Yupo Corporation America has announced the winners of the annual design competition.
- Best Design entry – Lovely Manners Placemat by Dawn Vislocky of PBM Graphics
- Best Package entry – Puka Pill Organizer by designer Shumpei Kato
- Best Artist entry – Sorina Susnea “The Wondrous World Inside”
“Lovely Manners Placemat” by PBM Graphics, Inc. of Durham, NC, was selected for the Best Design category. Dawn Vislocky of PBMG will receive a $500 award. Puka Pill organizer by Shumpei Kato of Vancouver, BC, will receive a $500 award for winning the Best Package category. For her Best Artist category winning entry, “The Wondrous World Inside,” Sorina Susnea of Floral City, FL will receive a generous supply of YUPO paper.
Once again, attendees of the HOW Design Conference were given the opportunity to select the Wally Award recipient from a field of 24 projects displayed at the Yupo booth in Chicago this past June. Previously, the Wally’s were chosen by a select group of industry experts, this year, voting done by fellow Creatives was as popular as ever.
“We had close to 300 votes over the three day show,” said Bill Hewitt, marketing manager for Yupo. “That’s a great cross-section of creative peers and we appreciate them for voting. We love having them take part in The Wallys.”
Lovely Manners Table Placemat submitted by PBM Graphics, of Durham, NC, on behalf of a client, the Lovely Manners blog, which shares modern manners for people of all ages. PBM produced this table placemat collection on YUPO Grade: 144 lb cover in 1960s-era retro color combinations: blue/green, orange/fuchsia, and grey on grey. Each set contains six unique placemats with bold graphics and helpful etiquette reminders for proper table manners such as the proper placement of glasses, bread and salad plates, using silverware in correct order and rules for social interaction during meals. The placemats were created for the blog’s online store.
The Puka Pill Organizer, entered by designer Shumpei Kato, is an innovative pill organizing system designed to enhance the ritual quality and emotional experience for users on pill medications. Kato chose YUPO for its durability and water-resistance to protect pills from contact with liquids. Kato lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and used YUPO Grade, 74 lb cover stock.
“The Wondrous World Inside,” created and entered by Sorina C. Susnea, a visual artist from Floral City, FL, is ink on YUPO paper—actually four YUPO grades: 78 lb text, 74 lb cover, and 62 lb translucent and 104 lb translucent. “Since I have discovered YUPO paper with its smooth, non absorbent surface, I experienced a fundamental shift in my studio practice. By using my own body as a brush, strange chemistries come to life.” Susnea’s work possesses qualities encompassing the visceral, organic and celestial producing a dramatic illusion of motion and space.
Interested in getting a jump on the next Wally Awards? Order a key resource no creative should be without—the YUPO swatchbook. Demonstrating all the famous qualities of YUPO Synthetic Paper – beautiful print reproduction, water-proof and tear-resistance, and tree-free recyclability – the book also holds many different examples of innovative print techniques and applications possible using the unique synthetic paper.