APEX 2018 Grand Award Winners, part one

APEX 2018

The APEX Awards attract many outstanding entries. Of the over 1,400 entries in APEX 2018, just 100 Grand Award Winners were selected. Judges' comments (and URLs where available) for many of the 100 Grand Award-winning entries will soon be shown here.

Where direct links to a specific publication or project are not available, we'll try to link to the organization's main website and/or closely related pages. Links are current when posted, but are subject to change (or deletion) by the award-winning entrants. For example, the link may take you to the latest issue of a winning entry, but not the exact award-winning issue.

Note: A few of the links will prompt you to allow Flash. We've checked the links using Flash, and they link to the entries listed as of the date checked, but whether you wish to use Flash or not is your choice.

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OTO News
Alexandria, VA
“Here is a perfect example of the benefits gained from listening to customers.  When research indicated that association members felt overwhelmed by the number of eNewsletters they received, the decision was made to send one redesigned eNewsleter per week.  The result was a graphically attractive, significantly improved, customized product.  Another amazing element contributing to the presentation of a Grand Award,  was that of recognizing that too many ads were competing with the content.  Thus, the association restricted the number of ads to allow both the ads and the content to shine.  All these wise decisions resulted in an open rate far in excess of industry norms.”

Anita Sama
June 16 Issue - CEO Update
CEO Update
Washington, DC
“Here’s proof that a large staff is not required for the creation of a high-quality piece of work.  Spearheaded by a graphically unique and imaginative front page, the reader is ushered through the issue which, literally, has value on every page.  With its high-powered, influential readership, the publisher has a daunting task to gain attention, and succeeds mightily at that task!”

Penn State Health Third Quarter Newsletter
Penn State Health
Hershey, PA
“It’s amazing how so much valuable information can be provided in just 3 pages.  The front page starts off with a simple, but compelling look at how modest increases in retirement contributions yield major returns.  Then, there are clear, concise guidelines to the process of making sure your retirement decisions are updated and in place, combined with a colorful presentation and what to discuss with on-site reps.  For a short newsletter, there’s a ton of useful information here.”



Karla Monterrosa-Yancey, Alexa Serrano
ACAMS Today 15-Year Anniversary Edition; March-May 2017
Miami, FL
“What a wonderful combination of graphic design and illustration, excellent writing and content, all presented as a celebration of the 15-year anniversary of the association.  Through interviews with 3 individuals that have been with ACAMS Today for the entire 15 years, as well as the use of infographics and a cartoon strip, the reader is taken on a wonderful ride through the history of the publication.”

Elisa Drake
Alpha Phi Quarterly Fall 2017
Alpha Phi International Fraternity
Evanston, IL
“Diversity – thy name is Alpha Phi Quarterly.  In the Fall 2017 issue, the range of articles was wider and more topical than most.  From the ‘Food for Thought’ infographic, to the retrospective on the ‘War-Time Women of Alpha-Phi,’ … from the light-hearted content on the ‘cooking’ theme of this issue to the hard-hitting, valuable information on sexual assault ... the editorial content, graphic design and imaginative layout made this entry an easy selection for a Grand Award.”

Nicola Nittoli, Mark Matthews
Can She Stay?
American Society for Engineering Education
Washington, DC
"The term 'trade magazine' frequently implies a lack of graphic and editorial appeal.  This Grand Award-winning entry destroys that implication as it is a surprising treat visually and addresses the significant challenges faced due to the intertwined worlds of U.S. research and innovation and international students in the new political climate.  The publication also addresses the impact of artificial intelligence in the engineering workplace (with a nice touch of humor) and  describes a unique online computer science master’s program that offer its readers much more than 'fluff' industry information.  This 'trade magazine' truly serves its audience well."

Educational Leadership, December 2017 "Mental Health in Schools"
Alexandria, VA
“A magazine with the title ‘Educational Leadership’ carries with it a huge responsibility in today’s fast-moving, social media-dominated society.  In this case, the publishers do not disappoint!  The December 2017 issue tackles the vitally important issue of ‘Mental Health in Schools,’ and does so in a way that urges both support for those students in need and provides techniques to help them thrive both academically and socially.  A truly important issue that  should be a part of any K-12 educational institution.”

Big Y Marketing Department
Big Y Dig In Magazine - The Local Issue
Big Y Foods, Inc.
Springfield, MA

CFMA Building Profits March/April 2017: Insight to Effect Change
Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
Princeton, NJ

China Airlines
Taipei, Taiwan

Adam Bruns
World's Most Competitive Cities
Conway Inc.
Peachtree Corners, GA

T. Rowe Price: Investor Magazine
New York, NY

Carly Schulaka, Albert Hanner, Ana Trujillo Limón
Journal of Financial Planning
Journal of Financial Planning
Denver, CO

Pek Chin Kho
Mediacorp Pte Ltd

E. Thomas Hall
SkillsUSA Champions
Leesburg, VA

Jessie Kek
THIS Quarterly
ThinkFarm Pte Ltd

Beth Johnson, Karen Moeller Design, Edda Photograqphy
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, MI



Amy Green
Making an Impact: CAHEC at Work
Raleigh, NC

Cindy Stevens, Mark Chisholm, Jeremy Snow
Five Technology Trends to Watch
Consumer Technology Association
Arlington, VA

Andrew Becker
Prevail: Innovation and Impact
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Jeffrey Hayden, Theo Fells, Crystal Herrmann
IMF Annual Report 2017 Web Page
International Monetary Fund
Washington, DC

Steve Monroe, Ben Swett
The Senior Care Acquisition Report, 22nd Edition
Irving Levin Associates
Norwalk, CT


Pauline Goulah
2017 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages EXPO Program Guide
Goulah Design Group, Inc.
Buffalo, NY

David Beagin
A Landmark in Jeopardy
David Beagin Design
Doylestown, PA

Sally Hume, Jodi Lipson
Get the Most Out of Retirement: Checklist for Happiness, Health, Purpose and Financial Security
Sally Balch Hurme LLC
Bridgewater, VA

Infectious Disease News Editorial Staff
Infectious Disease News 30th Anniversary
SLACK Incorporated
Thorofare, NJ

Anne Perusek
Thinking Differently About Design and Research
Society of Women Engineers
Cleveland Heights, OH



Michael Keesee
AAA How to Drive Online Course
AAA National Office
Heathrow, FL

William Horne, Lesley Q. Palmer
AARP The Magazine Health & Wellness Issue
AARP The Magazine
Washington, DC

Chad Brownstein
Castle `Ohana
Adventist Health Castle
Kailua, HI

Ben Rome, Simeon Cogswell, Klaus Scherwinski
IH Heroes: Tales from the Field (Issue 1)
Falls Church, VA

Nancy Kilkenny, Rami Daud, Joseph Haas
Reinventing the Wheel
Alcyon Technical Services
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich
PRSJournal Video Gallery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Arlington Heights, IL

John O’Brien, Scott Ladzinski, D. Teddy Diggs
"Back to the Future of Edtech: A Meditation"
Louisville, CO

Sara Fay
Humanizing Healthcare Finance
First American Healthcare Finance
Fairport, NY

Best Use of Learning Design for a Blended Learning Training Program
Focus Eduvation Inc.
Woburn, MA

Jayne Fenimore, France Hernandez
No Phishing E-learnin
Georgia System Operations Corp.
Tucker, GA

John Renz, Bridget Esposito, Brad Young
Person on the Street Videos
Prudential Group Insurance
Roseland, NJ

HR Storytellers
Alexandria, VA



Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, Christina Carson, Aaron Weinstein
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on Facebook: @PRSJournal
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Arlington Heights, IL

Julia Close
You Are Okay: Letting Go of Guilt, “Balance” and Impossible Expectations
Alexandria, VA

Kathy Pretz
Blog Series: Has the Title Engineer Become Meaningless?
IEEE The Institute
Piscataway, NJ

Rebecca Richardson
NASA Armstrong Facebook Site
Media Fusion Inc. at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA

National Association of REALTORS - HouseLogic
Meredith Xcelerated Marketing
New York, NY

Derrick Hurst, Valerie Larkin
Sandia's Social Media
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

Dian Griesel
Silver Disobedience by Dian Griesel
Silver Disobedience
New York, NY

APEX 2018 Grand Award listings and comments are continued here.

Where direct links to a specific publication or project are not available, we'll try to link to the organization's main website and/or closely related pages. Links are current when posted, but are subject to change (or deletion) by the award-winning entrants. For example, the link may take you to the latest issue of a winning entry, but not the exact award-winning issue.

Please check back often. (NOTE! If you can provide a direct URL to your Grand Award listed among the 100 Grand Award winners either here in Part One or in Part Two, please e-mail it to us. Thank you!)



A note to our customers and APEX 2018 participants --

Results for the APEX 2018, the 30th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition, have been announced. Please see more information about the APEX 2018 Winners here.

Thank you for your participation in the 2018 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence!

Best of luck in APEX 2019!

Ken Turtoro
Executive Editor
The APEX Awards
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