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UniKeep Announces Sixth Annual Design Awards Contest

01-22-2009 05:23 PM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

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Design Artwork for UniKeep Products to Win Cash, Wacom Intuos3 Professional Pen Tablets and Magazine Subscriptions; Artwork Judged by Nationally Known Designers

Marysville, OH -- January 21, 2009 -- UniKeep LLC, a Univenture company, is pleased to announce its Annual Design Awards Contest for 2009. In its sixth year, the contest offers an opportunity to win cash, Intuos®3 Pen Tablets from contest sponsor, Wacom®, and yearly subscriptions to sponsoring magazines, Scrapbooking & Beyond and Paper Creations. The “Sixth Annual UniKeep Design Awards Contest” begins January 1 and ends December 31, 2009. In addition to five monthly contest categories, 2009 will have four quarterly Bonus Categories to showcase creative designs for Univenture’s eco-friendly organizing and archival products. Each quarterly Bonus Category will have a different theme and product to design. To find out which Bonus Category and product will be featured each quarter, visit

“We’re pleased Wacom has come onboard as a contest sponsor for 2009 and that Scrapbooking & Beyond and Paper Creations will continue as sponsors. Our nationally known judges, Jane Guthrie and Judi Kauffman, did a great job judging the 2008 contest and I’m excited they will again judge in 2009. Ginger Olivieri, a featured designer in UniKeep’s Design Corner, will join our team of judges for 2009,” said Ross Youngs, inventor of the UniKeep binder and CEO of Univenture and UniKeep. “The addition of a variety of our eco-friendly products will provide a new canvas for entrants to create. I can’t wait to see the all amazing designs this year!” added Youngs.

A global company headquartered in Japan with subsidiaries around the globe, Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films and designs around the world and provides business and home users with the ability to explore digital content creation and express creativity in a comfortable, natural way.

“Wacom is pleased to be a prize sponsor for UniKeep’s 2009 Design Awards,” said Douglas Little, Public Relations Manager for Wacom. “This is a fun and interactive way to engage artists, designers and others and bring together people from the creative community.”

Scrapbooking & Beyond is the first complete “how-to” scrapbook magazine and geared for both the archival and creative scrapbooker. Paper Creations magazine offers creative projects and ideas that encompass the versatile world of paper. Both magazines are published by All American Crafts with a dedicated editorial staff of artists and writers.

Judges for the UniKeep Design Awards for 2009 will be Jane Guthrie, Editor of Scrapbooking & Beyond and Paper Creations magazines and Judi Kauffman, MFA, a nationally known designer, writer and teacher, and Ginger Olivieri, a graphic designer and graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts.

"I'm very excited about the 2009 UniKeep contest,” said Jane Guthrie “It's been a privilege to be part of the judging process for the many creative entries that are submitted every month. The talent that is showcased in each category just keeps getting better and better! Kudos to UniKeep for offering such a wonderful opportunity for artists to express themselves."

“I'm honored to return as a judge for Univenture's 2009 UniKeep design contest,” expressed Judi Kauffman. “It's a pleasure to see such a showcase of talent and creativity that's the perfect match for UniKeep binders and cases.”

“I’m pleased to be invited as a judge for the 2009 UniKeep design contest,” said Ginger Oliveri. “It will be fun to see the creativity in designing for not only the UniKeep binders, but also for the variety of products this year’s contest is including.”

Entries may be submitted in one of five categories to win monthly cash prizes and the first 25 entries each month also receive a binder sample with the entrant’s printed artwork inserted. The Bonus Category theme and product to design will change and be judged quarterly.

Contest categories are:
• Arts & entertainment
• Business & professional
• Education
• Sports
• Hobbies & recreation
• Bonus - Quarterly (visit for categories and products)

The UniKeep Annual Design Awards Contest was originated to provide graphic designers a chance to win cash for original, copyright-free designs authorized for public use. Links to entries will be posted in the UniKeep 2009 Gallery to access for personal use. The monthly award will be $100 to each category winner and $500 to each quarterly bonus category winner. At the end of the contest, $500 and an Intuos3 4x6 Wacom Pen Tablet will be awarded to each overall "Best of Category" and $1,500 and an Intuos3 6x11 Wacom Pen Tablet will be awarded as the Grand Prize to the overall “Best of Show”. Value of the Wacom Intuos3 Pen Tablets is $1,300. No purchase is necessary. For complete rules and information visit


Univenture/UniKeep Press Contact:
Doris Emich
Antarra Communications

(c) 2009 UniKeep, LLC, a Univenture Company. All rights reserved. Specifications are subject to change without notice. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

The designer/contest entrant must own the copyright for all content. No copyright infringement. All work must be released for individual usage or purpose usage grants. And all entries must contain copyright-free art or art released for entrant's and public use. No unauthorized use of any copyrighted images, text, or other material will be accepted and if copyrighted material is posted without release from copyright owner it will be removed when requested by the copyright owner and not eligible for any award.

About UniKeep
Headquartered in Marysville, Ohio, UniKeep, a Univenture company, has won numerous awards and rave reviews for its product design, high quality printing and creative customer solutions.

UniKeep™ brand binders and accessories offer more colors, more flexibility, and more options for customization and organized document storage than any other products for filing, presentation, publication, and storage of printed and digital documents for school, home, office/SOHO, business and hobbyists.

For additional information, call toll free (800) 829-8117, write or visit

Univenture/UniKeep Corporate Contact:
Johanna Espinosa
Director, Marketing

Scrapbooking & Beyond Magazine Contact:

Paper Creations Magazine Contact:

Wacom Contact:
Douglas A. Little
Public Relations Manager

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