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Using an appropriate digital program or app, entrants will design either a digital work of art or informational text with graphics. Projects with links to websites should be entered in the Online category. Due to digital judging, all projects must be submitted digitally as a PDF or image.


Projects must be designed digitally. Entrants are encouraged to be creative and incorporate clip art, photos, and interesting fonts in the appropriate projects. However, if copyrighted elements are used, be sure they are considered Fair Use or provide written permission in your documentation. Any copyrighted or Creative Commons materials should also be credited on your entry form.

Entries should be submitted using either a PDF or image format. See your Media Specialist for assistance.


A digital work of art project is an original single piece of art or a digitally manipulated graphic. Use your imagination to be creative.

An original single art piece is created digitally using a paint or draw program. An entry is one cohesive work of art created by one artist and contains no clipart or photographs or other type of graphics.

Entries may be either a DIGITAL COLLAGE or a SINGLE ENHANCED PHOTO. A digital collage is built around a theme and contains more than one graphic item such as photos, clipart, scanned in drawings. This could be an artistic collage of student created pictures or photographs that are turned into a poster or an original computer generated graphic. An entry may also be a photograph that has been extensively altered digitally. Text in this category should be minimal and for artistic effect only.

An informational graphic text project should be created around a cohesive theme and may be created for either an educational/informative purpose or for a personal/entertainment purpose. It may be a brochure, pamphlet, book jacket, greeting card, poster, infographic, etc. Students may use clip-art, templates and pre-formatted design tools to create a project. This could be a pre-designed poster in Glogster or a Microsoft Publisher brochure template. Students insert their own content and images. Entries should include text.

Judging Criteria

Content Achieves Purpose

The purpose of your production should be apparent to your audience.  Some thread of unity carried out in the production should be easily determined by your plan and purpose. 

Content Suitable to Audience

The purpose of your production should be apparent to your audience.  Some thread of unity carried out in the production should be easily determined by your plan and purpose. 


An entry should be a statement of your own ideas that you wish to communicate to your audience.  If you develop your idea in an interesting or unusual manner, your production will have Creativity. Judges will be looking for the freshness or novelty of an idea or method.  The ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner should be apparent. 


Judges will be looking at the overall design of your production including font size, font type, and the arrangement of words and graphics.

Overall Effectiveness/Presentation

The production should make a strong impression.  Judges will rate the general effectiveness of your product by how well it clearly expresses your ideas.

Appropriate Design Techniques/Resources

Judges will look for the way in which a particular technology has been utilized to its fullest potential in the development of the project.