Every 730 days, AIGA Cleveland hosts a biennial competition which inevitably discovers and celebrates the best of the best in design.

This competition is a part of AIGA Cleveland’s ongoing effort to promote and support the work of exceptional design talent residing in Northeast Ohio. Not only does the competition spread a positive message about the benefits of design, it plays a significant role in demonstrating the important contributions that design provides our community.

2021 Winners

Meet the Judges

Each competition year, a select group of design professionals are invited to Cleveland, to evaluate Design 730 Competition entries and are tasked with choosing pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and effective at solving challenges. The Design 730 Competition panel of judges includes some of our industry’s top creative professionals.

Lisa Babb

Lisa Babb comes from a rich history of activism and social justice through engaging citizens. She has worked in the Graphic Design field for more than twenty years and in Graphic Design education at the collegiate level for more than eighteen years. Lisa came from Brooklyn (before it became the brand that it is now) and has lived in Atlanta for thirteen years. She has a Master’s from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s from Baruch College. The same year she finished Pratt she became a graphic design professor after September 11 changed the world for everybody.

She started at a Corporate Design firm specializing in Award winning Annual reports. Some stops along the way include a commercial catalog company, a marketing group for Seagrams, two sizable pharmaceutical advertising agencies and a commercial magazine in advertising. She has designed things as small as a button, as vast as a congressional campaign and as big as a billboard for Captain Morgan. She has also designed things as unconventional as a float for Bud Billiken parade and as functional as a point of purchase displays for a hair company.

Within design education specifically, she has created a Graphic Design department from the ground up and has made a point of teaching in places that encourage diversity in demographics, ideologies, and models. She started teaching Design at schools in New York City, the last one being PACE University in the Master's program, before coming to Atlanta and teaching at SCAD and now Georgia Tech. She lives by the mantra “if you want a better world, make one” and truly believes that design and especially design education is one of the few things that can change lives, for better or for worse.

Maurice Cherry

Maurice Cherry is principal and creative director at Lunch, an award-winning multidisciplinary creative studio he established in 2008 in Atlanta, GA. Currently, he works as the creative strategist for CodeSandbox.

These days, Maurice is perhaps most well-known for his award-winning podcast Revision Path™, which showcases Black designers, developers, and digital creators from all over the world. It is the first podcast to be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Other projects of Maurice’s include the Black Weblog Awards, 28 Days of the Web, The Year of Tea, and the design anthology RECOGNIZE.

Maurice is the 2018 recipient of the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary from AIGA, was named as one of GDUSA’s “People to Watch” in 2018, and was included in the 2018 edition of The Root 100 (#60), their annual list of the most influential African-Americans ages 25 to 45.

David Hisaya Asari

With 20 years of professional practice, David has experiences across a range of projects, from identity and branding, editorial design, books and publications, catalogs, and packaging to exhibition design, signage, wayfinding, and environmental graphics for a diverse mix of corporate, civic, educational, cultural and arts clients.

His publication work, environmental graphics and signage, and exhibition design have been recognized by AIGA, Graphis, Print, STEP, as well as the Western Art Directors Club and the New York Art Directors Club.

He has deep roots in the Bay Area design community, beginning his career with renowned San Francisco designer Gerald Reis; and, for over a decade, as a senior designer at Pentagram, working with partner Kit Hinrichs.

David holds a B.A. in Art from UC Berkeley, where he focused on printmaking. He later continued his studies in graphic design at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA), where he now teaches in the undergraduate graphic design and graduate design programs, with a focus on typography and information design.

Awards Reception

Friday, June 11, 2021

Online Only

Join AIGA Cleveland for the Design 730 Competition Awards Virtual Reception where top honors will be announced, awarded and celebrated! The online event will be free and open to everyone.

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Partners & Sponsors

AIGA Cleveland is honored to host the biennial competition for the Cleveland design community through the generous support of our partners.