Category Archives: Contests

Now Accepting Nominations for Ally of the Year 2013

December 11th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Ally Originals, Ally Spotlight, Contests, Graphic Design, Site News No Comments

Which Creative Ally inspired you in 2013? The Ally of the Year Award is our way of thanking the most active members of the Creative Allies community whose art was of the highest quality and creativity throughout the year. Help

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Pushing the boundaries of music: designing a graphic for Mountain Oasis

September 23rd, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Music and Entertainment No Comments

As Ben Riddell, the Art Director for AC Entertainment knows, there’s a lot more to a successful festival than just a stellar music lineup. He is currently at work on the branding of a new festival, Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit (which

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“Melancholy mixed with triumph”: Paramore on band art

August 26th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Although Tennessee-based rock trio Paramore is nearing its 10th anniversary as a band, its front woman Hayley Williams is not yet old enough to rent a car. Which is demonstrated (in the very best way) on the band’s new,

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How Andy Pritiken entered a contest and won a career

July 9th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Ally Spotlight, Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment One Comment

Initially skeptical of design contests, artist Andy Pritiken entered the call to create a logo for Charlottesville, VA-based progressive roots community, Rootfire. Pritiken won, and more than two years later, he is still working with the company. In fact, Rootfire just tasked

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good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar’s Creative Allies Gallery showing

July 2nd, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Graphic Design, Site News, Winners No Comments

Kendrick Lamar performed at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn last month during the “Own The Stage: The good kid m.A.A.d. city Art Show.” 30 original Creative Allies designs for the Kendrick Lamar contest were fully realized as 24”x30” canvases

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Beware of Darkness: Ancient themes for modern times

July 1st, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Los Angeles-based alt-rock band Beware of Darkness formed in 2010 as the project of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Nicolaides and drummer Tony Cupito. Below, Nicolaides talks about merch desisgn, the Beware of Darkness merch design contest, held through Creative Allies, as well

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Music is my speed: Greg Mike on Camp Bisco, blacklight art and what “Neon Native” means to him

May 29th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Artist and designer Greg Mike is the founder and creative director of Atlanta-based multi-platform studio ABV, and serves as art director for, electronic music festival, Camp Bisco. He grew up in Connecticut where he found inspiration in skate culture and was

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Ally of the Year Runner-Up Radtodeath

February 26th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Ally Spotlight, Contests, Design No Comments

John Bailey (aka radtodeath) lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., which (this time of year) he describes as cold and gloomy. But that’s just fine with John, whose work is not exactly sunshine and rainbows. It is clean and graphic,

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Festival art, past and future

February 18th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

While the majority of Bilboard’s The 25 Best Rock Posters of All Time picks cover individuals bands or concerts, the 2007 Coachella poster ranks number 4. It was crafted by Emek (aka “the thinking man’s poster artist”), an Israeli-born,

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Nate Harris is the 2012 Ally of the Year

January 31st, 2013 By Creative Allies In Ally Spotlight, Contests, Graphic Design, Illustration, Winners No Comments

South Jersey-based artist Nate Harris has been chosen the 2012 Ally of the Year. He won the CounterPoint Music Festival and Camp Bisco 2012 poster contests (“built from the ground up,” he tells us, “in Adobe Illustrator with a

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