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DJCAD Web Design & SEO Competition 2012

Last year, in addition to setting up 2 annual scholarships and 2 annual awards worth £1000 for Angus College, we started our annual DJCAD Web Design & SEO Competition.

The competition is aimed at helping graduates launch their freelance careers or businesses.

The 2011 winner was Aime Bene, a textile and surface pattern designer. She received a logo design and business cards, a custom Facebook fan page, training and a custom website with a full content management system so she can update it herself easily.

DJCAD Web Design & SEO Competition

Below are all the details about the competition but please get in touch using the comments at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.

The Process | Why We Do It | How We Judge | Who Can Enter | What You Win | How to Enter

The Process

Just answer 10 simple questions about yourself (see How To Enter below). We then shortlist 3 applicants who are invited to interviews with us before we choose a winner.

Why We Do It

As a company we like to ‘give back’ in a number of ways. One of them is to help graduates and young entrepreneurs launch their freelance careers and businesses.

Whilst we hope everyone who’s applying for jobs after they graduate the best of luck, this competition is intended to help support a graduate launch a business or their career as a freelance artist rather than use it as a portfolio site to find permanent employment.

Whilst helping a graduate secure a job would still be a worthy cause those embarking on a freelance career or setting up in business have so much to do to get started that we feel we can be so much more help to them in the long run.

How We Judge

This competition is not about us judging which artist has the ‘best’ work. We know we’re not qualified to do that.

The process is intended to help us find a locally trained artist who:

  • Is passionate and committed to their idea/work/project/business longterm
  • Will consciously make the best use of the prize they receive from us
  • Will benefit the most from what we have to offer in terms of our services

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their: ambition, passion, originality, attitude, commitment, business plan and how much we think we can help support their plans.

Obviously how much our team members like the persons work itself will play a part in the decision making as we want to get behind work we beleive in but it’s not the most important factor for us. The person is.

Who Can Enter

Any undergraduates or postgraduate who will finish their final course at Duncan of Jordanstone this year can apply.

The only stipulation is that applicants must be committed in attempting to start up their own business or work on a freelance basis aftter their graduation. Existing businesses or freelancers who already graduated this year (2012) may apply.

What You Win

The winner will be able to choose any combination of the following services up to the value of the award (£2500):

  • Web Hosting
  • Web Design Services including design, build and CMS
  • E-commerce Solutions
  • Custom Facebook Pages
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
  • PPC (Pay Per Click)
  • Logo, Graphic & Print Design
  • Marketing materials & stationary
  • Training
  • Press coverage via our media partners

We can help the winner select the best combination of services based on their needs and requirements unless they already know exactly what they need.

We appreciate that as a designer you will probably have your own ideas and we will support them as best we can rather than try to fit your project into how we typically work with corporate clients who might need far more creative direction.

We will work with you to get your site live and any marketing materials ready in time for your degree show.

How To Enter

Entering the competition is easy and all you need to do is email us your answers to the questions below.

To apply please answer the following questions and email them to

  1. Name:
  2. Course completed and name of Tutor/Lecutor (may be verified):
  3. Qualification received:
  4. Links to existing online profiles ie website/twitter/blog/facebook/etc:
  5. Links to portfolio or work examples:
  6. Plans for your business or freelance career, or if they already exist what you are doing / acheivements:
  7. Why should we choose you over the other applicants:
  8. Links to any press coverage you’ve received:
  9. What would you do with the prize:
  10. Additional supporting information:

Remember that Entries close on Friday 30th March 2012.

Pass It On

If you know someone who might be eligable then please let them know about this opportunity!

Got Any Questions?

Just leave a comment below and we’ll get right back to you :)

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