SPOTLIGHT: Student Awards

Posted: December 8, 2009 by
Ron Romanik

The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors Association (ICMAD) announced the top three winners of the 2004 Young Designers’ Competition at an awards dinner held September 29, 2004 in New York City. The goal of the Young Designers’ Competition is to encourage and develop young creative talent in the cosmetics industry.

Upon entering the competition, students received packaging kits from Robinson Paperboard Packaging, courtesy of Robinson president Ron Zieske. The high aesthetic round and oval paperboard canisters in the kit allowed students to design unique packages.

The students gained design experience in both the graphics and the structural aspects of packaging using the versatile Robinson products. Judging criteria for packaging include uniqueness, ability to be reproduced economically, and use and storage accessibility.

Kasia Stach, a student at the American Academy of Art, took first place and a cash prize of $2,500 for her “Orangery” body soak. Kasia came from Poland to the U.S in 1994 to continue her journey with design. Her goal is to obtain a position in the art and design field that will utilize her illustration and graphic design skills.

Carl Cepress, of Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, won second place and $1,500 for “Four Element System”, an aromatherapy kit. Carl has been interested in the arts since the beginning of his school career. He is interested in many areas of design including product, package, video and graphic.

Jee-eun Lee, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), placed third, receiving $1,000 for her “Tea Spa” eye soothers. Jee-Eun feels extremely lucky to have found her true passion in the creative field and is currently studying graphic design.

With the generous support of ICMAD member Models Prefer, cash awards were presented to each of the winners. Other sponsors of the Competition included Happi/ Cosmetic Packaging and Design, Cosmetic and Personal Care Magazine, Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine, HBA Heath and Beauty America, and Solo Laboratories. A special thanks also goes out to Sue Rafaj of Susan M. Rafaj Marketing Services, Inc. for providing the judging venue for the bottles.

The evening concluded with a special presentation by ICMAD member Lydia Sarfati, Founder and President of Repêchage. Her topic was “Getting Under Your Skin,” a discussion on the evolution of the spa cosmetics industry.

“ICMAD is foremost in promoting young talent through a well organized competition among six top design schools in the U.S. Encouraging young talent is the future of our industry and ICMAD is committed to our industry,” said ICMAD president Karen Acker of KA Consulting.

ICMAD, founded in 1974, is a trade association of independent cosmetic manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of services and components to the cosmetic industry. ICMAD provides a powerful voice for its members to the FDA, in Congress and with consumer groups and the media.