Education

One of the main reasons DCCG was formed was to continue several important efforts that helps our community inspire and grow the next generation of creatives. The future will include studio tours, where students can see the actual work environments of the top firms in the areas, while hearing their war stories and cautionary tales first hand. We also hope to bring back Career Day, with it’s long history of providing students with appraisals of their portfolios by top professionals.

We are very proud to have been able to continue the Real Show competition, long a mainstay for so many design programs, and a place that has proven to be a springboard for many of what eventually became the top designers in the region. the list of past winners reads like a virtual “who’s who” of the DC design world.

What is the Real Show? Well, we are glad you asked. The Real Show allows students to see their solutions to actual problems that three area designers were asked to solve in their professional practice. Entries are judged by a distinguished jury of local designers and educators. Gold, Silver and Award of Excellence winners are announced each Spring. Who is eligible to participate? We are glad you asked that as well! Any full-time student in an accredited Visual Communications program (Graphic Design, Illustration, or Photography). Students may choose to enter solutions for one, or all three problems, but only one entry per problem.

Real Show 2015 entries are due May 1st. Problems below:

Problem One: LOGO DESIGN

TITLE:
Field Mouse Films logo

SIZE:
8” x 8” presentation board

ASSIGNMENT:
Create a logo for Kristin Fisher Forehand’s new company; Field Mouse Films

NOTES FROM CLIENT:
After nearly ten years as a TV news reporter, I am leaving the industry to form my own production company. I’m doing this to pursue my true passion: long-form, non-fiction filmmaking. In the words of one of my favorite poems: “Life slips by like a field mouse, not shaking the grass.” Hence… Field Mouse Films. I’m open to color options, but find myself drawn to yellow, grey, ivory, and brown. Like most production companies, my logo
will ultimately get animated and run before and after my films, so keep in mind that the logo will also need to work as white on a dark background.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Submit flush-mount to a 8” x 8” black board, showing both a color and black and white version of the logo. Make sure your entry form is attached to the back.

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Problem Two: STAMP DESIGN

TITLE:
Love Stamp

SIZE:
Present at full size (.77” x 1.05”) and at 400% (3.08” x 4.2”).

ASSIGNMENT:
Design a stamp for the U.S. Postal Service for their popular annual “LOVE” stamp. Images can be full color. Should not feature profanity or nudity.

REQUIRED TEXT:
Forever
USA

PRODUCTION NOTES:
The stamp can’t have any element that bleeds. The only exception is if the element bleeding is a solid color that repeats on the opposite side of the stamp (for example, red on the top and bottom and blue on the left and right).

NOTES FROM CLIENT:
This stamp is usually released in January and widely used during the Valentine’s Day mailing season. It is, however, sold and used throughout the year for occasions ranging from weddings to thank-you cards to love letters.

A successful design will have broad appeal.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Submit flush-mount to a 8.5” x 11” black board, showing the stamp at full size (.77” x 1.05”) and at 400% (3.08” x 4.2”).

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Problem Three: POSTER DESIGN

TITLE:
Adam Carolla Poster

SIZE:
14”x 23”

REQUIRED TEXT:
Adam Carolla
at the Fillmore Silver Spring
January 21, 2012

NOTES FROM CLIENT:
Design can be full bleed and has to only use three colors. Will be screen-printed so think in those terms and restrictions.

Should appeal to Carolla fans and fans of comedy in general. It can be comedy or Adam Carolla-related, but should generally take the form of a show poster, given the Fillmore’s legacy as a music venue. This poster serves to advertise and commemorate the show.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Submit full size. Mount to black board with a 2” border all around. Make sure your entry form is attached to the back.

Submissions delivered by May 1, 2015 to ATTN: John Foster, 6921 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855