Our Judges volunteer their time for SHOW and travel to Nebraska from far-and-wide just to review and recognize the excellent work you create!

Judging takes place in two stages: online and in-person. First, digital entries are reviewed remotely by our judges, who carefully select the best from the pool to move onto the second round. Entrants who proceed onto the second round, provide physical entries—mounted on mat board—for our judges to asses in person.

Judging is deeper than aesthetic, your attention to all the other details (ya’ know, fulfilling the creative brief, reaching the target audience, analytics; those types of things) culminates in award-winning entries. Who wins? Join us for the SHOW Exhibition on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Phim Her

Creative Direction

Phim Her is a creative disruptor. She dedicates her time to leveraging the best practices of design, art and business to build sociocultural change wherever she goes. On any given day she is juggling the titles of Marketing Solutions Manager for The Washington Post and Content Committee Lead for the AIGA National EMERGE Initiative. She has also worn the following hats in the last year: Co-Chair of AIGA’s National Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, Planning Committee Member and Lead Facilitator for the DC Hub for the UN Global People’s Summit and Partnerships Director for AIGA DC’s DC Design Week. DC Fem Tech also recognized Phim as one of their 2018 Power Women in Code, Design and Data, out of a nomination pool of 600 nominees.

One of Phim’s favorite quotes is: “We must move from talking about the world of design to talking about the design of the world.” This is why you will see her talking about politics in a design meeting, and design in a meeting about politics and social impact.

Terry Marks

Brand Experiences

Terry Marks is a designer who for a quarter century has been crafting brands and experiences for companies ranging from Microsoft Stores to DC Comics and more. Terry is expert at creating powerful and evocative connections ranging from the verbal to the visual, from physical to the digital and making it memorable. Terry is a Fellow of AIGA Seattle and currently serves on the National Board of AIGA, the organization for design. He has spoken to dozens (and dozens) of organizations across the US on creativity, diversity, and social impact.

Terry is, like all of you reading this, an award-winning designer from the likes of HOW, Print, Communication Arts, Neenah, and his fourth-grade 4H. He had judged a number of national and local design competitions and is a published author, twice for Rockport Publishers and yet his favorite is Mr. Crumbly Dreams a Tiger for O’Neil Printing + Rule29.

Terry has deep interest and experience in helping propel non-profit efforts including the AIGA Seattle LINK Program, Art With Heart, The Experimental Education Unit, The Post Commons, Justice and Soul Foundation, The Refugee Artisan Initiative and more. He was awarded SAPPI Ideas That Matter Grants on behalf of ASTAR for Autism and the YES! Foundation – and in 2018 judged the ITM grants for SAPPI. He’s really happy to spend time with you in Omaha. Really.

Douglas Davis

Creative Strategy

Brooklyn-based Douglas Davis enjoys being one of the variety of voices needed in front of and behind the concept, marketing plan or digital strategy. His approach to creativity combines right-brained creative problem solving with left-brained strategic thinking. This unique mix of creative strategy, integrated marketing and art direction is what Douglas brings into the boardroom or classroom. In 2011 Douglas founded The Davis Group and continues to offer strategic solutions to client branding, digital and design problems. In addition to client work, Douglas leverages his experience as an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the B.F.A. in Communication Design program at City Tech, on the graduate level in the Branding and Integrated Communications (BIC) program at The City College of New York and digitally as a HOW Design University course contributor. His digital class, Creative Strategy and the Business of Design was published as a book in June 2016. Douglas has found an international audience through his relationship with HOW, as a judge of The Best Brand Awards and publishing in the European Business Review. In June 2018, Douglas was named co-chair of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. Douglas enjoys interacting with creative people and presents at industry conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, India and Russia. Creative Strategist, Educator & Author, who depends on what day.