Celebrate Michigan Writers: A design competition

Friday, March 1, 2013 - Friday, March 8, 2013 / Detroit

Join AIGA Detroit and Signal-Return in a collaborative design competition: Celebrate Michigan Writers.

Friday, March 1, 2013 - Friday, March 8, 2013
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
1345 Division Street #102
Detroit, Michigan 48026


AIGA Detroit has been formally celebrating the work of Michigan designers for the past few years and now we’re giving the nod to our creative collaborators: writers! As designers, we know that writers can be our biggest allies in fighting for smart, creative solutions and we thought the best way to honor them would be with their own words.

5 lucky winners will receive free press time at Signal-Return, working with Signal-Return staff to set and print their posters. We ask that winners create a run of 40 prints and leave 35 copies of your printed design for the Signal-Return shop to sell (we’ll, of course, give you credit for your design).

How to participate:
1. Find an inspiring quote from a past or present Michigan writer, names
to start with might be Hemmingway, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joyce Carol
Oates, Elmore Leonard, etc. The quote can be taken from any genre, it
could be an outtake from a passage of a book or a short poem.
You decide!
2. Create a 12”x18” one or two color poster featuring your quote. Be sure to
credit your selected writer somewhere in the design. You may incorpo-
rate images in addition to type.
3. We’ll host a rough draft pinup on Friday, March 1 at Signal-Return
to discuss strategies for making your design letterpress ready. We’ll be
celebrating one of Michigan’s finest pizza joints while we’re at
it – Supino’s!
4. Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 8 at 5:00pm.
To submit your entry email
5. Winners will be selected by a jury comprised of Don Kilpatrick -
illustrator, Dave Buffington - Group Ex, Doug Kisor - Graphic Design
Chair College for Creative Studies, Toby Barlow - Team Detroit and
Ryan Schirmang - Signal-Return, Elizabeth Youngblood - Creative.

You will be notified on or before March 11. 

Dates to Remember
-March 1 
Design draft pinup and bring to SR to discuss strategies for making your design
letterpress ready, bring your 12x18 one or two color drafts
-March 8
Submit final draft for judging via email:
-March 11
Notify winners and start scheduling studio time with SR
Feel free to shoot us an email. Thanks for participating and good luck!!
Rachael Beresh -
Rachel Ariyavatkul -
Ryan Schirmang -

Our paper sponsor for this event is French Paper.

Member Attendees