Best Of Show
The University of Delaware won its first Best of Show award with a colorful calendar featuring stunning scenes from all over campus.
By Bob Neubauer
When Rodney Brown volunteered to be a judge for the In-Print contest back in 2002 he thought he would simply be using his years of printing expertise as manager of Graphic Communication at the University of Delaware to help pick winners.
He never dreamed the experience would teach him so much about printing. What he learned then has changed the way he looks at printing in his 24-employee in-plant.
"Every piece that comes in any more, we start looking at it as if it could be something we could put in as an entry," says Brown. Press and bindery operators now look more closely at the jobs they're handling, watching for hickeys and bad folds, and trying to find the perfect samples to enter in the contest.
This year that strategy paid off big time. Out of 44 first place winners in In-Print 2004, the University of Delaware's engagement calendar was chosen as the Best of Show winner.
As an ex-contest judge, who has seen for himself the excellent quality of the In-Print entries, Brown says this honor made him feel "extremely good, knowing what the competition is out there."
The University of Delaware also has the honor of winning the most first place awards in this year's contest: Five.
The in-plant's winning calendar is truly a beautiful piece to behold. A weekly planner, it features more than 100 stunning color photos showing off the flowers, foliage, buildings and statues around the university's Newark, Del., campus. All 114 photos are in perfect register, offering a vibrant and enticing glimpse of the campus in each of the four seasons.