American Advertising Federation

Real Stories: Hermes Awards 2010

Every year, Real Art participates in the GDAA Hermes Awards, which are the local level of the national AAF Addy Awards. We never really know how our work will be judged, but we always know we’re in for a fun evening. This year’s show, on February 20th, was no exception.

Fortunately, we won an unprecedented 29 awards, including nine gold awards. It’s always great when the team’s hard work and talent is recognized within the Dayton community.

But this year, the true competition in the weeks leading up to the event was the Real Beard Awards. This was Real Art’s second employee beard-growing competition, and it was a heated race. At our Hermes after-party, we announced the Real Beard Awards “Best-in-Show,” which went to Mark Kargl’s dapper beard. That very same beard had also previously carried Mark to victory in the “Most Unrecognizable Face” category.

We also had a “plus one” at the show. We were accompanied by Kenny Mosher of Showdown Visual. He brought his camera along and captured the essence of the evening. As you can see in the video, the team has lots of fun any time we get together, and we’re certainly proud of our accomplishments and humbled by the awards.

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Dayton Creative Syndicate

2010 Hermes Awards

It’s that time of year again—The Greater Dayton Advertising Association’s Hermes Awards. A time to look back on all the work we’ve done collectively over the past year and a time to go out on the town to socialize with over 300 fellow Dayton area creative, marketing and advertising professionals. This year’s event was held at the Dayton Masonic Center and featured a moving video tribute to one of Dayton’s long-time and best loved designer, teacher and friend, Dan Johnson.

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RADG Puppets invade National Addy competition

RADG Puppet Promo

First some background – You might not know that entries that win the top Gold Award, or Hermes head at the GDAA’s Hermes Awards, are then eligible to move on from local judging to a district competition.

Now the cool part – Real Art is proud to announce that our Holiday Puppet Self-Promotion has won a Gold Addy Award at the district level and will now move on to be judged again at the AAF National Addy competition in Washington DC!  In all the years of winning these awards, we’ve never had a piece move on to the National competition!

We were also awarded a district silver award for the EIM International Treasures packaging project – hats off to Patrice for spearheading the design.

Congratulations to everyone – our puppet promo truly was a group project – and these accolades just confirm what we’ve thought all along – our puppets are a truly unique gift. A new district trophy will soon be added to our collection – cross your fingers for the National competition coming up June 6, 2009!

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