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NECA’s Creative Team Wins National Graphic Design Award

Jul 13, 2023

NECA is pleased to announce that the NECA 2022 Austin Convention Poster won a 2023 American Inhouse Graphic Design award from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA)! The 2022 poster, part of the series of posters commemorating the annual Convention, was created by Junior Graphic Designer Sarah O’Grady. Recognized as one of the most appealing posters amongst hundreds of submissions nationwide, O’Grady’s design faced tough competition. GDUSA competitions attract work from many notable companies such as AARP, Bank of America, Costco Wholesale, Morgan Stanley, T. Rowe Price, 3M and PepsiCo. 

“It is an honor to be recognized for this award and I cannot be more thankful to my team for their continued help and encouragement,” said O’Grady. 

According to GDUSA, the American Inhouse Design Awards are ‘the original and premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse creatives and their departments.’ The 2023 competition was the 60th anniversary of the awards. The competition typically attracts thousands of entries and recognizes approximately five percent of those entries with awards. Awards are presented to those projects that exhibit the many ways inhouse designers advance the mission of their companies and build value for their companies, institutions, brands and causes.  

"I’m excited to receive a 2023 GDUSA Inhouse Graphic Design Award, and even more thrilled for Sarah,” said NECA Creative Director Ginger Wilson. “Sarah joined our team shortly before designing the poster and clearly made an impact from day one.” 

NECA’s creative team—Wilson, Senior Graphic Designer Mia Flowers, and O’Grady—has won Inhouse Design Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2020. In some of these years the team won awards for multiple projects. The team is responsible for a wide range of projects including branding and collateral for the NECA Convention and other meetings, the design of Safety Leader and Line Contractor magazines, and design and production of ELECTRI International research reports, NEIS, safety, and education publications. Their skilled work helps to deliver effective, authentic and trustworthy materials that magnify NECA’s message and value.