Design 730 Competition + Night Out with the Judges


AIGA Cleveland invites you to mingle with three of our internationally-acclaimed Design 730 judges at a special Night Out with the Judges event on Saturday, April 6 at the new Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City. We're honored to be hosting such esteemed judges in Cleveland and we're excited to introduce them to you.

In line with AIGA's upcoming centennial celebration, the theme of the evening will be Head, Heart and Hand, the three attributes that AIGA has deemed critical to modern design practice. Attendees will have a chance to converse with each judge in small groups throughout the evening as they discuss how they have struck a balance between their heads, hearts, and hands to achieve success in the field. All are welcome - this event is not to be missed!



Contributing members: $15 | Supporting and Sustaining members: $10 | Design Leaders and Trustees: Free
Student members: $5 | Student non-members: $10
Friends and non-members: $20

Special thanks to Karen Skunta & Company for their additional support and help making this event a success!


Ann Willoughby
Ann is the Founder, President and Chief Creative Director of Willoughby Design, a brand innovation and identity design firm established in 1978. She has developed brand identities and campaigns for United Nation’s Deliver Now, Kauffman Labs, Park Place Development, Noodles & Co., SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Feng, Lee Jeans, Hallmark Cards, Hershey’s and Blue Valley CAPS School. She served on the AIGA National Board of Directors and in 2006 was named Kansas City’s first national AIGA Fellow. Ann is a designer, illustrator, international speaker, design judge, teacher, writer, and expert in sustainable design.

Jake Lefebure
Jake is a co-founding partner and CEO of Design Army, where he oversees new business and creative development. In 2009, Jake was named by Graphic Design USA as one of the top 50 People to Watch and has been featured by every notable design organization, including AIGA 365, American Advertising Federation, Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, New York Art Directors Club, the One Show, PRINT, SPD, Type Directors Club, Novum (Germany), Applied Arts and Coupe (Canada), and Art4D (Thailand).

Tim Belonax
Tim is a San Francisco-based designer, writer, and advocate whose work for nonprofits and corporations has been recognized internationally. He has studied design at CalArts and the Rhode Island School of Design. Tim was a design fellow at Chronicle Books before working at the design office Mine™. He’s a member of the socially-driven design group, Project M, and currently works at Facebook. He also holds a seat on the AIGA San Francisco board of directors as Social Impact Co-Chair.

The entire Design 730 judges panel includes the above mentioned three judges and two remote interactive judges: Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza, co-founding partner and Creative Director of OAT and Jay David, Interactive Creative Director at TOKY.



We are no longer accepting  submissions for the competition. The judging will take place the morning of April 6th and final selections will be on display and winners announced at a reception at Cleveland State University’s new Art Gallery, where top honors will be awarded on Friday, May 10, 2013. Winning entries will receive a Certificate of Recognition and the winning selections will be published in the Design 730 Awards Catalog. In addition to category winners, six entries will be awarded Judges’ Choice plaques. Judges will choose pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and effective at solving creative challenges from the following: Integrated Campaigns, Identity, 2D Design, 3D Design, Interactive and Student Work.



Email Lisa Heath, if you have questions about your entry. Email Laura Biel, if you have questions about the Night Out with the Judges event on Saturday, April 6.

Rights and Permissions: Winning entrants grant AIGA Cleveland the right to reproduce the winning pieces in the AIGA Cleveland Design 730 Competition Awards Catalog. Winning entries may also appear on our website,, and in any and all materials and media produced for promotional purposes.

Non-profit Statement: AIGA Cleveland is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001