respect copyright and do not use copyrighted work.

The card will be both physically printed and displayed electronically.

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Graphic Specs

Accepted file formats: .JPG, .JPEG, .PDF, .PNG

Max file size is 10MB.

Respect copyright. DO NOT submit copyrighted work.

Advancement Communications staff will work with winning artists to refine designs and make them print-ready.

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Prizes

Each winning artist will receive a prize package that includes a $50 gift card to Blick Art, a Wacom design tablet, a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker, and the innovative design book The Process is the Inspiration.

Second and third place winners in each category will receive a gift card and campus-wide recognition.

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Winner Selection

Staff members from Advancement Communications and Alumni Relations Marketing and Communications will review all submissions, and Diane MacGillivray, senior vice president for University Advancement, will select one winner in each category. Finalists will work with the creative/production team from Advancement Communications to refine designs and make them print-ready.

Winners will be notified via email by Friday, November 4, 2022.

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FAQs

Is there a limited of the number of submissions I can make?

No.

Is there a preferred size (width x height) for the card?

Yes. The final size of the card will be 5 inches x 7 inches (horizontal or vertical).

Is there a specific text/copy for the holiday card?

The text/copy for the inside will be added once a design is chosen, as the artist is working with the office of Marketing and Communications on refining the design.

What content I should include? Should it be as: “Happy Holidays!” or more specific?

The cards are meant to celebrate the holiday season without being specific to any religion or celebration. The final text/copy for the inside will be determined, as the artist is working with Advancement Communications staff on refining the design.

What holiday are we incorporating? Thanksgiving holiday or Christmas one?

The cards are meant to celebrate the holiday season without being specific to any religion or celebration.

Is this a physical or e-card?

Both. A physical card will be printed and mailed, and an electronic version will be emailed.

Should it have an inside and outside?

The text/copy for the inside will be added once a design is chosen, as the artist is working with Advancement Communications staff members on refining the design.

Is there are any specific mediums that are required or preferred. Will original photography or digital designs be accepted?

All mediums are accepted. The winning artist will work with Advancement Communications staff members on refining the design and preparing it for print.

Am I allowed to work with another student(s) on this project or does it have to be individual?

Yes. However, only one prize will be awarded if the submission wins. The submitter will be responsible for dividing the prize amongst all contributing students. When submitting, indicate the names of all contributors in the comments section.

When will winner be announced?

Winners will be notified via email by Friday, November 4, 2022.

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Past Winners

Check out past winners on this page.

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