Is Your Design Funny?: A Call For Submissions


Do you like to laugh? Do you make hilarious designs to hang in your office and share with your friends? Then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! We’re calling for examples of funny graphic design to be showcased in a brand new book entitled DESIGN FUNNY: A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Humor that’s going to be published in early 2015 by HOW Books!

What can I submit?
Any work of visual design will be considered – published or unpublished, including digital, interactive, print, packaging, illustration, infographic, comics, photography and on-air graphics. (Butt please, a maximum of one poop joke per submission.)

How will my work be used?
Submissions will be used in an educational manner appearing as successful examples of the various principles of design and comedy. The designer is not asked to produce any new or custom work for the book, but rather simply permit the publisher to reprint a sample of something they have already produced for another project. The designer retains the full copyright to their work.

What’s the book about?
DESIGN FUNNY: A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Humor is an entertaining, yet practical, guide to the lighter side of graphic design thinking: the visual gag. Get advice and insight from a diverse group of creative professionals including creative directors, designers, illustrators, stand-up comedians, comedy writers and producers. Review hundreds of full-color design examples covering a wide spectrum of visual comedy.

Are there any requirements?
Yes. You must be the creator of the work, and if selected be able and willing to sign and return a short release giving permission for its appearance as a successful example of a principle of design and comedy in an educational book.

When do you need it?
We need your submission by 5pm EST on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Submitted work will be reviewed as it arrives, so early submission is encouraged. It is fine to submit more than one work at a time. Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the final publication.

What are my chances of being selected?
Excellent. The book needs hundreds of quality design samples, and we’re just starting to collect for it.

What do I get in return?
Your work will be published in full-color and credited to you in the book. Your name and contact information/portfolio URL will be promoted in a “Contributor List” featuring over a hundred other talented contributing designers. You will also receive a free copy of the book and an invitation to the book release party in Seattle, WA.

How do I submit my work?
Email links or digital files to Be sure to include the subject line: Submission to DESIGN FUNNY. That’s it until you’ve been selected! If you are selected you will be emailed a release form and asked for a higher-resolution file of your work so it looks as great as you are. Learn more here.

Don’t forget to send your stuff in early or by 5pm EST on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014!

Is it okay if I email to some funny people I know?
Yes! Please help us get the word out!


Heather Bradley
Author of the upcoming book “Design Funny: A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Humor”

Design Funny: A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Humor will be available in March 2015. To be notified when the book is available, enter your email below!