PHXDW Best of 2018 Exhibition – Call for Entries

Claim your rightful place as part of Arizona’s design legacy by contributing your work and your insights to AIGA Arizona’s Best of 2018 Exhibition.

Back again for a fifth year, the Best of 2018 will be displayed during the Phoenix Design Week Beyond Design Conference on October 6-7, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center. All submissions will become part of AIGA Arizona’s permanent design archive that was started in 2014 in celebration of AIGA Arizona’s 25th anniversary. Conference attendees will vote on their favorites, and the designer whose entry receives the most votes will be awarded a Best of 2018 prize at the conclusion of the conference on Sunday, October 7th.

You do not need to be an AIGA member or attend the Beyond Design Conference conference in order to participate; although, we hope you will be there to bask in your glory in person! If you’re not planning to attend, all of the entries will be posted online after the conference.

Shown in the header graphic above, 2017’s Winner “Mother Road Brewing Company Beers” created by Tommy O’Connor. See all the Best of 2017 entries here. Tommy will be coming down from Flagstaff to attend the conference this year as our guest.


We’re looking for entries that represent the favorite work you produced during the past year – from the the smallest business card to a full-out campaign, each of you is part of the Arizona design story. Although the exhibition is entitled the “Best Of,” don’t be intimidated, the name primarily refers to the “people’s choice” voting process. AIGA Arizona’s true aim is to keep an ongoing chronicle of what design was about in Arizona this year and hear about why each project was significant to you.

We’re interested in both physical pieces that can be on display for viewers to handle, such as printed pieces, packaging, 3-D, and more, as well as digital work that will be displayed on iMacs. Keep in mind: there is no wifi reception in the convention center, so any digital work must be submitted as static images or freestanding animations, along with a QR code that viewers can use their smartphones to see.

We would also love to hear your insights about design and what others have said about your work. There is a section in the submission form where you can share any special acclaim, articles, achievements or recollections.


Electronic media may be submitted via the online form below. For physical artifacts, you must complete and submit the online form, AND either deliver or mail the item to the address below, no later than 5:00 p.m. MST, Friday, September 14. Each physical item must include a printout of a completed submission form – you will receive an email confirmation that you can print out for this purpose.

Submit Your Entry Here


MAC6 Conscious Workspace
℅ Kathy Morgan
1430 West Broadway Road, Suite 201
Tempe, AZ 85282

If you deliver in person, please ring the bell at the front counter for assistance.


Contact Kathy Morgan


There is no entry fee! This exhibition is being produced by AIGA Arizona as a service to the design community.

You may submit multiple pieces, one submittal form per entry. Due to space constraints, all submissions may not be displayed. Work will be curated by members of the AIGA Arizona board of directors.

Submissions must be received no later than Friday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. MST. Work must have been designed while living in Arizona. Physical artifacts may be picked up after the event, or you may choose to have AIGA Arizona store them as a permanent part of the archive. All submissions will be retained in digital form for AIGA Arizona’s archive.

If you are contributing a physical piece, please provide one that you are willing and able to part with in the event that it is lost or damaged. While we make every effort to treat your work as our own, we cannot guarantee that it can or will be returned in the same condition.

You do not need to attend the Beyond Design Conference in order to participate; although, we hope you will! The exhibition is not scheduled to be shown live at any other venue. Display-only conference admission is being considered, all entrants will be notified of viewing opportunity if it becomes available. For more information about Phoenix Design Week, visit

By communications
Published August 15, 2018
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