Museums Publications Design Competition

On behalf of the judges, we are pleased to announce this year’s winners. The competition will be featured in a special section in the November/December issue of Museum.

The jurors sought out the best in graphic design in 12 different categories. Among the highlights of this year’s winning entries were an interesting mix of risk-taking and classically designed books and catalogs and layouts and font selections that were legible and complimented the content. Jurors also took note of the first digital-only exhibition catalog submitted to the competition.

This year’s competition jurors were:

  • Antonio Alcalà, president, Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Bennett DeOlazo, creative director, Studio B, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Maria Habib, senior director of design, design lab instructor, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C.
  • Marty Ittner, creative director, m-Art, Tacoma Park, Maryland
  • Amy Mannarino, manager of communications and marketing, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Amy Pastan, writer/editor, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrea Stevens, director of strategic communications, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), Washington, D.C.

About the Competition

For more than 25 years, the Alliance has recognized and encouraged excellence in the graphic design of museum publications through the Museum Publications Design Competition, the only national, juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission or special features. The panel of judges includes graphic designers, museum professionals and publishers.

Judges award the Frances Smyth-Ravenel Prize for Excellence in Publication Design to the best publication in the competition. The judges have sole authority over all decisions, including whether and how to award first and second prizes and awards of merit in each of the 15 categories.

Competing institutions are divided according to budget: museums with annual operating budgets under $750,000 and those with budgets of $750,000 or more.