Applied Arts Awards 2017: Call for Entries

Founded in 1986, Applied Arts is Canada’s leading magazine of visual communications. Marking the competition's 25th year, the 2017 Applied Arts Awards is now open for entry. There is a mind-boggling number of categories available spanning advertising, design, photography, illustration, community and student. Entries are judged by "highly regarded industry professionals and experts," rated on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use.

Winners have their work published in print in one of five awards annuals; a complimentary copy of the award annual their work appears in; their work published online in the Winners’ Gallery and Awards Archive; digital tear sheets of their work; a personalized, embossed awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer and Applied Arts founder Georges Haroutiun; and their work displayed at related Applied Arts events. Every Applied Arts Award winner is also eligible to win the Applied Arts Creative Excellence (AACE) Award, the “best in show,” which goes to the highest-scoring entrant in each awards discipline.

Below are some of the winning entries from tjhe 2016 Design competition, with the deadline for entry being January 13, 2017. More information, registration and a decade of winning entries is available on the Applied Arts site.

Title: Speech Bluddles - Camera | Category: Craft Illustration - Single | Client: CJFE | Agency: Juniper Park/TBWA
Around the world, journalists are being targeted for reporting the truth. Our objective was to shine a light on this issue with an impactful idea that brings the loss of life and the freedoms that die along side it together in an arresting visual.

Title: This Book is Political | Category: Annual Report - Single | Client: PEN Canada | Agency: Parcel Design
PEN Canada relies on its annual report to bring awareness to and raise funds for its programs that support persecuted writers and defend freedom of expression. “This Book is Political” reacts to the Canadian government’s move to audit charities deemed “political,” a definition made broad enough to put many charities under threat—including PEN. The typographical treatment of the messages within are inspired by political protest signs, which must draw attention and inspire action.

Title: King Koin Launderette Logo | Category: Logo/Wordmark/Brand Identity - Single | Agency: Rethink
King Koin Launderette goes the extra mile – offering home drop-off, folding and unmatched customer service. They needed an identity that reflected this.The solution was to transform the washing icon found on clothing tags into a king’s crown. It’s clean, fun and fit for the king of laundry.

Title: PR%F Identity | Category: Logo/Wordmark/Brand Identity - Series | Agency: WAX
We mixed the sentiment of alcohol's proof (or percentage) with vintage illustrations and a droll narrative to create a brand that celebrates the heritage of mixology while still feeling modern.

Title: Savio Volpe | Category: Logo Applications - Series | Agency: Glasfurd & Walker
Osteria Savio Volpe, which is loosely translated from Italian as “Tavern of the Clever Fox,” is a 75-seat restaurant styled after the classic osteria–rustic fare. The brand design brings the name-sake to life through illustrations with custom typography and graphic elements inspired by Italian Modernism. They depict narrative situations involving the “clever” fox and his eternal nemesis, and favourite food, the chicken.

Title: St. Laurent Gin | Category: Wine/Beer/Spirits - Single | Agency: Chad Michael Studio

Title: La Ferme Québec-Oies | Category: Complete Packaging Series - Complete | Agency: orangetango | Client: La Ferme Québec-Oies
Packaging designed for a family farm that specializes in raising geese and producing foie gras.The main challenge was to raise awareness of goose and avoid confusion with duck. Inspired by the colours of goose down from the farm-raised birds, we developed packaging with pure, natural imagery, relating to the bird’s French origins.

Title: That Doesn't Look Right | Category: Poster - Single | Agency: Holohan Design
Poster design for lecture by David Plunkert at Tyler School of Art. The idea came from an interview that I read while researching. When asked what made for a great poster, Plunkert said, "A big head and the color orange. If that head is wearing a hat and smoking a pipe, it can't miss."