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.

2019 Finalists (left-right) Third Place, Chris Kalafatis, Laguna College of Art + Design, CA; Second Place, Kristine Ragasa, American Academy of Art, IL; Honorable Mention Brian Fenstermacher, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, PA; Honorable Mention, Tamara King, Colorado Mesa University, CO; First Place, Kat Brint, Oregon State University, OR. 

Young Designers Award Competition

  • 2020 Young Designers Awards Reception

    February 18, 2020

    We are proud to honor the next generation of industry designers. The winners will be announced and celebrated with industry leaders and experts. Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of this dedicated networking event to connect with fellow packaging and cosmetics professionals

  • Young Designers 2019

    February 19, 2019

    Keynote Speakers: Jeanne Chavez and Dineh Mohajer, founders of Hard Candy and Smith and Cult.

  • Young Designers Award Competition-2018

    February 14, 2018

1999 – First Young Designers event – luncheon, November 16, The Coast House, New York.

2000 – Invitation only press luncheon, Barbetta, November 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2007 – Dinner, September 19, Twenty Four Fifth.  Jean Hoehn Zimmerman, Chanel, Inc. guest speaker.

2008 – Dinner, September 10, Twenty Four Fifth.  Martha Brady, Caudalie, guest speaker.

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

2010 – Dinner, September 29, Twenty Four Fifth.  Katy Leakey guest speaker.

2011 – Dinner, September 21, Twenty Four Fifth.  Leslie Blodgett, Bare Escentuals, guest speaker.

2012 – Dinner, October 10, Twenty Four Fifth.  Ben Bennett, HATCHBEAUTY, guest speaker.

2014 – Dinner, March 5, La Meridien Delfina.  Kathy Ireland, KIWW, guest speaker.

2015 – Dinner, February 4, Island Hotel, Newport Beach.  Chaz Dean, WEN, guest speaker.

2016 – Dinner, February 18, Island Hotel, Newport Beach.  Chris Birchby, COOLA Suncare, guest speaker.

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

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

2019 - Dinner, Westdrift Autograph Collection Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA.  Jeanne Chavez & Dineh Mohajer, Hard Candy and Smith and Cult, guest speakers.

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