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The Call for Entries titled Joseph Binder Award 2018 is now open!

Joseph Binder Award 2018

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Illustration Competition Joseph Binder Award 2018 organised by designaustria is now open for entry inviting all designers and illustrators around the world, including students, to participate with their best works.


The Joseph Binder Award, an international Illustration Competition held every two years, with a focus on graphic design and illustration was launched for the first time in 1996 by designaustria, the interest organization and knowledge centre for design in Austria.
This competition is named after one of the most outstanding graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States.

»Colour and form are inseparable« – the motto of this year’s call for entries is borrowed from one of Joseph Binder’s quotes, which inspired the graphic designers of the studio Bruch–Idee&Form from Graz in their design for the visual appearance of JBA18. Joseph Binder's motto was: "In design, everything has a function. Design has a representational function. Design has a communicational function. Design has a motivational function."

The entries will be assessed by an international jury in twelve categories:

Corporate Design
Communication Design
Information Design
Type Design
Poster Design
Editorial Design
Packaging Design
Screen Design
Book Illustration
Media Illustration
Commercial Illustration
Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications

Moreover, there is also a Special Category for unpublished works, independent/ non-commercial projects, unreal-ised concepts, student projects, etc. in all disciplines.

Submited works need to be realized in 2016 and after by 28 February (early bird) or 15 April 2018.

Participation is open to both individuals and teams. The number of entries is not limited.

Early bird deadline is 28 February 2018 (10% discount on entry fee), regular deadline is 15 April 2018.

Who can enter?

This competition is open to all graphic designers, illustrators, and students enrolled in relevant courses from all over the world.


In each category, a Joseph Binder Award in gold, silver, and bronze will be awarded in the form of trophies: the ball of crumpled paper encased in glass is a symbol for the creative process.

In order to support independent, conceptual, and scientific activities in the fields of graphic design and illustration, money prizes will be awarded in the Design Fiction category in addition to the trophies:

1st prize: 2,500 euros
2nd prize: 2,000 euros
3rd prize: 1,500 euros

Additionally, the jury may choose up to five Merit Awards per category. Furthermore, the international ico-D Excellence Award will honour a project displaying outstanding design merits. All of the entries selected by the jury will be published in a catalogue.

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