endorsed | Joseph Binder Award 2016 | call for entries

18 November 2015
30 April 2016
The Joseph Binder Award is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched by designaustria in 1996.


ico-D is pleased to endorse  the Joseph Binder Award, organised by ico-D Member, designaustria.

The Joseph Binder Award is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched by designaustria in 1996. It is named after one of the major graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States. 

The Joseph Binder Award aims at recognising and defining current bench marks, highlighting leading social, cultural, and economic markers, encouraging the improvement of standards in graphic design, and raising the general awareness of superior design quality. It is meant to honour the merit of existing work that exhibits design excellence. 



Graphic designers, illustrators, and students enrolled in relevant courses from all over the world are invited to enter their works realized in 2014 and after.

Submission Deadlines
Early bird phase: online submission by 29 February 2016 (postmark date).
Regular participation: online submission by 30 April 2016 (postmark date).



Participation is open to graphic designers and illustrators and to design students from all over the world (as individuals or teams). They may enter projects in the fields of graphic design and illustration published or realised in 2014 and after. The number of entries is not limited. 


A Graphic Design
1. Corporate Design
Corporate identity programmes, logotypes, office stationary, etc.
2. Communication Design
Advertisements, leaflets, brochures, annual reports, small-sized printed matter, etc.
3. Information Design
User instructions, signage systems, forms, diagrams, etc.
4. Type Design
Fonts, typefaces, lettering, etc.
5. Poster Design
Indoor and outdoor posters of all formats and genres
6. Editiorial Design Books
Books (fiction and non-fiction), art and exhibition catalogues, etc.
7. Editiorial Design Magazines
Magazines, newspapers, etc.
8. Packaging Design
Packaging graphics, labels, CD covers, etc.
9. Digital Media
Websites, social media, apps, etc. 

B Illustration
1. Book Illustration
Illustrations for children’s books, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novels, etc.
2. Media Illustration
Illustrations for magazines, newspapers, etc.
3. Commercial Illustration
Illustrations for advertising, displays, etc.
4. Digital Illustration
Animation, game design, etc.
5. Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications
Illustrations for diverse communication media 

C Design Fiction (special category) 
Unpublished works, independent projects, unrealized concepts, school projects, etc. in all graphic design and illustration disciplines.

Works to be entered in several categories must be registered separately for each category. 


Selection Process 
In a first round, the jury will rate all of the projects entered online. Those projects scoring highest will subsequently have to be sent in the form of printed examples (if available) and be assessed physically at designforum Wien in July 2016. 

The entrants have to register online at www.designaustria.at/jba16.



In each category, a Joseph Binder Award in gold, silver, and bronze will be awarded in the form of trophies: the ball of crumpled paper encased in glass is a symbol of the creative process. In order to support independent, conceptual, scientific, and non-commercial activities in the fields of graphic design and illustration, cash prizes will be awarded in the Design Fiction category in addition to the trophies:
First prize: 2,500€ 
Second prize: 2,000€ 
Third prize: 1,500€
Additionally, the jury may choose up to five Merit Awards per category. All of the entries selected by the jury will be published in a catalogue. The jury may withhold or reallocate awards and cash prizes. All entrants will be notified of the results after both jury processes (June and July 2016).
This is the first time that the ico-D Excellence Award (which has been known since 1986 as Icograda Excellence Award) will honour a project entered in the JBA16 displaying outstanding design merits.


See official Joseph Binder Award webpage.
See designaustria Member's page.
For offical guidelines, see Joseph Binder Award 2016 Call for Entries Press Release (in German and English).


Partner organizations 
Alliance francaise des designers (AFD)
Allianz deutscher Designer (AGD)
Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione visiva (AIAP) Berufsverband der Kommunikationsdesigner (BDG)
Czech Union of Graphic Design (UGD)
Design denmark
Design Luxembourg
Croatian Designers Association (HDD) Illustratoren Organisation e.V. (IO)
Lithuanian Graphic Design Association (LGDA) Swiss Graphic Designers (SGD)
Association of Polish Graphic Designers (STGU) 


About ico-D Endorsements
Each year, ico-D endorses a select group of international activities that advance our objective to promote the value of design. Endorsed events demonstrate that they enhance the standards of design, ethics and professional practice. For design awards, an ico-D endorsement is recognition that it has been organised to meet international best practice guidelines under ico-D’s policies and best practices – including jury composition, evaluation criteria and intellectual property protection.

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