Past Poster Contest Winners

2020

Jacqueline Lando ’20, new media design major

The winning design in this year’s Imagine RIT poster contest was created by Jacqueline Lando, a fourth-year student majoring in new media design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her design, colorful images sprouting from the mind, was chosen from among 28 entries in the contest.

For her winning entry, Lando, a resident of Long Island, N.Y., will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks. The poster will be used to promote the Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25, 2020 on the Henrietta campus.

2019

Maggie Blaisdell ’21, graphic design major

The winning design in this year’s Imagine RIT poster contest was created by Maggie Blaisdell, a second-year student majoring in graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her design, a colorful amalgam of tools being put together to create a tiger face - the symbol of RIT - was chosen from among 56 entries in the contest. “The hands symbolize collaboration, the items symbolize RIT student's various interests, and the tiger symbolizes RIT itself,” said Blaisdell in describing her entry.

Second place went to Gan Lin, a fourth-year new media design major from Ellenville, N.Y.

For her winning entry, Blaisdell, – a resident of South Fork, Pa., — will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks. The poster will be used to promote the Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, 2019 on the Henrietta campus.

For second place, Lin will receive $250 in Tiger Bucks.

There were more than 5,000 votes cast in this year’s poster contest.

2018

Amanda Ho ’19, new media design major

Amanda Ho, new media design ’19, is this year’s winning artist in the annual Imagine RIT poster contest. “I was looking at a lot of futuristic art that showed far away versions of today's society,” says Ho. “I think of Imagine RIT as a place that is the central hub for new innovations and technology where people travel to and from different places.”

Amanda will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks as first prize for her winning design. Visitors can receive a free copy of this year’s poster during the festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

2017

Riley Yankowich ’18, new media design major

A design of two hands reaching for each other—one of them human, one built from bits of technical parts—is the winning entry from this year’s Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival poster contest.

Riley Yankowich, a third-year new media design student from Deerfield Beach, Fla., created the image and will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks as her prize. Five thousand 14-by-20-inch copies of her design will be printed and distributed to visitors for free outside The Wallace Center during the festival on May 6, 2017.

“It’s pretty cool my artwork will be displayed on campus,” Yankowich said. “I’m pretty excited.”

She entered the contest as a class project, never thinking her design would be selected.

“There was a lot of brainstorming in class,” she said. “I originally was going to do something like man versus machine, but the idea kept going back to hands and it formed into all the tools students use, with a human hand reaching out to them. And it shows humans always have a power over the tools that they are using.”

Yankowich had four weeks to complete the design, which included an all-nighter towards the deadline when she used Photoshop and touched up 3D-rendered icons on the lower hand in her design.

“I was not expecting to win,” she said. “I just wanted to make a cool poster.”

Nearly 50 entries were received for the contest.

Runner up was a design by Amy Pham, a new media design major from Sunnyvale, Calif., who designed an image of RIT President Bill Destler’s head unscrewed, allowing items such as a joystick, Rubik’s Cube, hockey puck, gears and a banjo to pop out.

Special Edition

the nine previous contest winners

This special poster was created to promote the upcoming tenth Imagine RIT festival, and was created before the 2017 poster design contest.

2016

Kelly Hurlburt ’17, new media design major

The winning design in this year’s Imagine RIT poster contest was created by Kelly Hurlburt, a third-year student majoring in new media design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her design, an intricate and colorful machine formulated inside the numerals “2016,” was chosen from among 75 entries in the contest.

For her winning entry, Hurlburt – a resident of Webster, N.Y. — will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks. The poster will be used to promote the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7, 2016 on the Henrietta campus.

There were nearly 10,000 votes cast in this year’s poster contest.

2015

Meagan Daymont ’15, media arts and technology major

The winning design in this year’s Imagine RIT poster contest was created by Meagan Daymont, a fourth-year student majoring in media arts and technology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her design, a tiger profile in RIT colors, was chosen by RIT President Bill Destler from among 85 entries in the contest, after an initial voting period determined the top five posters. There were nearly 10,000 votes cast.

For her winning entry, Daymont—a resident of Lowville, N.Y.—will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks. The poster will be used to promote the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 on the Henrietta campus.

Below are the entries in the 2015 Imagine RIT poster contest. Each submission was created by a current RIT student. President Bill Destler selects the winning entry from the posters that receive the most votes.

2014

Sophia Del Plato ’15, graphic design major

The winning design in this year’s Imagine RIT poster contest was created by Sophia Del Plato, a third-year graphic design student at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her design, bold blue with graphics incorporating elements from computing, art and the solar system, was chosen from among 34 entries in the contest.

Taking second place was a poster created by Emily Onyan, a third-year illustration major from Rochester, N.Y., and Kenny Radzyminski, a fourth-year marketing major from Cleveland.

For her winning entry, Del Plato—a resident of Batavia, N.Y.—will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks. And 5,000 copies of the poster will be distributed for free to visitors at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, 2014 on the Henrietta campus.

Onyan and Radzyminski will also receive Tiger Bucks.

Nearly 8,000 members of the RIT and Rochester communities voted in this year’s poster contest.

2013

Trinh D.H. Le, ’14, new media design and imaging major

Close to 5,000 members of the RIT and Rochester community voted to select this years Imagine RIT poster.

Congratulations to Trinh D.H. Le, 14, new media design and imaging, for submitting her unique and stunning tiger design that emerged victorious among more than 60 entries. Trinh will receive $500 in Tiger Bucks, and 5,000 copies of the poster will be distributed for free to visitors at the festival on May 4, 2013.

We would also like to acknowledge the work of Teysia Parks, 15, graphic design, and Katie Verrant, 15, new media design, for their 2nd and 3rd place submissions. Teysia and Katie will also receive Tiger Bucks awards. Teysias “creative play” design will be printed and sent to some local teachers as part of our K-12 outreach.

Thank you to all who participated in this years contest. We received numerous comments about the outstanding quality and creativity of submissions.

2012

Tyler Somers ’14, graphic design major

For the fifth consecutive year, RIT students were challenged to create a poster design in conjunction with the Imagine RIT festival. The winning poster was created by Tyler Somers, a second-year graphic design student from Reisterstown, MD. More than 11,000 votes were cast during the competition. Members of the RIT community were invited to select their favorites from among the 69 submitted designs, all of which were showcased as part of an online gallery.

Each poster design entry is created by an RIT student. The five most popular posters are sent to RIT President Bill Destler, who selects the winner.

2011

John Lindsay ’11, graphic design major

For the fourth consecutive year, RIT students were challenged to create a poster design in conjunction with Imagine RIT. The winning poster, shown here, was created by John Lindsay, a fourth year graphic design major at RIT. Members of the community were invited to select their favorites from among the 20 submitted designs. More than 2,000 votes were cast during this year’s competition. The five most popular posters are sent to RIT President Bill Destler, who selects the winner.

2010

Thomas Sokolowski ’14, chemical engineering major

For the third consecutive year, RIT students were challenged to create a poster design in conjunction with Imagine RIT. The winning poster, shown here, was created by Thomas Sokolowski, a first-year chemical engineering student from Rochester. More than 5,000 votes were cast during the competition. Members of the RIT community were invited to select their favorites from among the 66 submitted designs, all of which were showcased as part of an online gallery. The most popular posters were sent to RIT President Bill Destler, who selected the winner.

2009

Alex Moser ’09, applied arts and science major

For the second consecutive year, students were challenged to create a poster design in conjunction with Imagine RIT. The winning entry was created by Alex Moser, a fourth-year applied arts and science major from Medfield, Mass.

"With all the new ideas and inspirations happening at RIT, I came up with this image of a girl holding a balloon, which represented her idea, allowing it to take her wherever it will take her," explains Moser. "This is the first opportunity I've had for my work to be widely recognized, and I think it's really great to have it included as part of the festival."

More than 4,000 members of the RIT community voted for their favorite design from among 15 poster entries submitted for the competition and later showcased as a part of an online gallery.

2008

Carly Schonberg ’08, illustration major

Carly Schonberg, an illustration major from New Rochelle, N.Y., was the winning artist of the very first Imagine RIT poster contest. RIT students, regardless of major, were invited to submit designs, leading to a total of 32 entries in 2008. Schonberg, who went on to pursue a career in children’s books illustration, conceptualized the fusion of right-brain and left-brain outcomes to highlight the festival’s themes of innovation and creativity.

“I took a bunch of techniques I usually work with, particularly collage, and had fun with them,” she explains. “I’m very happy to have this opportunity to show that I can do a different type of illustration and still have it recognized.”