Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hurray for UH Design

In 2011 the UH Design Program continued to receive local, national and international recognition for excellence in graphic design.

In September, the UHM Design Workshop won a first place award in the “Environmental/Sustainability” professional category at the national AIGA Re-Design Awards in Los Angeles. AIGA (Re)designAwards is a distinct international design competition and premier awards event that recognizes the importance and excellence of sustainable and socially responsible work. The project, the new identity for the UH School of Architecture, was designed by UHM students winners were: Adine Close, John Cruz, Hao-In Kuan, Yonghao. It was art-directed by Professor Anne Bush.

In November, the Honolulu chapter of the AIGA (the professional organization for design) held its biennial “Hawaii’s 5-0” design awards—a competition judged by three nationally-renowned design judges. UHM design students not only took two of the top three awards, but the judges felt that the design education in the state was so strong, they added two more awards (honorable mentions) that also went to UHM design students. A design by Professor Anne Bush was recognized as one of the top five winners in the professional category. UHM students winners were: Adine Close, John Cruz, Hao-In Kuan, Yonghao Yan, Joe Abad, Will Baron, Jeff Gress, Allison Hanabusa, Matt Higa, Chris Lee, Charis Peich, and Lenibelle Suetos.

In December the UHM Design Workshop was recognized again when the identity system for the UH School of Architecture was recognized in the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual. It was one of only 421 professional winners selected from 2,536 submissions from around the country and was the only design from the entire state of Hawai‘i that was recognized. It was published in the December issue of the

Also in December, Professor Anne Bush was recognized by the New York Art Director’s Club as a winner in their 2011 international design competition. Judged by an international panel of the world’s most respected creative professionals, the ADC Annual Awards competition, now in its 90th year, honors the best work from around the world in interactive media, broadcast and print advertising, graphic design, publication design, packaging, photography and illustration. Winning for “Environmental Design,” she was only of only 16 winners in this category and one of only 6 from the United States. The winners were published this month in the Art Director’s Club Annual 90. Anne was invited to present her work in a public lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in October.

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