The response to this year’s Vertex Awards was overwhelming with more than 250 entries from 21 countries and 55 retailers. This year’s winners included the first ever entrants from Asia and Africa joining a truly global list of entrants from Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, the Middle East, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
We saw exciting growth in the New Brand, Brand Redesign and Packaged Goods categories as well as in the Licensed or Co-Brand, Beverages: Alcoholic, Pet Products, Home Décor, Entertainment and Health Care categories.
Take a look and you will discover outstanding design from all around the world. Retailers are playing to win and creating compelling customer-focused brands.
In particular, we would like to congratulate the overall Best in Show winner Eroski and their agency, Supperstudio, both hailing from Spain. Their work proves that great Retail Brands are engaging, entertaining and truly special. We also call your attention to our Publisher’s Choice, the stunning redesign of Mannings-Guardian’s Distilled Water by Passionfruit, Hong Kong.
We would like to thank our esteemed panel of design experts from around the world who took their charge to heart and devoted their time and energy to selecting the best of the best: Rick Barrack, Maggie Bean, Paula Bunny, Don Childs, Maria Dubuc, Masanori Eto, Ruth Galloway, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Loe Limpens, Angelo Morano, Glenn Pfiefer, Gustavo Piqueira, Fred Richards, Kevin Shaw, Zhou Wenjun and Adrian Whitefoord.
Qualifying designs must have been introduced in-store between November 2013 and November 2014. Judges scored each entry on five criteria: design, information architecture, originality, structure, and x-factor. An overall numeric score was then assigned to each entry. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were awarded based on the numeric score, as a result, there are some multiple winners at a given level.
The scoring system was developed to reward the best Private Brand package design in the world, not mediocrity. To protect the integrity of the process, judges were not allowed to vote on work by their own agency. All voting was done online and votes were collected and tabulated independently, by VOCCII.
This competition has been a labor of love. We know you will find inspiration in the winners and we hope to see your entry next year.
Founder, My Private Brand
VP of Retail Brands Theory House
Founder, Global Retail Brands
Principal, Kent Media