Design The Graphics For This Year’s Woodie Awards On MTV, MTV2 & mtvU

The Woodie Awards are at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on November 18th. It’s a show for college kids, by college kids. They pick the nominees, they pick the winners, and they put the artists they love most on stage that night to perform. It’s a huge party and a huge moment for indie music, six years in a row and counting.

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This year, our on-air graphics team is collaborating with college students in a new and exciting way. You know those “and the nominees are…” graphics packages that MTV award shows are famous for? They’re always unique, always graphically brilliant. This year, college student artists are doing the designs for those. Yet another way that students are literally taking the show into their own hands.

If you are an artist (or know one) in college today, click here to find out how you can get your work featured on this year’s show. An incredible opportunity for millions of people to see your work on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU.

From my colleagues in our on-air design group…

Woodies 2009: A Typographical Extravaganza

The mtvU Woodie Awards is the annual college music awards show that highlights indie music and shouts out those artists making their mark in the field! Unlike other music awards shows, here, the student is the voice, and your vote determines which music is best.

Each year, the MTV On-Air Design team is asked to create the live and on-air graphics packaging for the event. Throughout the show eight awards are presented, each category requiring a graphic introduction, and we’d like to give you the opportunity to get involved.

For more information about the show, nominees and online voting, log on to

Creative Brief

This year we are proposing A Typographical Feast, wherein college art/design students in typography/illustration individually craft each category title.

It’s the evening of the event…the house lights go down, and all eyes are focused on a giant HD screen that will display individual category titles…

Imagine WOODIE OF THE YEAR spelled out in sprinkles…

The possibilities are endless…





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