Student and professional graphic designers working in college unions are encouraged to enter in Steal this Idea, a competition that recolonizes the best work based on concept, design, content, and creativity.


Steal this Idea is open to any ACUI member. Submitted entries must have been created within the calendar year. The following categories are accepted:

  • Brochures 
  • Calendars/schedules
  • Cards/invitations
  • Digital campaign (multi-platform campaign)
  • Logo/brand identity
  • Miscellaneous
  • Multi-page publications (magazines, annual reports, etc.)
  • Posters
  • Promotional campaigns
  • Promotional products
  • Signs/banners
  • T-shirts
  • Video and animation


A submission form will be open later this year for the 2018 Steal this Idea awards. Along with providing necessary entry information, a PDF of the entry should be provided. Entry fees must be paid prior to the judging period. More information will be available soon.


ACUI will select judges from across the United States to determine the first place through honorable mention in each category. Criteria includes concept, design, editorial content, and effectiveness. Best in Show is chosen from the first place winners in all categories. Winning entries are featured in The Bulletin, displayed at the annual conference, and published online. Best in Show is announced during The Honors at the annual conference.