Thousands Vie for Annual Gold Ink Awards
The results are in, the winners notified, and the triumphant entrants of the 16th annual Gold Ink awards are on display in PrintMedia magazine.
Earning the respect of some of the most renowned producers of printed material in the industry, the 16th annual Gold Ink awards competition totaled 1,600 entries in 37 distinct categories.
Entrants in the 2003 Gold Ink competition submitted their best pieces for a shot at gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. Pewter medals (honorable mentions) were awarded for works too good to ignore, but not exhibiting all the right stuff to catapult their creators into one of the top three spots.
Certainly, all entrants have their eyes on the gold. Printers and publishers alike submit their best works for judging by our esteemed panel of 12 volunteer judges. With 37 gold medals on the line, the judges were under pressure to ensure each piece was judged fairly, accurately and, most important, met the category criteria.
In choosing the best pieces, the judges considered the overall difficulty of the project from a production standpoint. They also evaluated the quality of the materials used, binding and finishing, and how well the pieces were manufactured and integrated.
Lastly, but perhaps most important, they assessed each work's overall look and feel, in an effort to quantify not the quality of the design, but the flawlessness of its execution, from a print production standpoint.
"Much of the work was of a uniformly high level of production," says Gold Ink judge Harris Fogel, professor and chairman of the media arts deptartment at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. "While there was a wide selection of well-printed works, it was also clear that huge improvement was needed in color correction and color management [among those entries that did not win an award]."