Enter the 2019 SND Best of Student Design Competition

Students: share your voice. The Best of Student Design annual competition, hosted by Michigan State University, gives students a chance to have their design work at a campus publication — as well as also projects done for a class, a job or an internship — appraised by top professionals.

Last year’s competition attracted nearly 300 entries — we hope to top that this year. Click here to view last year’s winners and get a sense of the competition.

This is the 20th anniversary of the MSU competition, which — in addition to the Student Designer of the Year, World’s Best Designed Student News Site, and Best Designed Student Newspaper — features 13 categories:

  • Front Page Design
  • Sports Page Design
  • Feature Page Design
  • Special Sections
  • Magazine Cover
  • Magazine Spread
  • Alternative Story Format
  • Art & Illustration
  • Photo Story Design
  • Infographics
  • Promotions & Advertising
  • Standalone Media
  • Digital Storytelling

Many beginning student designers demonstrate incredible talent, but they do so in the classroom or at a part-time job. And some of the most talented visual journalists—for a variety of reasons—do not work at their campus newspaper. These students are usually ineligible for other college design competitions, where contest rules often limit entries to work done for a student newspaper or magazine. The MSU Design Contest was established to give those other students a voice in a national competition.

About Stephen Komives

Previously served as Executive Director of the Society for News Design, from 2009–2019.


The 2019 SND Best of Student Design Competition is open to students of all faculties, in the Fall, Spring and Summer Term in College and at the University.

Student designers have two years to submit a first proposal. The student must provide all required materials including a full application, a brief, the project proposal, a cover sheet and a short letter; the cover sheet and letter must be submitted no earlier than ten days before the deadline for students to submit their design proposals.

If the proposed design is accepted it will enter the 2019 SND Best of Student Design Competition and won’t be listed for the 2019 SND Best of Student Design Competition. The 2019 SND Best of Student Design Competition is open to students of all faculties on studyhippo.com.

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