THE 60TH ANNUAL ADAI DESIGN EXHIBITION
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.
PLEASE SEE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES BELOW
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
Brochure, booklet, folder or catalog. Annual report, internal and corporate pieces, newsletters.
05 Editorial Design
Print or e-magazine
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.
Hand lettering, pictograms or digital illustration (for graphic design application)
10 Video Spot1
Any length video spot used for advertising
Photography for advertising, editorial or institutional use
12 Poster Design
Single or series
13 Sales Promotion
Package design, point-of-purchase or direct mail
Self promotional materials
Website design (sites must currently be online), social media campaign, or mobile app.
Published work that doesn’t fit into one of the categories
Unpublished work created with a graphic application in mind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 Unpublished work is not eligible for the Best of Show Award.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, 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 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
Principal at Design Ranch
Kansas City, MO
Designer/Illustrator at Whiskey Design
Kansas City, MO
2018 STUDENT JUDGES
Owner & Creative Director at Measure
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
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.