Mohawk Reframes Design Competitions

Mohawk Fine Papers has announced the combination of its three design competitions — the Mohawk Show, the i-Tonies and the Strathmore Graphics Gallery — into one annual event.

“Mohawk Show 12 will celebrate extraordinary design and print communication produced on Mohawk paper, whether it’s an identity on Strathmore, a variable data campaign printed on an HP Indigo or a Tiffany’s catalog on Mohawk Navajo,” according to Jane Monast, Director of Communications. “In the past we’ve recognized this diversity through a number of smaller, more focused competitions. However, we realized that winners of these competitions were not getting the recognition they deserved, so we’ve combined them and extended the deadline to May 31, 2012, in order to accommodate the different competition timelines.”

Four Best-of-Show Winners

Four best-of-show winners will be selected from all entries, regardless of format or print category. The show is open to work produced between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2012. $5,000 will be paid to each of the best-of-show design teams.

Special Categories — NEW

$2,500 will be paid to the winning design team in each of these three special categories:

Sustainable Design

Pieces in this category will be judged on their contribution to sustainability, either through content, or by techniques, processes and materials designed to reduce the environmental, social or economic costs of print communication.

Strathmore Showcase

Celebrating the art of writing, this category is limited to corporate identities, social stationery and invitations printed on Strathmore Pure Cotton, Strathmore Writing, Strathmore Script, Strathmore Elements, Strathmore Grandee or Strathmore Pastelle.

Print Innovation

This category is for exceptional work printed on any of Mohawk’s digital papers on any digital color production press, including but not limited to the HP Indigo.

Fifteen Honorable Mentions

$500 each will be paid to the design teams of up to fifteen honorable mentions.

Entries will be judged in June 2012 on the basis of higher thinking in graphic design, excellence in print production and appropriate paper choice. The illustrious panel of judges for Mohawk Show 12 is Stanley Hainsworth (Chair), Marian Bantjes, Michael Jager and Jorge Alderete.

Download an entry form at

About Mohawk

Mohawk is North America's largest privately owned manufacturer of fine papers for commercial and digital printing. Signature brands include Mohawk Superfine®, Strathmore®, Inxwell® and proprietary i-Tone® for HP Indigo. Mohawk papers are chosen for commercial printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Products and samples are available through leading paper distributors and at

The company is leveraging connections in the digital, design and photo space to develop new tech offerings: Mohawk Maestro, a software solution for professional photographers and labs; Pinhole Press is a new consumer-facing photo brand; Felt & Wire Shop is an online marketplace for social stationery, posters and prints.

This third-generation, family-owned business and certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise is constantly renewing its commitment to environmental stewardship. As the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with windpower renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production, its portfolio of recycled papers certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) standards, continues to grow along with the rest of the company.



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