Take Note Award Winner: Labzeus Portfolio Kit


Tom Ingalls, founder and creative director of Ingalls Design, selects LABZEUS Portfolio Kit as PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award Winner for Quarter One 2014.

Multiple printing techniques and a touch of digital media mix expertly to create a personal, coherent brand story for our award-winning designer – Brian Neumann.

Palo Alto, California – May 13, 2014 – “The notion of combining the concepts of a portfolio and a kit should give you the immediate impression that this designer is all about taking risks for the right reasons,” says Tom Ingalls, founder and creative director of Ingalls Design (San Francisco). “It’s thoughtful experimentation that achieves a worthy goal.”

The designer in question is Brian Neumann, winner of PaperSpecs Gallery’s Take Note award for Quarter One 2014.

Neumann integrated the preciousness of a one-off portfolio with the practicality of a direct mail piece when he created his award-winning self-promotion piece – the LABZEUS Portfolio Kit.

“Brian skillfully mixes a host of print techniques with a touch of the multi-media to tell his personal brand story,” agrees Sabine Lenz, founder of PaperSpecs.com. “The result is a very unique sales tool that has brought him recognition early in his design career.”

Using embossing, letterpress printing, giclée printing, diecutting, perfing, map folding, and an etched flash drive, Neumann’s self-promotional mailer provides a concrete example of his abilities to fuse creative experimentation with rational intent to achieve a memorable solution.

To read more about how Neumann created his LABZEUS Portfolio Kit, please visit https://www.paperspecs.com/labzeus-amazing-work-of-alter-ego/.

To watch a video about this winning project, please visit https://www.paperspecs.com/gallery-labzeus-portfolio-kit/.


About Our Judge: Tom Ingallsz
Tom Ingalls is founder and creative director of Ingalls Design in San Francisco where his impressive list of clients includes museums, publications, wineries and distilleries, restaurants and bars, banks, law firms, and software companies. He also serves as a senior adjunct professor at the California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA). In 2008, Ingalls received the AIGA San Francisco Fellow Award that recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. http://ingallsdesign.com

About Our Winner: Brian Neumann
Brian Neumann shows off his personal design portfolio at LABZEUS where he is the lead designer on projects ranging from branding and collateral to signage, packaging, illustration, strategy, design consulting, and all things digital. Neumann is also senior designer at Cactus, a full-service advertising agency (Denver, CO) where he works on concept development, art direction, identity, branding, integrated solutions, Web, UI, UX, interactive, environmental, packaging, and installation design. Brian has received recognition for his work in ADCD 2011, Denver Fifty 2011, Print Regional Design Annual 2011, Print Regional Design Annual 2012, ADCD 2012, Denver 50 2012, and ADCD 2013. http://labzeus.com

About Our Sponsor: Clampitt Paper
Clampitt Paper, a family-owned and operated company, was started in 1941 by Max Clampitt and is now run by his youngest son Don Clampitt. Clampitt is a paper merchant that sells direct to large- and small-scale printers as well as creative designers and local artists. http://www.clampitt.com

About PaperSpecs Gallery
The PaperSpecs Gallery was created to inspire and expose great achievement in the graphic arts industry by showing how paper plays an integral part in carrying our most imaginative creative impulses out to the world – and how wonderful design and skillful printing transform paper into an unparalleled vehicle for communicating marketing messages or conveying individual thoughts and feelings.

The Take Note Award winner is garnered from the top ten entries selected by popular vote of online visitors to the Gallery. Based on design, print quality and paper choice, a notable industry designer serving as guest judge then selects the winning piece.

PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award winners receive special recognition in the PaperSpecs e-newsletter as well as a video highlighting the winning piece. The video can be viewed at the PaperSpecs Gallery website at http://www.paperspecsgallery.com.

About PaperSpecs
Finding the most accurate information on paper availability, green certifications and trends like digital paper options is a challenge for designers, print buyers and paper purchasers worldwide. This reality inspired Sabine Lenz, designer and author, to create PaperSpecs, the first independent and comprehensive Web-based paper selection tool. The search mechanism is specifically designed to help paper specifiers easily and quickly find the paper that meets their project’s sustainability goals, creative vision and process requirements. You may visit the PaperSpecs website at http://www.paperspecs.com.




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