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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: The Convertible You Always Wanted.” To view all 14 selected works, visit: aiga.org/justified-2013-selections/
Valerie Casey, founder and chief executive officer, Necessary Projects, San Francisco, CaliforniaNostalgic and fun, this campaign harkens back to a simpler, analog time. The jury was delighted by the concept and its execution.
Jessica Hische, letterer and procrastiworker, Title Case, San Francisco, CaliforniaI was probably the biggest fan of this campaign among the jurors. I just love The Convertible You Always Wanted, as I think it’s incredibly fun and whimsical! The illustrations are amazing, and it’s wonderful that Volkswagen commissioned such fun and energetic (and non-literal) drawings for a big campaign.
Brad Johnson, VP, executive creative director, Second Story (now part of SapientNitro), Portland, OregonThis project transported me back to eighth grade, rekindling nostalgia for doodling in the margins and the reprieve from boredom it delivered. No white space. Fill every void with whatever stream-of-conscious imagery each shape inspires. At the end of a disengaged class, you had a picture of your mental life that inevitably included some aspirational thing you coveted and dreamt about. Thanks for the memories!
Clement Mok, design and business consultant, The Design Office of Clement Mok, San Francisco, CaliforniaInspirational. Yes, it’s an online car brochure. Clever use of technology to connect with the psyche of the target customer.
Josh Rubin, founder and editor in chief, Cool Hunting, New York, New YorkDDB Sydney created an ad campaign that skipped straight to the youthful heart of its audience, combining fun illustrations, simple interactivity and direct product promotion in a manner that—at least momentarily—doesn’t feel like an ad.
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
Michael Conforti, PhD, asserts that every image is an
inherent expression of its cultural connotations. As a result, the most
natural and coherent presentation of a brand resonates with an audience
because it is in tune with this historical knowledge. Dave Kuehler talks about the
real-world application of Conforti’s ideas.
Section: Why Design -
Conference , culture, business
In the information era, many factors have contributed to the overwhelming presence of chartjunks, but you don’t have to be one of those. Whether you choose a graph or a table, it doesn't matter—as long as you make clarity your goal.
Section: Tools and Resources
This toolkit—a downloadable booklet of activities that enables
groups of people throughout the world to collaborate on making
changes in their communities—encourages participants to develop problem-solving skills
while drawing on their unique strengths and perspectives.
Section: Why Design -
design thinking, interaction design, nonprofit, Design for Good, cross-cultural design, culture, diversity, international, multiculturalism, problem solving, social responsibility, strategy, sustainability
A community-sourced exhibition at the El Paso Museum of History
empowers community members to tell the story of their neighborhoods, in their
own words and with their own images and objects.
Section: Inspiration -
exhibition design, experience design, user experience, Competition, Design for Good, culture, diversity, education, social issues
AIGA Design Legends Gala Program
External Resources (cont.)
Cascades 2008 Report on Sustainable Development
John Lennon: The New York City Years
Ralph Appelbaum Associates Inc