Hawaii’s 5-O design competition was created in 2001 by AIGA Honolulu and Hawaii's printers to celebrate graphic design excellence. As the competition has evolved to include web, motion and app design, still only 50 winners are chosen. Eligible projects are judged for craft, concept, and aesthetic achievement as determined by our nationally-recognized judges.
2017 marks our 10th biennial 5-O Show. Over the years, 5-O winners have come to represent excellence in design in Hawaii. It highlights local talent in the fields of design as well as print production, photography, illustration and copywriting.
The winning work for the 2015-2017 period will be revealed at the Award Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Prince Waikiki. It will be a night to remember. May the best designs win.
All entries must have been designed by a Hawai‘i-based company or designer within the period of September 2015 through August 2017.
Submissions must be the original work of the designer(s). Submissions can be made by anyone associated with the entry.
All submissions must have been designed for a client or as a self-promotional piece. Unpublished work is not eligible for submission.
The design firm, designer, project name, client, and printer (when applicable) must be specified on the entry form for eligibility.
Entries printed outside of Hawaii are eligible, though AIGA Honolulu encourages businesses to keep print projects local whenever possible.
STUDENT ENTRIES: All work created as part of a college or university curriculum must be submitted in this category. Work is not required to be published and may be a self-promotional piece.
Early Deadline: September 15, 2017
Professionals save $20 per entry!
$30 – Student Work*
$60 – Early Professional Member
$70 – Early Professional Non-Member
Regular Deadline: September 29, 2017
$30 – Student Work*
$80 – Professional Member
$90 – Professional Non-Member
*Only student project entries are eligible for student entry pricing. You do not have to currently be a student to enter student work at student pricing, however any work done for a client or since graduating must be entered at the professional price.
Non-members pay more for entries than members. Members of AIGA show a commitment to the local creative community and are investing in their own personal and professional development. If you are serious about being a contributing member of the local design industry, please consider joining today. Memberships start as low as $50 per year.
All entries are processed through our online entry system. Gather information for your projects BEFORE you log in to the entry system. Unfortunately, you will not be able to log in and out of the entry system to build or edit your entries. We suggest you type up the information in a separate document (prep sheet available below) and paste it into the online form. This will make the entry process go smoothly and will prevent you from losing data if the system times out.
Mike Peng is a co-managing director and co-founder of IDEO Tokyo. In his role, Mike works with colleagues to set the strategic direction of the business in Japan, mentor designers, create new offerings, and lead client relationships and projects in Asia. Prior to Tokyo, Mike helped start-up IDEO’s New York office and lead its design research discipline. Mike has taught at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). He’s also a visiting lecturer at University of Tokyo, Keio University, and Kyushu University.
Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in cognitive science and an emphasis in neuroscience. In his spare time, he plays tennis competitively (his high-school court is named after him!) and is an amateur hip-hop dancer who finds solace in reality TV and celebrity gossip.
Joel Beukelman is a Product Designer in Southern California, also the former Head of Design at Design Inc, Senior Interaction Designer at Google/Android & Netflix. Over the past 6 years, he’s had the opportunity to contribute to a variety of products/apps from early-stage startups to global mobile applications. Balancing an enjoyment of family, craft beer, metal/punk, tattoos and vlogging, Joel’s committed to helping a select number of startups and seeking a new product & team to contribute to full-time.
Dara Weinberg is a graphic designer based in Los Angeles. A former wardrobe stylist and costumer for TV and film, she switched gears in 2009 and moved to San Francisco to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University. Upon graduation, she returned to L.A. to join Ludlow Kingsley, where she is currently a Design Director.
Dara has experience working with a wide range of clients in print, packaging, and digital design, brand design and strategy. She loves to create identity systems that extend across a variety of experiences, and strives for a holistic, thoughtful and unexpected approach. Her work has been recognized by Brand New and GD USA. She’s an avid traveler, idiom enthusiast, and frequent game night organizer.
Fifty entries will be selected to receive “awards of excellence” in the form of certificates and placement in the 5-O winners’ book and online winners’ gallery. The “Top 5” will receive trophies. There is no predetermined breakdown of how many of the winners will be print, web, motion, or other. The purpose of the show is to recognize the best design in Hawaii, regardless of the form it takes.
Three student projects will be recognized as Student Winners. Winning students will receive an award certificate and a one-year AIGA Contributor Level Membership.
The number of awards given per category will be at the discretion of the judges. They may choose to give 10 awards for web and 40 for other categories, or they may choose to give 40 awards for web and 10 for other categories.
Different kinds of entries have different submission requirements. That is the only reason they are separated in the entry system. Printed project entries must provide actual samples of printed pieces in order to be properly judged. Websites have no physical submission requirements, but require that a URL be entered. Ultimately, the judges will decide which 50 entries are the best, regardless of category.
The Hawaii 5-O show is meant to celebrate the best of design in Hawaii, interpreted as anything designed for a client for commercial use. It must incorporate graphic design, specifically some combination of typography and images. We realize this is open-ended, but we believe that limiting the definition of “design” to print, environmental or web projects is a dated concept. If we did not specifically list the type of project you would like to enter, you may enter it under whatever category allows you to provide us with visuals/links/samples we need to have your project judged fairly. If we determine that your submission to be ineligible due to this ambiguity, we will remove it from the competition and refund your entry fee.