2013 Gold Award: InterGrowth 2013 Onsite Guide

Convention Program
InterGrowth 2013 Onsite Guide

Judge’s Comments: This is one of the better convention programs we’ve seen in a while, incorporating a number of features that make it an effective tool for the convention attendee: both as an easy-to-follow reference during the event and as a useful resource afterward. Probably the best attribute in our opinion is the “Schedule at a Glance” inside the front cover, that folds out to reveal a two-page spread with an easy-to-read map of the convention facility. The entire publication is well-designed, with a clean and crisp look throughout, and information presented in a logical and concise way. This results in a comprehensive and informative document that is not too cumbersome to carry around and facilitates being able to obtain needed conference information quickly and easily.

Entrant Details
Association for Corporate Growth
InterGrowth 2013 Onsite Guide
Contact: Ms. Christine Melendes

2013 Silver Award: 2012 NMHC OpTech Conference and Exposition Program

Convention Program
2012 NMHC OpTech Conference and Exposition Program

Judge’s Comments: This program was at the top of our list during the initial pass through the contest entrants, until we encountered the overall excellence of the first place winner, but it is a very close second. The idea of putting a conference program into a virtually-pocket-sized booklet seems so basic – yet very few convention planners opt for this format. But to qualify as a winner, the design and substance of the publication also have to measure up. From the tabs that provide ready access to all of the necessary information – Agenda/Exhibitors/Sponsors – and the maps of the convention space and exhibitor hall that are right up front, to the design that is easy to read, easy to follow and very informative throughout, this is a top-notch program from start to finish.

Entrant Details
National Multi Housing Council
2012 NMHC OpTech Conference and Exposition Program
Contact: Ms. Jennifer Angebranndt

2013 Bronze Award: 2013 NRPA Congress Program Book

Convention Program
2013 NRPA Congress Program Book

Judge’s Comments: As a general rule, we believe that a conference program should not be a large and overwhelming document, nor should it be so heavy as to weigh down the conference bag. This program easily weighs in at one pound, but it is just so well done we had to include it in the winners’ circle. First, it combines elements found in the top two winners: Fold out inside cover – in this case with the local area map showing all convention hotels, folding out to a detailed map of the exhibit hall; and tabbed sections making each day’s events easy to find. Finally, the size of the publication is entirely justified because of the sheer size of the convention. There are no extraneous ads or information, it takes a book this size just to include all of the various events and sessions. Special kudos go out to the designer that was actually able to put hundreds of convention events and sessions into a concise and readable “Schedule at a Glance”.

Entrant Details
National Recreation and Park Association
2013 NRPA Congress Program Book
Contact: Mr. Peter Magnuson

Credited Vendors & Partners
TGD, Communications Firm
Mark Pepperdine, mark.pepperdine@tgdcom.com

2012 Gold Award: Staffing World 2012 Final Program

Convention Program

Staffing World 2012 Final Program
Judge’s Comments: The standout trend this year was smooth integration of online efforts into print publications. From making convention programs easily accessible online to friendly reminders to participants about how to tweet about the event, this year’s best entries proved that they understand how people prefer to consume information. The winning entries also helped their audiences navigate that information in print form.

Entrant Details
American Staffing Association
Staffing World 2012 Final Program
Contact: Ms. Marlene Hendrickson

2012 Silver Award: CHEST 2012 Program Guide

Convention Program

CHEST 2012 Program Guide

Judge’s Comments: Offered a QR code on the cover connecting to a mobile-ready version of the program. Great storytelling for spotlighting speakers. Easy to read design, typography and layout

Entrant Details
American College of Chest Physicians
CHEST 2012 Program Guide
Contact: Ms. Jennifer Stawarz

2012 Bronze Award: 2012 AWSP Principals’ Conference Program

Convention Program

2012 AWSP Principals' Conference Program

Judge’s Comments: Fantastic cover that was well-integrated into the welcome letter. Cover’s colors were smartly used to guide users through the program

Entrant Details
Association of Washington School Principals
2012 AWSP Principals’ Conference Program
Contact: Ms. Linda Farmer

2011 Gold Award: 26th Management & Leadership Conference Learning Journal

Convention Program

26th Management & Leadership Conference Learning Journal

Judge’s Comments: I loved how easy this piece was to navigate. There are many thoughtful touches included throughout, like the tabs to guide you through each day’s events that are laminated so they won’t tear easily. Other smart ideas are the pages in the back to keep business cards the user collects throughout the conference, and the well-designed section for taking notes. The conference book is really all you need to carry with you to have a successful conference.

Entrant Details
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
26th Management & Leadership Conference Learning Journal
Contact: Mr. Jon Radulovic

2011 Silver Award: 2011 College Media Conference Program

Convention Program

2011 College Media Conference Program

Judge’s Comments: Bright modern colors, contemporary typeface, and a clean design set this program apart. Users are immediately drawn in by the design of the “Dear Colleague” welcome letter page, and the Twitter hashtag info is easy to spot. The overall design is well suited to the target audience.

Entrant Details
Council of Independent Colleges
2011 College Media Conference Program
Contact: Ms. Lilia LaGesse

Credited Vendors & Partners
Progressive Printing, Printer Company
Philip J. Gray, phil@progressiveprinting.org

2011 Bronze Award: AAP Onsite Program

Convention Program

AAP Onsite Program

Judge’s Comments: The AAP used smart design to present an abundance of information about its conference. Graphic icons use both color and shape to quickly guide users to sessions of interest. The headshots throughout the front of the book are a nice touch. Photos throughout the rest of the book are well-chosen. The type and column selections make readers want to give each page a thorough read.

Entrant Details
American Academy of Pediatrics in partnership with LTD Creative
AAP Onsite Program
Contact: Ms. Louanne Welgoss

2010 Bronze Award: 2010 Distribution Management Conference & Technology Expo Final Program

Convention Program

2010 Distribution Management Conference & Technology Expo Final Program

Judge’s Comments: After “Where are the restrooms?”, “Which session should I attend?” is the foremost question asked by conference attendees. The HDMA program answers this question with an effective education session key and concise programs descriptions. Coupled with the beautiful construction and layout, this is an attractive and effective program.

Entrant Details
HDMA
2010 Distribution Management Conference & Technology Expo Final Program
Mary Coppola

Credited Vendors & Partners
Mount Royal Printing, Printer
Jared Thompson, Sales Representative
jared@mtroyalptg.com
(703) 725-5131