2018 Print Excellence Awards — Phoenix

Western States Printing Alliance (WSPA) was thrilled to once again host the Print Excellence Awards in 2018, a signature event of the association.

The competition celebrated the extraordinary craft of creating unique and amazingly beautiful printed pieces. For the first time ever, it was truly regional in nature, where printers from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming were all encouraged to participate.

More than 150 entries were received representing the very best print and on April 6th and April 19th the winners were recognized at respective events held at Rustler’s Rooste in Phoenix and the Embassy Suites Tech Center Hotel in Denver. The Phoenix event also featured the presentation of Employee Recognition Awards to outstanding team members who made a difference.

In Phoenix, a silent auction to support GCEF was also held and the Z.A. Prust Industry Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Tom Schildgen. You can view images from the Phoenix event below. You can also click here to scroll down to view the list of award winners.

Click here to view a PDF of this year’s winning pieces and the list of Employee Recognition Award recipients. The Awards Showcase also acknowledges the support of our generous sponsors and thanks all those involved in putting on the competition.

It is not too early to be putting aside your best pieces of 2018 for consideration in next year’s competition!


Print Excellence Award Winners

Category Name Title of Entry Company Award
Best of Show AZ Whitehorse Cereus Graphics
Best of Show CO Starbucks Coffee Company Barista Kit Henry Wurst
Honorable Mention Best of Show AZ 2017 Arabian Breeders World Cup Lithotech
Honorable Mention Best of Show AZ The Studio Handbook, The Art of Bookmaking O’Neil Printing
Best of Show Student Morticious Jared Lester
Poster Citizen Cope Tour Printing Specialists Bronze
Hardbound Book Gray St. Onge Business Cards Tomorrow Bronze
Hardbound Book Whitehorse Cereus Graphics Gold
Hardbound Book Devotionals & Art Cereus Graphics Silver
Books, Non-Hardbound Mohawk A Maker’s Field Guide to Envelopes O’Neil Printing Bronze
Books, Non-Hardbound PAB Betterments Artist Coffee Table Book SRP Gold
Books, Non-Hardbound Status of Women in Arizona Lithotech Silver
Booklet / Newsletter St. Francis Transfer Cereus Graphics Bronze
Booklet / Newsletter Generation @ Agritopia Cereus Graphics Gold
Booklet / Newsletter Taylor Owner Cereus Graphics Silver
Brochure PCA Skin HydraLuxe Lithotech Bronze
Brochure Grand Canyon Trust 2016 Donor Report Lithotech Gold
Brochure PXG Cereus Graphics Silver
Digital Brochure Spot X C&D Printing Inc. Bronze
Digital Brochure Patio Pools & Spas Spectrum Printing Company Silver
Catalog Summit Classroom Tech Cereus Graphics Bronze
Catalog Antigua Licensed Apparel 2017-Fall 2018 Lithotech Gold
Catalog Drinique Lithotech Silver
Greeting / Postcard Nationwide Holiday Card Cereus Graphics Bronze
Greeting / Postcard Sugar Skull Spectrum Printing Company Gold
Greeting / Postcard philosophy PR Holiday Card & Envelope Lithotech Silver
Digital Greeting / Postcard Casual Astronaut Holiday Card Lithotech Silver
Invitation / Program Celebrity Fight Night Prisma Bronze
Invitation / Program Gila River Casino “Key” Invitation Cereus Graphics Gold
Invitation / Program Cinco de Mayo Gila Invite Cereus Graphics Silver
Digital Invitation Chances For Children Night of Hope Lithotech Bronze
Digital Invitation Gila NYE 2017 Cereus Graphics Gold
Digital Invitation Metro Club C&D Printing Inc. Silver
Digital Program 2017 Arabian Breeders World Cup Lithotech Gold
Digital Program 2017 Cable Hall of Fame Vision Graphics Inc. Silver
Corporate Identity Morris Animal Foundation 2018 Calendar Henry Wurst Gold
Presentation Folder ATSU Cereus Graphics Bronze
Presentation Folder The Confluence Henry Wurst Gold
Presentation Folder Horizon Cereus Graphics Silver
Large Format Wall of Philanthropy ASU Print and Imaging Lab Gold
Large Format Oscar Health Hub Wall Printing Specialists Silver
Sheetfed Magazine Legacy Quarterly Sundance Press Bronze
Sheetfed Magazine United Contractors Sundance Press Bronze
Sheetfed Magazine AIA Arizona Design Award Spring 2017 Lithotech Gold
Sheetfed Magazine Toluca Lake Sundance Press Silver
Heatset Web Magazine Mammoth Stories 2017-2018 Publication Printers Corp. Bronze
Heatset Web Magazine National Horseman 2017 Publication Printers Corp. Gold
Heatset Web Magazine High Rise Life Publication Printers Corp. Silver
Variable Data Create Impact Postcards Spectrum Printing Company Gold
Variable Data ASU Calendar ASU Print and Imaging Lab Silver
Self-Promotion Christmas in June Foil Graphics Gold
Self-Promotion 2018 Vision Calendar Vision Graphics Inc. Silver
Packaging Skinbetter Science Refresh Collection Box Lithotech Bronze
Packaging Reserve Strap O’Neil Printing Bronze
Packaging Clairol Bloom Box Henry Wurst Gold
Packaging Introducing Shafer TD-9: A Propiertary Red Blend O’Neil Printing Honorable Mention
Packaging PCA Skin Acne Control Kit Lithotech Silver
Packaging SEACRET Prisma Silver
Marketing Campaign Lumitory Gathering Box Kindness Matters O’Neil Printing Bronze
Marketing Campaign Prisma’s Recipe for Holiday Fun Prisma Bronze
Marketing Campaign Starbucks Coffee Company Barista Kit Henry Wurst Gold
Marketing Campaign XQ: The Super School Project O’Neil Printing Silver
Special Finishing philosophy PR Holiday Folder & Envelope Lithotech Bronze
Special Finishing Tonight’s The Night Casino Del Sol NYE 2017 O’Neil Printing Bronze
Special Finishing What Counts is What We Are O’Neil Printing Gold
Special Finishing Western Stone and Metal Henry Wurst Silver
Post-Press Finishing ASU – Turning Points Map American Bindery & Mailing Gold
Post-Press Finishing Tempe Center for the Arts – Gala Invitation American Bindery & Mailing Silver
The Impossible Dscoop/Fuji Install ASU Print and Imaging Lab Bronze
The Impossible The Studio Handbook, The Art of Bookmaking O’Neil Printing Gold
The Impossible Seattles Best Coffee Company Henry Wurst Silver
Graphic Design Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Optimo Hat Promotion Lithotech Bronze
Graphic Design ASU Thrive Magazine Jan 2018 ASU Print and Imaging Lab Gold
Graphic Design WHP Clint Black Invitation Cereus Graphics Silver
Annual Report 2017 SRP Corporate SRP Gold
Annual Report 2016 Fresh Start SRP Silver
In-House Innovation Name Badges and Mailer ASU Print and Imaging Lab Gold
In-House Innovation WHP Clint Black Invitation Cereus Graphics Silver
Making a Difference Arizona Golden Retriever Connection Calendar Lithotech Bronze
Making a Difference Recycled Banner Tote ASU Print and Imaging Lab Gold
Making a Difference Dawg Nation Hockey C&D Printing Inc. Silver
Special Effects Standout “Butterfly Pop-up” Foil Graphics Gold

Student Awards

Category Title of Entry Name Award School
Photography Louvre Stairway Mariellen Coupee Bronze Arizona State University
Photography Colorful Candles Lauren Valli Silver Arizona State University
Photography Morning Tea Zachary Bramwell Gold Arizona State University
Marketing Material Daytona 500 Guide Elias Leon Bronze Scottsdale Community College
Marketing Material Nemacolin Holiday Promotion Joycelynn Finnican Silver Scottsdale Community College
Marketing Material Sundance Film Festival VIP Lauren Berkley Gold Scottsdale Community College
Poster NY Fashion Week Donovan Holmes Bronze Scottsdale Community College
Poster NY Fashion Week Lisa Forrest Silver Scottsdale Community College
Poster Daytona 500 Elias Leon Gold Scottsdale Community College
Graphic Design/Branding Sonoran Scents Soap Package Bailey Vidler Bronze Arizona State University
Graphic Design/Branding Affinitea Logo and Brand Guide Ethan Bernbaum Silver Scottsdale Community College
Graphic Design/Branding Morticious Jared Lester Gold Scottsdale Community College
Class Project Baked Bliss Aaron Almendez, Allysha Ryan, and Nicholas Trunkey Bronze Arizona State University
Class Project Evocative Style Guide Chris Liguori Silver Scottsdale Community College
Class Project NY Fashion Week Lisa Forrest Gold Scottsdale Community College