The Joseph Binder Award 2018

28 February 2018
01 November 2018


Due to the great demand, the regular deadline for entries has been extended to 2 May 2018.

Online registration & information:


ico-D is pleased to endorse the Joseph Binder Award 2018, an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration first launched by Member designaustria in 1996.


»Colour and form are inseparable« – the motto of this year’s call for entries is borrowed from one of Joseph Binder’s quotes, which inspired the graphic designers of the studio Bruch–Idee&Form from Graz in their design for the visual appearance of JBA18.

The Joseph Binder Award 2018 (download the pdf)


The Joseph Binder Award (JBA) is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched in 1996 by designaustria, the interest organization and knowledge centre for design in Austria. 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.«

Graphic designers, illustrators, advertising agencies and students from all over the world are invited to enter their works realized in 2016 and after by 28 February (early bird) or 15 April 2018.

The submissions will be judged in thirteen categories: Corporate Design, Communication Design, Information Design, Type Design, Poster Design, Editorial Design, Packaging Design, Screen Design, Book Illustration, Media Illustration, Commercial Illustration, Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications and Design Fiction (unpublished works, independent/non-commercial projects, unrealised concepts, student projects, etc. in all disciplines).

International Jury 2018
Susanne Breitfeld, Communication Designer, Mainz/ Germany
Markéta Cole, Graphic Designer, Prague/Czech Republic
Peter Diamond, Illustrator, Vienna/Austria & Canada
Bärbel Fritz, Communication Designer, Zurich/Switzerland
Francesco E. Guida, Communication Designer & Professor, Milan/Italy
Christina John, Communication Designer, Munich/ Germany
Boris Kochan, Communication Designer, Munich/ Germany
Torsten Meyer-Bogya, Communication Designer, Kiel/Germany
Erich Monitzer, Typographer, Vienna/Austria
Olaf Mühlmann, Graphic Designer, Paris/France
Daniela Olejníková, Illustrator & Graphic Designer, Bratislava/Slovakia
Hugo Puttaert, Graphic Designer, Brussels/Belgium
Jesper von Wieding, Strategic Creative Director, Kobenhaven/Denmark

Award & Ceremony
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 for the creative process. In order to support independent, conceptual, scientific, and non-commercial activities in the fields of graphic design and illustration, cash prizes in the amount of 6,000 euros will be awarded in the Design Fiction category in addition to the trophies.

The winners will be publicly disclosed on 8 November 2018 within the framework of a festive presentation at designforum Wien in Vienna. On the occasion of the award ceremony, a catalogue will appear containing all of the selected and prize-winning entries and introducing the members of the jury. Furthermore, the award-winning projects will be presented for a period of several weeks in an exhibition at designforum Wien and afterwards as a travelling exhibition in several European cities.


The Joseph Binder Award 2018 (download the pdf)
The Joseph Binder Award 2018 online registration and information. English link here.
Twitter: @JB_Award


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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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