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Pepper Group Wins a Dozen 2013 Graphic Design USA Awards

Palatine, IL (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

Pepper Group, a Chicago marketing firm, recently received twelve 2013 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA. The B2B marketing agency was recognized for a variety of marketing materials it created for 3M, Sogeti, MorrisAnderson, Transilwrap, Thermal Care, The Vaya Group and Hoffer Plastics Corporation. These accolades complement the company’s recent 2013 American Web Design Awards for, and

“We’re pleased to be acknowledged for such a wide range of work, from digital and trade show campaigns to advertising, lead generation, sales tools, logo design—and even a collectible book,” says Pepper Group President George Couris. “We’re honored to earn this extra recognition for our clients,” he adds.

Of the more than 8,000 entries GDUSA received, only the top 15% were recognized with Certificates of Excellence.

About Pepper Group

Pepper Group is a finely tuned team of seasoned professionals that helps clients drive revenue and profitability through effective marketing. The award-winning Chicago agency has 19 years of experience delivering creative, effective marketing solutions to clients in a variety of industries. Capabilities include marketing/strategy; websites and interactive; video, animation and demos; branding/identity; corporate communications; lead generation; product/service launches and event planning and support. Pepper Group was named a BtoB magazine Top Agency for the past six years in a row, and is one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For (TM).


Eleven Awards for TFI Envision, Inc. for American Graphic Design 2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 02, 2013

For nearly five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored national design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence in design.

From more than 8,000 entries, Graphic Design USA judges announced the winners of their American Graphic Design Awards 2013, which included 11 projects designed by TFI Envision, Inc., represented in 6 different categories of design, including:

Internet Design Category:

Inspirica Website
KangaTime® Website

Packaging Category:

Dove® Men + Care® Holiday Carton Packaging for 2012
Dove® Mixed Product Holiday Carton Packaging for 2012

POP Display Category:

Dove® Masterbrand Winter Pallet Display POD for Sam’s Club 2012
Dove® Men + Care® Father’s Day Pallet Display POD for Sam’s Club 2013

Annual Report Category:

Guiding Eyes for the Blind 2012 Annual Report Announcements / Invitations Category:
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum “What Is It?” Gala Invitation

Self Promotion Category:

TFI Envision, Inc. “Red Hot Ideas” Promotion
TFI Envision, Inc. Recycling Corn Silk Promotional Mailer
TFI Envision, Inc. Auto Trends Report eNewsletter

These will be featured in the 300+ page full color American Graphic Design Awards Annual, seen by an estimated 50,000+ creative and marketing decision makers. They will also be featured in the Graphic Design USA Online Winners Gallery website, with 100,000 visitors per month.

TFI Envision, Inc. has been consistently selected as winners in this competition for over a quarter of a century.

Since 1975, TFI Envision, Inc. of Norwalk, CT, has specialized in developing strategic design and marketing solutions for branding, packaging, promotion, digital and corporate communications; helping organizations achieve their marketing and communication goals with compelling, consistent messaging that is on brand and on target.


New York City Design Studio Candelita Wins Prestigious American Graphic Design Award

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

The editors of Graphic Design USA have recently announced the winners of the prestigious American Graphic Design Awards 2013. One of the recipients of this year’s award is Jennifer Dopazo of Candelita, a multimedia design studio located in New York City. Dopazo won for the outstanding book cover design of The Blue Hours by Lillian Ann Slugocki,

For nearly five decades The American Graphic Design Award has recognized thousands of creative professionals with the competition being open to advertising agencies, graphic design firms, in-house publishing departments, and more. It honors the outstanding new work of print, packaging, point-of-purchase, internet, interactive and motion graphics. Winners of this esteemed award receive a Certificate of Excellence for each piece selected and become eligible for reproduction in the 50th Anniversary GDUSA Awards Annual.

Dopazo states: “I am honored to accept this award over the thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by this national design competition. This award shows Candelita’s dedication to creating the highest level of design. Helping to translate my client’s vision has always been my mission. It’s not just about logos. It’s not just your website. It’s everything. It’s about translating your ideas to the design world, finding the potential in every project, and thinking in a more creative way to achieve memorable results.”

Dopazo’s company, Candelita, specializes in brand strategies, web design and development, mobile implementation, and more and works with high-end consulting clients and educational collaborative communities. Clientele consists of The New York Times, Gerson Lehrman Group, BlackRock as well as many artists abroad. Candelita’s focus is on new media and learning communities in medialabs around the world. That is where Open Source work started and Dopazo was proud to start implementing this in the consulting work being done at Candelita. Additionally, Dopazo teaches workshops and has online programs teaching design, technology and branding using Open Source tools.

Dopazo is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and holds a Master’s Degree from Parsons The New School of Design. Dopazo is also a featured guest lecturer and advisor at the Free Culture Forum, Escuela de Arte 10 and Medialab Prado in Spain, Plasma Conference, Fundación Telefónica and Escuelab in Lima, Perú, Upgrade São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil, and Eyebeam in New York.

Dopazo takes pride in the fact that the work done for clients is not about shiny graphics, but building a solid relationship with every client and creating pieces of art with each project.

Stop by the site at to learn more and to see some of the amazing design work being done. Also, sign up for Brand Talks: 15-minute free one-on-one branding and web design brainstorming sessions. Connect with Candelita on Facebook and Twitter - and For media interviews, contact Dopazo at jen(at)candelita(dot)is.

About the company:

Candelita is a design studio that provides cross-platform design services. The company believes in the power of play and interaction as an approach, inspiration and provocateur for social engagement. Candelita offers multimedia services in interaction design, visual communication and creative production by combining the most powerful aspects of research, design and technology.

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50th Anniversary GDUSA Survey Reveals Stock Visuals are ‘Essential’ to Graphic Designers; 95% Use Stock and Expect More in Future

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

An annual survey of Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine readers shows that designers rely on stock visuals more than ever. The survey, which the 50 year old magazine has been conducting for 27 years, shows that 95 percent of designers use stock visuals in their work -- up from 34 percent when the survey first began in 1986. In addition, nearly two-thirds of designers use stock more than 20 times a year and one-third turn to this resource more than 100 times a year.

Corporate sponsor for the 2013 Stock Visual Survey is iStock by Getty Images. The results will be published in their entirety in print and online in early October.

“Over the past quarter century, stock visual use has evolved from marginal to mainstream and now into an essential designer resource in an image-centric world,” says Gordon Kaye, editor and publisher of GDUSA. “‘Essential’ is a loaded word and some may chafe at it. But if you simply look at frequency of stock visual use, it is hard to argue otherwise. As a practical matter, frequency of use is at an all-time, recordbreaking, once-unimaginable level. Nearly every designer uses stock visuals in his or her work and most turn to it frequently, often for ideas and inspiration as well as for execution.

”What has changed from the early days when stock visuals were a grudging last resort for creatives?

Says Kaye: “Stock visual usage works because its central value proposition — choice, accessibility, convenience, affordability — dovetails perfectly with the tight budgets, the short turnarounds, the challenging assignments, the multiple media, the demanding clients, and the digital workflow that graphic designers face every day. And it is clear from their comments that creatives believe stock providers are successfully responding with more content, better technology, more options. There has been an attitude adjustment: designers get that stock helps them stay balanced on the tightrope that is the creative business today.”

Readers were also asked to forecast the future role of stock imagery, as part of GDUSA’s 50th anniversary year-long look at the future of creativity. “Designers see the future of stock imagery as more of the same,” says Kaye, “and that is a good thing.” In general, they expect the coming years to be characterized by abundant content, quality imagery, and an increasingly efficient digital infrastructure.

The survey also reveals concerns and the hint of change in the air. Primarily, designers express fear that oversaturation, duplication, and dependence on stock images threatens originality and exclusivity. And in response to the changing culture and demographics of America, there are heartfelt calls for more diversity in image offerings by race, gender, age, and lifestyle. As for possible changes in image sourcing, a vocal minority noted the potential disruption of the camera phone, the looming influence of the cloud, and the possible migration -- not yet substantial -- of stock searches from desktops and laptops to tablets and mobile devices.


Types of Stock Elements Designers Use In Their Work:

Stock Photos 95 percent
Stock Illustration 81 percent
Stock Footage 21 percent
Stock Audio 13 percent

Top 10 Categories Designers Use Most Frequently:


Designer Role in the Licensing/Purchasing Process:

Sole/Primary Decisionmaker 86 percent
Secondary Decisionmaker 13 percent
No Role in Decision 1 percent

Designers Mostly License Royalty Free Images:

Royalty Free 99 Percent
Rights Managed 37 Percent

Many Designers License From A Micropayment Site:

67 Percent

Top 4 Favorite Overall Stock Providers (in order):

Getty Images

The ‘Go-To’ Micropayment Stock Provider:


Top 5 Reasons Designers Choose A Particular Provider:
Affordable Prices
Quality of Collections
• Ease of Search

Freshness of Images
Familiarity With Brand

Top Media For Which Stock Visuals Are Licensed:

Print 93 percent
Digital/Online/Mobile 77 percent


For 50 years, Graphic Design USA has been the business-to-business magazine for graphic design professionals. GDUSA covers news, people, project, trends, technology, products and services. The GDUSA brand now includes a 50,000 visitor-a-month website, two monthly e-newsletters, an iPad App, and several Design Annuals covering the best in Graphic Design, Web Design, Package Design and Corporate Design. The 50th anniversary editorial focus features special reports on the greatest graphic designers, art directors, organizations, and projects (and much more) of the past half-century. Contact:


iStock by Getty Images is the web's original resource for crowd sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, offering millions of hand-picked photos, illustrations, videos and audio tracks. A site “by creatives, for creatives,” iStock started in 2000 as the pioneer micropayment photography site, freeing creatives everywhere to create beautiful communications on a budget. The site has become one of the most successful and profitable user generated content sites in the world. iStock is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images. iStock recently rebranded to marry the freshness, innovation and strength of the iStock brand with the quality, heritage and credibility of Getty Images. Contact:


GDUSA has long had a special focus on stock visual imagery and providers, and carries more editorial and advertising pages on the topic than any other creative magazine. Since 1986, the editors have been conducting an annual benchmark industry survey of how creatives are using stock in their work. This year, the survey was sent to 5,000 GDUSA subscribers selected at random, of which 751 responded. The survey in its entirety will be released in print, online and app in early October.


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RI Auto Accident Lawyer Releases New Informational Graphic on the Dangers of Texting and Driving

(PRWEB) September 02, 2013

Distracted driving has become increasingly commonplace with the growing number of gadgets like cell phones, GPS, iPods, and radios. According to the most recent government statistics, at any given moment there are approximately 660,000 people using electronic devices while driving. Additionally, in just one year 3,331 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted driving and an additional 387,000 people were injured (i). People who have been injured in a distracted driving motor vehicle accident may be able to recover for medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and other losses in a car crash lawsuit.

Texting and driving may be commonplace because people do not fully understand the reality of just how dangerous it is. On July 20, 2013, the Providence Journal reported on a string of fatal car accidents that occurred in Burriville, RI within a two-week period. According to the police, all of these recent accidents were preventable and one involved texting and driving. Witnesses reported that the driver of a Kia was looking down at a cellphone when her Optima veered into another lane striking a Dodge Caravan. The driver of the Kia was killed in the accident as well as one of the passengers who was not wearing a seatbelt. According to the article, the police are looking into installing rumble strips and are going to begin a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving (ii).

Attorney Paul dOliveira stated, It is always tragic to read these types of stories. Texting and driving is especially dangerous at highway speeds because cars can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes to check a cellphone. The injuries caused by these types of car crashes can be life-altering so it is important to have a lawyer who understands all of your options and has the experience to get you the most compensation. Our law firm has helped thousands of clients get the money they need for their injuries.

The texting and driving infographic highlights the dangers of distracted driving by illustrating common injuries like bruises, cuts, fractures, broken bones, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). dOliveira & Associates added this informational graphic to its existing public service announcement (PSA) video in an effort to raise awareness about the true risks of texting and driving. The law firm has successfully handled thousands of auto accident lawsuits and it has experience negotiating with insurance companies. To contact the firm call 1-800-992-6878 or submit a contact form online.

(i) Department of Transportation, Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics.

(ii) Providence Journal, July 20, 2013.


Game Nation Tells Its Story in a New Form of Graphic Novel Introducing GN Archives

Fort Myers, FL (PRWEB) July 03, 2013

Game Nation Theme Park and Resort is proud to announce the release of their first ever hybrid graphic novel, GN Archives. But this is no ordinary tale. The original saga tells "true stories of fictitious events" yet to happen.

Episode 1, Lab Rats, the first in the series of historic hybrid novels, tells the legend of the evolution of Game Nation leading up to GN Celebration. Humans discover the possibility of other worlds worlds where games are real.

Follow the first story as Wake discovers a universe of physics beyond his dreams and possibilities, beyond his imagination. Wake is excited to use his flight pilot training for something meaningful when hes recruited for a top secret, corporate-military joint project. Or he was, until co-workers began suddenly leaving the organization and strange lights started appearing on his flights. Track his journey as he uncovers plots in the organization he works for and tries to unravel the mystery of The Blur. But the revelation doesnt come until November at GN Celebration. Is this coincidence or truth to be uncovered?

The Game Nation Archive series are not novels, nor are they graphic novels. They are a genuine hybrid tale connecting novel and comic book. The series is created and developed by RUKE and written by A.J. Scudiere, with art by Christopher Betancourt. This is the first of its kind, blending reality into fiction and offering real people the opportunity to be written into history as a Game Nation character. Written charactersas well as their human alter egos--will be celebrated at Game Nation Theme Parks and Events. This is a truly unique opportunity for those who join the army of Game Nation.

Game Nation is giving fans the first look at GN Archives before the phenomenon hits. You're invited to join the GN Army and download your free digital copy at and order your copy in limited release only at

About Game Nation Theme Park and Resort

Game Nations mission is to create a realistic experience that immerses the visitor into a story. By combining video game mechanics with interactive physical themed attractions, we are creating the worlds first Experiential Video Game Theme Park and Resort. Visitors will become players as they step into a re-creation of worlds based on popular video games filled with myths, legends and arenas. Instead of just rides, visitors are immersed in a world of total interactivity where, with everything they do, they earn a higher score, experience points and reputation. It is a place where dreams and fantasies will come to life. They will be able to become anything they like and live out the character they create in the actual park. But it's not a video game: its a physical, large-scale theme park and resort.

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Kingstone Comics in Graphic Novels for ‘Eternity’By Best-Seller Randy Alcorn

LEESBURG, Fla (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Aiming to be the worlds largest publisher of Christian comics and biblical-worldview graphic novels, Kingstone Comics announces its June launch of Eternity, the first graphic novel by New York Times best-selling author, Randy Alcorn.

Comics are booming as well as Christian themes in entertainment, Kingstone CEO, Art Ayris said. Anywhere you want to lookTV and Internet shows, movies, books . . . The Bible as the No. 1 rated cable show, or the growing line of faith-based movies. Now why not comics? Randy Alcorn is a leading Christian writer, and now Eternity not only raises the bar but introduces Randy to a new demographic.

In Eternity readers enter first-century Jerusalem and Jesus classic story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, with veteran comic artist Javier Saltares, Eternity depicts two shockingly different spiritual dimensions.

Junior high, high school, college-aged young peopleand older peopleare drawn right in to illustrations of one of Jesus most haunting stories, Alcorn said.

Our goal, Ayris said, is for Kingstone to eventually become the Marvel of the faith market.

Other Kingstone writers include Dr. Marvin Olasky, named one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in the World, and well-known comic book writers Ben Avery and Roland Mann. Kingstones top-ranked artists and illustrators include Saltares, Danny Bulanadi, Kyle Hotz, Sergio Cariello, Jeff Slemons and Brian Williamson.

Kingstone already is known for its ambitious 12-volume Kingstone Bible project; expected to be the most complete graphic adaptation of the Bible ever done and releasing in 2014.

Kingstone Comics distributes through major retailers such as Walmart and through CBA Christian book stores. Kingstone also leads in digital delivery of its comics via Kindle and graphic novels through top comic apps such as ComiXology, iVerse Media as well as the Kingstone Comics app on iPads and Droid devices.

Alcorn, known for the NYT best-seller Heaven and the award-winning Safely Home, also is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit dedicated to teaching an eternal viewpoint and helping the needy.

The 128-page, soft-cover graphic novel is available for pre-order; deliveries begin in June.

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Product Launch Platform Daily Grommet Works with Graphic Designer to Feature New Product, Whooz? Identification Labels for Technology Devices

Lexington, MA (PRWEB) April 04, 2013

Daily Grommet, an online shopping site and product launch platform for innovative and undiscovered products, is working with a graphic designer to feature new Whooz? identification labels for technology devices. Daily Grommet is excited to feature this innovative, festive problem solver as it will give broad appeal to both a young and old demographic.

After Sativa Turner and a roommate had trouble telling apart their identical chargers, she thought about labeling hers with tape or permanent marker. The graphic designer in her couldnt bear to spoil the look with random markings, so she created a more aesthetic -- and much more fun -- identification system. Sativas Whooz stickers are removable vinyl labels for chargers, USB cables and earbuds. Fun designs include Rico, Cindy, Charlene and Dexter (the quirky characters Sativa created to jazz up our peripherals) or go for solid color identifiers. Each pack contains 4 sheets of labels, and each sheet has enough labels to cover one charger, USB cable, and set of earbuds.

Its not uncommon for a single household to have multiple iPhones, iPads and iPods -- which means multiple white power cords plugged into every available outlet. Shared charging stations at airports, libraries and coffee shops are a sea of identical cords, too. When youre seeing iOS accessories here, there and everywhere, Whooz makes yours different.

About Daily Grommet

Daily Grommet is a highly curated online marketplace and launch platform for products of great utility, style or invention that havent hit the big-time yet. Daily Grommet seeks out these unique products, carefully tests them, and produces a video review of each one telling the story behind its creation. Daily Grommet is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce whereby regular people form the commerce experience by suggesting products that reflect their values and interests. Citizen Commerce turns the typical top down retailer approach sideways, encourages global product innovation from small producers, and satisfies the consumers need to know the stories behind and origins of favorite products. The company was also just named one of the hottest sites of 2013 by Internet Retailer. For more information, visit


Graphic Products Launches Online Safety News Center

Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 19, 2013

Graphic Products, Inc. has established a comprehensive online news center,, which aggregates blogs, magazine and online news articles, and other news sources related to industrial safety, compliance with OSHA and other standards.

In todays competitive marketplace, one way to differentiate yourself is through the quality of the information you provide your customers, prospects, and industry influencers, explained Steve Stevenson, Chief Marketing Officer, Graphic Products. Our intention is to stay connected and engaged with our target audiences through social media outlets such as Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. The news center combines all these resources into a single destination.

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Graphic Evidence design and develop branding and website for and innovative, new and secure online policy manager Policy Buddy

London (PRWEB UK) 26 November 2012

Graphic Evidence began by creating strong branding for Policy Buddy, which was implemented throughout the site. The Graphic Evidence website designers then completed website design and web coding including functions to ensure the security of the information on the site.

Users of the site benefit from an easy to use interface that stores all information on uploaded policies, including documents such as insurance certificates. The Policy Manager keeps track of the total amount spent on policies and sends to policy holder an auto-renew email thirty days prior to the policy expiration.

Another function of the site is Quote Manager which can be used when a policy is about to expire. Quote Manager allows users of Policy Buddy to review other offers from a variety of companies, to compare prices of the variants.

Although there are plenty of good comparison sites around, no one allows us to save all of our current insurance policy information in one place. There have been plenty of occasions when we've needed quick access to check on something whilst at work but the documentation was at home. To us this is a logical step and something that is really missing from the market place say the creators behind the idea Klinton Marett and Georgina Jones.

"Whilst looking for a design company to assist us in creating our brand, designing our website and putting together the database behind the service, we came accross Graphic Evidence. Upon meeting with them, it was immediately apparent that they were the best people for the job. They understood our brief and vision from the outset and contributed valuable ideas to enhance our service. We are delighted with the way the branding and website have developed.

As a creative marketing company, Graphic Evidence offer a wide range of services including print design, packaging design, website design, branding and public relations. To see examples of our completed projects, please visit

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