Joseph Binder 2014 Award Ceremony
Out of a total of 690 entries, the international jury has shortlisted 79: nine projects are going to win gold, while 14 will receive silver and 13 bronze; the remaining 43 entries will be honoured with distinctions.As many as 340 graphic designers and illustrators from 29 countries submitted their works, a little more than 10 per cent of which made it to the shortlist. Among the participants were numerous members of designaustria and its partner organisations, plus a number of promising new talents. However, the winners of the trophies in gold, silver, and bronze will not be announced before the official award ceremony, held at the designforum in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier on 23 October 2014.
designaustria, the interest organization and knowledge centre for design in Austria, first launched the Joseph Binder Award – an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration – in 1996. It is named after one of the most outstanding graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States.
Joseph Binder’s motto was: »In design, everything has a function. Design has a representational function. Design has a communicational function. Design has a motivational function.«
The Joseph Binder Award is held every two years. The entries are assessed by an international jury of experts. Previous jury panels included such recognized authorities as Cordula Alessandri, Lo Breier, Gerd Dumbar, Fons Hickmann, Freda Sack, Stefan Sagmeister, Niklaus Troxler, and Lars Müller.
This year’s motif of the Joseph Binder Award was designed by the Typejockeys, a Vienna-based design agency, and quotes Joseph Binder’s tourism and advertising posters from the 1930s.