Close to Perfection
Judgement Day for the Excellence Awards contest is a special day at the offices of packagePRINTING. The judges—this year including Peter Menzian, DuPont –Imaging Technologies; Jim Flynn, Gallus; Joe Hamway, Mark Andy; and Bob Waddington, UVitec Printing Ink—contribute greatly to the success of the program with their high level of expertise and a commitment to conscientious evaluation.
This year's contest brought in a total of 82 awards, including 28 first-place awards and the Best of Show. Selection of the Best of Show winner is always a challenge; all the first-place category winners are eligible, so the judges start with top-notch entries. This year was especially difficult. After working hard to pare it down to two final candidates, the judges compared what they felt was "a phenomenal label" against one that was "close to perfection."
In the end, Spear's (www.spearsystem.com) "Mogen David Pomegranate," came in an exceptionally close second. It was described as a "tough, killer job" by Hamway, with line work that Menzian felt was "dynamite."
Spear can take some consolation in finishing neck and neck with a label Hamway said was probably "the best reproduction I've ever seen." packagePRINTING's 2009 Best of Show honors went to All Stick Label's (ASL, www.allsticklabel.com) "Panama Jack's French Vanilla Cream" entry. Waddington was especially impressed with the vignettes in the label, which were "clean and clear," and the screen printing, especially in the fine text, which he called "phenomenal."
It was clear to the judges that the Panama Jack's entry was a complex design that incorporated a lot of different technologies. Steve Durham, senior account manager for the customer, Andrew Peller Ltd., said that ASL's sales and operations teams worked directly with the customer and the design firm, Design Source, early in the development stage to identify special treatments for the package. "The bird and the banner were areas of focus, and the resulting effects in these areas were achieved through this collaborative approach," he said.
Related story: packagePRINTING's 2009 Excellence Awards Slideshow