Calling All Nines: A9 Design Awards

Ninth Annual Design Competition and Exhibition

Perfect is boring. We’d rather see the work that’s a little – off. We’re talking about the stuff that makes you sleep with one eye open. The kind of design that makes you twitch it’s so awesome. When you don’t know whether to smirk or hide your eyes. The stuff that makes you think. We want that. All of it. So bring us your weirdos, your dingbats, your doodles. Send in your stand outs, your cutouts and crazies. This is a call for all those nearly perfect, kick-ass, I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead designs. Calling all nines.

How to Enter A9

Here’s the skinny on getting your entries ready for the A9 Awards.

Entries are due April 12, with a late deadline of April 19 (late fees apply.)

Entry fees are $35 for members, $55 for nonmembers and $15 for students, with a $15 late fee.

Entries will be registered online at

Work published/produced after April 2012 is eligible to be entered. Be prepared to submit a digital image of any entry for identification purposes throughout the judging process.

Submitting Print and Packaging Work

For print work smaller than 36″ x 48″ please submit one copy of the finished piece, unmounted but well protected. For print work larger than 36″ x 48″ please submit submit one high-resolution photo or print (mounted or unmounted).

For three-dimensional work that measures less than 48″ combined length, width and depth please submit one three-dimensional piece, unmounted but well protected. For oversized, larger three-dimensional work, such as environmental design, work MUST be submitted as a photo or print. Please submit one copy of a high-resolution photo or print (mounted or unmounted) of your piece, well protected.

For photography work or high-resolution prints no larger than 36″ x 48″ submit one copy, mounted or unmounted, but well protected.

Physical entries that exceed the size limit cannot be judged.

Any entry that has a physical component and that cannot be judged solely from a URL must have a physical entry delivered to AIGA KC.

Times to drop-off physical entries are Friday, April 12 from 8:30a-6p and Friday, April 19 from 8:30 am-6 pm at the AIGA/AIA office at 1801 McGee St, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Submitting Interactive and Integrated Media Work

Website entries MUST be submitted by entering a URL through our online registration system. Work submitted without a functioning URL for review will not be judged. DVDs, Flash Drives or other physical storage devices will not be accepted.

For interactive and motion graphic entries, a public, non-password protected URL is preferred.

For mobile apps and games, please submit with an emulator on either a web page or through a submitted video of the app or game being used. URLs must be public and non-password protected.

Any entry that has a screen-based, digital component should submit a URL for on-screen judging.

Multiple Piece Entries, Limit 5

Payment: Credit Card Only

Deadline for Entries: April 12
Extended Deadline: April 19

Visit for full entry guidelines and online registration. Questions? Contact Spencer Branham.


The A9 Gala: September 21
Save the date! AIGA KC’s legendary awards gala will be held Saturday, September 21 at the new Grand Street Event Space at 4740 Grand Ave. Jurors’ Choice and People’s Choice will be announced at the gala. It’s sure to be the design party of the year!



Your A9 Jurors
(They’re Perfect Nines)

Joe Stitzlein, Nike, Portland
Freshly appointed as the new Global Creative Director at Google, Joe Stitzlein has served Fortune 500 brands, governments, technology leaders and Olympic athletes in the creation of iconic brand communications and consumer experiences. Before joining Google in March, Joe was Global Brand Creative Director within Nike Brand Design, where he focused on delivering Nike’s product to consumers by creating memorable and powerful brand experiences for the athlete. Prior to Nike, he helped build brand communications and experiences for Apple, FedEx, Herman Miller, P&G, AIGA, Pixar and Dwell magazine. His work has been featured in Adweek, the AIGA annual, the Annual of the Type Director’s Club, Graphis, PDN Magazine, and at the ATypI Conference, among others. Joe has also worked at Landor Associates, Stone Yamashita Partners, Chronicle Books, Pentagram and CKS Partners. He graduated from the College of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati.

Liz Danzico, Bobulate, NYC
Liz Danzico is part designer, part educator and part editor. In her practice, she cultivates design and user-centered programs through collaborative methods in education, digital design, and technology to foster positive change. As an independent consultant, she works with businesses and nonprofits on design, planning and execution of short- and long-term digital programs. She is advisor to startups, nonprofits and global companies alike, and a frequent lecturer. As an educator, she co-founded and chairs the MFA in Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. Design-minded publications she has written for include Eye Magazine, Fortune, Interactions Magazine as well as

Dawn Hancock, Firebelly, Chicago
In addition to operating Firebelly design, Dawn Hancock is committed to design outreach. She launched socially-minded The Firebelly Foundation, and through it established the Humboldt Park non-profit Reason to Give, and runs the 10-day intensive Camp Firebelly for young designers. Most recently, she started Firebelly University, an entrepreneurial incubator that emphasizes taking risks and doing good. As Community Outreach Chair for AIGA Chicago, she created a mentorship program. Each year, nearly 300 individuals come together in design therapy groups, sharing successes and missteps, and seeking and offering guidance regardless of career level. She graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University.

Published March 17, 2013
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