Why Enter?
When a single design has a positive impact on society, it proves that design can make a valuable mark on the world. But often, doing good work for good causes slips under the radar. So we’ve come up with a way to help you make your mark — the cause/affect competition.


Submissions will be seen by a jury composed of some of the country’s most gifted designers and socially-conscious minds in the business. Selected work will be showcased at the Fall 2011 exhibit and awards ceremony, as well as featured on the cause/affect website and the AIGA National Design Archives.

cause/affect will also be conducting an online People’s Choice Award. Thanks to Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program, the industry’s only grant program aimed at helping designers use their talent for charitable causes, a $5,000 donation will be made to a non-profit chosen by the winner of the People’s Choice Award. All work submitted to cause/affect is eligible for the People’s Choice Award, so send in those entries! It’s a win-win!



So you might still have some burning questions that need answering. Below are some frequently asked queastions, however, if you still don’t find the answer that you’re looking for, email us or call us at 415.626.6008.

All design work entered in the competition must promote or support social good. It can raise awareness about a cause or condition. It can celebrate an arts institution or event. All we ask is that it doesn’t contribute directly to the profit of a commercial organization. Choose one of the following categories for each entry. Take your best guess if need be:

  • Community Development
  • Health and Welfare
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Environment

Entries may include:

  • Advertising (print, online and broadcast tv/cinema)
  • Animation
  • Annual Reports
  • Book Covers/Jackets
  • Branding Campaigns
  • Brochures
  • Catalogs
  • Digital Applications
  • Direct Mail
  • Editorial (magazine and newspaper covers/spreads)
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Games
  • Identity/Stationery Systems
  • Invitations/Announcements
  • Logos
  • Magazines
  • Media Kits
  • Motion Graphics
  • Newsletters
  • Packaging
  • PSAs
  • Posters
  • Self-Promotion
  • T-Shirts/Promotional Items
  • Web Banners
  • Web Design