2014 Jack Weiss Student Scholarship Poster Competition

Two scholarships will be awarded for winning posters designed around the theme, “Typography as Meta Communication.”

About Our Theme: Typography as Meta Communication

Meta— is a prefix used to express a higher, deeper, symbolic, or more complex meaning. For example, the metaphor “dense as a jungle” suggests an environment teeming with vegetation, but it also indicates something complicated, tangled, or difficult to understand. While physics describes the physical arrangement of the world, metaphysics describes the spiritual or cosmological significance of the world. Meta- points in many directions—to a concept, an explanation, a definition, an example, just to name a few. Another definition: in Epistemology (the study of knowledge), the prefix meta is used to mean “about its own category”. For example, metadata is data about data. The STA will reproduce the top posters and invite all scholarship entrants to the STA Holiday party where the winning posters will be revealed. The winning posters will also be displayed on the STA website.

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $250
  • Entry Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2014
  • Awarding of the scholarship will be determined by a poster competition
  • The competition is open to students enrolled at a school within the state of Illinois
  • Entrants must have a 3.0 GPA
  • One poster per entrant. Posters MUST be created specifically for this competition
  • Size: 24 in. x 36 in. vertical
  • Entry fee: $10.00
Judging Committee:
  • Jack Weiss, Jack Weiss Associates
  • Joseph Essex, Essex Two
  • Steve Curtis, Steve Curtis Design
  • Jesse Hora, Make
  • Frances MacLeod, Freelance Designer

How to Enter:

  1. Create an amazing poster by Monday, January 20, 2014
  2. Pay the $10 Entry Fee
  3. Gather required material (proof of payment and a copy of your student ID or active class schedule)
  4. Email your poster and required materials to president@sta-chicago.org

Two winning posters selected by the Scholarship Judging Committee and will be awarded in February. The winning posters will be inducted into the competition section of the Chicago Design Archive. Please contact us with any questions.

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For more information and full details of the winning entries, visit the Chicago Design Archive.