Once a year, students and professionals submit their hard work to be reviewed and hand selected by judges from around the nation. Work worthy of Graphex will be honored at a one night exhibit and award ceremony. Winning professional work and student portfolios are put on display for all to appreciate. All winning work is announced during the ceremony and in a printed winners book. Entries due by March 31, 2020!

Professional

  • Campaign Entry
    $40 Members

    $60 Non-Members

  • Single Entry
    $30 Members

    $40 Non-Members

Single Entry vs Campaign

Some entries may be a part of a series or campaign. For example, a single entry for identity could be a logo and/or stationary. A campaign entry may be a full branding piece that goes beyond logo and stationery.

Judging Process

Judges review work and score based on Concept, Creativity, and Execution. Each category may have multiple winners. Some may have one or none. If judges feel a piece is worthy of another category, they may award the entry in another category.Awards are given solely at the discretion of the judges whose decisions are final. Winners will receive notice when accepted into Graphex. Acceptance letters will contain details on works needed for display at the Graphex awards ceremony.

Entry Process

Select the category that corresponds to each entry. No more than five images per entry. Images should be uploaded using this protocol:

  • Size: 1920 x 1080px
  • Resolution: 300ppi (this allows for use in the winners’ book)
  • Format: JPG, PNG, or TIF
  • File Size: Less than 50 MB
  • Files should be saved using the protocol (example):
    Category-LastNameFirstName-01.jpg
    Photography-AdamsJohn-01.jpg
    Photography-AdamsJohn-02.jpg

For digital work such as video, interface, or web submit a link to Vimeo, YouTube, or website. Including a high-resolution screenshot(s) in JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format.

Entry Categories

  • Print
  • Identity
  • Interactive
  • Motion/Video
  • Environmental
  • Packaging/Products
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Self-Promotion
  • In-House

Eligibility

All Graphex entries must have been published for the first time between April 2019 and March 2020. Entries may be submitted by anyone having part in the creation of the entry.

Student

  • Portfolio Entry
    $15 Per student

    Up to 10 pieces

  • Single Entry
    $5 Member

    $10 Non-Members

Judging Process

Judges review work and score based on Concept, Creativity, and Execution. Each category may have multiple winners. Some may have one or none. If judges feel a piece is worthy of another category, they may award the entry in another category. Awards are given solely at the discretion of the judges whose decisions are final. Winners will receive notice when accepted into Graphex.

Entry Process

Select the category that corresponds to each entry.

Single Entry – No more than five images per entry.

Portfolio – Up to 10 pieces.

Images should be uploaded using this protocol:

  • Size: 1920 x 1080px
  • Resolution: 300ppi (this allows for use in the winners’ book)
  • Format: JPG, PNG, or TIF
  • File Size: Less than 50 MB
  • Files should be saved using the protocol (example):
    Category-LastNameFirstName-01.jpg
    Photography-AdamsJohn-01.jpg
    Photography-AdamsJohn-02.jpg

For digital work such as video, interface, or web submit a link to Vimeo, YouTube, or website. Including a high-resolution screenshot(s) in JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format.

Entry Categories

  • Print
  • Identity
  • Interactive
  • Motion/Video
  • Environmental
  • Packaging/Products
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Self-Promotion

Eligibility

All Graphex entries must have been published for the first time between April 2019 and March 2020. Entries may be submitted by anyone having part in the creation of the entry.

Judges

Mitch Goldstein is a designer, artist, and educator based in Rochester, NY.

He is an Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the School of Design. Over the past decade, he has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and other institutions. He received his MFA in Design/Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, and his BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He works in collaboration with his wife Anne Jordan on select client projects.

Andrew Hochradel is a brand identity designer and Adobe mentor that uses his unique perspective to create visual systems that are sustainable, innovative, and engaging. With 7 years of teaching experience and a theatre background, he is always ready to educate and entertain with his unique brand of infotainment.

Connect with Andrew:

Instagram: @HochDotCo

Twitter: @Andrewhochradel

Cheryl Mendenhall is an art director and graphic designer with over 25 years of professional experience and a passion for creative problem solving and communicating ideas. After receiving her M.F.A. from University of Tennessee, Mendenhall worked as an art director at a large media company before starting her own design studio. She has worked with a variety of clients including Philips, GranitiFiandre, DENSO Manufacturing, Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee Valley Authority, Thomas Nelson Publishing and United Way. She continues to work with clients in the Dallas area. During her time in Tennessee, she also taught a variety of design courses at University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College, both in Knoxville.

Fidel Peña is Creative Director and Partner at Underline Studio. Underline Studio is a multi-disciplinary graphic design agency based in Toronto, Canada. Their services include art direction and design of visual identities, publications, advertising and marketing materials, books, packaging, and interactive and motion graphics.

Laura Scott founded Studio Scott in 2009 to bring award-winning design and communications experience to a wide range of design disciplines: identity, branding systems, print, packaging, and environmental graphics.

Prior to opening Studio Scott, Laura was an associate in the San Francisco office of Pentagram Design for 10 years. She has taught through Studio 5, the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ (AIGA) education outreach program for inner city fifth graders, has been a guest instructor at the Academy of Art University, and was education chair on AIGA San Francisco’s board of directors from 2013–2015. Laura received her BA in English and Art History from Colby College and her MFA in Graphic Design with valedictorian distinction from the Academy of Art University.

James Taylor is a Creative Director with 14 years of experience, from small boutiques to large creative agencies. He has worked with a diverse range of prestigious international clients, across many disciplines of brand creation including visual identity, design systems, guidelines, art direction, print, digital, motion, campaigns and environmental.

Currently, he is Creative Director at Jones Knowles Ritchie where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of creative, working with global clients such as Dunkin’, Stella Artois, Jack Daniels, Baskin Robbins, E.J Gallo, The School of Visual Arts, and Unicef, as well as mentoring and building the creative talent within the business.

Lewis Williams began his career as an Art Director at Burrell fifteen years ago before his tenure at Leo Burnett/Chicago where he became a Senior Vice President/Creative Director. During his career, he has worked on such brands as The U.S. Army, McDonald’s, P&G, Allstate, Budweiser, Miller Lite and Walt Disney World.

Classically trained in graphic design and art direction, Lewis is extremely versatile in all aspects of the creative process. His general market experience along with extensive African-American consumer expertise gives him a unique and valuable perspective in the marketplace.

Members get perks. 

Entry to all keynote speaker events, guest passes, and discounted entries to Graphex and Kern and Burn.