Visual Communication

All graphic design, branding and identity projects for print, online or physical environments.

2013 Judging Location

New York, NY, USA

See the Visual Communication C7712DA Winners

Eddie Opara
Jury Captain
Partner at Pentagram

Eddie Opara studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as an art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010.

His clients have included the Menil Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum of Art, Prada, St. Regis Hotels, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA, Grimshaw Architects and Princeton Architectural Press. Opara has won numerous awards including a Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club and honors from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and I.D. magazine. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has appeared in publications such as Archis, Surface, Graphis and I.D.

Opara is a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art and teaches narrative design at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture and the Yale University School of Art. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, on the board of the New York Chapter of AIGA and was recently featured in Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list for the December 2011 / January 2012 issue. Most recently, Opara was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012.


Glen Cummings
Principal at MTWTF

Glen Cummings is the principal of MTWTF, a graphic design studio based in New York City. Current clients include Lincoln Center Theater, Columbia University School of Architecture, The City of Newark, The Office of Metropolitan Architecture, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, among others.

Glen holds a B.F.A. from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University School of the Arts, where he has been a lecturer since 2002. Glen is the current vice-president of AIGA NY, a former Design Trust for Public Space fellow, and founder of GDNYC, a consortium of designer and educators that promote design research in New York City.

Prior to founding MTWTF Glen worked as senior art director at 2×4, in New York City, leading signage, environmental graphic, broadcast, identity and publication projects for MTV, Prada, Chanel, Vitra, and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Glen’s work has been exhibited or presented by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The New Museum, The Venice Architecture Biennale, the Van Alen Institute, Architecture League, NY and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Jonathan Jackson
Partner at WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

Jonathan is principal of WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA), a contemporary design studio that translates clients’ needs into dynamic, visual systems that can be presented at multiple scales. These solutions take the form of branding, interactive, books, environmental or spatial projects.

Jonathan has served as a visiting critic at Columbia University GSAPP, Pratt University, Rhode Island School of Design, and has lectured at the UPenn School of Design, The Art Directors Club, The Apple Store Soho and the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Jonathan graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Architecture. He previously worked for architecture offices: Studio Archea in Florence, Italy, Archi-Tectonics/Winka Dubbeldam, Lindy Roy in New York, and served as a board member of AIGA/NY for 2 years.


Alex Lin
Owner of Studio Lin

Before opening Studio Lin, Alex Lin laid the foundation for his own design practice by collaborating with some of the field’s greatest minds. After receiving an MFA in graphic design from Yale University, Alex spent six years at the design firm 2×4.

His work has been featured and awarded by leading design publications such as Wallpaper, ID Magazine, Print Magazine, Metropolis, Azure, Tank, Surface, Architectural Record, Span, Victionary and exhibited at the Museum of Modern art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

In 2005 Alex was named an Art Director’s Club Young Gun, in 2006 he was in STEP magazine’s field guide for emerging designers, and in 2009 he was honored as an Avant Guardian by Surface Magazine. In 2007 his Mies face artwork created at 2×4 became part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.

Studio Lin

Julia Hoffmann
Creative Director of Marketing at the Museum of Modern Art

Julia Hoffmann worked under Pentagram’s Paula Scher before heading west to join Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s Boulder, CO team of groundbreaking creatives on accounts such as Volkswagen and Burger King. She was lured back to New York City to become The Museum of Modern Art’s Creative Director of marketing and exhibition graphic design, where she currently leads a team of designers.

Museum of Modern Art Design Studio