Posted Monday, April 25th, 2016

Competed Against 6,000 Entries to Capture Gold and Silver Awards

County College of Morris Professor of Graphic Design, Stephen H. Longo, has captured several awards in an international design competition for his unique work.

Gold Award poster

Gold Award poster

He was presented with a Gold Award of Excellence and two Silver Awards of Distinction in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards competition.

The Gold Award was in the print advertising category for a poster designed for a CCM Department of Art and Design exhibition. Both Silver Awards were for a dimensional direct mail campaign for Team One, a marketing communications agency in Lyndhurst.

“The challenge with the poster was how do I communicate the various disciplines that would be represented in an art exhibition?” said Long, who lives in West Orange. “I explored many concepts and through the critical thinking stage, it developed into using a hand with the fingers representing various tools used by designers and artists.”

The Team One direct mail campaign he designed was tailored to an audience of top corporate decision makers and was customized for each recipient.

Stephen H. Longo

Stephen H. Longo

“The response rate was over 75 percent, which is unheard of in the direct-mail industry,” Longo said. “The average response to a conventional direct-mail piece nationally is one half of 1 percent.”

The 2015 Communicator Awards had more than 6,000 entries received from across the U.S. and around the world. It is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

The awards were judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, a 600-plus member organization. It is an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms.

“All the entries were judged by an international jury and I felt honored by the awards,” said Longo. “When a majority of the judges see a positive and unique communication value in a piece, it reinforces my direction and motivates me even more. The design field is extremely challenging and it is nice when other designers applaud your work.”