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Live from New York: ICMAD Names 2008 Young Designer Award Winners

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: November 14, 2008, from the November 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

From left, second-place Young Designer Awards winner Maria Maldonado; first-place winner Netta Rabin; and third-place winner Katie Fowler

On September 10, International Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) held its 2008 Young Designer Awards Dinner at New York’s Twenty Four Fifth. ICMAD president David Schieffelin welcomed attendees, explained the design competition, acknowledged the professionalism of the students’ packaging submissions and thanked the sponsors of the event, which included GCI magazine and HBA Global Expo, among others. He then introduced guest speaker Martha Brady, current president and CEO of Caudalie USA and former general manager of La Prairie.

Brady, who presented the awards to this year’s winners, discussed the need for creative, effective packaging. “Today, presentation is everything,” said Brady, noting that if packaging doesn’t perform, the customer won’t buy the product again. “You need a certain amount of intellectual curiosity, an understanding of the marketplace and the channels of distribution, as well as what will make your package stand out,” she continued. “There’s no other word for it; you are seducing with your package.”

The first-place 2008 ICMAD Young Designer Award went to Netta Rubin from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. Second-place was awarded to Maria Alexandra Maldonado of the Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, Georgia, and third-place was awarded to Katie Fowler of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois.

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