MagazineLite... has picked winning ad banner designs

For $0 they received 25 concepts from 6 designers!

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Starts:17-Aug-10 7:51 p.m. GMT

Ends:31-Aug-10 7:51 p.m. GMT


Award 1: $0, was awarded to vwart

Award 2: $0, was awarded to BlueAeo...

Award 3: $0, was awarded to bhjoco

Award 4: $0, was awarded to vitodes...




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Creative brief

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Business Name

Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project, Inc. (aka

What do you do? is the first and only global, magazine industry-wide literacy project dedicated to helping at-risk children and families learn and love to read, by supplying favorite new and gently used, recycled magazines to community literacy programs.

Our mission and our passion is to inspire consumers, businesses, and groups to support community literacy priorities by donating funds, volunteer time, and magazines.

Our top priorities for magazine distribution are literacy programs that serve homeless children, teens, and families; moms and children in domestic violence shelters; foster children; families served by food pantries; and youth in mentoring programs.

Our objective is to create advertising and promotions that drive consumers to, where they can take immediate action to meet literacy needs by donating funds, volunteer time, and magazines.


Do the ad banners need to meet specific size requirements?

Banners should meet Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) size standards, as outlined below.

How many different size variations of the ad banner do you need designed?

300 x 250
250 x 250
468 x 60 (Full Banner)
234 x 60 (Half Banner)
728 x 90 (Leaderboard)
160 x 600 (Wide Skyscraper)

What is your industry?

Magazines, Charity, Education, Literacy, Homeless, Hungry, Domestic Violence, Mentoring

Describe the target audience for your ad banner design

Age 21+ Professional women, business owners, and moms, primarily - but not intending to exclude men.

Our audience loves magazines and children. They're generous, nurturing, sharing, giving, spirited, confident, financially secure and eco-friendly.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your ad banner design?

1. Like a bowl of soup with warm buttered bread... or a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows... express the comfort that a magazine can bring to a child and mom who have fled to a homeless or domestic violence shelter.

2. puts favorite children’s and consumer magazines into the hands, hearts, and homes of children and families who want to learn and love to read them.

3. Consumers and business owners who love magazines make the magazine connection happen by visiting to take immediate action to donate funds, volunteer time, and magazines.

How is your company different from your competitors?

100% of consumer and business financial support is used to get magazines to at-risk children and families. is the first and only literacy project of its kind and scale, anywhere, ever.

What ad banner design styles do you like?

Web 2.0, bold, bright, striking, warm, call to action; dynamic; static and layered; combining bright colors, bold lettering, and compelling images that draw attention.

What colors do you want to see in your ad banner design?

bright, bold, edgy, dramatic colors that grab attention and call for action - but don’t clash with our logo. Please exercise your understanding of the meaning of various colors - in terms of being congruent with the mood of our ads - warm, comforting... and our immediate call to action.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your ad banner design?

Need to avoid clashing with logo colors.

What adjectives should best describe your ad banner design?

bright, bold, edgy, dramatic, warm, compassionate, compelling, inspired, magnetic, actionable - want the audience to be in the mom's shoes... to be able to reach out and touch the magazine - for their own familiar connection and engagement to bring comfort by visiting to take immediate action.

What content must be included in the ad banner design? Logo (center image portion without surrounding words); by name (initial caps optional - depending on ad style); a call to immediate action

Do you have additional requirements or links you'd like to share?

children’s or consumer magazine images should be non-descript - recognizable as magazines, without showing identifiable brands. Would like to see visuals of magazines in the hands of children and moms; moms reading to children; siblings reading to each other, etc. - the ideas of magazines as “comfort food” and magazines “in the hands and hearts” of children and families should come across.

Brief updates

By MagazineLiteracy on 19-Aug-10 2:05 a.m. GMT
Thank you for contributing to this vital online ad campaign.
By MagazineLiteracy on 20-Aug-10 4:43 p.m. GMT
Viable themes include giving the gift of magazines as comfort for at-risk children, teens, and moms.
By MagazineLiteracy on 25-Aug-10 1:51 p.m. GMT
Homeless and domestic violence shelter directors involved in our literacy program explain that moms and children arrive with little or nothing, and that the magazines are very much appreciated because they are cheerful, non-intimidating, and offer refuge.
By MagazineLiteracy on 27-Aug-10 4:02 a.m. GMT
Our primary beneficiaries, at this time, are agencies that serve children, teens, and families in North America. We've not yet organized our work outside the U.S. and Canada, so, the ads should reflect domestic images and themes.
By MagazineLiteracy on 2-Sep-10 2:40 p.m. GMT
We are the beneficiary of much great design work with many strong ads to choose from. This has been a wonderful opportunity for improving the outreach about our literacy work. Thank you everyone for sharing your talent and time.