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November 18, 2015

For More Information Contact:
Judy Durham
703/264-7200
jdurham@npes.org

GAERF LAUNCHES 2016 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

Entrants Challenged to Demonstrate Creativity with Ability to Design and Print an Engaging Infographic

Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition, themed Infograph It! This eighth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting-edge technology to design and create an engaging printed item with an infographic—defined as a visual graphic that presents complex information or data quickly and clearly—on the topic of their choice.  The design must also incorporate a reference, URL or other, to the source of information on their chosen topic.  Entries will be judged on design, ability to convey information quickly, and inclusion of reference to the information source.  One secondary and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second and third place awards.

The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

First place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend GRAPH EXPO 16 in Orlando, FL. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 16’s Career Awareness Day, Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  Second place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will receive $1,000.

“GAERF is proud to continue its commitment to supporting education initiatives by encouraging creativity and self-expression in students through the art of design and production,” said GAERF President Ralph Nappi. “This year’s competition centers on effective graphic design to convey complex information and will serve to recognize our best and brightest students, as well as the significant commitment of their instructors.”

For complete information about the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition visit: graphicCOMMcentral.org/gaerf2016.

About GAERF
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation was created in 1983 by the Graphic Arts Show Company’s (GASC) three founding partners: Epicomm, NPES and Printing Industries of America.   GAERF’s mission is to develop the next generation workforce for the graphic arts industry.  GAERF is managed and directed by NPES from their headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit the GAERF website at: www.gaerf.org or phone toll-free: (866) 381-9839.