The first Print Celebrate Design competition was chock full of stunning design work that was created to, well, celebrate a particular occasion. From company holiday cards to friend’s weddings to birthdays to special events, there were so many strong pieces in each category. And that made it both a fun and difficult task for our team of judges to put their heads together to choose the top designs in the 2D, 3D and Interactive categories.
View all of the winners below, including the overall winning project by FAME. Read more about this standout project, in particular, in the “Grids + Guides” column of the April issue of Print magazine. These projects all have a few things in common: They met the project’s goals, embraced the spirit of the special event–and include visuals that are sure to make it to your “for future reference” list.
BEST IN SHOW WINNER: AIGA Design Camp
Design Firm: Fame, Minneapolis
Creative Team: Erik Herberg (designer), Bruce Edwards (EVP, chief creative officer), Julie Feyerer (creative director), Jake Kluskowski (copywriter)
Client: AIGA Minnesota
Putting an “Up North” spin on AIGA Minnesota’s “Connections” strategy for Design Camp 2013, FAME came up with the idea of a campfire paired with the call to “Gather Round.” On the poster invite, the campfire came to life with fire-kissed orange and crispy metallic pantones over natural, speckled paper. And thanks to augmented reality, toasting digital marshmallows (via digital campfire) became a form of artistic expression–engaging potential attendees and increasing event response. The use of color, type and a graphic pattern connected additional campaign elements, from lanyards and matchbooks, to custom patch and graphic buttons.
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Wedding Art Gallery – The Voyage to October 5th
Design Firm: Marine lane, New York City
Creative Team: Yejin Shin, Megan Flood (design); Frederic Benaglia (illustration); Megan Flood, Timmy Beringer (typography); Alana Jones-Mann (heart installation); Sue Kessler, Christian Oth Photography (photographer); Fiore Films (http://vimeo.com/78922931), (video)
Client: Flood-Beringer Wedding
Description: Megan Flood, founder of Marine Lane, committed herself to creating a special experience for her NYC wedding to high school sweetheart Timmy Beringer. Megan and her team transformed the wedding cocktail hour into an art gallery, which celebrated the couple’s eight year journey. Timmy and Megan’s handwriting was blown up on the walls, describing each of the six 8-foot paintings that told the story of their relationship. A gent in a top hat greeted guests and distributed programs. The gallery also included a hanging paper heart installation, and a photo tribute to the couple’s parents and grandparents.
70kft 10th Anniversary Invitation
Design Firm: 70kft, Dallas
Art Direction: Scott Paramski, Gus Granger (art directors); Bailey Parkerson, Kevin Johnson (designers); Duane Jones (copywriter)
Description: 70kft, a brand communications agency based in Dallas, celebrated their 10 year anniversary on August 17, 2013. This project was the invitation to their party and was both a printed and digital invitation. The invite counts their ten-year journey and is a visual representation of what makes up 70kft and their culture.
Moore & Kreutzer Wedding Invitation/Announcement
Design Firm/Creative Team/Client: Joel Kreutzer
Description: As a gift to my bride, I wanted to create something unexpected and creative to announce our upcoming wedding. To begin the design process, I created a crest, representing our families merging together, setting the foundation for our marriage. I scrapped the typical “save the date” in favor of a double-sided poster – an announcement on one side and a calendar on the other, merging form and function. My goal was to use hand-drawn line work to symbolize our lives intertwining, while reflecting our individual personalities and styles. The result was an elegant balance of beauty, craft and restraint.
Jon & Nicole’s Wedding Invites
Design Firm: Jon Jackson, Brooklyn, NY
Creative Team/Client: Jon Jackson, Nicole Jackson
Description: This is the invitation system I designed for my wedding. The first piece was a series of “save the date” coasters. Each guest got one coaster with an excited phrase like “Hell Yes!” or “Hooray” and one with the date and location information. Then, for the invitation, I made a 18 inches by 24 inches silk screen poster showing the places my fiancé and I have traveled and things we’ve done together in three colors — blue, red and gold. I sent them in triangle poster boxes that were stamped with one of the fun sayings used on the coasters, again in one of three colors. All of these variations let me give each guest a unique invitation set.
Queenstown 60th Anniversary Commemorative Postcards
Design Firm: Paradox Media, Singapore
Creative Team: Lynn Ho (art director), Jean Liew (senior designer/copywriter), Bryan Tan (designer)
Client: Queenstown Community Center
Description: To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Singapore’s first satellite town and also the Queen of Estates in the nation, Paradox Media designed a series of postcards as memorabilia. Handed out as souvenirs at the opening event that kick-started a year-long celebration, the postcards depict scenes and landmarks from a bygone era during the early days of the town’s beginnings. Juxtaposed against these quaint and vintage backdrops are the various graphic icons and typography that draw inspiration from old signage and architecture found around town. The postcards have also been diecut around the edges to resemble old photographs, and contain an info snippet on the back relating to the image on the postcard.
’50s news-gift paper
Design Firm: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Creative Team: Jesvin Yeo, Alvin Ng
Client: Chinatown Business Association
Description: Harking back to the days when retailers in Singapore used newspaper to wrap goods, this wrapping paper evokes nostalgic memories of those days. It uses 1950s newspaper as the base and overlaid with vibrant Chinese typography to produce a mix of the traditional and the contemporary, while creating an entirely fresh appeal and a gift-wrap suitable for any occasion, especially Chinese New Year. Those headline news and top stories from the 1950s form an interesting source of identity, helping the younger generation link the present to the past.
Taylor+Gopal Wedding Stationery
Design Firm: byKsenia, Atlanta
Creative Team: Ksenia Podgornaya (designer), Tin Can Photography, Brown Linen (envelope calligraphy)
Client: Taylor & Gopal
Description: Taylor & Gopal’s wedding stationery is watercolor, illustrated with computer-generated typography. Bright colors and custom ornamental illustrations with some Indian motifs perfectly commemorate this couple’s wedding day.
Navigate the New Year
Design Firm: Alusiv, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Creative Team: Richard Cress (art director), Estelle Barrett, Richard Cress(designers), Hillary Seith (copywriter)
Client: Alusiv, self-promotion
Description: Alusiv creates designs that are more than meets the eye. Our 2013 holiday card weaves calligraphy and navigation with themes of the holiday season and the new year. Central to this card design is a compass rose which is oriented as a 2014 calendar. This 2D card can be transformed into a three dimensional sculptural expression, a pyramid that the recipient can display and change from 2013 to 2014 by shifting the fold.
Food, Inc. Awards Trophy
Design Firm: TakePart, Beverly Hills, CA
Creative Team: Sasoon Kim (designer), Dena Siegel (vice president, user experience and design), Haryn De Leon (production artist)
Client: Participant Media
Description: Food, Inc. has become more than a film, it’s become synonymous with a loyal community of people committed to living healthier lives and taking action to change the food industry for the better and who have made choices in their lives aligned with the messages of the film. This year, we reached out to the community to nominate for the first annual Food, Inc. Award to celebrate the real-life changes people have made. The Food, Inc. trophy was designed to represent the iconic cow with the bar-code from the film. The trophy is laser cut from bamboo and engraved.
Design Firm: Sussner Design Company, Minneapolis www.sussner.com
Creative Team: Derek Sussner (art director), Emily Brownson (designer)
Client: Sussner Design Company
Description: Derek started putting Xacto blades in a Diet Coke can 14 years ago. To commemorate the filling of the can, we held a good old-fashioned, carnival-style guessing contest. Top 14 winners received a prize. In case you were wondering how many blades fit in a 12 oz. can, it’s 1,113.
“Make It Pop” Promo
Design Firm: Farm Design, Pasadena, CA
Creative Team: Aaron Atchison (art director), Jessica Strelioff (designer), Dena Siegel (vice president, user experience and design), Haryn De Leon (production artist)
Client: Farm Design
Description: Farm Design wanted to create a unique promotional piece to keep their clients cool during the scorching California heat. The result was a fresh, fun promo item featuring locally produced popsicles. The concept was simple; let the popsicles be the star. A cohesive system was created using a white foam cooler, the signature “Farm Design Blue”, bold modern graphics, cheeky copy and sophisticated printing techniques. Once the cooler is opened, sleeves with an emotive color spectrum are revealed wrapped around the delicious popsicles. The promo focuses on the moment, the reaction and the happiness popsicles evoke.
WC 2013 Tuna Party Invite: Fortune Fish
Design Firm: Wallace Church, Inc., New York City
Creative Team: Stan Church (art director/designer), Madison Church (designer)
Client: Wallace Church, Inc.
Description: In creating our WC Tuna Party Invite this year, we took Asian reed weaving to a new level by using a specially selected paper to create this unique, hand-crafted Fortune Fish. Contained within each fish was a slip of paper –“a fortune“ with the invitation to our annual, end of summer cookout. We also included a small card in the invitation box, with instructions to open the Fortune Fish in order to retrieve the “fortune.”
Holiday Garden Elixir Kit
Design Firm: Project M Plus, Los Angeles
Creative Team: Cleo Murnane (art director), Kati Forner (designer)
Client: Simone LeBlanc
Description: Elixir holiday gift design for Simone LeBlanc Inc. Icons designed for each elixir, recipe book and packaging. Kit uses leather foil stamping, letterpress and digital printing.
Family Vacation T-Shirts
Design Firm: Two Plus Us, Brooklyn NY
Creative Team/Client: Lori and Matthew Richmond
Description: We have a family tradition of creating custom T-shirts for our annual trip to Disney World. This year, we took inspiration from Lori’s preoccupation with the British royal family (and a weekend trip to London in July) to create our own coat of arms with a Disney twist. The illustration includes symbolism of both Disney and New York City. The shield supporter on the left is Mufasa from The Lion King, and opposite him is Patience, one of the NY Public Library lions. They’re wearing iconic head wear of Mickey Mouse ears and Lady Liberty’s crown and are standing atop the public transportation for each location. The four quadrants of the crest each represent one of the four Richmond family members (our son Cooper’s Minecraft sword wound up working really nicely with this concept.) We printed the art at home on a Cameo Silhouette cutter onto heat transfer paper and ironed it on to the shirts by hand. And, yes, we all wore them together to the airport.
DishCourse Invitation Package
Design Firm: Hélène Larochelle, Toronto
Creative Team: Hélène Larochelle (art director), Hélène Larochelle, Joe Borges (designers), Scott Lew (copywriters), Pomegranate Letterpress (printer), Trina Boos, Pouneh Rouhani (event team)
Client: DishCourse, Ad Lounge
Description: In a world where executives are constantly receiving flat, forgettable invites to events not worth attending, Hélène Larochelle made sure DishCourse stood above the rest. To create an exclusive feel, each hand-delivered invite was built using salvaged materials like barn beams and vintage skeleton keys. The team hand-finished and assembled each piece to make the invites unique. The letter-pressed, multi-page invite was connected to the beam with snaps and provided invitees an access code to RSVP on the website. The invitation was then boxed up on a bed of aspen wood, tied with jute cord and addressed with a personalized tag.