60th Annual ADAI Design Exhibition

April 27 2018

1957 was definitely a year of firsts. The first satellite was launched into orbit, the first dog was sent to outer space, and the Art Directors Association of Iowa was formed to unite professional and talented artists across the state. Fast-forward six decades, and ADAI is pleased to announce the “lift off” of the 60th ADAI Design Exhibition: Design Discovered.

Our selected judges will be tasked with curating a design exhibition of celestial heights. Accolades will be awarded to the most superior Iowa-based design work of the year. Please join us when we unveil the best of the best to the public at this year’s 60th Annual Design Exhibition on April 27, 2018.


 2017 Student & Professional Winners

59th Annual ADAI Design Exhibition



 Purchase 2017 Awards Book // $5

59th Annual ADAI Design Exhibition








01 Advertising Design
Printed single piece

02 Advertising Design Campaign1
Print and/or online design campaign (multiple applications)

03 Announcements + Invitations
Published announcement or invitation

04 Book Design
Complete bound book unit

05 Collateral
Brochure, booklet, folder or catalog

06 Company Literature
Annual report, internal and corporate pieces, newsletters

07 Editorial Design
Print or e-magazine

08 Environmental Graphics
Billboard, interior/exterior building signage, exhibits or vehicle graphics, trade show booth

09 Identity Mark
Symbol, logotype and/or trademark

10 Identity System
Application of a logo used in business cards, letterhead, envelope, etc.

11 Illustration
Hand lettering, pictograms or digital illustration (for graphic design application)

12 Mobile Apps1
Mobile apps for phone and tablet

13 Social Media Campaign 
Graphics created for any social media platform

14 Video Spot1
Any length video spot used for advertising

15 Photography
Photography for advertising, editorial or institutional use

16 Poster Design  
Single or series

17 Sales Promotion
Package design, point-of-purchase or direct mail

18 Self-Promotion
Self promotional materials

19 Website Design1
Sites must currently be online

20 Miscellaneous
Published work that doesn’t fit into one of the categories

21 Unpublished2
Unpublished work created with a graphic application in mind

1 For all online categories, please type the URL in the upper left hand corner of the image. Please upload videos online and submit the URL in the upper left hand corner of the your submission page showing screenshots.
2 Professional submissions only. Unpublished work is not eligible for the Best of Show Award.








All work entered must have been created after May 1, 2017. Credits and awards will be compiled from information submitted exactly as listed on the online entry form. Information must be complete and accurate. ADAI is not responsible for incorrect information. All submissions must be paid through Paypal per entry.

Title each JPEG entry exactly as follows:

For example: 16_NASA_IowaPoster.jpg

Entries named incorrectly will not be eligible. Please submit ONE JPEG file per project entry. You may include an overall and detail shot in your image file if you wish. Your submissions will be used to create a slideshow presentation for judging and each entry will get only one slide. Winners will be notified via email prior to the show. Non-winners will not be notified.

Suggestions for successful entries:

Multiple pages/items: Combine into one organized layout. For books, editorial layouts, and collateral, you may want to include a closeup of typographic detail. It is not necessary to include every page or spread. For visual reference, please view our previous year’s 2016 exhibition winners.


Image width  //  2100 pixels  //  14”

Image height  //  1575 pixels  //  10.5”

Resolution  //  150 pixels per inch

Color  //  RGB

Max file size  //  10 MB

File format  //  Uncompressed JPEG


Awards of Excellence will be given to every entry accepted into the exhibition. One entry per category may be recognized with the Best of Category Award. One Best of Show Award will be given to one entry selected from the Best of Category Award winners. The Best of Show Award will only be awarded to published work. ADAI provides one award to each “Best of” selection. Duplicate awards may be available for an additional fee. 











Creative Director and Partner at Agent
Lincoln, NE


At the tender age of nine, John designed his first billboard for McDonald's in his parents' basement after visiting a local outdoor company on a school field trip. At the time, he didn't know it would lead to anything resembling a career. Since then, he has put his mark on major brands like AMC Theatres, Disney, Beechcraft and Bass Pro Shops. John’s multidisciplinary expertise spans graphic design and art direction, experiential branding, brand naming and positioning, earning multiple honors along the way from Communication Arts, Graphis, the Type Directors Club and the National Addys.

He was even featured in Print Mag!




Creative Director at Braley Design
Lexington, KY


Michael Braley, Creative Director of Braley Design has over 20 years of experience in identity, brand, print, visual systems, book and packaging design. His work has been recognized internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, The Denver Art Museum and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. Clients have included Aéropostale, Alliance for American Manufacturing, AIGA, Cornell University, Effen Vodka, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Future Partners, Pando Populus, The People's Music School, and Skadden.

His work has appeared in publications and exhibitions including: British Design and Art Direction, Cannes Design Lions, The Clio Awards, Moscow Global Biennale of Graphic Design, I.D., Graphis, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, London International Awards, The Art Directors Club of New York, The One Show, The AR100 Show, AIGA, HOW and Print.

In 2016, Braley received the Iowa State University, College of Design, Design Achievement Award recognizing outstanding creative and professional achievements of alumni. Prior to moving to Lexington, Braley worked in San Francisco and New York. Braley lectures and leads design workshops at universities and professional organizations around the nation.



Principal at Swink
Madison, WI


Shanan Galligan is the founding Partner at Swink, a strategic branding and design firm in Madison, Wisconsin.

Swink was established in 2004 as a boutique alternative to big box agencies, and has delivered top-tier results for national clients like MasterCraft Boat Company, Wilson Sporting Goods, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, and CUNA Mutual, as well as local giants like the Majestic Theater, Murfie.com, and more. Swink’s work has been recognized in Communication Arts, HOW, Print, Fingerprint 2, Studio on Fire: Iron Beasts Make Great Beauty, the IDSA IDEA Awards, Grain Edit, and Core77.

Shanan is from a family of artists, who all warned him to pursue anything but art. He studied English, started bands, and even did a (painful) stint as a technical writer. But ultimately, he came back to the joy of turning abstract ideas into something that moves and that you can touch. He has spent the past two decades working both in-house and in-agency, giving him a rare perspective on what it takes to guide a good idea out from the sketchbook, through the boardroom, and into the world.





Principal Partner at Red Dot
West Des Moines, IA


Jason began his design career in 1995 at Kragie Newell Advertising. After nine years, he rose to the role of Senior Art Director, focusing on new business development and leading major branding projects. He then joined ZLRIGNITION as an Associate Creative Director in 2004. And in June 2007 he was offered the opportunity to become a principal partner in Red Dot Advertising + Design with owner Todd Schatzberg. For the past 10 years he has lead brand and creative development with thoughtful and engaging design for a myriad of clients.




Creative Director, Two Rivers Marketing
Des Moines, IA


Jeff has been a creative in this market for over 20 years. His career has included healthy stints at a handful of jobs, including The Des Moines Register, The Integer Group and currently Two Rivers Marketing where he oversees a team working on Danfoss Power Solutions, Volvo Construction and Principal, among others. Jeff lives in Des Moines with his wife and three kids. His favorite PMS color is PANTONE Black.




Senior Designer at Juicebox Interactive
Des Moines, IA


Jaclyn Nail is the Senior Designer at Juicebox Interactive. Since graduating from Iowa State's College of Design, she has been the creative force in countless website designs. In addition to interactive work, she has been involved in numerous branding, environmental, and print projects. When she's not glued to a computer screen, you can find her biking, playing the ukulele, and spending time with her husband and two overweight cats.







 Open Studios

Visit local artists in their studios


 Cocktail Hour

Heavy Appetizers


Design Exhibition

Awards Ceremony




PROFESSIONALS AND GUESTS  //  $45 per person

STUDENTS AND GUESTS //  $20 per person

RSVP by April 13, 2018