Joseph Binder Award 2018, Austria


April 15, 2018

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International Competition: Graphic Design and Illustration

The Joseph Binder Award is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched in 1996 by designaustria, the interest organization and knowledge centre for design in Austria. It 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.

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.

Graphic designers, illustrators, advertising agencies and students from all over the world are invited to enter their works realized in 2016 and after by 28 February (early bird) or 15 April 2018.

The Joseph Binder Award is held every two years. The entries are assessed by an international jury of experts. Previous jury panels included such recognized authorities as Cordula Alessandri, Lo Breier, Gerd Dumbar, Fons Hickmann, Freda Sack, Stefan Sagmeister, Niklaus Troxler, and Lars Müller.

»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.


Participation is open to graphic designers, illustrators, advertising agencies and to design students from all over the world. They may enter projects in the fields of graphic design and illustration published or realised in 2016 and after. The number of entries is not limited.


A. Graphic Design

01   Corporate Design
Corporate identity programmes, logotypes, office stationary, etc.

02   Communication Design
Ads, mailings, leaflets, brochures, annual reports, small-sized printed matter, etc.

03   Information Design
User instructions, signage systems, forms, diagrams, etc.

04   Type Design
Fonts, lettering, etc.

05   Poster Design
Indoor and outdoor posters of all formats and genres

06   Editorial Design
Books (fiction and non-fiction), art and exhibition catalogues, annual reports, magazines, newspapers, etc.

07   Packaging Design
Packaging graphics, labels, etc.

08   Screen Design
Websites, microsites, apps, interface design, newsletter, software design, etc.

B. Illustration

01   Book Illustration
Illustrations for children’s books, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novels, etc.

02   Media Illustration
Illustrations for periodicals, newspapers, etc.

03   Commercial Illustration
Illustrations for advertising media, etc.

04   Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications
Illustrations for diverse communication media, animations, game design, storyboards, etc.

C. Design Fiction (special category)

Unpublished works, independent/non-commercial projects, unrealised concepts, student projects, etc. in all disciplines

Works to be entered in several categories must be registered separately for each category.

This competition assesses exclusively works in the field of graphic design and illustration.

Selection Process: two-stage jury (1. online jury, 2. offline jury)

In a first round, the jury will rate all of the projects entered online. Those projects scoring highest will subsequently have to be sent in the form of printed examples (if available) and be assessed physically at designforum Wien in June 2018.


For taking part you are required to register online. For each entry, a separate registration form containing details on the project (short description with max. 1,000 characters, relevant images), information on the team and the client must be filled in online. This form will serve as an administrative aid and as the basis for a possible future publication of the project in the catalogue and exhibition. Students are asked to enclose a confirmation of studies.

For each entry successfully registered you will receive a confirmation via e-mail containing an individual entry number.

Participants whose submission(s) has/have been nominated by the jury for the second round will be notified in early June 2018 and will receive further information and formal leads on the physical entry(ies).

Fees and Payment


  Regular Reduced for members* Students
First entry 115 euros 90 euros 55 euros
For each further entry 80 euros 65 euros 40 euros

Early Bird: 10% discount on entry fees

Production Fee (for catalogue and exhibition)

For entries selected by the international jury to be published in the bilingual catalogue (German/English) and presented in the exhibition, entrants will be charged a fee to cover parts of the production costs in the amount of 390 euros (incl. 20% VAT) per entry (for a double-page spread). Entrants whose projects have been selected will receive two free copies of the catalogue per published entry. They will receive a 50% discount when ordering further copies. No printing fees will be charged in the Design Fiction category.

International Jury

An international jury of experts will assess the projects entered in two rounds: first in the online selection process and, as a next step, in the original.

The jury for 2018:

  • Susanne Breitfeld
    Communication Designer, Mainz/Germany
  • Markéta Cole 
    Graphic Designer, Prague/Czech Republic
  • Peter Diamond
    Illustrator, Vienna/Austria & Canada
  • Bärbel Fritz
    Communication Designer, Zurich/Switzerland
  • Francesco E. Guida
    Communication Designer & Professor, Milan/Italy
  • Christina John
    Communication Designer, Munich/Germany
  • Boris Kochan
    Communication Designer, Munich/Germany
  • Torsten Meyer-Bogya
    Communication Designer, Kiel/Germany
  • Erich Monitzer
    Typographer, Vienna/Austria
  • Olaf Mühlmann
    Graphic Designer, Paris/France
  • Daniela Olejníková
    Illustrator & Graphic Designer, Bratislava/Slovakia
  • Hugo Puttaert
    Graphic Designer, Brussels/Belgium
  • Jesper von Wieding
    Strategic Creative Director, Copenhagen/Denmark

Members of the jury are excluded from participation in the competition. There will be no correspondence on the jury or its decisions.


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, scientific, and non-commercial activities in the fields of graphic design and illustration, cash prizes will be awarded in the Design Fiction category in addition to the trophies:

First prize: 2,500 euros 
Second prize: 2,000 euros 
Third 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. The jury may withhold or reallocate awards and money prizes. All entrants will be notified of the results after both jury processes (May and June 2018).

Award Ceremony, Catalogue, and Exhibition

The winners will be publicly disclosed on 8 November 2018 within the framework of a festive presentation of the selected and prize-winning entries, to be held in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier. On the occasion of the award ceremony, a catalogue will appear containing all of the selected and prize-winning entries and introducing the members of the jury. Furthermore, the awarded projects will be presented for a period of several weeks in an exhibition at designforum Wien and afterwards as touring exhibition in several European cities.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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Publish Date
March 27, 2018