Joseph Binder Award

Preparations for the Joseph Binder Award 2024 are in full swing. Designers have the opportunity to submit their ideas and projects in 15 categories and have them evaluated by a critical, competent and internationally experienced jury. The submission phase starts in September 2024 and will run until October. The jury’s decision will be made in December 2024.

In March 2025, the award ceremony will be held together with the Joseph Binder Symposium and the exhibition opening. The JBA will take on a new festival character with the aim of strengthening synergy within the international graphic design and illustration scene.


Joseph Binder believed that the work of a graphic designer always has an impact on society, the economy, and the reception of the product itself. Graphic design adds value and can develop a distinctive voice. This year’s theme “Show your Color” by the graphic design collective refers to this philosophy by encouraging designers to show the tonality, and the origin of the individual design language in their work. The typography-based and reduced design concept of the Joseph Binder Award 2024 highlights the importance of typeface in Binder’s work. It plays with format, form, rhythm and volume to create awareness and space for a colorful international illustration and graphic design scene.

The Joseph Binder Award is an international competition and showroom with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched in 1996 by designaustria, the interest organization and knowledge centre for design in Austria. It is named after one of the most outstanding graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States.


CONTEST PHASE: September 2nd to October 31st 2024

INTERNATIONAL JURY: November to December 2024



EXHIBITION at designforum Vienna: March to June 2025

TOURING EXHIBITION in several european cities: 2025/2026


In each category, a Joseph Binder Award in gold, silver, and bronze will be awarded in the form of trophies. In addition, the jury may give away up to three merit awards in each of the graphic design and illustration categories.

In order to support independent, conceptual, scientific, and non-commercial activities in the fields of graphic design and illustration, cash prizes worth a total of 10,000 euros will be awarded to five outstanding projects in the Design Fiction category.

The Henry Steiner Prize will be awarded to honour a particularly deserving project linking east and west.

Entries for 2024 are accepted in 3 main categories:

1) Graphic Design

Corporate Design
Communication Design
Information Design
Type Design
Poster Design
Editorial Design
Packaging Design
Screen Design

2) Illustration

Book Illustration
Media Illustration
Commercial Illustration
Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications

3) Design Fiction (Spacial Categoy) – Unpublished works, independent/non-commercial projects, unrealised concepts, student projects, etc. in all disciplines

Works to be entered in several categories must be registered separately for each category. The number of entries is not limited.

In March 2025, the award ceremony will be held together with the Joseph Binder Symposium and the exhibition opening.

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