The International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA) presented Echelon Fine Printing with the Engraved Stationery “Best of Show” Contest Award at their 78th Annual Conference at The Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, MA. Our winning entry was the “Austin Moffatt Barkwell Howe Identity System”, manufactured by the employees at our Los Angeles, CA facility.
The Contest, held annually, is designed to recognize those who are responsible for designing, creating and implementing manufacturing techniques to produce engraved stationery products. Contest awards were presented to those who met the following criteria:
Quality of reproduction from a technical viewpoint
Excellence in design
Art lettering and general composition
Purpose and effectiveness
The entry receiving the highest score within each of 10 graded categories received a “Best of Category” Award. The scores were determined by a panel of judges who are experts in engraving, design, and related arts. The “Best of Category” winners were then grouped for final judging, which ultimately determined “Best of Show.”
In addition to “Best of Show”, we claimed 6 “Best of Category” awards, 5 of which were manufactured at our Berkeley, CA facility.
Words from Rick Haman, Vice President of Echelon Fine Printing:
“This is the second time in three years an Echelon contest submission has won “Best of Show” with IEGA. The winner before this was produced by our team in Mankato, MN. This time, our experienced Los Angeles and Berkeley teams were recognized for their beautiful print work and attention to detail. Leo Tosh, our LA general manager and Baird Conner, our Berkeley general manager, and their team members are the ones to commended for these awards. Especially noteworthy is our “Best of” winning entries over the last three years that aren’t limited to our traditional bread-and-butter identity system items (i.e. business cards, letterhead, and envelopes). We’ve also won with our work on diplomas, achievement certificates, notecards, and wine labels, which speaks to our versatility, capabilities, passion for the craft, and overall experience in the trade.”