2009 HOW Poster Design Award Gallery

Clifford Stoltze of Boston’s Stoltze Design was the judge for HOW’s inaugural Poster Design Awards. As principal of his eponymous design firm, Stoltze has worked with clients like MIT, the Boston Philharmonic, Arista Records, Harvard and Sony Music, among many others. Stoltze Design compiled, edited and produced 1000 Music Graphics for Rockport Publishers.

From about 1,600 entries, Stoltze chose 10 winners, using a judging system that involved several rounds to narrow the field. He says choosing just 10 winners was tough:

“There were many great posters submitted…so many that I could have chosen 50 submissions and been happy with the selection. I was happy to see that plenty of gig posters were submitted…there were 10 from Hammerpress alone that I would have loved to include. But there was great range to the work that was entered so I made an effort to choose examples that represented the diversity of the submissions. Once I had narrowed it down to about 20, it was very difficult to make the final cut. In the end, the winners all seemed to work for me on a number of levels, both conceptually and formally.”







Design Firm Michael Osborne Design, San Francisco
Creative Team Michael Osborne, Cody Dingle
Printer One Heart Press (letterpress), Moquin Press (offset litho)
Paper Crane LETTRA
Client Crane & Co.

Design Firm Mucca Design Corp., New York City; www.muccadesign.com
Creative Team Matteo Bologna, Georgina Clarke, Megan Paradise
Printer Finlay Printing
Paper Appleton Utopia Three Matte
Client AIGA New York

Design Firm Hammerpress, Kansas City, MO
Creative Team Brady Vest, Robert Howsare
Printer Hammerpress
Paper Wausau Royal Complements in Black
Client eleven productions

Design Firm Skakala, Brno, Czech Republic
Creative Team Petr Skala
Printer Meral
Client Linden Global Services

Design Firm The Park-Team Detroit, Dearborn, MI
Creative Team Christine Jones, Toby Barlow
Printer Klever
Client Live Nation, Fillmore Detroit

Design Firm Studio Cuculic,, Zagreb, Croatia
Creative Team Vanja Cuculic
Printer Sitotisak Cvirn
Paper Gruppo Cordenons Dali Dore Rosso
Client Gavella Theatre

Design Firm Cut Up Culture, Lansing, MI
Creative Team Michael Hersrud, Michelle Word
Printer BRD Printing Inc.
Client The Department of Art & Art History at Michigan State University

Design Firm/Creative Team/Printer Cody Haltom, Austin, TX
Paper Neenah Classic Crest 130lb. double-thick cover in Natural White
ClientShapes Have Fangs

Designer Adam Jones, Ottawa, Ontario
School Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
Instructor Andrea Emery

Designer Emerson Velazquez, Pasadena, CA
School Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Instructor Clive Piercy