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Extended Deadline!

The 2014 Advertising & Interactive Awards deadline has been extended until April 24!  Don't miss your chance at increased exposure in print and online.

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Student Awards

Get noticed by the pros! The 2014 Student Awards are now open and accepting entries until Friday, May 16.


Feature Story

2014 Design Awards Winners Announced


After hours upon hours of entering, collecting, sorting, judging and tallying, it all leads to this: the announcement of the 2014 Design Awards winners!


Our nine esteemed judges (pictured above) spent days reviewing digital entries, and then convened at S1 Studios earlier this week for a full day of scoring all the hard-copy work. We had a record number of entries this year, which is always a good sign: more work is getting picked up, and the creative community is thriving!


All of the winning work will be displayed in the July/August 2014 issue of the magazine, the Winners Gallery and Archives on our website and at our AACE Awards Party which will be held in Toronto this fall.


The AACE Design Winner and Young AACE Design Winner will be kept under wraps until the AACE Awards Ceremony, held in the fall of 2014. They’ll receive our coveted AACE cube award and extended coverage in an all-AACE issue of Applied Arts, published in March 2015.


Congrats to all for an outstanding year in design! Without further ado, here’s the full list of Design Awards winners.

From the Wire

2014 Advertising + Interactive Awards Deadline Extended


Some welcome news after a long weekend: You’ve still got a couple of days left to enter the 2014 Applied Arts Advertising + Interactive Awards! We’ve extended the deadline to this Thursday, April 24. We want to have the best representation of work out there, so get those entries submitted! The winning entries are published ... Read the full article.


Unboxing Harry

by Will Novosedlik


Shaving. Some men hate to do it. Others love it. Me, I love to do it. Maybe I have OCD. Or maybe I just don’t like the fact that with more than a day’s growth on my face, I look a lot older. And I’m already old. Whatever the reason, I shave every morning. It’s part of my ritual, part of greeting the day, a way of “suiting up” for the game of daily life. And because I have OCD — and I’m vain — I like a nice, close shave. Problem is, I have always been very frustrated by what’s on offer. Electric razors? Nah. Tried ‘em, but they never delivered the same result as a fresh blade. So I have been a Gillette customer for 30 years. Gillette Fusion and Fusion Proglide have been my go-to blades. Great products. Love the results. But I hate the price and I hate the process of buying these things. So the experience is far from perfect. I’ve written more than one column to vent my frustration with this purchase experience...Read more.

Creative Licence

In Praise of the Easy Ask

by Suzanne Pope


If you're looking for advice on how to achieve consumer engagement, you could do worse than to study the history of the shopping mall and its inventor, Victor Gruen. Fleeing the Nazis in 1938, Gruen arrived in New York “with an architect’s degree, eight dollars and no English.” By the mid-1950s, he had...Read more.


All About the AACE


Were you at our AACE Awards? You might be on video! We held our second annual AACE party on November 28, 2013 at Berkeley Church in Toronto and filmed our winners and guests enjoying food, drink, great company and a whole lot of prize-winning art. Check out the footage from the event below — hopefully we'll see you there this year!...Read more.