The Graphex National Design Awards is a biennial competition in Canada to celebrate and showcase the best examples of visual communication design. It was founded in 1977 by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Awards are given to creative professionals from various design disciplines in following categories:

  • Advertising (print, billboards, newspaper, transit shelters, etc.)
  • Annual Reports
  • Editorial/Magazine (editorial magazine and book spreads or total format)
  • Books (cover designs for magazines, books, etc.)
  • Brochures
  • Calendars
  • Catalogues
  • Logos
  • Corporate Identity
  • Stationery
  • Invitations
  • Manuals
  • Multimedia
  • Websites (online interactive sites and applications)
  • Packaging (includes consumer goods, boxes, labels, CDs, etc.)
  • Posters
  • Self Promotion
  • Signage (branding, vehicle graphics, wayfinding, etc. for retail and civic purposes)
  • Environmental - (interiors, trade show booths, banners, kiosks, POS, POP, etc.)
  • Type Design (any original typeface design)
  • Other (style guides, menus, complex promos, gifts, wearables, calendars, 3D promos, etc.)

Graphex 2008[1] is coordinated by the BC Chapter of GDC in Vancouver, BC, and chaired by Canadian Graphic Designers Mark Busse and Cory Ripley. Graphex is also endorsed by Icograda (International Congress of Graphic Design Associations), the world body for professional graphic design and visual communication. Founded in London in 1963, it now bases its secretariat in Montréal, Canada. It is also supported by its sister design associations SDGQ and RGD Ontario.


The theme for Graphex 2008 is the theory, structure, and visual language of the tournament ladder and the concept of zeitgeist. The theme for 2010 is "a celebration of the people who bring ideas to life and the community where they exist in." [2]


The competition has a jury of international judges, selected from experienced designers, writers, marketers, and clients.

Judges for Graphex 2010 are

Judges for Graphex 2008 were:

Judges for Graphex 2006 were:


At the conclusion of the competition, a traveling exhibit of the winners tours Canada.


Graphex is a national awards program open to all Canadian professional graphic designers, typographers, photographers, illustrators, art directors, ad agencies, printers, writers, or clients. Student work is not permitted. All entries must be accompanied by the design criteria stating the challenges or requirements of the project and the rationale for the design solution.


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