GLGA News: GLGA Recognizes Outstanding Craftsmanship at the 19th Annual Graphics Excellence Award Celebrations
Best of Show, the competition’s highest honor, was awarded to HM Graphics of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their Product Catalog (4 or more colors) entitled Kohler Trends II. One judge said, “Design and printing collided and created this spectacular Best in Show. It is truly a celebration of layers of color.”
First Runner-Up was awarded to The Fox Company of West Allis, Wisconsin, for At the Threshold-The Campaign for Asheville School in the Booklets (4 or more colors) category. From the Brochures and Broadsides category, the Whirlpool Corporation GEBL Brochure won Second Runner-Up accolades for Mossberg and Company of South Bend, Indiana.
Best of Illinois went to Cardinal Color Group, Itasca, Illinois with a Brochure entitled W-Love Wins; Best of Indiana featured the OneAmerica Leaders’ Conference Brochure by Miles Printing of Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Programs (4 or more colors) category; and HM Graphics took Best of Wisconsin honors with their John Deere Customer Appreciation Brochure and Envelope in the Diecuts, Pop-ups, Unique Folds and Involvement Devices category.
A new award, Best of Packaging, was presented to HM Graphics for their Zurn Sundara Handwashing System piece in the Cartons and Containers category.
Also new this year, the People’s Choice honors were awarded in each location. Each winner was selected by a vote of the attendees at their respective Celebrations. The Milwaukee attendees selected Philipp Lithography, Grafton, Wisconsin, for their three-foot-tall Kellogg’s Froot Loops Box in the Large Format Printing category. The Addison attendees chose McGrath Printing l Custom Apparel, Crystal Lake, Illinois, for their Follow the Action Outdoors Premium Gift Set in the Special Innovation Awards – Printing category.
The GEA competition was judged over two days in March by a panel of outside graphics experts, who brought almost 100 years of collective print, finishing and converting experience to their evaluation of the contenders. There was a wide range of excellent entries from booklets, reports and calendars; to boxes, labels and tags; and wide format and sculptural 3D pieces such as a 70-percent life-size replica DeLorean automobile and a working robot slot machine.
Joseph Lyman, president of GLGA, is extremely proud of the quality of work submitted in the 2018 GEA competition and the results it produced. “As one of the largest regional graphic competitions in North America with more than 700 submissions representing 71 companies, the GEAs are one of most recognized programs GLGA manages throughout the year,” Lyman said. “We are extremely proud to represent such outstanding print organizations.”