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What if we stopped being creative?

The art would be taken out of our communication.

Design would be formed solely by function.
A hard-to-look-at, unmotivated, logical mess.
Our words would have less impact, written without inspiration, thought or melody.

This year, the show that celebrates creativity will remain unstyled, undesigned and untitled with the hope you might help us prove that creative isn’t nice to have, but rather, the essential human element that helps change minds and shape ideas.

Enter your creative best.
The work that matters.

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Creative Best 2022

Eligibility & Pricing
Professional Categories
Student Categories
Become a Sponsor

Eligibility & Pricing

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 work completed within an accredited arts, design, business, or communication curriculum.

Winners will be recognized at the award show held on November 17th.

Work may be entered through our online submission website or in person on September 15th at the Gateway Film Center. Review the Official Rules Document for specific information on entering.

Online Entry Deadline
September 15, 2022 11:59pm

In-Person Drop Off
September 15, 2022 4pm–8:30pm
Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Per-Entry Pricing
Professional — $60
Professional Member — $50
Student — $15
Student Member — $10

Didn’t Make It — $30
The Greater Good — $35

Professional Categories

Digital Ad
Digital content, banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers.

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

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.).

Logo
A single logo and/or word mark on a page. No more, no less.

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.

Photography (Lifestyle)
Photographs or photographic series of people, objects, scenes, environmental portraits, documentary, landscape, brand images, photo illustration.

Photography (Product)
Photographs or photographic series of people, objects, products, portraits, food, interior, architectural, photo illustration.

Print (Product)
Printed design work that is for sale. Art posters, apparel design, stationery, 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.

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

Social Media
Digital content created specifically for social media platforms, including advertising and organic placement. Social media ad campaigns, organic social campaigns, TikTok and Reels videos, tweets.

Animation
Moving Illustration: Animated videos, Cartoons, animated commercials, educational videos.

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

Video (Long Form)
Video or series of videos each over 30 seconds. Live action. Promotional, television ads, educational, trailers, demo reels. Focus on footage, editing, cinematography.

Video (Short Form)
Video or series of videos each under 30 seconds. Live action. Promotional, television ads, educational, 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 that was going to be great but got killed off by the client, creative director, budget, etc. Comps, storyboards and other partially finished work.
Entry Price $30

The Greater Good
Any piece unique to this year that was created for the greater good – signage, posters, online statements, PSAs, installations, etc. that was made to inspire change for the better.
Entry Price $35

Student Categories

Student – Digital
Websites, apps, banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers.

Student – Identity
Logos, logos systems, identity launch collateral.

Student – Print
Packaging, signage, posters, billboards, apparel design, stationery, pins and patches, cards, periodicals and books, self-promotional, menus, brochures, direct mail.

Student – Photography
Photographs or photo illustration for editorial, print, advertising or photographic series.

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

Student – Video
Motion graphics, animation or live action video or series of videos.

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

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Creative Best 2022

Online Entry Deadline
September 15, 2022 11:59pm

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