Monday, October 12, 2009

Young Designers Compete in Command X

“Command X: Season 2” is a graphic design reality show featuring seven up-and-coming designers who have the chance to break into the industry in front of 1500 peers, design icons and potential employers. Throughout the AIGA conference in Memphis, contestants took on a series of design challenges to complete and present on the main stage within 24 hours.

The seven participants received a complimentary registration to the conference to show off their talent before the world's best designers although they were up all night and hard at work on their next design challenge most of the time. The winner of “Command X: Season 2” was Monina Velarde, Wheaton, IL (left). She received, in addition to "glory":
$1,000 in cash
Adobe CS4 Design Premium (a $1,799 value)
A complete set of limited edition Punc't posters, provided by Neenah Paper
An iPhone with the “Think Ink: Color Unleashed” application, provided by Neenah Paper
A Monotype Library, OpenType Edition, on CD, provided by by Monotype Imaging (1,033 fonts, a $3,499 value)

The other six designers chosen to participate in season two of “Command X” were:
Matthew Carl, Elmont, NY
Ryan Fitzgibbon, San Francisco, CA
Bobby Genalo, Brooklyn, NY
John Graziano, Lewisville, TX
Alison Yard Medland, Silver Spring, MD
and Katherine Walker, Chicago, IL

“Command X,” developed under the creative leadership of Number 17, was hosted by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut and judged by a panel of esteemed judges including Bonnie Siegler of Number 17; Chip Kidd, graphic designer and author; Paul Sahre, graphic designer, illustrator, educator and author; and some surprise guest judges. Sean Adams, AdamsMorioka, Inc. partner, acted as the mentor and guided the contestants through the process.

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