The Lohmann & Van Sinderen Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Printing and Design aim to recognize and celebrate the broad range of interest in planning, craft, and invention that gives under­g­raduate graphic design and printing at Yale its singular character.

Due to the University’s response to COVID-19, this year’s competition will take place entirely online. We are broadening the competition to include a limited range of digitally native graphic design as well as the customary paper-based projects. 

The judges are eager to see printed work of all kinds in order to reward skill, discipline, and imagination. These prizes were established in 1967 in honor of Carl C. Lohmann, Class of 1910, founding member of the honorable company of college printers, lifelong typophile, and secretary of the University from 1927 to 1953. Since 2015, they have been supported by the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize fund. 


Eligible pieces must have been planned and executed in the past academic year by a current Yale undergraduate. They may include print publications and ephemera, as well as—specifically—websites and mobile applications. Graphic design entries should be submitted in jpeg, png, or pdf format. Entries for websites and mobile applications should include a pdf that shows key screens as well as directions for viewing or download.

Yale graphic design or letterpress printing classwork may be entered, but professional design studio work, from an internship for example, will not be considered. 

View past entries here. 

Submission Guidelines

Please complete and submit a submission form with each entry. Forms can be accessed here.

Submit entries to via You may submit as many entries as you would like.

The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021. 

Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded. 


Please direct to all queries to Maura Gianakos at the Office of the University Printer.