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GAERF Launches 2014 Student Design Competition

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

Entrants Challenged to Demonstrate Creativity with Ability to Design a Unique and Striking Package

Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2014 Student Design Competition, themed "PACK-tastic!" This sixth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting edge technology to design a unique and striking package. Entries will be judged on design, functionality, appropriate labeling, and marketability. One secondary school winner and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second, and third place awards.

The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/ printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

First place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend GRAPH EXPO 14 in Chicago, IL. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 14's Career Awareness Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Second place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will receive $1,000.

"GAERF is proud to continue its commitment to supporting education initiatives by encouraging creativity and self-expression in students through the art of design and production," said GAERF President Ralph Nappi. "This year's competition centers around packaging, currently our industry's largest growth sector, and will serve to recognize our best and brightest students, as well as the significant commitment of their instructors."

For complete information about the GAERF 2014 Student Design Competition visit:www.graphicCOMMcentral.org.


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