Thursday, March 5, 2020

Meet Our Judges: Katja Kollmann, Art Director

Katja Kollmann is an award-winning art director whether it was with Die Zeit or her current position at Der Spiegel. Kollmann studied graphic design at The Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design. Following graduation she joined Die Zeit, the German national weekly newspaper in 1998 working in different positions including Zeit-Leben and Zeit-Geschichte. In 2007 she became the art director for Zeit-Magazin. And starting in 2014 she was art director of the business magazine, Bilanz. Other magazine experience includes a stint at L'Officiel.

In 2017 Kollmann moved to Der Spiegel to manage the cover picture department. A huge fan of illustration she has commissioned the likes of Edel Rodriguez, Nishant Choksi, Ben Wiseman, Francesco Ciccolella and Zohar Lazar as well as the omnipresent Tim O’Brien. She is producing graphically stunning and successful covers that have an immediate response. She and her team are also responsible for covers for Dein Spiegel, Spiegel Geschichte and Spiegel Biografie.

Kollmann has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club and Society of News Design including gold, silver and bronze medals for design of Zeit-Magazin and Zeit-Leben.

We are pleased to have Katja on our jury along with fellow art directors Benjamin BoursNathan Huang, Victoria Bee and executive design director Syndi Becker. Illustrators Rafael AlvarezTatsuro KiuchiEmile HolmewoodCecilia RuizNatalie PudalovThomas Danthony and Takahisa Hashimoto round out our distinguished panel of judges.

Our show is open to all illustrators, art directors, publishers, educators, students in all countries for commissioned, no-commissioned and personal work produced or published prior to our show deadline.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 17
Deadline: March 27, 2020 (midnight EST)
Late Deadline: April 3, 2020 (late fees apply)

Open for entries


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