Archive for January, 2013

The ADCNJ is celebrating its 50th year as New Jersey’s only association for Art Directors, Illustrators, Photographers and other creative individuals involved in the creative development process of the communications industry. This years Awards Show is being chaired by Brec Morgan and Tara Orlando of the CAG Brand First group. This also marks the first time in our club’s evolution where all entries will be submitted on line, including membership fees. The deadline for submission of your best work is March 15th, so start compiling your entries, photographing the best of your work and then submitting them right on our adcnj.org site. As in the past, medal winners may be required to submit actual pieces for hanging during the Awards Show dinner, to be held at The Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ on Wed., May 15th. Submission is streamlined to make it easy for entrants to upload all necessary data and project information, so, stop sitting around reading this and get your best work uploaded so you can finally boast about winning an ADCNJ award. It’s that simple.

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Renowned Mardi Gras artist Andrea Mistretta will be on hand with the original painting of the 2013 edition in her famed New Orleans Mardi Gras poster series. Over 28 consecutive years, the posters have become a true New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition. Mistretta will sign posters and her awarding-winning book, “Mardi Gras Parade of Posters,” with a foreword by Mr. Mardi Gras himself, Blaine Kern. Her poster series will be on display through May.

A Year in the Life: Backstage to Onstage at Universal Orlando Resort, an exhibition that gives visitors an exclusive look at the extensive process that goes into bringing the theme park’s iconic annual events to life, running through January 26, 2014. Opening with Mardi Gras, the exhibition will change prior to each Universal Orlando Resort® event season: Halloween Horror Nights, summer lagoon show and parade, and finally the holidays, focusing on The Macy’s Holiday Parade and performances of holiday music by Mannheim Steamroller.
The Exhibition runs January 26, 2013, through January 26, 2014.

Montclair State University Team Wins Both Awards

From left to right: Presentation Winners Carlos Norat, Lusine Katrjyan, Charles Leenstra, Meghan Dougherty, Juan Villanueva, join client Jenna Wetmore from "Morning Glory."

From left to right: Presentation Winners Carlos Norat, Lusine Katrjyan, Charles Leenstra, Meghan Dougherty, Juan Villanueva, join client Jenna Wetmore from “Morning Glory.”

L to R: Holding the winning logo/sign design is Carlos Norat, joined by fellow team members Lusine Katrjyan, Juan Villanueva, Meghan Dougherty, Charles Leenstra, and client Jenna Wetmore from "Morning Glory".

L to R: Holding the winning logo/sign design is Carlos Norat, joined by fellow team members Lusine Katrjyan, Juan Villanueva, Meghan Dougherty, Charles Leenstra, and client Jenna Wetmore from “Morning Glory”.

This year’s Design Derby client was “Morning Glory,” a thrift and gift shop whose profits benefit DASI services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families in Sussex County. http://www.dasi.org/morning_glory_store.php

The competition, sponsored by the club’s Education Committee and Smith Design, was held at the Newton campus of Sussex County Community College. The event brings together schools from throughout the state.

This year’s results were noteworthy as, for the first time, a single team captured all honors. A team from Montclair State University won both the Presentation Award and the Design Award.

Thanks to new club President Sherry Fitzgerald and her dedicated colleagues at Sussex County Community College for once again hosting the event, Smith Design for their continued support of the Education Committee and all students and professors that participated.

A special acknowledgement goes out to club member Nikki Pedersen who participated in his 17th Design Derby.

From left: Brec Morgan, Conrad Winter, Patricia, Tara, Laraine Blauvelt, Linda Lemos, James Smith, Jenna Smith, Robert Ryan, Sherry Fitzgerald, John Luttropp, Andrew George and Justin Martucci.

From left: Brec Morgan, Conrad Winter, Paula Maylan, Tara Orlando, Laraine Blauvelt, Linda Lemos, James Smith, Jenna Smith, Robert Ryan, Sherry Fitzgerald, John Luttropp, Andrew George and Justin Martucci.

The passing of the gavel from Jenna Smith (President 2010-2012), to Sherry Fitzgerald took place at the last ADCNJ Board meeting.  Jenna, who in her second term, endured a literal “Baptism Under Fire” in serving our association when she undertook both, the Presidency and the Show Chair and turned in a wonderful performance, embellished with style and grace.  We hope you will sit on the board and keep our boat on course.

Sherry Fitzgerald joins us as our new President and business manager and brings with her a wealth of personal experience both as a graphic designer and educator. Sherry is the program coordinator at Sussex County College and infused the board with her exuberance and hope for our members and industry in the coming years. Also joining our board is Andrew George, a package designer and educator who works with Sherry at Sussex Community College. I got to interview them about what they would like to accomplish and how they see the ADCNJ’s future and you can watch the video of that interview here.

Sherry Fitzgerald (left) takes the helm of the ADCNJ Board from Jenna Smith (right).

Sherry Fitzgerald (left) takes the helm of the ADCNJ from Jenna Smith.

Some of the newer members, Brec Morgan and Tara Orlando from CAG Design also volunteered to Chair and manage this year’s awards show (our 50th Anniversary) and Justin Martucci from Nicklefish insured that this year we will be able to automate the entry application on our website.