Young Designers Award Competition

Young Designers Award Competition History

"The designs we make today are the seeds that will continue to grow into the future."
Cheuk Lau-(Fashion Institute of Technology) Winner, 2011

In 1998, the Young Designers idea was taken from a competition that had been run by W. Braun and had gotten too large, with many hundreds of entries. Frank Cornacchiulo, then principal at W. Braun, suggested that ICMAD restart the competition, to both enhance ICMAD’s image and to showcase the extraordinary talents of students studying package design. Young Designers competition encourages and develops future creative talent. The Young Designer's competition awards the best design students around the country through their creativity and ingenuity. The event allows students to network with their peers and hear from key industry speakers.

The competition was established in 1999 with rules for designing a cosmetic package. Judging was based on specific “real world” criteria and judges were selected for their expertise in the package design field. The three top winners were given cash awards (which was unique at the time, since it did not involve scholarship money) and celebrated initially, at a luncheon and subsequently, a dinner attended by ICMAD members and guests and featuring a well-known industry “star” to present the awards. For some of this time, the Young Designers Dinner was held during HBA in New York, other years it was a standalone event.

When the competition coincided with HBA, the winning students were given badges to attend the show. Later,when the dates were not compatible, students met with ICMAD member companies to give them a taste of the opportunities in our industry. Many of the winners had never been to New York and several of them had never been out of their home states. In 2014, the Young Designers was moved to Southern California to give students a new experience.


2018 Winners (left-right) Third Place, Jamie Van Dyke, Colorado Mesa University, Honorable Mention, Ashley Munson, Laguna College of Art & Design, Second Place, Jessica Wu, Laguna College of Art & Design, First Place, Erik Rosner, Laguna College of Art & Design. 

Young Designers Award Competition

1999 – First Young Designers event – luncheon on November 16 at The Coast House in New York

2000 – Invitation only press luncheon at Barbetta on November 14

2001 – Young Designers celebrated at Open Board Meeting November 8 at the Midtown Executive Club. Guest speaker Sunny Maffeo, Engelhard

2002 – Young Designers/Open Board Meeting, October 15 at Nicole’s. Don Pettit guest speaker

2003 – Young Designers/Open Board Meeting, October 1 at Copacabana. William Hovard guest speaker

2004 – Dinner September 29 at Spirit, Lydia Sarfati, guest speaker

2005 – Dinner at Lotus September 28, Anne Mincey, Redken, guest speaker

2006 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth September 13, Sonia Kashuk, guest speaker

2007 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth, September 19, Jean Hoehn, Zimmerman, Chanel, Inc

2008 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth, September 10, Martha Brady, Caudalie

2009 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth, September16, Dr. Robb Akridge, Pacific Bioscience (Clarisonic)

2010 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth,September 29, Katy Leakey

2011 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth, September 21, Leslie Blodgett, Bare Escentuals

2012 – Dinner at Twenty Four Fifth, October 10, Ben Bennett, HATCHBEAUTY

2014 – Dinner at La Meridien Delfina, March 5, Kathy Ireland, KIWW

2015 – Dinner at Island Hotel, Newport Beach, February 4, Chaz Dean, WEN

2016 – Dinner at Island Hotel, Newport Beach, February 18, Chris Birchby, COOLA Suncare

2017 – Dinner aboard The Ambassador Yacht, Balboa Bay Yacht Club, Newport Beach, February 08, Lisa Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman Beauty

2018 – Dinner aboard The Ambassador Yacht, Balboa Bay Yacht Club, Newport Beach, February 14

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