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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: Wee Society Branding.” To view all 14 selected works, visit: aiga.org/justified-2013-selections/
Valerie Casey, founder and chief executive officer, Necessary Projects, San Francisco, CaliforniaWee Society sets the bar for a vital, desirable and engaging user experience for children and parents alike. The consistent excellence of the system across channels and through tone illustrates an attention to detail often missing in children’s products. Wee Society is full of imagination and delight. This is a winner, from the entrepreneurial spirit that drove the concept to its meticulous and business-savvy execution.
Jessica Hische, letterer and procrastiworker, Title Case, San Francisco, CaliforniaThis is a wonderful self-authored project. The branding and illustration are beautiful, and it’s great to see them used across so many applications. I’ll definitely frequent their site for all of my baby shower needs in the near future.
Brad Johnson, VP, executive creative director, Second Story (now part of SapientNitro), Portland, OregonThese entrepreneurial design minds invented a wonderful universe, then crafted magical portals into it through a website, apps, posters and products. Well done.
Clement Mok, design and business consultant, The Design Office of Clement Mok, San Francisco, CaliforniaInspirational. A well-thought-out plan on product development fuses with a nice balance of formal and informal design research and marketing strategies. The end results are products that are fun, engaging and—by the sound of it—successful.
Josh Rubin, founder and editor in chief, Cool Hunting, New York, New YorkI don’t have children, but if I did, I’d want them to be Wee Society kids in hopes that they’d learn attention to detail and develop a sense of design savvy during play.
Alina Wheeler, author, Designing Brand Identity, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAs our profession evolves in ways that we had never imagined or intended, I believe that we all need to champion design firms that embark on entrepreneurial ventures. This lifestyle brand has an imaginative, whimsical visual language that works seamlessly across platforms. All aspects of the brand experience have been carefully considered and beautifully designed. It is so refreshing to see good design in this consumer category, which historically has been uninspired. This sets the bar high.
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.
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“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.
In 2013, a discerning group of jurors chaired by Clement Mok met to review entries for “Justified: AIGA Design Competition,” identifying submissions that serve as an effective tool to explain the role of designers in conceiving and implementing solutions.
Striking a balance between accessible and sophisticated, this campaign for a Bay Area arts institution sought to attract area audiences that might be curious about art but intimidated by high culture. “Friendly hip, not hipster hip” was a guiding principle.
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advertising, communication design, environmental design, experience design, graphic design, marketing, nonprofit, print design, user research, Competition, mass communication, posters, print advertising, signage, culture, diversity
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
MSLK created Watershed, an eco-art installation, to raise awareness of the effects of continued consumption of disposable, single-use bottled water. To date, the installation has reached more than 1 million people in over 63 countries.
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information design, Design for Good, metrics of effectiveness, sustainability, Making the Case
A back-to-school campaign for Taubman shopping malls, Colle+McVoy’s Yearbook Yourself website and app scored top grades.
Section: Why Design -
user research, web design
Ceci New York
External Resources (cont.)
Break Bread Identity
Grey Group Signage and Environmental Graphics