Did we deliver gold, or didn't we? These gorgeous egg trophies went to this year's winners, a wildly varied collection of the freshest local design work of the year. Winners included charming self-promotional work, a remarkably inventive, interactive choreography visualizer, and our Best of Show: a highly fun and functional iPhone app (how apropos this year!) Thanks to everyone who entered, attended, and volunteered. See you next year!

  Don’t miss our Flickr gallery.

See the happy winners, get a sense for what the 2009 Creative Best was like, and maybe even spot yourself! All thanks to the beautiful photos taken by Jeff Seslar.
  Download the 2009 Creative Best awards book!

Did you miss the event? Don't fret, you can still gaze upon all of the stunning winners from 2009. Download the awards book to find out who struck gold.

  A special thanks to our sponsors for making 2009 a success!

Brainstorm Media
Capital City Scooters
Clinton Reno
Coe Photographic
German Village Guest House
Hopkins Printing
Hotcards Columbus
Igloo Letterpress
  The Ohio State University
PIP Printing and Marketing Services
Portfolio Creative
RIS the paper house
Salvato Coe + Gabor
Solar Imaging


Judging took place on September 18 & 19, 2009.
Click the thumbnails to view photos from the judging process.


Chris Wiggins
Creative Director
Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Wiggins came to CP+B from Fallon, which he joined in 1998 and was part of the team responsible for the ground-breaking BMW Films. He became Creative Director for Fallon Interactive in 2003 and worked on BMW, NYSE, & Microsoft. In 2005, he moved to Seattle where he was Creative Director for ZAAZ, working on Helio Mobile, Sony Electronics, Microsoft Expression Group and Microsoft Macintosh BU.

Wiggins moved back to Minneapolis to become a founding member, along with a group of fellow ex-Fallon creatives and planners, of Zeus Jones. The company’s focus was on non-traditional, primarily interactive, service-based marketing. Its clients included Nordstrom, and Thymes. In 2008 he helped Fallon win several pitches and created an award winning self promotional social media software product, Skimmer, which recently won a gold lion at Cannes. His work has been published in all of the main industry publications and he has served as a judge in major awards shows. Wiggins also co-authored a book discussing applications for new technologies to create practical and enjoyable user interfaces.
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Lisa Kitschenberg

Originally from Essen, Germany, Lisa Kitschenberg is a graduate of the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Stuttgart. She was awarded a diploma in communications design and completed a professional course in editorial design.

While at Pentagram, she has worked on identity and graphic projects including New York City Ballet, Columbia Records, Museum of Modern Art, The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, Ballet Tech, and School of Visual Arts.

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August Heffner
Art Director of Graphic Design
Museum of Modern Art

August Heffner is a graphic designer, art director and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. August was born in an antique store in St. Louis, MO. He moved to New York City in 2004 to work directly under his design heroes Matteo Bologna at Mucca Design and Stephen Doyle at Doyle Partners. August balances his time between illustration, corporate identity and branding. He works diligently both from from his Bushwick studio and as Art Director of Graphic Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Esther Mun
Founding Partner
Little Fury & Start Here

Esther Mun was born in South Korea, raised in California and graduated with honors in design from the School of Visual Arts. She first practiced design at Pentagram before becoming an integral member of the Duffy + Partners design team. Esther has developed work for Bloomberg, Citibank, Cohen, Detroit Symphony, Madison Square Park, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Coca-Cola, The Islands of the Bahamas, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Singapore resorts, Thymes, and Toyota. She has received numerous design honors, including recognition from AIGA, Art Directors Club, Graphis, One Show, and Type Directors Club.

She co-founded Little Fury in 2006, Esther and her partner continue to design with a focus on smart concept with compelling design.  Little Fury also launched their first product line called Start Here March 2007. They are in a process of folding little fury design and start here products into one entity, Start Here Design.

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