In 1958 ADAI hosted it’s first act, an award exhibition celebrating the best designers across Iowa. From humble beginnings, we endeavored to lift up our peers, showcasing and awarding top performers. 

This year marks the 60th anniversary of our annual exhibition. Six decades of high fashion, Midwestern elites back-patting each other in a veritable who’s-who of art professionals. This year, we celebrate the community that we truly are… superstars.


 2018 Student & Professional Winners

60th Annual ADAI Design Exhibition




01 Advertising Design1
Print and/or online design campaign (multiple applications)

02 Announcements + Invitations
Published announcement or invitation

03 Book Design
Complete bound book unit

04 Collateral
Brochure, booklet, folder or catalog. Annual report, internal and corporate pieces, newsletters.

05 Editorial Design
Print or e-magazine, single or multiple spreads

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

07 Identity Mark
Symbol, logotype and/or trademark

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

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

10 Video Spot1
Any length video spot used for advertising

11 Photography
Photography for advertising, editorial or institutional use

12 Poster Design 
Single or series

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

14 Self-Promotion
Self promotional materials

15 Online/Interactive1
Website design (sites must currently be online), mobile app, VR or AR

16 Social Media Campaign
Single or multi-piece campaign used on any social media platform

17 Animation
Animated video, spot, ad, etc.

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

19 Unpublished2
Unpublished work created with a graphic application in mind

1 For online and video categories, please type the URL into the submission form per entry. A jpg file with thumbnails is required with each entry. Websites & videos must currently be online. If password is required to view, add in the notes area when submitting. 

2 Professional submissions only. Unpublished work is not eligible for the Best of Show Award.



All work entered must have been created after March 1, 2018. 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 the website.

Title each JPEG entry exactly as follows:

For example: 16_DriveIn_MoviePoster.jpg

For example: 16_BondJames_MoviePoster.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 at Moniker
San Francisco, CA
A midwest native, Nate packed his things and moved to the Bay Area after graduating from Iowa State University in 2009. He began his career working and learning from the talented team at Hatch Design. Shortly afterwards he joined Office where he created award-winning work for clients such as Whole Foods, Evernote, Google, and 826 Valencia. During his time at Office, the studio was awarded the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Through his experiences at Hatch and Office he honed his craft and developed a knack for bold, illustrative work rooted in strategic thinking and what it can do to make a positive impact.
Nate’s curiosity and wanderlust motivated him to travel and work independently. His travel in Asia continues to inspire the work that he does at Moniker, which he helps run with his longtime friends Brent and Lindsey Couchman. Moniker takes a personal approach to branding and design, creating timeless work for a diverse range of local and international clients including Coca-Cola, Dropbox, Designer Fund and the San Francisco Symphony.
Nate has contributed to numerous design publications including including Icon Magazine’s Rethink. His work has been recognized by AIGA, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, HOW, Tokyo Type Director’s Club and The One Show.


Principal at Design Ranch
Kansas City, MO
Ingred Sidie studied graphic design at OTIS in Los Angeles where she received her BFA with Honors in 1989. She has worked at Willoughby Design in Kansas City as a creative director on fashion and retail identity projects for clients such as Lee Jeans, Peruvian Connection, Helzberg Diamonds and Sprint. At LPK in Cincinnati, Ingred worked as an art director, leading large-scale retail branding and packaging projects for clients, including Max Factor, P&G and Revlon. In May 1998, she established her own studio, Design Ranch, with partner Michelle Sonderegger.  
Ingred’s creative direction has been notable for strategic thinking, conceptual content and unexpected solutions. Her work encompasses brand identities, print, environmental design, signage systems, motion and websites, created in collaborations with Fortune 500 companies, universities, museums, and retail and fashion brands.
Her work has influenced clients such as Intuit, Target, Kohl’s, Dell, Lee Jeans, Buckle, Hallmark, National Museum of Toys & Miniatures, Truman Library Institute, Women’s Foundation, Helix, Maker Media and H&R Block.
Ingred’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, and the Art Directors Club, among others. She has earned a variety of awards and appeared in a number of publications, including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, The New York Times, HOW, Oprah Magazine, Novum and Nylon. Ingred has served on the Board of Directors for the AIGA and JCCC.


Designer/Illustrator at Whiskey Design
Kansas City, MO
Half Texan, half Hawaiian, Micah is a nomadic designer/illustrator who hates working retail. He jump-started his career working on branding large ad campaigns for accounts such as The Kansas City Chiefs, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Sonic Drive-In and AMC Theatres. Now being a key player at Whiskey Design, Micah hones in on bringing those larger concepts into intimate branding and packaging experiences, which has been awarded and recognized by various publications for the AIGA, AAF, HOW magazine, CA and PRINT.
Graduating with a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute, Micah has been a constant activator in the local creative community. Between serving on the board for the AIGA, annually creating events and works for the local First Fridays art scene, Micah has found time to establish his own side company, No Coast Creature, where he lets his illustration freak-flag fly for his beloved monsters, dinosaurs and creatures of myth.
When he was five, Micah informed his mother that when he becomes a grown-up, he was going to be a dinosaur artist. She told him “you can’t be both.” So here he is, still ignoring his mom, still drawing dinosaurs, robots and monsters in-between this design gig, which really seems to suit him.




Owner & Creative Director at Measure
Ames, IA

Chad has spent his 20+ year career providing clients with strategy focused design solutions. His studio, Measure, works with clients across the nation to build brands and communication tools that elevate perceptions. Chad is passionate about the value of design to business and culture and works diligently to promote that value through the work of Measure and his outreach to local Universities. The work of Chad and Measure has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print, UnderConsideration, HOW, Emigre and the Tokyo Art Directors Club among others.


Paper Specifications Representative at Field Paper Company
Ankeny, IA
 Megan Rold is the ultimate paper nerd and has spent the last 20 years marketing, educating, and inspiring creatives about how to choose the right paper for their print projects. Previously a graphic designer, she is an advocate for great design on great papers and is a cheerleader for the power of print and paper. Sometimes referred to as Santa Clause, because she always brings a bag full of new ideas, samples and knowledge to graphic designers, she is considered a go-to resource and problem solver. Megan is also known to annoy her family and friends at restaurants by trying to identify the paper the menu is printed on.


Designer at 818 - a tiny design empire
Des Moines, IA

With a work smarter, not harder approach to creative problem solving, Megan can take any idea and bring it to life in a no-nonsense manner. She has more than a decade of experience helping a wide variety of clients create, elevate, and maintain their brand integrity through whatever medium they can dream up and she certainly isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Megan likes spending her free time planning her future travel adventures and obsessing over Chicago sports but mostly she’s a Netflix junkie who lives for burritos, craft beer, coffee, and having strong opinions on what can and cannot be considered a grilled cheese sandwich.





 Open Studios

Grab a drink and visit local artists in their studios


 Cocktail Hour

Heavy Appetizers & Drinks


Design Exhibition

Awards Ceremony


PROFESSIONALS AND GUESTS  //  $45 per person (includes drink pass)

STUDENTS AND GUESTS  //  $20 per person

RSVP by April 13, 2018