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The 25 Winners of Print Celebrates Design

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Designers are makers—all day, every day. And here at Print magazine, we like to celebrate the designs you create that commemorate an occasion, be it a holiday or special event. That’s why we created Print Celebrates Design, a design competition for your cards, gifts & invitations.

Randy J. Hunt, judge of 2014 Print Celebrates Design competition

Randy J. Hunt, creative director at Etsy, was thrilled to choose 25 winners, including one Best in Show, for this year’s Print Celebrates. A maker himself, Hunt founded design studio Citizen Scholar, wrote Product Design for the Web and designs prints. Prior to becoming creative director at Etsy, he was recognized as a Print New Visual Artist in 2009.

When asked about the driving force behind his impressive career, Hunt notes, “I do feel like I’ve been on a constant quest of self-improvement. I’ve got a ton of patience and like to stick with things for a while. In today’s design climate, that sometimes looks like an anomaly, but I like it.”

Take a look below at all the winners Hunt selected. You’ll find holiday design galore, including Halloween design and gift wrap design, as well as invitations, gifts and more. Afterward, you may even find that you’re inspired to start a new design project that might just earn recognition in next year’s design contests.

BEST IN SHOW WINNER: 15 Rewarding Years

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest
Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest; best in show

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest

Comments from judge Randy J. Hunt: “The allure of small multiples is hard to escape. These well-packaged bars of chocolate look great as a set. The content concept—a rewarding or motivation lesson from each year—means there’s more than just sweets here. The illustrations are well-executed, and I enjoy the variety within the color and formal constraints. Also…chocolate.”

10th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest

FirmRISD Media Group Creative Team: Micah Barrett (art director), Kristin Silva (designer) Description: In recognition of student excellence and to celebrate scholarship recipients, RISD hosts an annual luncheon. The event allows the scholars and their supporters to meet and talk. Inspired by early learning nostalgia. The invitations were letterpressed.

4A’s Gold Forum Swag Bag


FirmMeers Creative Team: Brandon Bennett (art director/designer), Dave Altis (executive creative director), Laura Piper (creative director), Laura Piper (copywriter) Client: Meers (self-promotion) Description: The 4A’s Gold Forum brings together advertising agency CEO’s from across the nation of similar size so they can discuss mutual problems their agencies are facing and exchange knowledge and ideas on how make their businesses better. To commemorate the forum coming to Kansas City, Meers wanted to say thank you for coming to our fair city. For each CEO we created a swag bag of all things Kansas City and also a pretty sweet shirt, too.

Assemble Your Own Jack-o-lope!

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest

FirmRural Rooster Creative Team: J.J. Campbell (art director/designer) Description: Holiday card for clients and vendors.

Bat’s Feast / Halloween Card


FirmNatalya Balnova Design Description: Three-color silkscreen card; 5″x7″, edition of 40.

Boissons de Madame Babineaux

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest


Capsule Thinking Putty



CCTC’s RoundUp

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest


Emily & Tyler Wedding Invitation



FirmCeci New York Creative Team: Ceci Johnson (art director), Michelle Wengrod (designer) Client: Emily Maynard Description: It was a truly incredible experience to work on former Bachelorette Emily Maynard’s surprise wedding invitation designs. We had so much fun putting our own spin on Emily’s affair, which was a sweet and relaxed yet elegant event. To create Emily’s designs, we drew upon her feminine and fashion-forward style, as well as her own jewelry line. We incorporated these patterns into her whimsical View-Master invitations, and as they suited her perfectly, they even ended up on the cake and tote bags.

Heath Newton Halloween Cards


Firm: Noise 13 Creative Team: Dava Guthmiller (art director), Christine Lee (designer), Gamma Nine (photography), Press Arts (printer) Client: Heath Newton LLP Description: Heath Newton, a family law firm in San Francisco, sends out cards to their clients every year at Halloween instead of Christmas, and cleverly plays off their name by including a Heath Bar and Fig Newton in each mailer. The 2012 mailer incorporated the Dia de los Muertos theme into a unique origami kit.

Howard Family Holiday Greeting



FirmkonnectDesign Creative Team: Karen Knecht (art director), Braden Wise (designer) Client: The Howard Family Description: Letterpress Holiday Recipe booklet sent as a Holiday greeting.

Luminocity Invitation

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest

FirmEllen Bruss Design Creative Team: Ellen Bruss (art director/designer) Client: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Description: We are excited about our latest project for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver—the Luminocity 2014 Invitation! Luminocity is the premier fundraising event for MCA Denver’s ambitious exhibition program. The special guest artist, Mark Mothersbaugh (founding member of DEVO), gave us a huge collection of his artwork to use for this project. Check out the mult-layered, pop-up, riveted, fold-out, eye-catching day-goo result.



FirmStudio Martinez Creative Team: Miguel A. Martinez (art director/designer) Client: Ric Howard & Liliana Martinez Description: Capture the couples love for the city of Austin, Texas, which is where they first met, and then married at.

New Year Greeting Self-Promo



Pamella Roland

Pamella-ROland; Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest


Same Sh*t, Different Year


FirmBEAMY Creative Team: Ronn Lee (art director/creative director), Linz Lim (designer), Bao Ching (copywriter), Yutien Peng (account director) Description: We realize that often, corporate calendars have the same ubiquitous look and many corporate gifts exchanged during the festive season are hardly made good use of. New Year resolutions made also never last beyond the 2nd of January. Hence, we decided to take matters in our own hands (quite literally) and create our own New Year survival kit—titled Same Sh*t, Different Year—that says it like it is and showcases our passion for design and dark brand of humor. The kit contains a calendar highlighting milestone dates (not actual holidays, because that’s just too practical), postcards, gift tags, wrapping paper and raffia string that you can use for gifting, re-gifting or perhaps not even gifting. On each page of our calendar is also a witty one liner that pokes fun at a festival or a milestone event happening in the month.

September Twentieth

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest


FirmWes Kull Creative Team: Wes Kull (art director/designer), Craig Dransfield at Abnormal Allies (printer) Client: JuLee Leopard and Dave Colner Description: Combining the Art Deco architecture of New York and structural details of the Manhattan Bridge, 19th century blueprints, the Great Gatsby, the book covers of Hemingway and Radiohead’s Kid A, this save-the-date poster celebrates the interests of the couple whose wedding it announces and the city where it was to take place.

SIEGE! (2nd Solo Show Invitation)



Suka Thank You


Firm: Suka Creative Creative Team: Jen Pressley, Esteban Perez (art directors) Description: Each year we remember the many things we are thankful for—health, happiness and clients/partners. To show our gratitude, we created this interactive piece and we cordially invite you to help us spread the love. View interactive entry here.

Type Face Cards



FirmTruscott Studios Creative Team: Brandon T. Truscott (art director/designer) Client: BYU–Hawaii Description: In my typography course this semester, the students selected face cards and hand-lettered the name of the card with chalk onto blackboard signs. The signs were exhibited in the MAF Gallery on BYUH Campus. I created this hand-lettered ink postcard to advertise the exhibition. I based the letter forms on two typefaces: Rand Holub’s Gillot 291 became the basis of Intertype’s Monterey. Holub’s original script was redesigned by Alejandro Paul as Feel Script. I also used Tiki Holiday owned by Brand Design Co., Inc./House Industries. I took still images of my progress and completed a time-lapse video in After Effects.

Visual / Senses

Print Celebrates Design Competition winner; design contest


Warpping Paper



Wooden Postcard


Designers: Cristina Gonzalez & Catalina Rojas Description: Designed as an alternative to the traditional card, these postcards are printed letterpress on balsa wood and are a fun, textural way to show someone you’re thinking about them.

Yankee Stadium Gala Invitation


FirmJohn Kneapler Design Creative Team: John Kneapler (creative director), Nicole Audette (designer) Client: Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Description: This invitation was for Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation’s Annual Recognition Gala, held at Yankee Stadium. The Foundation wanted a special and memorable invitation, so we designed a pop-up of the stadium, with simple, elegant and modern graphics, that really let the structure take the stage. The popup was constructed from one piece of paper, for economical assembly.

Year of The Horse




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