News: One Design Receives Two Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts Magazine

The cover of the 2022 Communication Arts Design Annual, next to our work for Jason Pontin and Arts Workers United

CHICAGO, AUGUST 29, 2022 — One Design is honored to announce that two recent projects have received Awards of Excellence by Communication Arts magazine, a celebrated professional journal for everyone involved in visual communications. The prestigious awards were given as part of the publication’s 63rd annual Design competition.


Our work for Arts Workers United and Jason Pontin was recognized among 143 winning selections from a pool of 3,284 entries. Check out the complete list of selections by browsing the winners gallery online.

A magazine spread featuring design work for Arts Workers United
The Arts Workers United brand, as featured in Communication Arts’ 63rd annual Design competition.

Arts Workers United

Arts Worker United (AWU) is a lobbying organization focused on building awareness of and support for members of the creative class and their critical impact on the national economy. Founded during the COVID-19 pandemic, AWU works to ensure local and national governmental support for this critical—and often overlooked—sector of the working class.

We created a brand identity rooted in the visual vernacular of trade unions and craft guilds, that could flex to connect with politicians and arts workers alike. The AWU seal nods to sophistication, confidence, and solidarity. The extended visual language embraces a distinctive and powerful energy through color, layout, and imagery that connects with the creative class.

A system of typographic ligatures—custom glyphs built into a bespoke cut of Object Sans from Pangram Pangram—is a visual nod to the concept of support and unity.

Learn more via our case study.

A magazine spread featuring design work for the Jason Pontin brand
The Jason Pontin brand and website, as featured in Communication Arts’ 63rd annual Design competition.

Jason Pontin

Jason Pontin—former editor of the MIT Tech Review, amongst other prestigious publications—desired an online home to archive and present his vast catalog of content.

We crafted a powerfully conceptual brand language for the polymath, combining an endlessly evolving array of illustration—created to represent his wide range of interests and areas of expertise—with an unabashedly confident toolkit of sans serif typography and rich color.

His new digital home
became an homage to the printed page, leveraging graphic layering and editorial sensibility to create a rich, engaging, and supremely navigable reading experience online.

Learn more via our case study.


Of the 3,284 entries submitted to the 63rd annual Design competition, only 143 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals—representing the work of designers, art directors, design firms, agencies, publishers, and in-house creative departments.

Now in its 64th year, Communication Arts continues to showcase the current best—whether it’s from industry veterans or tomorrow’s stars—in design, advertising, photography, illustration, interactive, and typography.

Grab a copy of the September/October 2022 edition of Communication Arts magazine on newsstands now, check out the digital edition here, or browse the winners gallery.

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