A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries


“Module” Calendar by Katsumi Tamura

The deadline for submissions to the A’ Design Awards is quickly approaching. Entries must be received before February 28th. The renowned event which is held each year Como, Italy honors exemplary design work from a variety of categories including PrintPackaging, Photography, Visual Communication, and more. In addition to the A’Design trophy, winners receive marketing assistance, valuable feedback and networking opportunities at the prestigious gala event. Don’t miss your chance to have your work recognized on an international level. Register now.

 

 

Oli An olive bowl by Miguel Pinto Félix

 

Pepsi Live For Now Capsule Collection – featuring artwork from Hattie Stewart, Jaz, Ricardo AKN, Zosen, Merijn Hos

 

Only Right Here – Knife Holder by Alan Saga

 

Amur Tiger Vodka Bottle by Guilherme Jardim

 

GARAGARA Summer Festival Main graphic, poster, POP by Asuka Watanabe

 

LEUVEN Beer Packaging by Wonchan Lee

K Table Lamp by Andy Vernall

The A’ Design Award Competition is a unique chance to showcase your work and gain valuable insight from industry experts. To participate in the event, register your work here.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

Motif Wine by En Garde Interdisciplinary GmbH

Motif Wine by En Garde Interdisciplinary GmbH

 

Do you have a project you’re really proud of? Do you think it could win an award? Start off the New Year by taking a chance and entering the A’Design Awards, the largest design competition in the world. The annual event is held in Como, Italy and accepts entries for both conceptual and realized projects. Celebrating all areas of design, the competition is organized into 100 categories including Print Design, Visual Communication, Packaging, UI and UX, Photography and more. Entries will be evaluated by a grand jury panel composed of design professionals, academics, and members of the press from across the globe. Whether you’re a student or a professional, this contest is a unique opportunity to receive feedback on your work and obtain access to services that can help foster your career. To participate, register your designs before the deadline on February 28th.

 

Bengal Music Festical Poster by Shafiqul Alam

Bengal Classical Music Festival by Shafiqul Alam

Vania Nedkova  Elisava Pack

Lokum “Naslada” Packaging by Vania Nedkova Elisava Pack

 

Dongdao Team

Pusonic Packaging by Dongdao Team

 

Textura Braille Smartphone by Isa Velarde

Textura Braille Smartphone by Isa Velarde

 

Mr. Pip's Double Cross Game Decor by Pip Tompkin Design
Mr. Pip’s Double Cross Game by Pip Tompkin Design

Saana Hellsten

Basik Packaging by Saana Hellsten

Jacobs Coffee Coffee Beans by Angela Spindler
Jacobs Coffee packaging by Angela Spindler

 

Albert Salamon

TTMM (after time) Watchface Apps Collection by Albert Salamon

Winning entries will be featured in a traveling gallery as well as an annual yearbook that will be distributed to the honorees. In addition, participants will receive networking opportunities, PR services, exclusive interviews, an invitation to the gala-night ceremony and much more. Tune in to Grain Edit on April 15th as select winners will be featured on the site.

Enter your work now before it’s too late. Good luck!

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World Design Rankings

filoferru outdoor chair by robby cantarutti and partners
Filoferru Outdoor Chair by Robby Cantarutti and Partners

Since 2010 the A’ Design Awards have been tracking and displaying important data gathered from their prestigious competition at the World Design Rankings (WDR). The lengthy list has recently been updated to reflect the results of the past year and is now viewable to the general public.

 

Featuring entrants from 97 countries the WDR aims to highlight key data and insights to economists and journalists with regards to the design industry in the hopes of supporting and advocating innovative work. Included in this year’s list are nine new countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Kenya, Tanzania, Liechtenstein, Armenia, Cameroon and Swaziland) as well as a Design Business Insights section which shows which countries are leading the way in any particular category or discipline.

Those interested in the success of an individual designer (as opposed to a complete country) should visit the Design Classification section instead. Here you will find rankings for profressionals in a variety of creative fields including architecture, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, graphic design, packaging and more. Supporting this list is the Designer Rankings platform which sets aside categories to present the overall rankings of a designer and the awards they have won.

 

Here are a selection of winners from the 2017 competition:

 

Pepsi X SHFW SS 2017 Ltd Edition Can Graphics
Pepsi X SHFW SS 2017 Ltd Edition Can Graphics by PepsiCo

 

Loyly Public Sauna and Restaurant by Avanto Architects Ltd
Loyly Public Sauna and Restaurant by Avanto Architects Ltd.

 

Pa House House by Guilherme Torres

Pa House House by Guilherme Torres

 

Renard GT Motorcycle by Andres Uibomäe

Renard GT Motorcycle by Andres Uibomäe

 

Tactica One bottleopener by Michael Chijoff

Tactica One Bottle opener by Michael Chijoff

 

Urban locker by Wanna One

Lock and Be Free Urban locker by Wanna One

 

Submissions for the The 2018 A’Design Awards are now open and provide a unique chance to showcase your work and gain valuable insight from industry experts. To participate in the event, register your work here. Winners from the event will be announced in mid-April on Grain Edit. Good Luck!

 

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Run Studio Run

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Building and sustaining a design firm is a massive endeavor and until recently there has been a lack of material on the subject. In Run Studio Run, a new book published by Extracurricular Press, Eli Altman sheds light on the topic and shares valuable insights that help to shape his naming/branding agency A Hundred Monkeys. With stories and personal commentary, Eli digs into the nitty gritty of running a business and the challenges along the way. Joining him are a diverse cast of studio owners and freelancers including Aaron Draplin, Kate Bingaman-Burt and Brent Couchman that provide advice and tips throughout the book. Run Studio Run is still in fundraising mode, but should be released this coming Spring. To support production costs and secure a copy please visit the Kickstarter campaign. Prints, pins and notebooks designed by the team at Moniker are also available as special rewards for backers.

 

 

 

Run studio run book

Design by Moniker

Run studio run book

Featuring insights and tips from
Commercial Type, Draplin Design Co., Hey Studio, High Pressure Zone, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Manual, Moniker, Mikey Burton, OCD, Perky Bros., Stansion, Tung, Under Consideration, and The Weekend Press.

 

 

 

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Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio is an illustrator and designer who focuses on motion graphics and editorial projects. She often employs fluid lines and playful patterns to craft lighthearted drawings that capture the comforts found in everyday actives. In her collection “The Rest”, she illuminates the quiet moments that occur between the chaos that comes with modern life. The pieces feature a tranquil cast of characters such as a commuter riding the train and a gardener enjoying the aromas of his plants.

Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio

Elda Broglio

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Stéréo Buro

Stereo Buro

Stéréo Buro is a Parisian multidisciplinary studio founded by Diane Boivin, Christelle Ménage, and Silvia Dore. After working at prominent agencies throughout Europe, the trio joined forces to create a new studio and combine their unique and complementary skills. Today they craft compelling work for music festivals, workshops, and exhibitions throughout France. While designing promotional posters and brochures, they explore a wide variety of styles and often push the boundaries of unconventional type.

Stereo Buro

Stereo Buro

Stereo Buro

Stereo Buro

Stereo Buro

Stereo Buro

Stereo Buro

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Stefan Hürlemann

Stefan Hurlemann

Stefan Hürlemann uses personal side projects to help him pursue his love for type and experimentation. Since 2016, he has participated in the weekly challenge offered by blankposter.com, a site that encourages artists to design a poster based off of a randomly generated word. This exercise pushes him to use a variety of typefaces and explore different techniques and tools. These explorations have also inspired him to analyze unique themes and move his work in new directions.

Stefan Hurlemann

Stefan Hurlemann

Stefan Hurlemann

Stefan Hurlemann

Stefan Hurlemann

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Studio Mut

Studio Mut

Thomas Kronbichler and Martin Kerschbaumer are the creative minds behind Studio Mut. Working with clients in the art and culture industries, they craft vibrant posters for festivals and galleries. Employing simple forms and flawless type, they create great work that is bold and compelling.

Studio Mut

Studio Mut

Studio Mut

Studio Mut

Studio Mut

Studio Mut

Studio Mut

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The Department

The Department

The Department is a San Francisco-based design studio with a focus on the restaurant and hospitality industries. I’m particularly fond of their work for Burma Superstar. The bistro’s branding features elegant pattern work and a variety of perfectly paired typefaces. Playing a starring role is the brand’s mascot, a Buddha that wears a warm and welcoming smile. Some of these elements are also present in the identity system of the restaurant’s sister location, a great brunch spot called B Star. Instead of the Buddha, the establishment’s logo is a bold blue “B” that harks back to the signage of 1950s American breakfast diners. The charming graphics have won the hearts of hungry San Franciscans and have helped the eateries stand out for over a decade.

The Department

The Department

The Department

The Department

The Department

The Department

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Aart-Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

Aart-Jan Venema’s illustrations put a smile on my face. Brimming with loose brush strokes and bursting with color, his work is exuberant and refreshingly childlike. I’m especially fond of the piece above that he created for the Dutch Newspaper NRC. The drawing corresponds with an article that discusses captcha forms which are used to distinguish humans from bots. By creating a hilarious wonderland filled with dogs, ice cream cones, and bowling balls, he portrays the folly of picture captchas and how they can be difficult for users to complete.

Aart Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

Aart Jan Venema

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