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Digital printing is the fastest growing segment of the print world and vital to the future of graphic communications. The latest GDUSA reader survey reveals that three in four designers have bought or specified digital printing in the past year, but our readers tell us that, the world being what it is, they have not always had the chance to learn how to get the most out of the technology for their clients.

In this light, the summer of 2014 brings the Neenah Digital Print Cover Contest. You are invited to “Design Your Own Cover of GDUSA on Neenah Digital Paper.” The idea is three-fold: to give designers an opportunity to learn more about digital printing; to encourage you to become more familiar with papers that enhance digitally printed projects; and to showcase your creativity in a premium spot that will make sure you get lots of recognition and exposure.

Neenah is putting its money where its mouth is:  the popular papermaker is covering your entry fees so that it is absolutely free for you to enter as many cover designs as you wish. The challenge is to design a digitally-printed cover tip-on outsert that will double as the September/October 2014 magazine cover of GDUSA (which, of course, is printed for you). The entry process is fast and easy: you can get information here on what the judges are looking for; downloading a GDUSA cover template; selecting the best Neenah paper for the job from their rich variety of textures and colors; and much more.

All graphic designers, art directors and other creative professionals at design firms, ad agencies, inhouse departments, and other creative businesses are welcome. Groups and teams are also welcome as are freelancers and currently enrolled graphic design students.

ENTER NOW!

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health-wellness-ericksoncontest

We are always trying to identify and spotlight new areas of growth and opportunity for creative professionals, an especially vital endeavor in these pinched times. We believe we have fallen upon an absolute natural extension of our awards programs — a “no-brainer”  if you will — the American Health + Wellness Design Awards™.

The reason (almost) goes without saying:  health and wellness are the hottest topics in our society today, healthcare delivery is undergoing a revolution, and overall it is among the fastest-growing segments of the economy. This includes expected expansions in medical and drug spending, a boom in health related and senior care employment, and changing consumer behavior regarding wellness.

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A hunt for advertising, graphic design and marketing communications agencies to locate a state-of-the-art printer in the heart of New York City — why not? Game on with the #PhaserHunt, an interactive social contest sponsored by Xerox.

Hosted during NYCxDESIGN, which showcased and promoted design of all disciplines, the #PhaserHunt drew on social media to spur competition and excitement among the local design community.

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Zoopa

ONE and iStockphoto have launched a mulitmedia contest to fight global poverty.

Whether you’re liberal or conservative, a dog person or cat lover, a Yankees or Red Sox fan, you’re invited to take part in a unique contest that brings opposites together to change the world.

ONE, a 3 million-strong global advocacy organization that fights poverty and preventable disease, and iStockphoto , a major source for user-generated imagery and multimedia, are partnering with Zooppa to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s poorest citizens. The ONE Thing We Agree On contest runs through February 26.

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