While submissions are closed for AIGA's Design Show 19, the interactive website will be will still be live and available for different types of submission. The website designed by Almanac (and currently up for an awwward) allows for submission of inspiration from Spotify, Instagram & Pinterest. What is typically just a static information site now becomes a hub for designers and creatives in the community to share all sorts of inspiration.
For the theme of the show, which you may have noticed is incredibly banana-filled and full of yellow, Alamanac explored the number 19 as in-depth as possible. They came to the realization that the 19th element on the periodic table is Potassium.
In humans, potassium is responsible for cell growth, nerve transmission and brain activity. It helps get you going! Potassium is just what designers need to help them overcome the limitless possibilities and inherent challenges in creating award-winning work.
A bit of a stretch to adopting bananas as the theme... but then again, why not? They had some creative hopes of being able to mail out real bananas as an invitation for submissions to the show. Unfortunately, the end results were ripe with maladies when presented to the recipient. They've outlined this little experiment on their blog post.
The end solution is much more inbox and postal carrier friendly. And yes, even smells like bananas: " In the end, we settled on a die-cut banana, flooded with banana scent, mailed out in a translucent envelope.
Kathy Sprehe – website development
Jay Fram – banana photography
Liz Lewis of Advertiser’s Printing – printing and project management of the call for entries invitation
Mimi Phelan of Shaughnessy Paper – invitation paper and envelopes
Tod Perry of H & H Graphics – banana scent