2008 Gold Ink Awards
Now in its 21st year, the Gold Ink Awards calls attention to the print industry's finest projects. 2008 was no exception, as North American Publishing Co. (NAPCO; parent company of both the Gold Ink Awards and Publishing Executive) received more than 1,400 entries for this year's competition. A talented team of judges hailing from diverse backgrounds across the industry poured through the submissions during four days of judging at NAPCO's Philadelphia headquarters, awarding Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter honors in 46 categories. In all, 488 entries were selected for awards.
A few first-time judges joined the process this year, including Russ Gazzara, president of Warkulwiz Design Associates, who pointed to the awards' lofty place within the industry as cause for his participation. "I think the Gold Ink Awards help our industry in a few very important ways," he says. "Most of all, they provide a valuable reality check to both printers and designers alike. And they help preserve quality standards by providing tangible examples of the creativity, technology and craftsmanship that define the very best collaborators in the graphic arts."
Gazzara says he and his fellow judges often found it difficult to settle on just one Gold winner in a category. "This year's submissions were not always about big budgets and fancy techniques—many of the winning entries simply stood out by the way they communicated more with less, and how the combination of presswork, paper and finishing came together successfully to enhance the concept, design and, most of all, the ... [entry's] message," he adds.
"We were again impressed by the quality and the superiority of the submissions, and we look forward to many more years of recognizing the publishers and printers who produce the finest print products in the world," says Mark Hertzog, vice president/group publisher of Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines.