Contribute the best work you've done this year to AIGA Arizona's design archive and be entered to win Best of 2022 honors at Phoenix Design Week!
The Best of 2022 project is part of an ongoing initiative by AIGA Arizona to catalog and chronicle the people and creativity that make up Arizona's vibrant design community. Each year since 2014, the Best Of exhibition has been shown in person at the Phoenix Design Week conference, and after the past two virtual years, we’re thrilled to bring it back to real life at Phoenix Art Museum.
All entries (space permitting) will be presented in a physical display during the Phoenix Design Week: KEEP IT REAL conference on Saturday and Sunday, September 24–25, 2022, as well as in an online gallery for digital entries. In a “people’s choice” contest, attendees at the conference will cast votes for their favorite. The entry that receives the most votes will be announced as Best of 2022 at the end of the conference on Sunday, September 25. The AIGA AZ board of directors may also choose to award special recognition depending on the number of entries and votes received.
The Best Of 2022 winner receives a free pass to next year’s Phoenix Design Week, a blog profile on our website, and is included in the graphics for the following year – just like Jen Flaks' winning entry from 2021 featured in the background of the header above.
In the voting, viewers are asked to evaluate each entry and vote for the one(s) that exhibit the best that design can be. When deciding what to submit, consider how your project:
Solves a challenge in a unique way
Communicates a message effectively
Demonstrates an inspired degree of creativity, talent, and skill
Makes excellent use of the medium – printed or digital
Marks a significant milestone or point in time
Surprises and delights your audience
Is a source of pride for you!
The rules are easy: There is no entry fee – yay! The only requirements are (a) you must have been a resident of Arizona at the time the piece was created, (b) the project was first created between October 15, 2021 and September 2, 2022, and (c) there is a limit of 2 entries per person/firm (for items such as a brand project or a campaign, please submit multiple related executions as a single entry).
Hint: Don’t get hung up on the “Best Of” title – if you’ve worked on something this year that you are justifiably proud of, please send it in. The true goal of this initiative is to build AIGA Arizona’s historical archive of the designers that live and work in our state, the clients and organizations we work for, and the design trends over the years. And having your work displayed IRL at Phoenix Art Museum this year – hello, how awesome is that?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 2, 2022
No matter who you are — individual designer, agency, in-house group, and students — we want to see and show off what you have been working on this year. Ready, set, go: show us YOUR best of 2022!
Have a previous year's project to contribute to the ongoing AIGA AZ Design Archive? Go ahead and use this form to send it in – just enter the original date it was created or launched. We're gradually building online galleries from all previous years' Best Of submissions, as well as any other noteworthy work for each year.