Our 59th Annual Awards Now Open

GDUSA’s 2022 American Graphic Design Awards™

The American Graphic Design Awards™ is our flagship contest open to every­one in the community: design firms, ad agencies, inhouse departments, institutions, associations, freelancers, students and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds — the best designs of 2021 and 2022 — in print, packaging, p-o-p, internet, interactive, video and more. Winners receive an engraved and embossed Certificate of Excellence and are eligible for reproduction in the 59th Anniversary GDUSA Awards Annual in print, online, digital and mobile – seen by over 100,000 colleagues and clients each year.

 

Sponsored by BILLERUD NORTH AMERICA

Billerud North America, sponsor of our 59th annual awards program, is a leading American operated producer of graphic, specialty and packaging papers for designers and printers. The result of a merger between Verso and Billerud, company officials state: “Our name means quality and commitment, sustainability and integrity. We offer a variety of products, each made with pride in the USA and designed to build brands and business results for our customers.” They add: “But we are more than industry-leading products. We are people united by a passion to be the best in the business. We care about quality. We care about our customers. We care about each other.” To learn more, please contact your Billerud North America sales professional or visit billerud.com

 

With A ‘DESIGNING FOR GOOD’ Category Sponsored by ROBERT HALF

In this moment of challenge and change, creative professionals are embracing the concept of “Designing For Good.” This year we feature a special entry category for graphic communications that advance positive social and environmental action and social justice impact; promote diversity, equity and inclusion; and aim to make communities and the world a better place for people and nature. Robert Half is pleased to sponsor this category and waive submission fees for all such entries. It is especially appropriate that Robert Half sponsors this initiative. As the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions firm, Robert Half fosters a corporate culture where all people can connect, grow and thrive, and is deeply committed to advancing inclusion and diversity in the workplace and the community. Learn more at roberthalf.com

 

HOW TO ENTER | DEADLINE FRIDAY OCTOBER 14

There are two ways to enter, choose only one method of entry. Entries may be submitted by anyone involved in the creation or production or planning or placement of the work. Work entered must be created or produced or placed in calendar years 2021 or 2022.

OPTION 1 | ENTER ONLINE

DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM HERE

Fill out one entry form for each entry you are submitting. Create a folder with all completed entry forms and up to 4 digital images per entry. Please zip the file and name it with your company name. Upload the zipped file, the upload link can be found at the bottom of this page. It is not necessary to mail in  hard copy if you enter online.

For entries in the categories of Internet Design or Motion Graphics, please supply images or screen captures in addition to a URL or .mov or .mpeg file.

For payment purposes, there are 3 options: You can (1) pay ONLINE via Credit Card or Paypal, the payment link can be found below at the bottom of this page OR (2) enter your Credit Card or other payment information on ONE of the entry forms only and no digital signature is needed OR (3) send a check via traditional mail or delivery service.

OPTION 2 | MAIL IN YOUR ENTRY

If you are entering online, ignore this step. If you choose not to enter online, you can send the actual printed piece by mail or delivery service. Fill in two entry forms for each submission you are mailing in. Attach one copy of the entry form to the actual piece itself and include the other copy with your payment information or check. We cannot return entry materials so do not send original artwork. Additionally, please provide one or two high-res digital files for each entry submitted on a flash drive or CD. Multiple entries from one company can all be submitted on the same flash drive or CD.

Again, for payment purposes, there are 3 options: You can (1) pay ONLINE via CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL, the payment link can be found below at the bottom of this page OR (2) enter your Credit Card or other information on ONE of the entry forms only and NO digital signature is needed OR (3) send a check made out to ‘Graphic Design USA’ via traditional mail or delivery service.

PREFERRED FILE FORMATS

300 dpi Adobe Photoshop jpegs or tiff files are preferred BUT we will also accept PDFs. Images should be at least 5 inches wide and/or 5 inches high and CMYK. Adobe Illustrator files are acceptable with outlines created around the type. We do not accept Quark or InDesign files; please convert these file types to Photoshop jpegs or tiffs.

CATEGORIES FOR ENTRY

1. Annual + Corporate Reports
2. Announcements + Invitations
3. Advertising + Ad Campaigns
4.  Books
5.  Branding + Identity Programs
6.  Brochures + Collateral
7.  Calendars
8.  Direct Mail + Direct Response
9. Infographics
10. Integrated Marketing Campaigns
11. Letterheads + Business Cards
12. Logos + Symbols
13. Motion (TV, Film + Video)
14. Online Design (Websites, Social, Apps, Banners, Email, etc.)
15. Packaging
16. P-O-P + Displays + Exhibits
17. Posters
18. Presentations
19. Publications + Newsletters
20. Sales Promotion + Kits
21. Self-Promotion
22. Signs + Environmental Graphics
23. Student Work
24. Special Category: DESIGNING FOR GOOD

ENTRY FEES

$80   1 Entry
$150 2 Entries
$190 3 Entries
$230 4 Entries
$250 5 Entries
$280 6-9 Entries
$300 10+ Entries

Multiple pieces that are part of a series or campaign or program may be submitted as one entry.

Entries in the ‘Designing For Good’ category are free courtesy of Robert Half.


RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS

Winning entrants grant Graphic Design USA, Billerud NA, and Robert Half the right to reproduce the winning pieces in the GDUSA Design Awards Annual, and any and all materials and media produced to exhibit winners or for promotional purposes.


MAILING ADDRESS & QUESTIONS

Awards DepartmentGraphic Design USA
Graphic Design USA | GDUSA
89 Fifth Avenue | Ste. 901
New York NY 10003

It is not necessary to mail in your entries if you submit them online.

Any questions… Email:  awards@gdusa.com


UPLOAD YOUR ENTRIES HERE

This link connects you to our Hightail system which easily allows you to send digital files and forms – including extra large files – to us.


PAY FOR YOUR ENTRIES HERE

You can pay online by CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL using the menu below. Please select the correct number of entries for payment on the menu. PAST winners should use the 2nd menu to receive an automatic 20% discount.


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