I was honored to represent the United States in the 2012 COW International Design Festival, other jurors included Michael Weinzettl, Germany; Alexander Kazarin and Alexander Leenetsky, Russia.
Michael is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Lürzer's Archive Magazine and joined the magazine when there was just a staff of two—Michael is in charge of all content of the Vienna-based publication. There were two Alexanders, Kazarin is president of the Society of Designers International Association and a host of other international design-related symposiums. And Leenetsky is the deputy chairman of the St Petersburg Regional Organization of the Union of Designers of Russia and is the founder and chief editor of the news portal design-union.ru. Complete bios and the winners are available on the COW International Design Festival site.
The top ten illustrators included Gabriella Barouch, Israel; Andrew Artyukhin, Russia; Anna Kasnyik, Hungary; Marco Tóxico, Bolivia; Omer Hoffmann, USA; Irina Egorova, Russia; Morteza Zahedi, Iran; Tomaso Marcolla, Italy; Wasted Rita, Portugal and Irina Pryadka, Ukraine.
Thank you to Helen Baranovska for the invitation to judge.