The Joseph Binder Award is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched by designaustria in 1996. It is named after one of the major graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States.

The Joseph Binder Award aims at recognising and defining current bench marks, highlighting leading social, cultural, and economic markers, encouraging the improvement of standards in graphic design, and raising the general awareness of superior design quality. It is meant to honour the merit of existing work that exhibits design excellence.

Graphic designers, illustrators, advertising agencies, and students enrolled in relevant courses from all over the world are invited to enter their works realized in 2020 and after by 15 May 2022 (deadline extended).

This competition is supported by the following partner organizations:
Allianz deutscher Designer (AGD)
Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)
Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione visiva (AIAP)
Alliance francaise des designers (AFD)
Bund deutscher Grafikdesigner (BDG)
Croatian Designers Association (HDD)
Swiss Graphic Designers (SGD)
Typographische Gesellschaft München (tgm)
Design Denmark
Design Luxembourg
typographische gesellschaft austria (tga)
typographische gesellschaft münchen (tgm)
Czech Union of Graphic Design (UGD)
The Association of Finnish Illustrators (Kuvittajat)
Brumen Foundation
Vereinigung der slowakischen Illustratoren (ASIL)
Turkish Graphic Designers Association (GMK)
Association of Polish Graphic Designers (STGU)
Shenzhen Graphic Design Association (SGDA)
Iranian Graphic Designer Network (IGDN)
Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA)

1. Corporate Design
Corporate identity programmes, logotypes, office stationary, etc.
2. Communication Design
Ads, mailings, leaflets, brochures, social media, online campaigns, calendar, stamps, etc.
3. Information Design
User instructions, signage systems, exhibitions, stands, diagrams, etc.
4. Type Design
Fonts, lettering, etc.
5. Poster Design
Indoor and outdoor posters of all formats and genres
6. Editorial Design
Books (fiction and non-fiction), art and exhibition catalogues, annual reports, magazines, newspapers, etc.
7. Packaging Design
Packaging graphics, labels, etc.
8. Screen Design
Websites, microsites, apps, interface design, newsletter, software design, etc.

1. Book Illustration
Illustrations for children’s books, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novels, etc.
2. Media Illustration
Illustrations for periodicals, newspapers, etc.
3. Commercial Illustration
Illustrations for advertising media, etc.
4. Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications
Illustrations for diverse communication media, animations, game design, storyboards, etc.

C DESIGN FICTION (special category)
Unpublished works, independent projects, unrealized concepts, school projects, etc. in all graphic design and illustration disciplines

Selection Process: two-stage jury (1. online jury, 2. offline jury)
In a first round, the jury will rate all of the projects entered online. Those projects scoring highest will subsequently have to be sent in the form of printed examples (if available) and be assessed physically at designforum Wien in July 2022.

Entry Deadlines
online submission by 15 May 2022 (EXTENDED).

Fees and Payment
Entry fees
First entry: 115 euros
Reduced fee for members*: 90 euros
Reduced fee for students: 55 euros

Each further entry: 80 euros
Reduced fee for members*: 65 euros
Reduced fee for students: 40 euros

*Members of the partner organizations

Jury Members 2022

• Anna Fahrmaier & Michael Hochleitner (Typejockeys), Austria
• Claudia Siebenweiber, Germany
• Camille Sauthier, Switzerland
• Gerd & Barbara Baumann, Germany
• Mirko Ilić, USA
• Jesper von Wieding, Denmark
• Jiří Karásek , Czech Republic
• Torsten Meyer-Boga, Germany
• Lena Pianovska, Poland
• Marlies Visser, Netherlands
• Xuefeng Bi, China
• Reka Kiraly, Finland
• Steven Heller, USA


cash prize award: $ 10,100.00 USD