2013 Gold Award: IFIC Foundation “Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding, 3rd Edition”

Most Improved Magazine or Journal
IFIC Foundation “Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding, 3rd Edition”

Judge’s Comments: Paradigm shift in presentation of content offering major upgrade of engagement by user—font, paper, format, color…everything. NOW it is a guide encouraging communication…before it was lots of paper in a binder. Taking that big step to “improve” says much about their commitment to walk their talk. Well Done!!!

Entrant Details
International Food Information Council Foundation
IFIC Foundation “Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding, 3rd Edition”
Contact: Ms. Jania Matthews

2013 Silver Award: Pull It Together Booklet

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Pull It Together Booklet

Judge’s Comments: This speaks to the intended audience needs and purposeful use. Attractive, compact, interactive, humorous…all necessary when planning one’s professional path forward. Feels youthfully energized. A feeling of engagement and involvement by using it.

Entrant Details
Capstrat in partnership with AICPA
Pull It Together Booklet
Contact: Ms. Kalyn Snow

2013 Bronze Award: Young Children

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Young Children

Judge’s Comments: Connected to its audience both visually and through its content as a peer reviewed journal…easier to read, crisper looking and feeling, info on association a distinct section, icons and links in table of contents showing print and web access…all useful and appealing upgrades.

Entrant Details
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Young Children
Contact: Ms. Meghan Dombrink-Green

2012 Gold Award: Associations Now

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Associations Now

Judge’s Comments: I always thought the old design was “overdesigned” – design for the sake of design. Now the magazine is using space better, and articles flow and are more appealingly laid out for the reader. But, the issue is half the size of the “before” sample, so that begs the question whether more content can now be found on the sister website, or whether print ads are becoming harder to come by, or if a smaller book is by design.

Entrant Details
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Associations Now
Contact: Ms. Samantha Whitehorne

Credited Vendors & Partners
TMG Custom Media, Marketing Firm

2012 Silver Award: IE3 Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency

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IE3 Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency

Judge’s Comments: This is a true redesign, from a new look, a new distribution rate, new paper stock, new feel in the way it looks and reads. Better edited and tighter articles. Layout is crisp and not as loud or in your face as its predecessor, Contractor Excellence. And whoa, QR Codes – pushing the print reader to mobile technology. Even the advertising is stepped up. Good move, ACCA!

Entrant Details
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
IE3 Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency
Contact: Ms. Melissa Broadus

2012 Bronze Award: Textile Services

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Textile Services

Judge’s Comments: Textile Services – Another entry that went further and changed names, stock, feel, and ad rev is up since the changes…that in itself is a testament that the redesign is a smart move. I’d suggest cutting back on the text point size by a half- or even a full point. Currently, it looks as if you were trying to stretch out copy, whether or not that is the intent.

Entrant Details
Textile Rental Services Association
Textile Services
Contact: Mr. Jack Morgan

Credited Vendors & Partners
Think Tank Creative, Graphic Design Firm
Jacki Silvan, jacki@creativebythinktank.com

2011 Gold Award: PCI Political Newswire

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PCI Political Newswire

Judge’s Comments: The Gold winner clearly demonstrated the reality of “net communications” and its ability to provide content in an interactive way. The entry had moved from print to net. The online delivery allows the greatest opportunity to enhance the reader’s experience with hyperlinks, content expansion and a “feature crawl” in the header. The presentation was excellent, the content well prepared and the interactive nature on point. Of course, the economic advantages online cannot be overlooked.

Entrant Details
PCI
PCI Political Newswire
Contact: Mr. Steven Cline

2011 Silver Award: The OVMA Observer – Bi-monthly newsletter

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Judge’s Comments: The Silver winner had the opportunity to makeover a very disheveled piece. The readability was increased dramatically. Photographs were sharp and the color printing quite good. The re-organization of the content was well executed.

Entrant Details
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
The OVMA Observer – Bi-monthly newsletter
Contact: Ms. Krysten Pyles

Credited Vendors & Partners
Capitol Citicom Inc., Printer Company
Kevin Oakes, kevin@citicomprint.com

2011 Bronze Award: PDMA Visions

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PDMA Visions

Judge’s Comments: The Bronze winner’s strong point was in the creativity of the content and the strong use of color in what was previously a two color piece. The strong subject matter, well laid-out was reader friendly. The main feature article was captivating and informing. Clearly, creativity was evident.

Entrant Details
Product Development and Management Association in partnership with SmithBucklin
PDMA Visions
Contact: Mr. John Delavan