PRIZES AWARDED AT THE BRNO BIENNIAL 2008

22 June 2008
Brno (Czech Republic) - The International Jury of the 23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2008 worked at the Moravian Gallery in Brno from 15–16 June 2008 to select from among the exhibited works the best ones that will be awarded any of the Brno Biennial 2008prestigious prizes.
Brno (Czech Republic) - The International Jury of the 23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2008 worked at the Moravian Gallery in Brno from 15–16 June 2008, in the following representation: Lucille Tenazas (USA) – Chair, Jonathan Barnbrook (UK), Petra Černe Oven (Slovenia/UK) – Vice-chair, Zuzana Lednická (CZ), Gertrud Nolte (Germany), Fumio Tachibana (Japan), Otakar Karlas (CZ). The objective was to select from among the exhibited works the best ones that will be awarded any of the Brno Biennial 2008 prestigious prizes.

This year, the submissions for the international competition included more than 1600 works by nearly 400 artists; out of them, ca 600 works by 162 artists from 27 countries were selected by the Pre-selection Committee at its meeting of 23 January 2008. Traditionally, the strongest represented countries in the competition were the Czech Republic, Japan, Germany, the USA and Switzerland.

Lucille Tenazas, speaking on behalf of the International Jury as its Chair, evaluated the whole competition: “The Jury was in agreement that there was a high level quality in the works submitted from all over the world. Not surprisingly, there was a large representation from the Czech Republic in all categories. In an unusual display of solidarity, they were unanimous in their decision to award designers whose works had thoughtful and intelligent content which was presented in imaginative and original ways. Aware of its unique role in selecting this year’s International Graphic Design Biennial awards, the jury noted that the works they chose represented an attitude with an eye towards the state of the future of design in its varied and complex manifestations.”

The main exhibition is open for visitors at the Moravian Gallery in Brno – the Museum of Applied Arts (Husova St. 14) until 19 October, 2008. The original installation, allowing to get a close view of the exhibited works, was designed as a collaboration of the Studio Hippos (Radim Babák and Onďtpán (Studio Najbrt). Each of the designers represented in the main exhibition has a page in the catalogue published on this occasion.

Brno Biennial 2008 Awards


Grand Prix of the Brno Biennial 2008 – The Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Award

Kasia Korczak, The Netherlands
The designer was awarded the Grand Prix for the whole submitted set of works; the Jury recognized it as a cohesive body of work.

Main award in the category Books and Exhibition Catalogues
Angus Hyland, United Kingdom
The award was given to the work published in the BB catalogue. The Jury appreciated its originality and wit.

Main award in the category Digital and Audiovisual Media Covers
The award was not attributed, because the level of submitted works did not reach the quality corresponding to an international competition of this extent.

Main award in the category Magazines and Newspapers
Erick Beltrán
The award was given to the work published in the BB catalogue. Although it has the character of a newspaper (black&white print, typically considered as a one-off publication), every single page has been thoughtfully and very carefully designed.

Main award in the category Type Design
Tomás Brousil, Czech Republic
Tomás Brousil was awarded the prize for the submitted set of works, bearing witness of his systematic effort for contemporary expression in type design.

Main award in the category Digital Media
Lichtwitz - Büro für Visuelle Kommunikation, Austria
The submitted project, published in the BB catalogue, was awarded. The Jury appreciated it particularly as an example of the use of graphic design in public space.

Above: Icograda Excellence Award winner Jekyll & Hyde, Italy

Special Awards


Icograda Excellence Award

Jekyll & Hyde, Italy
Perfect achievement, design with "supranational" impact, compact, complex, conceptual.

Mayor of the City of Brno Award
Illustration and Graphic Art Studio, AAAD Prague, Czech Republic
The award was attributed for the whole submitted set – young and innovative design, showing at the same time a high level of professionalism.

Alphonse Mucha Prize for Illustration
Gilles Lepore, Switzerland
The award was given to the work reproduced in the BB catalogue. The Jury appraised it as a new approach to illustration, and an original concept.

Prague TypoDesignClub Award
Heine / Lenz / Zizka, Germany
The group of artists Heine, Lenz, Zizka from Germany were awarded the Prague TypoDesignClub Award for the strong concept of their work.

Brno Biennial Organization Committee Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Graphic Design
Jan Solpera, Czech Republic
The award has been attributed by the BB Organisation Committee to Jan Solpera for his lifelong achievement – the Jury was announced the winner’s name.

General assessment of the international jury:


The Jury was pleased to acknowledge that their verdict was reached unanimously on the basis of general agreement – although coming from countries with very different geographical, cultural and historical backgrounds, it was surprisingly easy for them to reach consensus in the matter of artistic and professional quality of exhibits. The quality of the whole exhibition is very high – the works are thoughtful, imaginative and smart.

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About the Brno Biennial 2008
The Brno Biennial 2008 is an Icograda-endorsed event.