Exhibit A: Design Group celebrates three package design awards in the 2014 GDUSA American Package Design Awards.

GDUSA’s annual American Package Design Awards has awarded Exhibit A: Design Group three Certificates of Excellence in a diverse range of consumer categories.

“Package design plays an important role within the integrated brand programs we create,” says Cory Ripley, Principal and Creative Director of Exhibit A: Design Group. “We know that no matter the category, breakthrough consumer relationships can begin on the shelf. Having each of these projects recognized and awarded within our industry is further proof that the brand packaging we create garners attention.”

For five decades, GDUSA (Graphic Design USA) has sponsored national design competitions that celebrate excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. Of these, the American Package Design Awards, sponsored by Neeenah, is the fastest growing. “The reason is simple but profound: marketers are challenged as never before to convey their message,” says Gordon Kaye, GDUSA Editor and Publisher. “Package design—along with the related disciplines of point-of-purchase design, and in-store graphics—are increasingly the difference maker in the consumer’s purchasing decision. The American Package Design Awards celebrates well-designed graphics, of course, but also the power of design to advance the brand promise and forge an emotional connection with the buyer at the moment of truth.”

Entries in this year’s competition soared to more than 1,800, up 12 per cent from last year. A highly selective one-in-five are recognized with Certificates of Excellence.

This year, Exhibit A: Design Group received recognition in the categories of:
Wine and Liquor – Left Field Cider Co. Packaging Series  ~ images
Food and Beverage – Great Wall Tea Co. Packaging Series  ~ images
Health and Beauty –  Sapadilla Soap Co. Packaging Series  ~ images

The awarded packaging design projects are all part of comprehensive brand platforms. The recognition speaks to Exhibit A: Design Group’s marketing expertise and ability to create impactful brands for clients in a range of consumer categories.

“Our core specialty service is developing successful packaging design through well-defined strategies,” says Ripley. “As a result, we understand how to leverage package design to showcase diverse brands, tell unique brand stories and make emotional connections with varied consumer types.”

For information and image requests contact the studio by email or call 604.873.1583.

About Graphic Design USA (GDUSA)
Since 1963, Graphic Design USA has been the business-to-business magazine for graphic design professionals. GDUSA covers news, people, projects, trends, technology, products and services of interest to creative professionals. The brand now includes a 50,000-visitors-a-month website, two monthly enewsletters, an iPad App, and print and online Design Annuals in critical areas of interest to creative professionals. In 2013, GDUSA celebrated its 50th anniversary. www.gdusa.com

About Neenah
For more than 100 years Neenah has been an innovative leader in the creation and manufacture of premium and specialty paper needs. Headquartered near Atlanta, GA, Neenah Paper is committed to producing only superior quality products and developing new technologies that meet the needs of designers, consumers, printers and merchants. The company offers a wide range of unique and premium packaging and label papers.

About Exhibit A: Design Group
Exhibit A: Design Group is a brand-building agency specializing in strategy, development and design for consumer brands and retail. The small, highly focused studio empowers clients to position physical, intellectual and emotional experiences, brands and products by way of solid strategy while achieving design at the highest level. Exhibit A: Design Group’s combination of marketing and creativity results in award-winning name creation, brand and identity design, point-of purchase, packaging design, retail environment design, and web & interactive design. www.exhibitadesigngroup.com

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