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American Graphic Design Awards

DEADLINE: AUGUST 3, 2012

The editors of Graphic Design USA invite you to join the thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by this national design competition for nearly five decades. The competition is open to every one in the community: advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporate, institutional and publishing inhouse departments, and more. It honors outstanding new work of all kinds: print, packaging, point-of-purchase, internet, interactive and motion graphics. Winners will receive an embossed certificate of excellence for each piece selected and become eligible for reproduction in the Graphic Design USA Awards Annual in print, on the web, and on our new iPad app – seen by over 100,000 colleagues and clients each year.

ENTRY GUIDELINES

who is eligible?

Entries may be submitted by any company or individual involved in the creation or production of the work.

what is eligible?

Entries must have been created between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

how to enter

OPTION 1
ENTER ONLINE
Download an entry form at right. Fill out one entry form for each entry your are submitting. Create a folder which includes all completed entry forms and one digital image per entry. Please zip the file and name it with your company name. Upload the zipped file on our site.

OPTION 2
MAIL IN YOUR ENTRY
Please send the actual printed piece, unmounted but well protected. we cannot return entry materials. Do not send original artwork or any work in low supply.

entry form preparation

Fill in two entry forms for each of your submissions. Attach one copy of the entry form to the back of the actual piece and include the other copy with your payment. If you are submitting the same piece in more than one category, please include a separate entry form for each category. Please fill out each entry form as clearly as possible.

digital file preparation

All entries should be accompanied by a high resolution digital file. please provide one image to represent each submission. it is not necessary to provide digital files of entire publications. A cover and a spread are sufficient. Multiple entries from one company can all be submitted on the same CD.

ACCEPTABLE DIGITAL FILE FORMATS:
300 dpi photoshop TIFF or JPEG, approximately 5" wide x 5" high
Adobe Illustrator file with outlines created around the type
High Resolution PDF

WE DO NOT ACCEPT QUARK OR INDESIGN FILES. PLEASE CONVERT THESE FILE TYPES TO PHOTOSHOP JPEGS OR TIFFS.

For entries in the categories of Broadcast and Multimedia design and Internet Design, please supply a screen capture (10 maximum) on a CD and a high-quality laser printout of the entry. For entries in the category of Logos, Trademarks and Symbols, please supply a high-resolution digital file of the entry on a CD and a high quality laser printout. Oversized entries, larger than 11" x 14" or three-dimensional entries, should be submitted as a high resolution digital file on a CD accompanied by a high quality laser printout.

RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS
Winning entrants grant Graphic Design USA the right to reproduce the winning pieces in the GDUSA Awards Annual. Select winning entries may also appear on gdusa.com and in any and all materials and media produced for promotional purposes.

ENTER ONLINE

3 Easy Steps

  1. download an entry form >
  2. place the completed
    form and your photos
    in a zipped folder
  3. upload your files here >
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CATEGORIES

1.   Annual Reports
2.  Announcements, Invitations, Cards
3.  Advertising
4.  Books
5.  Broadcast and Multimedia Design
6.  Brochures and Collateral
7.  Calendars
8.   Catalogs
9.  Corporate Branding Programs
10.  Direct Mail and Direct Response
11.   Environmental Graphics
12.   Internet design
13.   Letterhead and Stationery
14.  Logos, Trademarks and Symbols
15.  Newsletters and eNewsletters
16.   Packaging
17.  P-O-P, Displays, Signs and Exhibits
18.  Posters
19.  Publication Design
20.  Public Servies and Pro Bono Projects
21.  Sales Promotion
22.  Self Promotion
23.  Students

ENTRY FEES

1 Entry $60
2 Entries $90
3 Entries $120
4-6 Entries $150
7-10 Entries $180
11-15 Entries $200
16-20 Entries $225
20+ Entries $250

Multiple entries considered to be part of a series or campaign may be counted as one entry. You may include up to 5 pieces in a series. Please place the entire series in a single envelope and attach the entry form to the envelope.

MAIL ENTRIES TO:
Graphic Design USA
89 Fifth Avenue, Suite 901
New York, NY 10003
Attention: Awards Department

QUESTIONS
tel: 212.696.4380
fax: 212.696.4564
email: awards@gdusa.com

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