Create Manifest

Published on Sep 16, 2014
Are you creative? Are you creative?

Think you can design the face of Manifest?  We’re looking for Columbia College Chicago's best talent to compete to redesign the look and feel of Manifest, Columbia’s end of the year celebration. You don't have to be majoring in graphic design to design the face of Manifest. Previous winning designs incorporated paper arts, watercolor, and typography.The winning designer will get exposure, fame, and untold riches. And by that we mean your work will be seen across Chicago, and you’ll receive a paid position at Student Communications. 

Before you move on, a few things you're gonna wanna know: 

  • Contestants must be current Columbia students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and a minimum of 9 for graduate students.
  • Contestants must have a minimum gpa of 2.0
  • Contestants must submit original art. Do not use copy protected images or elements of another designer's work.
  • Contestants can only submit one design in the competition.
  • The contest winner will be asked to submit additional design concepts to us to help finalize and complete the 2015 Manifest campaign.
  • All submissions will be curated by a committee of students and staff who will pick a limited number of designs which will compete in an online public vote.

Here's how this will work. To compete, you will submit a single .pdf of your design entry. That .pdf must contain two pages.

  • Page one will be your poster design which will include the following text:

           Manifest Urban Arts Festival

           Friday, May 15, 2015

  • Manifest wordmark must be set in Arial Black typeface

Manifest Typeface

  • Page two will contain your take on the Manifest star. The Manifest star represents the solar energy which radiates from our Columbia College community, offering sustenance and support to our students and inpiration and delight to all.

The Manifest 2015 theme will be FOCUS. Manifest 2015 will use Focus to bring attention to our students and their body of work in edgy, innovative, unique, diverse, and ambitious ways. As a centralizing idea and internal prompt, Focus will serve to bring our community together, with a unified vision and vocabulary, and express the joy of accomplishment that our students feel. 

Please submit your design and ideas HERE by October 15, 2015

Need inspiration? Here are a few previous winning designs: 

Manifest 2014 Poster Manifest 2013 Poster Manifest, previous design

Manifest, previous design Manifest, previous design