European Design Awards 2018

01 February 2018
16 February 2018

ico-D is pleased to endorse the European Design Awards (ED Awards 2018) held in Oslo, Norway in early June in partnership with ico-D Member Grafill

Deadline to submit: 16 February 2018
Enter the ED-Awards here.

The European Design Awards were organised for the first time in 2007. The ED-Awards wraps up with a festival in a different city every year, leading up to the awards ceremony. This creates an ideal opportunity for the most creative people of our community to come together, benchmark, be inspired and celebrate.

The distinctive characteristic of the ED Awards is that their jury (see below) is made up of publishers, editors and critics who work in European communication design media.
  • To celebrate European design with all its regional distinctive elements as well as its common grounds.
  • To facilitate European designers to meet, benchmark, be inspired and build networks.
  • To promote and raise standards for communication design throughout Europe.
  • To properly honour and award people who invest their passion in design.
  • To create a directory of European communication design excellence, where design buyers from around the world will refer to in search of collaborators.
  • All participants are asked to register on the awards' website and then fill in the relative form, upload images and videos and provide information which will give the jury a better understanding of each project. In roughly half of the categories they are also required to send in physical samples as well, since in these cases they are necessary to provide the jury with the full picture and thus better asses the submitted projects.
Europe-based communication design agencies, studios and freelancers are eligible to submit. Since this is a regional competition, grounds for exclusion are based upon the geographic location of those submitting. Works must fall under the 'communication design' category, and be produced (entirely or partly) within the previous calendar year.
Results are officially announced during the awards ceremony which this year will take place in Oslo (June 2nd), in cooperation with Grafill.

There are no money prizes, with the exception of the winner in the Student category (they will be awarded by an all paid trip to the award ceremony, free access to all ED-Awards related events and €1000 in pocket money). An ico-D Excellence Award will be part of this award scheme.

Jonathan Pierino (Italy)
Type designer and graphic designer. After graduating at the ISIA Urbino in graphic design and visual communication, he moves to the Netherlands to follow the Type and Media master program in The Hague. Once relocated in Italy, Jonathan works with his own studio bistro, in partnership with Alessandro Panichi and Showa Pluchinotta, on editorial projects, corporate identitities and type design. In 2009 he teaches graphic design at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna while tutoring in type design at the ISIA Urbino. In the same year he collaborates with the Università per Stanieri di Perugia with a research project about rhetoric and web cartography. In 2010/2011 Jonathan moves to London to work at Dalton Maag type design office getting involved in projects for clients such as Nokia and Vodafone. From 2011 to 2017 he worked at the Free University of Bolzano Bozen—Faculty of Design and Art as researcher and graphic design lecturer. Since September 2017 he is Director at ISIA Urbino.

Bettina Schulz (Germany)
She has been editor-in-chief of the international journal novum - World of Graphic Design since 2001. She joined the editorial staff of the magazine in 1994. Mrs Schulz also works as a freelance writer and editor for national and international magazines and for a range of clients in different sectors. Bettina Schulz already serves on a number of design juries (e.g. red dot communication design award, MfG competition of the Bundesverband Druck, Monaco de Luxe Packaging Award, Canon Pro Fashion Award, Adobe Photoshop Award and the twice-yearly diploma awards presentation at the U5 Academy) and is co-founder of the “Creative Paper Conference” in Munich.

Peter Bankov (Russia)
Peter Bankov was born in Minsk, but now lives between Moscow and Prague. He graduated from the Minsk Art College in 1988 and the Moscow State Polygraph Institute in 1993. He is the creator and editor-in-chief of [kAk) magazine, one of the key points of reference for Russian graphic design. Peter is also the founder and creative director of Design Depot in Moscow. He has received numerous international awards and has been a panel member for many contests around the world. His art projects are part of private collections in Moscow, London and Beijing. He is the author and presenter of a cycle of lectures on design, and lectures in Russia, the CIS and Europe.

Even Carol (Turkey)
Esen Karol graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul and received her master’s degree in communications design from Pratt Institute, New York, where she studied with Fulbright scholarship. She has participated in several international exhibitions and design events. Her first solo poster exhibition “48 x 68” took place at Pratt Manhattan, where she also taught as visiting lecturer in spring 2002. Her posters are in the permanent collection of Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich. She taught typography and publication design at Istanbul Bilgi University, VCD Department in 2003–2012. Currently she works in her ‘one-person’ design studio “Esen Karol Design Ltd.” in Istanbul. Founded in 1996, the studio concentrates on editorial design.

Geir A. Skomsøy (Norway)
Having studied marketing communications at the Norwegian Marketing School, and having obtained his Masters degree on branding at the Norwegian School of Economics, Geir embarked on a career in Art direction since 1981. In 1992 he became partner and studio manager at See Design, and later on at Brandworks.
Since 2013 he has been working as an independent consultant specialising in strategic communications, concept development, creative strategies, brand development, design strategy, visual analysis, corporate design, copy, politics and social understanding.
At the same time he is a columnist on design issues, writing regularly at Kampanje and contributing several feature articles to other norwegian media.

Sarah Snaith (UK)
Canadian-born writer, editor and lecturer Sarah Snaith has worked for Eye, the international review of graphic design, in various roles since 2012. She is currently the assistant editor of both Eye magazine and Pulp, the quarterly journal of people and paper made for Italian paper company Fedrigoni (launched in 2014). Originally a dancer, Snaith has an MA in Design Writing Criticism from the University of the Arts London (UAL), and a BA in Design from The Cass School of Art and Architecture. She teaches Contextual & Historical Studies in the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art. Other teaching duties have included teaching Contextual & Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication, workshops for the Emre Senan Design Foundation (Turkey), London Metropolitan University, Design History Society, University of Reading and University of Hertfordshire. In addition to her Eye activities she has written for Creative Review, MagCulture, MidCentury, Gym Class and YouCanNow; and is an associate of Ken Garland with his imprint Pudkin Books.


Martin Foessleitner (Austria)
Born and based in Vienna, Martin Foessleitner holds an MA in Business Administration. He worked as marketing director in a Japanese digital imaging company, before he founded in 1999. The company‘s work applies information design in community building, conference-design and business communications. He teaches Information Design at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Martin is a board member of designaustria and the International Institute for Information Design (IIID) and organized the inaugural IIID Awards competition in 2011. 


Freek Kroesbergen (Austria)
Freek Kroesbergen (1972) is communications and public relations manager of the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), and editor-in-chief of Dude, Dutch Designers Magazine, which is published by BNO.
He studied marketing, communication and concept development (strategy and copy writing), and started his career in 1996 in the advertising industry, working for international agency Euro RSCG where he was information manager and brand strategy planner. In 2003, he worked in the same capacity for brand consultancy US, Brand Value Development. Earlier, in 2001, he began working in the music industry. He is responsible for public relations and marketing for the medium-sized pop venue, P60. He became involved, and still is, in tour bookings and festival programming. In 2004, he made a final switch to another creative industry: design. Starting off as public relations manager for BNO, he is now strategically responsible for public relations, sponsoring and communications, including social media, all websites, newsmails and the magazine Dude.

Raphaël Verona (Switzerland)
He studied Graphic and type design at ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland, graduating with an award for researches and applications in typeface design and typography. He has worked for Swatch, Mercedes-Benz and Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne. He is a professor at Eracom Lausanne—école romande d'arts et communication Typography / Type design, while at the same time he has been contributing to IDPURE éditions Books and publications since 2011, as an art director and editor.


Arja Karhumaa
She is a graphic designer and teacher with a strong interest in design research, writing and critical practice, as well as 15 years of professional experience in design. A former board member of the Grafia association, she is now a part of the editorial board and a regular contributor to Grafia magazine. She has participated in several design competition juries in Finland, including the national Best of the Year Competition. She teaches graphic design at Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki and has also given workshops internationally. She runs her own design studio based in Helsinki, concentrating on publication design and visual identities, mainly for clients in the culture sector. 


European Design Awards (ED Awards 2018)
ico-D Member profile page: Grafill.
ED-Festival 2018 updates
ico-D Excellence Award
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