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Joseph Binder Award 2020: The winning projects have been announced!

The winning projects in Austria’s only internationally organised competition for graphic design & illustration have been announced, with two Austrian projects having won gold.

The international jury of experts awarded six gold, eighteen silver, and seven bronze trophies among a record number of 1,029 submissions from 46 countries. As many as 24 projects received distinctions, and in the independent Design Fiction category, prize money worth 10,000 euros was divided up among five entries. It was for the first time that a particularly promising project by a young talent was honoured with the Henry Steiner Prize. The prize-winning projects will be on view at designforum Wien in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier until 28 February 2021 in an exhibition themed »What A Year!«, and they will be presented in a comprehensive catalogue.

The top selection of outstanding works by graphic designers and illustrators from Austria and the international design scene was announced on 12 November 2020 in an award show on film screened on designaustria’s YouTube channel. The film will continue to be available for streaming.

International record participation
Defying the limitations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joseph Binder Award 2020 stands out for the highest number of submissions ever, entered by national and international creatives. In addition to projects from Austria as the host country, the jury assessed work from Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and others.

Gold trophies
Gold trophies were awarded to Zeughaus Design (Austria) for »Altes Hallenbad« (Category Corporate Design), to TOFU Studio (Poland) for »The Legends« (Category Communication Design), to designgruppe koop (Germany) for »Essen in Franken/Food in Franconia« (Category Information Design), to Yulu Zhou (China) for »Insect Science Popularization 2019« (Category Poster Design), to gggrafik (Germany) for »Staatstheater Darmstadt, Season 2019/20« (Category Poster Design) and to Huangart/LWZ (Austria) for »MAK LAB APP« (Category Screen Design).

Altogether 28 prize-winning projects from Austria
Two gold, six silver, and four bronze trophies, as well as one special prize in the Design Fiction category and as many as fifteen distinctions were assigned to projects from Austria.

A premier: The Henry Steiner Prize
The Henry Steiner Prize, donated by designaustria’s honorary member Henry Steiner, the inventor of cross cultural design, was awarded for the first time and went to the promising young-talent project »Migrant Journal« by Offshore Studio in Switzerland.

This year’s competition is documented in the JBA20 Book of Winners, which presents all of the prize-winning and shortlisted projects, as well as the members of the international jury. The catalogue can be ordered from designaustria at the price of 27.50 euros (incl. 5% VAT). Mail to:

Winners of Joseph Binder Awards 2020

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