Tasmanian operators Flying Colours, Focal Printing and Mercury Walch were the big winners at the island state’s Diemen Awards, talking out nine, eight and seven awards respectively. The Grand Diemen, Tasmania’s equivalent of the judge’s choice award, was given to Focal Printing for the second year running. The Diemens are the Tassie PICAs, and recognise best practice and excellence in design, print, packaging, print finishing and visual communication fields.
The Tasmanian branch of the PIAA revitalised the name and format of the PICA awards two years ago and now host the event independently. PIAA chief executive and award administrator Jason Allen is confident the awards re-energise members of the print industry. He says, ““[The awards are] a nod to the importance of the effectiveness that print has in our lives, and the innovation transformation the industry and members are currently going through,” he says. The Diemen award winners are: Focal Printing: Invitations (TasInvest) Brochures/leaflets (Taste of Mediterranean) Post cards and greeting cards (Suicide Prevention) Presentation folders (accurium), Newsletters (Elizabeth College 2015), Booklets, catalogues and magazines (Tas 50), Book printing (The Mountain), Small printing business award Grand Diemen (The Mountain) Flying Colours Young Executive of the Year (Matthew Lowe) Rising star (Mystate Aussie outback experience) Business cards (Sims Property) Envelopes (All new unbreakable Hilux), Labels offset printed (Ashgrove) Packaging (House of Fudge) Multi piece productions and campaigns (Clifford Craig Festival), Wild card (festivale) Mercury Walch One, two or three colour item (SCR Letterheads) Stationary sets (Nest Property) Brochures/leaflets (Friends Donation Card) Calendars (Wild Tasmania) Annual reports (Hyrdo) Digital printing (Ate Brochure) Commercial items (Socket Man) Abels Labels– Labels (Shiploads) Embellishment (Captain Bligh’s Colonial Ale), Artposter Imagetec- Digital printing (Remastering Peter Dombrovskis), Futago– Design Grand Diemen (Poltergeist Gin) Direct mail (Christmas Gift) Packaging and labelling presentation (Poltergeist Gin) Stationary (Tasmanian Wool Centre Identity) Walker Designs- Wild card (Chalmers Church Interior) Posters (Launceston Airport Walkway Signage) Digital Grand Diemen (Blue Derby Website) Websites (Blue Derby) Everything Everything- Image creation/photographic (Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania) Red Jelly- Brand identity (Forty Spotted) Liminal Graphics- Corporate, service, event, publishing communications (Colonial Afterlives) Kate Hepper Design- Typography (Quote Poster Typography) Beechnut Design- Rising star (TasTafe studio showcase publication) Southern Cross Television- Sound design (Road Safety Advisory Council), Digital rising star (Ricoh-swimming) Pananda- Digital moving experience (The Wanderer) Digital Ink– Digital wild card (200 Collins Energy Display)
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