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In 2013, for “Justified: AIGA Design Competition,” a distinguished jury chaired by Clement Mok selected 14 case studies that each serve as an effective tool to explain the role of designers in conceiving and implementing solutions.
The following are individual jurors’ comments on the selection “Case Study: TNSJ Visual Identity and Communications.” To view all 14 selected works, visit: aiga.org/justified-2013-selections/
Valerie Casey, founder and chief executive officer, Necessary Projects, San Francisco, CaliforniaRarely do we experience such exquisite creativity in both process and execution. Each member of our jury was intrigued, delighted and captivated by this work. The “backstage” concept was flawlessly and unselfconsciously executed, and the consistency across the system made both the individual components and the entire body of work feel worthy of recognition. Each piece expressed graphical excellence, an engaging narrative and a truly dynamic and visceral experience. Exceptional.
Jessica Hische, letterer and procrastiworker, Title Case, San Francisco, CaliforniaBeautiful work! I loved seeing a bit of the process and I think that you can really tell that both the theater and the designers are excited about this work. The resulting images are captivating, and I love how consistency has been kept across all materials without them ever being boring. The light projection pieces are just beautiful, especially when you see them from the side as the type flows over the surface. The graphics are moody, modern and engaging; they would definitely grab me from the street to investigate.
Brad Johnson, VP, executive creative director, Second Story (now part of SapientNitro), Portland, OregonI loved the strong conceptual foundation behind this beautiful, smart, theatrical work. Through inventive variations on a theme, this project establishes a personality for the theater company as well as their individual productions. Each poster and program cover offers a fresh behind-the-scenes glimpse into a world that was varied but also coherent.
Clement Mok, design and business consultant, The Design Office of Clement Mok, San Francisco, CaliforniaInspirational. A refreshing look at marketing and communications material for a theater and its program. Considering the historical and cultural heritage of this place, the design solution is progressive and a study in contrast. One gets the sense that the materials are dragging the institution kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Josh Rubin, founder and editor in chief, Cool Hunting, New York, New YorkThe embodiment of “head, heart, hand,” Joana Monteiro’s designs for the Teatro Nacional São João are clever, exciting and technically sophisticated.
Christopher Simmons, principal and creative director, MINE™, San Francisco, CaliforniaI was immediately struck by the visual confidence of these campaigns—in particular, the “behind the scenes” series. We’ve come to expect a certain “look” from the performing arts—too often, some expressive typography overlaid on a singular dramatic image of a performer or the venue. At first glance, these works seem to fit that paradigm. But look closer and the viewer is drawn past the curtain into the equally theatrical world of the production itself. And it’s a messy, magical place. An unexpected look at theater that heightens—but doesn’t expose—its mystery. A smart solution whose many details are thoughtfully considered and deftly executed.
AIGA’s “Justified” competition recognizes case studies that demonstrate the value of design in a clear, compelling and accessible way. The 2013 “Justified” competition honors 14 exemplary case studies that successfully demonstrate the value of design.
Section: Events and Competitions -
“Eclectic” and “diverse” are perhaps the best words to describe this year’s submissions to “Justified: AIGA Design Competition.” Examining clarity of concept, quality of execution and ability to engage and inspire, the jury selected 14 works from nearly 300 submissions.
Each year a discerning group of jurors meets to review entries for
“Justified: AIGA Design Competition,” identifying submissions that will serve as an effective
tool to explain the role of designers in conceiving and implementing
This pro bono effort sought to cut production costs as much as possible, ingeniously combining three distinct items—an MFA entry guide, a graduate catalog and a large-scale poster—into a single publication.
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editorial design, print design, Competition, graduate, pro bono
Students seem to be always stressed out. Tight deadlines, poor time management, balancing school and life, taking too much on. As an educator, I may be on the other side of the fence, but I can totally relate.
Section: Tools and Resources
Once a rusted, dilapidated eyesore, now one of the most highly praised green spaces in the world, the High Line is a public park built atop an abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan’s west side. Robert Hammond, executive director of Friends of the High Line, discusses how design helped raise $170 million dollars to save the historic structure from demolition.
Section: Why Design -
Conference , problem solving, sustainability, business
In 2010, VML provided art direction, copy and logo design for Kansas City-based charity Happy Bottoms.
Section: Why Design -
communication design, identity design, marketing, nonprofit, web design, Design for Good, pro bono, social responsibility
Le Musée grandit (The Museum is growing)
External Resources (cont.)
Seeds of the Cities
The Saint Johns Bible Website