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Uncle Floyd kept the crowd laughing with his rapid fire delivery of jokes.

The 49th Annual ADCNJ Awards Show was a raging success. Over 117 awards for creativity were bestowed on the best creative work from NJ based Agencies and Art Directors, Designers, Photographers, Illustrators and Videographers. Watch the video.

Uncle Floyd was our comedic host for the show and he did not let anyone down as he kept the audience in stitches with his riff on growing up Italian in Paterson, NJ. He vetoed video so all I can share are photos, but he certainly delivered the right boost of humor. All 205 attendees laughed at Floyd’s Italian anecdotes and tales of his unusual career.  His rapid-fire delivery style allowed him to find everybody’s funny bone and tickle it.

For the first time since its inception, the Lew Kraut Award was given to 2 people in the same year, James Smith of Smith Design for his unceasing dedication and support to the ADCNJ’s educational programs and Ken Gruskin for his devotion to education and support of the Thinking Creatively Conference’s- Let’s Charrette event which he initiated and nurtures for the third straight year.

The Birchwood Manor, provided the delicious victuals, making our Awards Show the best in the state. I mean, where else do you get lobster tails and steak for dinner?

My favorite has always been the raw bar. It elevates our show from all others. I mean where else can you get lobster tails, cherrystones on the half, fresh oysters and all the shrimp you can eat. Wait, you can eat all of the above at our event. No rubber chicken here. OK, I have had rubber chicken dinners all over the state and if you’ve seen my restaurant videos you probably would concede that my taste buds might be slightly more seasoned than most, so when I say that the Birchwood is my favorite venue for our show, well, I disclosed.

Rose Gonnella, Executive Director of the Robert Busch School of Arts at Kean University explains the Thinking Creatively Conference to the crowd. Next year will be the tenth anniversary if Thinking Creatively and the ADCNJ has been supporting this and many other education related events.

It was agreed, by everybody I spoke with, that Jenna Smith of Smith Design did a fantastic job of herding the cats to make this show a success and that Rose Gonnella of Kean University was cited for her insight in creating and managing the Thinking Creatively Conference for the past 10 years.

Students from County College of Morris, Kean University and Montclair State University picked up most of the 9 Scholarships for their creative work and also helped me set up the show the day before.

View the 2011 ADCNJ Scholarship Winners and their work here.

Our event coordinator Sue Sabol of Opulent Events performed so well in managing this nightmare that the ADCNJ we’ll probably be seeing more of them in our future.  A special thanks to Nicklefish for the cupcake souvenir gift and for Peluso Caterers for making them so good. Was that really a red velvet cake?

Robert Rose and John Mistretta discuss their services with show participants during the cocktail hour. Digi-Chrome Studios became a sponsor for our event.

Digi-Chrome Studios became a new sponsor for our show and while I was speaking with John Mistretta, their Sales Manager, when I asked him if he was related to NJ’s famous Illustrator, Andrea Mistretta. sadly he said he wasn’t. Andrea, however, was in attendance so I brought them together to see if any relatives were connected. Perry, Andrea’s husband was busy capturing me on his video as I was getting him on mine. I kept it in my video.

James Smith who became one of this year’s Lew Kraut Award winner and President of Smith Design, a Best in Show Winner, stands with Kelly Rabkin, who won the Smith Design Packaging Scholarship Award.

Best of Show winners were Pantone and Smith Design, both provided exemplary work and the President’s Award went to Jenna Smith and we know that was well deserved. Now you can stand erect, Jenna. It’s all over.

Jenna Smith, ADCNJ President with Giovanni Marra, Creative Director of Pantone, another winner of the prestigious Best of Show Award. Pantone has been a generous supporter of many ADCNJ educational events. Congratulations, Gio.

A special award, for her dedication to rounding up judges for our show, setting up the judging and ensuring a fair show, went to Nancy Fisher. Having passed that job onto Nancy, I can tell you stories of bad weather, drunk Art Directors and Illustrators who only gave out low scores to every entry for no other reason than their ego. Nancy has more tact than I do.

Congratulations to all the winners and I look forward to seeing many of you at next year’s 50th Annual ADCNJ Awards Show.

The planning starts now. If you have some ideas, I urge you to join the Show Committee and share them.

Have a nice summer.

Special thanks to Frank Peluso for these great photos, the Cuppa Cabana for the coffee bar, all of the students from Montclair State and Kean that helped to set up the show and to all of the entrants who made this show so successful.

Submitted by Harvey Hirsch, Member at Large, ADCNJ.

Harvey Hirsch, ADCNJ Video Blogger, Steve Longo, Professor at County College of Morris, Jon Weiman, Professor at Bloomfield College and Robert Ryan, President of CMYK Printing take a break from the show to pose for a photo.

Student presents his ideas to team during this year's Let's Charrette, creative shoot-out, held during Kean College's Thinking Creatively conference.

Former ADCNJ President, Deborah Rivera, third from left, mentors her team as they compete in this year's Let's Charrette event during Kean College's Thinking Creatively conference. 

This year’s annual Thinking Creatively conference, hosted by Kean College featured the creative shoot out where students, studying graphic design, architecture and interior design, join forces to compete for bragging rights at the Let’s Charrette event.

Al Montagna's team presents their concepts.

Al Montagna, President of Small Earth Visual Communications, discusses concepts with his team. Sponsored by ADCNJ members, The Gruskin Group, for the third year in a row, the Charrette pitted ten teams composed of ten students, who design a retail environment, a product identity program, a multi-channel marketing campaign and product packaging with the guidance of a mentor from one of the cited industries.

Students present early ideas for approval from their team mentor, Jay Beispiel

This year, the product was a customizable sneaker, made on-demand, and the students had to create this experience for the consumer based on their own experiences.

ADCNJ Communications Chair and Gruskin Group Creative Director, Jeff Barcan advises students in their teams presentation.

Teams were given three-hours to develop and lay-out their ideas onto large presentation boards and then make a personal presentation to the crowd. Competitors learned the value of working as a team and the real-life deadline pressure to create a unified pitch, an invaluable skill that is not usually taught as part of the college curriculum of graphic design.

Ken Gruskin and John Weiman, center, discuss strategies for getting student presentations to be dynamic.

Join me as I interview the sponsors, mentors and students to delve into what we call creativity and how it can be wielded in many forms. And, of course, which team was judged the best.