Category: Awards


Rebecca Bradley’s St Martin’s Lane for They Draw and Travel: Runner Up Prize.

Rebecca writes:

“I just heard that i got runner up in the They Draw and Travel Map contest. So honoured. I love making maps- I teach a class in it!”


Design*Sponge’s 2011 Scholarship

From Grace Bonney at Design Sponge:

“Today I am thrilled to announce the 2011 D*S Scholarship is live! Since the beginning, it has been one of my biggest priorities to celebrate and support the next generation of great artists and designers. Not only because they need our help, but because these are the people were are going to be writing about and being inspired by for years to come. So today I’m thrilled to kick off our fourth annual scholarship with $10,000 to donate to both undergraduate and graduate students! Because we understand that a student’s needs don’t always fit into the categories of tuition and housing, this will remain a no-strings-attached award. These funds may be spent in any way the winners feel best suits their creative needs. Whether that’s paying for an un-paid internship abroad, expensive supplies to test a new medium or financing a dream project- we’re here to help. Here are the details:

*Illustration by Julia Rothman

We will be awarding eight prizes:
Undergraduate Student Awards: 1st Place ($2,500), 2nd Place ($1,500), 3rd Place ($750), and 4th Place ($250)
Graduate Student Awards: 1st Place ($2,500) 2nd Place ($1,500) 3rd Place ($750) 4th Place ($250)

The scholarship is open to any art & design students (international students are welcome!) that are currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program (Proof of enrollment is required). Please note: all payments will be made in US dollars.

All applications are due Monday, November 28th by 6pm EST (please note the time zone, late entries will not be eligible).


Runners-up of They Draw & Travel Marvelous Map contest

As well as picking the winner, Lilla chose the five runners-up in the They Draw & Travel map contest.

Our “Datcha” near Tashkent, Uzbekistan by Yulia Drobova from Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Miyajima, Japan by Megumi Goto from Tokyo, Japan

Home Sweet Seattle by Cheryl Lee from Seattle, WA

The Fantastic Antarctica by Aneu Martinez from Barcelona, Spain

Aylesford, UK by Rebecca Bradley from Baltimore, MD

Linda’s Flower Pop notecards for teNeues


Lilla picks the They Draw & Travel marvelous map contest winner

From the They Draw & Travel site:

“Wow. Wow! WOW! We received 225 entries in our Marvelous Map Contest. They are all so beautiful and inspirational and informative and unique. Some are really funny, others are super hip, lots are really cute and a bunch are true masterpieces! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the great artists who so joyfully share their artistic talents and travel insights with us and armchair travelers everywhere.

Picking only 6 winners was almost impossible and we could NOT have done it without the help from our celebrity judge, Lilla Rogers. Lilla represents some of the greatest illustrators in the world and we really respect her aesthetic sensibilities and style. A big thanks to Lilla!

$1,000 Grand Prize Winner
Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok by Pinyada Ratanasungk from Bangkok, Thailand
Our judge Lilla says that she loved this map especially ‘…for the gorgeous, masterful drawings, the color palette, the unique and fresh imagery, the ability to pique interest in the location.’ We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!”

Thank you Salli and Nate for the wonderful opportunity to see so much gorgeousness! It was a real treat and honor to judge the work. – Lilla

Friday: Runners-up of the They Draw & Travel map contest


Jillian Phillips – Louie Award 2011

Jillian writes:

“Hi Lilla
I was thrilled to find out my design for Madison Park Greetings won a Louie award last week!”

Congrats Jillian! we are so proud of you! – Julia

Jillian’s Madison Park Greetings Sugar Friendship card


Jillian Phillips receives 2 Louie Award Nominations

The Louie Awards recognize the most outstanding designs in greeting cards and have been called the “Academy Award of the greeting card industry”.

Jillian Phillips
has been nominated for two awards.

Winners will be announced May 16, 2011. Stay tuned for the results!

Here are Jillian’s two designs that are in the running:


The Flashlight turns 30 Juried Anniversary Exhibition

John Coulter writes:

“Hi Lilla,
Recently UNLV had an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the installation of the Flashlight, by Claes Oldenburg and Coojse Van Bruggen.

The Call for Entries:
The 30th anniversary of the installation of the Flashlight will be celebrated in 2011. Situated on the campus of UNLV between the Ham Concert Hall and the Judy Bayley Theater, Flashlight is a 38 feet tall, 74,000 pound, all steel pop art sculpture installed in 1981. To commemorate the occasion, the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery is hosting a juried exhibition. We invite Southern Nevada artists to respond with your interpretation of this pop icon, one of the first public art pieces in Southern Nevada.

Respond to Flashlight with an original work of art. We are looking for your response be it an interpretation, adaptation, modification, alteration, incorporation, deviation, transformation…

I entered 3 pieces: a diptych oil painting, a wire sculpture (inspired by Alexander Calder) and a collage/painting (using the escort cards found on the Las Vegas Strip), and all 3 were accepted.
I won 2nd place for the wire sculpture, here are judge’s comments:
“This person took time to craft an object which looks like a 3-d drawing of the flashlight where the negative spaces have as much to say as the positive ones. I am hopeful that this sculpture looks as good in person.”

By the way, the flashlight in the sculpture is upside down, so it glows from the bottom at night. Visitors to Las Vegas should make sure they visit the Flashlight, its monumental in person.



Sarajo wins Society of Illustrators’ 52 award

Sarajo Frieden writes:

“Hi Lilla,
I received a phone call (a real, live phone call!) informing me that “ The Annual Meeting of the Alarmed Bird Society”, which was picked up as a card for Home + Human Fashion, was selected to be in the Society of Illustrators 52 show, in the Institutional category! Nice!”

Congrats Sarajo!

Friday: Vera Scarves on Etsy


Helen’s work for the new Klutz book.

She gives 110% in her work, and that’s one of the reasons she stays busy.

To see more of Helen’s work, click here.



Tomorrow: New work by Jenn Ski.


Jon Cannell’s amazing illustrations for the book, “My Travels with Clara” wins AIGA award

Jon’s amazing illustration of “My Travels with Clara”, a picturebook published by the Getty Museum, wins the prestigious AIGA 50/50 award. Here’s what AIGA has to say:

AIGA 50 books/50 Covers of 2007
After careful and considered review of more than 900 entries, the jury of “AIGA 50 books/50 Covers of 2007” competition selected a group of 100 examples of outstanding book and book cover design produced in 2007.

The jury’s selections will be mounted as a public exhibition scheduled to open at the AIGA National Design Center in New York on September 10. The exhibit will travel across the country to AIGA chapters and student groups during 2009. In addition, selections become part of the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable visual database of exemplary design, are documented in 365: AIGA Year In Design 29, an annual print publication and the physical artifacts join the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum.