AIGA x NOMAD Cover Art 2021 Competition

AIGA Hampton Roads and Nomad Notebooks have teamed up to host a design competition that encourages each and every artist to put their creativity on display! Each entrant has the opportunity to have their art featured on the cover of Nomad Notebooks very first artist series pocket size sketchbooks, amongst a host of other prizes. Our goal is to build a stronger art community, and environment for talented creators to gain national and international exposure.

BACKGROUND

As part of an effort to engage and reach artists across Hampton Roads, nationally and internationally, we have decided to do a rally call for all artists both big and small. The world has been stuck indoors and under restrictions for quite some time and with the restrictions easing and now looking towards a much brighter future, it is time to put our Summer Vibes on full display.

2021 THEME

Prompt: Picture you are planning for the summer, what to do, where to go, what to eat. Envision your perfect summer and let it translate through your art. Create a 3.5”x5.5” folded and 7”x5.5” flat cover design to summarize your definition of Summer Vibes. It can be a pattern, type treatment, existing art but all we ask is that you channel what Summer Vibes mean to you.

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AWARDS

We are also happy to announce the following available awards:

1st Place Winner

Awarded by the jury to the entrant whose cover design demonstrates excellence in concept, execution, and the congruency between the work and the contest theme.

  1. 1 Year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599.88 value)
  2. Wacom One ($399.95 value)
  3. $150 Cash prize
  4. 50 Nomad Notebooks featuring the first place winners design
  5. 1-year AIGA membership
  6. Featured in Nomad Notebooks Summer 3-pack
  7. Featured in AIGA Social Media gallery of past winners
  8. Inside cover of featured notebook will contain, artist bio, 1 color pic, and links to online channels

2nd Place Winner 

Awarded by the jury to the entrant whose cover design demonstrates excellence in concept, execution, and the congruency between the work and the statement of intent.

  1. 1 Year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599.88 value)
  2. Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet 10.4″ x 7.8″ ($199.95 value)
  3. $100 Cash prize
  4. 50 Nomad Notebooks featuring the 2nd place winners design
  5. 1-year AIGA membership
  6. Featured in Nomad Notebooks Summer 3-pack
  7. Featured in AIGA Social Media gallery of past winners
  8. Inside cover of featured notebook will contain, artist bio, 1 color pic, and links to online channels

3rd Place Winner

Awarded by the jury to the entrant whose cover design demonstrates excellence in concept, execution, and the congruency between the work and the statement of intent.

  1. 1 Year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599.88 value)
  2. Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet 7.9″ x 6.3″ ($99.95 value)
  3. $50 Cash prize
  4. 50 Nomad Notebooks featuring the 3rd place winners design
  5. 1-year AIGA membership
  6. Featured in Nomad Notebooks Summer 3-pack
  7. Featured in AIGA Social Media gallery of past winners
  8. Inside cover of featured notebook will contain, artist bio, 1 color pic, and links to online channels

People’s Choice Facebook

Awarded the night of the virtual banquet for entrant with the most likes across both AIGA and Nomad Notebooks (Facebook pages).

  1. 1 Year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599.88 value)
  2. Art and bio featured on all promotional cards to be inserted in future shipments
  3. 1-year AIGA membership

People’s Choice Instagram

Awarded the night of the virtual banquet for entrant with the most likes across both AIGA and Nomad Notebooks (Instagram pages).

  1. 1 Year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599.88 value)
  2. Art and bio featured on all promotional cards to be inserted in future shipments
  3. 1-year AIGA membership

People’s Choice Linkedin

Awarded the night of the virtual banquet for entrant with the most likes across both AIGA and Nomad Notebooks (Linkedin pages).

  1. 1 Year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599.88 value)
  2. Art and bio featured on all promotional cards to be inserted in future shipments
  3. 1-year AIGA membership

Jury-selected winners will have their covers professionally printed and will have their covers highlighted individually on the AIGA and Nomad Notebooks social media accounts.

The artist will retain the ownership rights to their artwork, and all social media posts made by AIGA Hampton Roads and Nomad Notebooks will contain a credit line.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY, AUGUST 12.

AIGA Hampton Roads and Nomad Notebooks will announce the winners of the competition during a virtual ZOOM award reveal party.

Winners will later be highlighted on AIGA Hampton Roads and Nomad Notebooks social media platforms which will go live Friday, August 13, after the “People’s Choice” votes have been tallied up.

Posts will be made on AIGA Hampton Roads’ Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

Curated submissions will be displayed on the official AIGA Hampton Roads Facebook and Instagram pages the day after the live event for the community to vote through likes. Each entrant will be in the running for People’s Choice.

Voting will begin on Thursday, August 12 at 7AM EST and close at 5:30 PM EST.

Remember, you can only cast your vote for People’s Choice during the day of the event! Winners must be present to claim prizes.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:59PM EST

Virtual ZOOM banquet: Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 6PM EST; Winners will be announced.

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Print-Ready Art (PDF)

Your file should be set up to 7”x5.5” with a .125” bleed and crop marks at 300 dpi. All art will be converted to CMYK for printing purposes. We have made Photoshop, Illustrator, PDF and InDesign templates for you to download:
Download Templates

Name your file with your first and last name and save as a high-quality print .pdf file.
Example: Firstname-Lastname.pdf


Web Art (JPG)

Your file should be set up to 7”x5.5” at 72 dpi. All web files should be submitted as RGB. (Note: This is simply a web version of your print-ready art without crop marks and bleeds)

Name your file with your first and last name. Example: Firstname-Lastname.pdf

Artist Bio

Artist bio should be between 75 and 100 words, but not to exceed 100 words. (.doc, .docx, .txt)

Bio may be edited for grammatical accuracy.

Artist Headshot

Submit a color or black and white photo (note: all color photos will be converted to and printed in greyscale)

Use a clear image of your face. Do not use filters commonly used on social media.

Have someone else take your photo. No selfies.

Submission

Submit Your Art

Each submission should consist of all four files listed above

 

Remember, your art will be featured on a retail product for all ages, please refrain from using any profanity, vulgarity, offensive and/or controversial subject matter in your submitted art and bio. By submitting art, you are agreeing that it is your original artwork and agree to the terms of a one-year license for production. Any production beyond the one-year will be subject to renewed negotiations between the artist and Nomad Notebooks LLC.

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FAQs

Is there a submission fee?
Nope! All entrants have unlimited and free submissions.

Can my submission be created in another medium?
Whatever your medium – we don’t mind. Make sure to send us a digital file at the correct size (7”x5.5” with a .125” bleed and crop marks) to qualify.

Can I use digital or film photographs as my submission?
For this competition we are looking for all other Mediums, though photographs can be used as an aid in your submitted design.

More questions?
Contact us at info@hamptonroads.aiga.org

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