Students and apprentice graphic arts designers under 25 are being invited to design a visitor promotion advertisement for IPEX 2017. 

The winning designs will be run in the trade press over a five-month period. Entries will be judged by a panel comprising a publisher, marketing experts, graphics designers and chaired by IPEX event director, Rob Fisher.

‘We felt this is a great way to engage with people who are currently completing apprenticeships in graphic arts and print companies, and with those designers aged under 25 who are working in the wider print community,’ commented Mr Fisher. ‘It gives them an opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage.’

‘Print is where design meets the physical world, so to my mind it is vital that designers learn what it can do for them,’ said Professor Brian Minards, principal of Harrogate and London-based design consultants Minards Associates. ‘This competition allows for young apprentices and students to experience what it’s like to produce designs that will work across different, integrated mediums.’

The competition is closely aligned with the Future Skills Zone, another new key feature at IPEX this year, and aimed specifically to help printers attract new talent into the industry. 

The winner will receive a MacBook Air with runners-up receiving gift vouchers to redeem for equipment of their own choice. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony held on the main stage of this years’ IPEX on 1 November.

Closing date for entries is 30 April Full details of the competition can be found on the IPEX website.

Digital Printer is proud to be a media partner of IPEX 2017 and will also be supplying Smart Directions content at the event.