The GAERF 2018 Student Design Competition Presents...


Design and print an appealing, informational label for a fictitious product (of your choice) that showcases its unique brand and influences the decision to purchase.

This competition closed in June of 2018.
Winners received their awards at Career Day, October 2, during the PRINT 18 event at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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winning entries


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View Secondary School Entries



The competition was open to all students attending recognized secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States, studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Instructors were responsible for submitting student entries. All entries become the property of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) and may be reproduced and distributed. Entries will not be returned.


Entries selected by GAERF were judged by a panel of industry professionals. Judging criteria is listed in the official competition rules and guidelines.

1st Place Awards:
$2,000 plus a two-day all expenses paid trip for the student and instructor to attend PRINT 18 in Chicago, IL October 1-2, 2018. (one secondary school winner; one post-secondary school winner)

2nd Place Awards:
$1,500 (one secondary school winner; one post-secondary school winner)

3rd Place Awards:
$1,000 (one secondary school winner; one post-secondary school winner)


First place winners received their awards at PRINT 18 during Career Awareness Day October 2, 2018.

All other winners received their awards via USPS delivery.

All student entries were showcased in PRINT 18's Workforce Solutions pavilion.


Contact Margie Garr, via e-mail: or phone: 703/264-7200.

Get an overview of label production... watch the video...

Video created by Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES) members and used by permission. © 2017 Videojet Technologies Inc., Esko-Graphics Inc., X-Rite, Incorporated, Advanced Vision Technology (A.V.T.) Ltd., Linx Printing Technologies Limited, Alltec Angewandte Laserlicht Technologie GmbH, Laetus GmbH, and each of their global corporate affiliates. All Rights Reserved.