Like Yooky Min and other DCA students, the multi-talented Sherene Strausberg entered a contest. She submitted her work to a recent logo design competition her grad school was having for their new alumni group on the west coast.
It was a neck-and-neck race that was decided by a mere handful of votes. Here is her winning design:
I know contests turn some people off. I totally get it. But, if you can get past those funny feelings and go for it, there can be a lot of positives. For example, you get more comfortable putting your work out there, you have to deal with deadlines and specs, and you may just find some exposure. Also, it's pretty cool if you win a contest for something you're connected to, like Sherene did for her alumni group. It's like she didn't have to do a ton of research, because her personal experience with their brand was her research.
I'll leave the rest of the encouraging pitch to Sherene, who wrote the following to me in an email:
"Yes, I definitely love entering contests. I actually entered something in the LGBT Queer Studies Conference Poster that you posted on the blog this summer. I didn't win, but got a great response from the woman running the contest. And I'm definitely going to be entering the DCA/HOW contest! : ) "
This blog post is designed to encourage you to enter contests, too.