December 2008, BRATTLEBORO, VT — Howard Printing (HPI) won six awards in the second annual New England Regional Awards of Excellence Competition presented by the Printing Industries of New England (PINE).
PINE selected HPI for a first-place “Pinnacle” (Best of Category) award, as well as two second-place “Awards of Recognition” and three third-place “Awards of Merit.”
The first-place “Pinnacle” award was earned for the Summer Session 2008 Catalog for the Northfield Mount Hermon School, a coed independent school in Mount Hermon, MA. The catalog was designed by Lisa Worden, the design and production manager at NMH. The photographers were Ed Judice, Glenn Minshall, John Peruggia, and Eric Poggenpohl. All Pinnacle-winning entries are automatically entered in the 2009 Premier Print Awards competition, the world’s largest annual print competition that usually draws nearly 5,000 entries.
HPI’s two second-place “Awards of Recognition” were for the “Like Breath on Glass” brochure produced for The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, MA, and for a retail / product catalog for Solinglass, a fine art hand-blown glass studio in Brattleboro. The Clark brochure was designed by David Edge, the graphic design and production manager at The Clark. The Solinglass brochure was designed by Heather Chaffee, with photography provided by Jeff Baird and Paul Turnball.
Three third-place awards were presented to HPI, one for the “Tapas and Tango” invitation produced for Morningside Shelter of Brattleboro, and designed by Erika Elder. Howard Printing’s own quarterly newsletter received the other two third-place awards in two different categories — newsletter and self-promotion.
The competition attracted 325 entries from 47 printing and imaging companies in New England. Awards were announced at a November gala in Framingham (MA). Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of the New England Printer & Publisher magazine.
Each entry was judged anonymously on its own merit in a category with similarly printed pieces by a panel of three non-New England printing experts — Tim Burton of Burton & Mayer, Menomonee Falls, WI; Paul Schmitz of Schmitz Press, Sparks, MD; and Dave Watterson of PIA/GATF, Sewickley, PA. The judging criteria, which focused on technical quality and print execution, included: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, and overall visual impact and bindery.
According to PINE President James Tepper, “Only those printers who produced truly exquisite work were honored. Those printers receiving awards can take pride as being recognized among New England’s finest printers.”