As creators we spend our days carefully shaping the places and objects the rest of the world lives its lives around. The fingerprints of who we are cover newspapers, books, packaging, it appears on tv screens, bookshelves, store fronts. It stretches across the world, quietly whispering who we are. We are artists and storytellers. We are invisible but all around and only if you look carefully will you see us.

Entry
Drop Off

Date

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Time

4:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Location

Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Entries

Creative Best is open to CSCA members and non-members living within 75 miles of Columbus. Students living within the state of Ohio may enter their student work completed within an accredited arts, design, business or communication curriculum. Winners will be honored at our annual awards show on November 21st at the Vue.

Members

Single Entry

  • Professionals $50
  • Students $15

Campaign

  • Professionals $55
  • Students $20

Non-Members

Single Entry

  • Professionals $60
  • Students $20

Campaign

  • Professionals $65
  • Students $25

Not A Member?

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Digital Ad

Digital content, Banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers.

Environmental

Wall graphics, signage, point of sale, interior and exterior design, booths, wayfinding systems, dimensional space design, billboards.

Identity

Brand systems, collection of branded touchpoints, identity launch collateral (business cards, letterhead, swag, etc.). A logo and up to 5 other items may be submitted.

Logo

A single logo and/or word mark on a page. No more, no less. For larger identity systems, please submit in the Identity Systems category.

Interactive

Design for websites, apps, digital and publishing, interactive installations.

User Experience

User Experience for websites, apps, digital and publishing, interactive installations.

Animation

“Moving Illustration”: Animated videos, Cartoons, animated commercials, educational videos.

Motion

“Moving Graphic Design”: Motion graphics, kinetic type and iconography, opening sequences, trailers.

Photography / Lifestyle

Photographs of people, objects, scenes, environmental portraits, documentary, landscape, brand images, photo illustration, for editorial, print, advertising or photographic series.

Photography / Product

Photographs of people, objects, products, portraits, food, interior, architectural, photo illustration, for editorial, print, advertising or photographic series.

Copywriting

Writing in sales, promotional materials, website content, case studies and white papers. Writing in radio ads. Blog posts and articles.

Illustration

Illustration, illustrated typography, hand lettering, or iconography for print, packaging, digital, web, spot editorial and books.

Packaging

Graphics and labels, consumer goods packaging, packaging for promotional pieces, other three-dimensional objects.

Print / Product

Printed design work that is for sale. Art posters, apparel design, stationary, pins and patches.

Print / Long Form

Printed pieces 8 or more pages in length. Periodical and book design, self-promotional print, annual reports, catalogs.

Print / Short Form

Printed work under 8 pages. Cards, invitations and announcements, self-promotional prints, menus, brochures, direct mail.

Video / Long Form

Over 30 seconds. Live action promotional videos, television ads, educational videos, trailers, demo reels. Focus on footage, editing, cinematography.

Video / Short Form

Under 30 seconds. Live action promotional videos, television ads, educational videos, trailers, demo reels. Focus on footage, editing, cinematography.

Campaign

A set of three or more related pieces from one or more other categories.

Didn’t Make It

Any piece from any category created in the last year that was going to be great but got killed off by the client, creative director, budget, etc.

Student / Identity

Logos, logos systems, identity launch collateral created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum.

Student / Digital

Websites, apps, banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum.

Student / Print

Packaging, wall graphics, signage, advertising and promotional posters, billboards, art posters, apparel design, stationary, pins and patches, cards, invitations and announcements.

Student / Illustration

Illustration, illustrated typography, hand lettering, or iconography for print, packaging, digital, web applications, spot editorial and books.

Student / Video

Motion graphics, animation or live action video created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum.

Student / Campaign

A set of three or more related pieces from one or more other categories created by a student as part of an accredited arts, design, business, or communications curriculum.

Sponsors

CSCA is a non-profit organization made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and members. Want to help make this year’s Creative Best amazing and get some great sponsor perks in the process?