Cover Story: Gold Ink Awards
Widely regarded as the print industry's most prestigious event, the 2009 Gold Ink Awards received more than 1,000 entries across 45 competitive categories, including Consumer Magazines, Magazine Covers, Magazine Inserts, Specialty Magazines (Web), Trade Magazines (Sheetfed) and Trade Magazines (Web), to name a few. In all, 132 entries were selected for Gold, Silver or Bronze honors.
Produced by Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines and now in its 22nd year, the Gold Ink Awards were judged over a four-day span by 15 print veterans touting diverse backgrounds. (See the sidebar for more about the judges.)
This year's esteemed crop of judges was particularly impressed by the quality and competitiveness of the Trade Magazines, Sheetfed category. After much deliberation, the judges settled on a Gold award for Woods Lithographics-printed Rigamarole magazine for "[its] beautiful, rich color rendered sharply on a matte paper, evoking a silky smooth luminosity," according to Charles Ault, assistant director and director of production, Temple University Press.
The Magazine Covers category warranted a great deal of debate by the judges as well, though Revolution magazine stood out above the rest of the entrants, earning a Gold. Printed by C&C Offset Printing Co., Revolution magazine was a "no-brainer" pick for Gold, according to Dawn Flook, director of production, Lorel Marketing Group, thanks largely due to its "awesome printing," added Traci Lucien, vice president, publications operations, AARP.
"The overall quality and excellence of our Gold Ink Award submissions never ceases to impress our staff and judges, and the 22nd year of the awards was no exception," said Mark Hertzog, vice president/group publisher of Publishing Executive and Book Business. "We are continually in awe of the superior work done by those publishers and printers who continue to produce the finest print products in the world, and we look forward to celebrating their excellence for many more years."
The staff of Publishing Executive congratulates the many deserving printers, publishers and other constituents who are being recognized for their fine work in this year's competition, and thanks to all of the entrants and judges who continue to make the Gold Ink Awards the industry's most prestigious print competition.
Winners of the 2009 Gold Ink Awards will be recognized at the Gold Ink Awards/Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, Sept. 14, in Chicago during Print '09.
For a complete listing of 2009 Gold Ink winners, visit www.GoldInk.com