Twist Creative Wins High Praise From Design Peers With Multiple Awards

Firm represents region’s best in design in prestigious “365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 29” with works created for the Cleveland International Film Festival

CLEVELAND (July 1, 2008) – Twist Creative is representing the region in this year’s “365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 29”- considered the highest honor for graphic designers as the authoritative chronicle of outstanding design solutions.

Twist’s inclusion in the AIGA annual marks a first for a Cleveland based firm since 2001. The firm will showcase its campaign for the 2007 Cleveland International Film Festival, “Confessions of a Film Buff.” Featured works demonstrate the process of designing, the role of the designer and the value of design according to the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA).

“This is the most prestigious honor among designers,” says President and Creative Director Michael Ozan, “recognizing the industry’s ‘best’ in communication design and strategy. In fact it’s the premiere distinction we’ve received in the history of the firm.” Design Director Connie Ozan [and Michael's wife] founded the firm in 1997.

“Confessions” campaign components by Twist will be featured alongside the works of such internationally-renowned names as Kate & Jack Spade, Martha Stewart and Pentagram Design. “We’re going to be with all of our heroes,” says Connie. Another double honor for Twist, particularly Connie, was Paula Scher’s role in judging submissions this year. Scher, partner at Pentagram Design New York, is an industry icon behind such renowned graphic design projects as New York’s Public Theatre and My Wall Street Journal.

Twist’s work will also be showcased online in the AIGA design archive, and in the organization’s traveling exhibit, which kicks off at the National Design Center located at 164 Fifth Avenue, New York- the final stop is at the Denver Art Museum, where the pieces comprise the AIGA Design Archives.

The big win with AIGA is complemented by a record five win with this year’s National Design Competition. Selected from more than 20,000 entries were: an invitation to a clam bake for Cleveland’s Oliver Printing, a holiday package, also for Oliver; an annual report for the Cuyahoga County Public Library; a series of posters promoting the 2007 Cleveland International Film Festival; and, several collateral pieces for BelVino.

All will be featured in PRINT magazine’s November/December issue- the Regional Design Annual and most comprehensive survey of graphic design in the country. Winners are categorized by state.

Other accolades received yet this year by Twist are from The Apogee Society, an annual awards program recognizing the creative campaigns (and results) of small and mid-size agencies, and American Association of Museums (AAM). Twist took “first” in the hospital and healthcare category of the Apogee Awards for its identity campaign for the Sisters of Charity Health System, and top honors in conjunction with the 28th annual AAM Museum Publications Design Competition for an updated Cleveland Metroparks Zoo identity and press kit.


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