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

2017 Best in Show Announced at The Honors

Congratulations to Steven Meehin and Stephanie Embry, University of North Texas, on receiving the 2017 Steal this Idea Best in Show. In his entry, Meehin said, "In our new union, we have these interactive music listening stations to honor our world renowned music program. Utilizing our digital signage network, we created these fully interactive custom layouts to allow users to sort through a variety of songs from UNT's music archives. We have categorical filters and information that populates when a song is selected. Each genre has it's own page with its own unique design. Attached is the home page and a few examples of each tab. The design utilized some original sketches and archived photos from our library."

2017 Best in Show
2017 STI Winners

2017 Steal this Idea Winners

ACUI is pleased to share the winners of the 2017 Steal this Idea competition. See below for those who placed in the professional and student sections of each category. ACUI received more than 300 entries from 46 institutions. Download a list of 2017 STI Winners with visuals.

Digital Campaigns
Interior and Wall Art
Logos/Brand Identity
Multi-Page Publications
Promotional Campaigns
Steal this Idea 2017 Side


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.