2007 Gold Ink Awards
The 20th year of the Gold Ink Awards—the industry’s most prestigious print competition—featured some of the storied awards’ most impressive and highest-quality submissions to date. A talented team of judges poured through more than 1,400 entries in this milestone year, awarding Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter honors in 46 categories spanning a wide variety of printed products.
Printers and publishers submitted their finest pieces, and more than a dozen judges rolled up their sleeves to scrutinize and examine the entries’ each and every detail over four days in May at the Philadelphia headquarters of North American Publishing Co.—parent company of Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines—which hosts the awards. The competition has earned a reputation in the industry for attracting the highest-quality work from printing professionals worldwide, and this year’s crop of judges found the competition to be some of the stiffest in Gold Ink history.
“The Gold Ink Awards’ place in the industry is what the Academy Awards are to the motion picture industry,” says veteran Gold Ink judge Greg Captain, manager, The New Yorker Imaging Center. “The best of the best.”
The judges were particularly impressed by the Hardcover Books category, which garnered 16 total awards, the most among all book categories. The Children’s Books and Softcover Books categories were especially competitive as well, as each claimed nine awards.
“What I recall most from this year’s awards is the outstanding quality of the digital-printing entries. From labels to posters to books, both color and detail were extraordinary … even black-and-white pieces were impressive,” says fourth-year judge Gretchen Morris, director of global catalog production for Edmund Optics Inc. “This was a real eye-opener since just a few years ago, most digital printing was considered inferior to traditional methods.”
“In celebrating the 20th year of the Gold Ink Awards, we pay tribute to all of the breathtaking entries we continue to receive annually that make this competition the most important in the industry,” says Mark Hertzog, vice president/group publisher of Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines. “We are impressed year after year by the quality and the superiority of the submissions, and we look forward to another 20 years of recognizing the publishers and printers who produce the finest books in the world.”
Winners of the 2007 Gold Ink Awards will be honored at The Gold Ink Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, Sept. 10 at McCormick Place, Chicago, during Graph Expo.
The staff of Book Business magazine would like to extend its congratulations to the many printers and publishers who were recognized for their fine work in this year’s competition, and to thank the judges and all the entrants who have made the 20-year-old Gold Ink Awards North America’s most prestigious print competition. BB—Matt Steinmetz
For a complete listing of 2007 Gold Ink Awards winners, visit www.GoldInk.com
Meet This Year’s Gold Ink Awards Judges
Laurence Bach is a professor and former chairman of the graphic design department at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, where he has been employed since 1996. Prior to that, he served as a professor and former chairman of the graphic design department for the State University of New York at Purchase. He previously worked at the Moore College of Art.
Greg Captain was named to head and expand The New Yorker Imaging Center in 1995, and has been at the helm through the consolidation of the various Condé Nast locations into the company’s new building at 4 Times Square. The new facility he designed brought The New Yorker Imaging Center to a 100-percent digital capability and into the world of CTP and digital proofing. He works closely with The New Yorker’s printer, RR Donnelley, and with various sheet-fed web printers and book publishers around the world that do business with Condé Nast Publications.
Jane Chero is vice president of production at North American Publishing Co. (NAPCO). She oversees the daily operations and digital workflow for all printed collateral materials, magazines, directories and custom-publishing projects. Chero also manages the production and electronic pre-media departments, and handles all print buying for the company. In addition, she sits on the editorial advisory board for Publishing Executive magazine and has 20 years of experience in the graphic arts industry.
Charles Hames began his publishing career at Columbia University Press as a production assistant in charge of manufacturing reprints, eventually landing the position of book designer before leaving to establish his own design business. His clients included Oxford University Press and Simon & Schuster, among others. He is currently design and production manager at New York University Press, where his responsibilities include supervising the manufacturing of all domestic books, with an emphasis on desktop design.
Nathan Haugh has worked in the printing industry for eight years, currently as a prepress technician with Philadelphia Magazine, which is owned and operated by Metrocorp Publishing. He has experience with many aspects of the printing industry, including bindery, manual stripping, prepress and as a production/graphic artist.
Matthew Hollerbush is a photographer, educator and fine artist. He is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts and teaches advanced photography at Fleisher Art Memorial. He is an award-winning commercial photographer, creating images for magazines and advertising.
Marianne Koszorus has worked for National Geographic Books for 27 years, currently as director of layout and design. She has designed and directed design for an ever-growing publishing list of children’s and adult trade books, and direct-mail titles.
Donna Loyle is a medical editor at the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia. She is the former chief editor of Catalog Success magazine.
Colin McSherry has worked for Metrocorp Publishing for the past two years doing prepress and prep work for Boston Magazine. He handles all art color correction, page output/proofing and ad preflighting. Previously, he was employed for five years by NAPCO, where he helped launch and maintain the digital prepress department and worked with the printer to set up specs and file requirements.
Gina Montemurro is a production manager at NAPCO, where she has been employed for almost 11 years. She is the group production director for Target Marketing, Catalog Success, Fundraising Success and Inside Direct Mail magazines, where she oversees a team of production managers.
Gretchen Morris is director of global catalog production for Edmund Optics Inc. (EO), a worldwide leader in imaging, photonics and optical manufacturing technology. From the company’s headquarters in Barrington, N.J., Morris supervises EO’s worldwide catalog operations, including 10 titles in four different languages with an annual distribution of over 2.5 million. She manages a design and production team, which, in addition to the catalogs, is responsible for creating all of the company’s marketing collateral. In her 23 years at EO, Morris has previously held positions including catalog manager, production coordinator and proofreader. She has a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications/broadcast journalism from Lycoming College.
Laurel Munshower is a graduate of Edinboro University, where she studied traditional animation and art history. After graduating college and leaving her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., for Philadelphia, she began her career in the publishing industry where she now works as a production artist for Metrocorp Publishing’s Philadelphia Magazine.
Erik Wikane is a quality control manager at Condé Nast Publications, where he is responsible for print quality for Teen Vogue, Brides, Modern Brides and Wired. He was formerly the production director of Men’s Health for 12 years. He also has held the position of vice president of production of FinancialWorld magazine. Wikane has been a co-chair on the board of P3 for two years, enabling him to work with industry associates in the area of Web access. He has been educated at the State University of New York––Farmingdale, Academy of Art in San Francisco, Pratt, Printing Industries of New York and, most recently, New York University.
Dorlisa Goodrich Young is a group production director with NAPCO. She began as a production manager with the company in June 2002. In addition to managing the workflow of two production managers, she currently handles the production of Printing Impressions magazine. Prior to joining NAPCO, she worked at Essence Communications Inc., publisher of Essence magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women in New York, and Dow Jones & Co. in Princeton, N.J. Young has her Master of Science in publishing from Pace University and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College. BB