Category Archives: Competitions

Design competitions that students or faculty can enter, or have won.

Call 4 Entries: 8th Annual DP Gallery Show

A note from Dirk Fletcher, Studio Leader of Photography programs here at Harrington…

Call 4 Entries!
8th Annual Photography Student and Faculty Gallery Show

It’s that time once again to submit your best work for consideration into the longest running exhibition at Harrington College, as we prepare for the Photography Department’s Annual Juried Student and Faculty Gallery Show. All current Photography students and recent graduates may submit up to 10 images for consideration into this year’s exhibition. Please see the instructions below on how to submit your work.

Submission Guidelines:
• Submit up to 10 photographs from personal work, or class projects.
• Submit each file at a resolution of 72 ppi, and 1500 pixels on the longest edge.
• Submit only JPG files.
• Include your name on the filename, as well as in the metadata.
• Email [DropBox, etc] your submissions to Tim Arroyo:

• All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17.
• All selected works will be due on Friday, February 28. Student is responsible for framing of work for exhibition.

Additional Dates:
• Results will be posted on Thursday, February 20.
• Exhibition will be hung on Monday, March 3.
• Exhibition Opening will be held on Thursday, March 6.
Also, be on the lookout for more information about an upcoming ‘Freestyle, World of Inkjet Seminar’ that we will be hosting February the 24th at 6:00pm in Room 106. Here is a link to get more information:




Harrington students take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in EDPA Design Challenge


CHICAGO, Ill. (Jan. 6, 2014) – Harrington College of Design interior design student Fleur Webb won first place and a $500 scholarship in the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) Midwest Chapter’s ‘Design Challenge’ competition that began Oct. 16, 2013. Harrington students Gordon Liang and Andrej Pantich were also winners – receiving second and third place – each earning a $250 scholarship.

Participants were judged for their presentations and designs in a 40’x40’ exhibition for FlavoRibbon, a fictitious ice cream brand from rural Wisconsin headed to The Sweets & Snacks Expo in 2014. The winning entries were presented by the students to the Midwest Chapter Members at the Itasca Country Club, along with the professional presentations.

This was Harrington’s second year partnering with EDPA Midwest and participating in the Design Challenge. The purpose of the EDPA is to provide education, leadership and networking for the advancement of its members and the exhibition industry. In addition to providing regional industry education programs through its six chapters, EDPA organizes one annual meeting, tradeshow and golf tournament in a resort location for industry members and their suppliers. EDPA holds quarterly board meetings, publishes a printed quarterly newsletter, monthly electronic newsletter and membership directory.

Don Schmid, Department Manager for Experiential Marketing and Corporate Branding for Hospira Corporation, attended to provide real-world exhibitor feedback to the presenters and moderate a Q&A session.

“I was very impressed as to the caliber of the three Harrington student entries in the EDPA Design contest. The Harrington College of Design student entries were very professional even though they had limited time in which they had to prepare their submission. It was difficult to distinguish the student from the professional entries even though the students competed against distinguished companies with years of exhibit design experience,” Schmid said.

Additionally, the EDPA Midwest chapter sold raffle tickets to raise funds for Exhibit4Smiles, a non-profit dedicated to delivering smiles and holiday gifts to children suffering with life-threatening illnesses.

“We are proud of our students’ capabilities, they are impressive, and this competition demonstrates this point. Harrington has a commitment in providing students connections to the work industry,” adds Constantine Vasilios, Interim Studio Leader of the Interior Design Program. “EDPA has been a wonderful sponsor of competitions and a partner in fostering growth opportunities for Harrington students.”

Harrington student, Jessica Shepard, explains what the competition meant to her: “The EDPA Competition was the first Interior Design competition I have entered. It was very challenging, as it required developing a comprehensive design on an extremely short deadline, but afforded me the opportunity to attend my first design conference. I was able to meet, network, and discuss the industry with Exhibition Design professionals. Participating in the EDPA Competition was an amazing experience and I feel very fortunate for the opportunity.”

Get info on other Design Competitions for Harrington students at!

3 new Design Competitions for ID students! Mtg 9/13 at 1pm

Calling all Harrington College of Design ID students that are ID3 or beyond,
or Grad students beyond Studio B:

Join Interior Design faculty at 1pm in the SLIK Space on Friday, September 13th to learn about 3 (three!) exciting competitions this fall at Harrington!

Students interested in competitions will hear about the program, the prize money and expectations to be accomplished. Faculty will assist students in periodic meetings, and ownership will pick the winning design. The design program attached is reality based, oriented toward installation.

Real-world clients include a retail-space design for H2O Plus and a store-design for Starbucks!
If you miss the meeting next Friday, please contact Constantine at John Kelly at for information.

UPDATE 9/16/13: There will be ANOTHER meeting kicking off these competitions. Visit for NEXT MEETING, informational documents and other information! Some of these competitions deadlines are within the next 6 weeks; are you ready?

Flyer Design Contest. Win $100!

Design Contest

Akademos/ is your school’s Online Bookstore provider.  Our mission is to make course materials more affordable to you, the student.  We partner with your school to ensure that textbooks are available to you at lower costs and delivered in a timely manner.  The average saving is 60% off list price when shopping on our marketplace (comparable to prices on Amazon).  We need YOU to help spread the word about our services to other students.

Position Summary: is looking for a student to redesign our marketing flyers.  There are a few pieces of information that need to be included in the flyer, but the rest of the design is open for interpretation!  The contest will being on August 2nd, 2012 and will end on August 17th, 2012.  If you are interest in participating in the contest, please email Jen Slemp ( immediately so we know how many contestants we have.  After completing your design, please send the final version to Jen as well.  Each candidate is welcome to submit more than 1 design.  The winner will receive $100!  This is a great way to increase your portfolio while making some extra cash—perfect for your resume and wallet!!  If the program is successful, we may choose to continue with more contests throughout the semester.

What needs to be included in the flyer:  The following text/themes should be worked into the flyer (Attached you will also find a sample flyer that we have used in the past- please use your own discretion and add/subtract text to make this flyer most appealing to students at your school and nationwide):

Harrington Textbook Flyer Sample

  • Bookstore URL (
  • Harrington College of Design Online Bookstore
  • Harrington school logo & textbookX logo (attached)
  • Info on the Marketplace:
    • “Save up to 90% off list price” OR “Save an average of 60% off list price”
    • Integrated network of third party sellers
    • Prices are comparable to those on Amazon & eBay
  • Rental Program
    • New partnership with Campus Book Rentals
      • Inventory is integrated into our system so you see rental options side by side with new, used and ebooks
    • Save between 30-70% off list price
    • Choose from multiple rental terms (55, 85, or 130 days)
  • Free Shipping Offers (optional)
    • On all retail orders over $49
  • Multiple Payment Options
    • We accept all major credit cards, book vouchers, and financial aid.
  • School Partnership
    • We work with your school to stock books and ensure all course materials are delivered in a timely and affordable manner.
    • Browse books by course, instructor, department or book title

Submission Deadline: August 17th, 2012  – send all designs to

Oscar Isberian and Harrington College Rug Design Competition!


Design a Rug in size   4′- 0 x 6′- 0

Your Design must be size 8×12 inch printed or  mounted on an 11×17 inch cardboard.

You must define the colors with Pantone colors on the back side of the board. You can find Pantone Colors in the library.

 Deadline is April 9, 2012: Deliver the boards to Peter Klick  in room 308

Questions:  phone 312 697 8110

There will be and exhibition and a Jury Event at the spring Senior Show.

The 7 best will be produced by Oscar Isberian  and auctioned off at another event when they arrive.

All profit above the production cost is yours!

 All Harrington Students and Alumni are invited! A total of 2 entries are allowed per person.

 Check out all the designs from previous rug competitions on flickr:

Harrington Alumna Susan Sissman’s Rug for Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the winner  at an Oscar Isberian and Harrington College of Design Competition! 

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Below is Harrington Alumna Susan Sissman’s Rug for Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She was the winner  at an earlier Oscar Isberian and Harrington College of Design Competition!