APEX 2016 Grand Award Winners

APEX 2016

The APEX Awards attract many outstanding entries. Of the more than 1,600 entries in APEX 2016, just 86 Grand Award Winners were selected. Judges' comments (and URLs where available) for many of the 86 Grand Award-winning entries are shown here.

Where direct links to a specific publication or project are not available, we'll try to link to the organization's main website and/or closely related pages. Links are current when posted, but are subject to change (or deletion) by the award-winning entrants. For example, the link may take you to the latest issue of a winning entry, but not the exact award-winning issue.

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CEO Update - September 4, 2015 
Anita Sama, Editor-in-Chief
CEO Update
Washington, DC
“Year after year, this clean, crisp, black and white newsletter continues to impress, with its tightly written, interesting features, interviews and shorts. Copywriting is first rate, while design is simple, elegant and appealing. It’s an exemplar of what a newsletter for association executives should be.”
Vaughan at Work
Corporate Communications
City of Vaughan
Vaughan, ON
Inside Personal Finance - October 2015
Ric Edelman, Chairman and CEO
Edelman Financial Services
Fairfax, VA
Lowe’s Creative Ideas Newsletter
Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM)
Des Moines, Iowa
Publix News - October 2015
Corporate Communications
Publix Super Markets Inc.
Lakeland, Florida


Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, Medical Editor-in-Chief
Nancy Calaway, Director, Member Communications and Marketing
Dawn Antoline-Wang  Editor
Hoboken, NJ
Engineering Inc. - November/December 2015
Andrea Keeney, Director, Staff Editor, Engineering Inc.
Alan D. Crockett, Director, Public Relations and Communications
American Council of Engineering Companies
Washington, DC
"A clean, appealing layout packages a lot of copy and nicely captioned photos and illustrations. Despite the use of every square inch, the design works  -- as do the very well researched, interesting features. It's a first class effort."
ASU Magazine - December 2015
Elizabeth Massey, Managing Editor
Boyd Erickson, Creative Director
Tracy Scott, Editor-in-Chief
ASU Alumni Association
Tempe, AZ
"Well written, nicely focused, appealing features and shorts are deftly presented in visually interesting spreads, with effective use of white space, callouts and blending of archival photos with contemporary design effects."
Hallowed Ground - Summer 2015
Mary Koik, Editorial Director
Jeff Griffith, Creative Director
Jim Campi, Executive Editor
Civil War Trust
Washington, DC
The Residential Specialist
Council of Residential Specialists & GLC – A Marketing Communications Agency
Chicago, IL
Mount Vernon Magazine
Rebecca Aloisi, Vice President for Marketing
Rebekah Hanover Pettit, Graphic Designer
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, VA
ISTC Communicator Spring 2015 plus Special Supplement: The Value of Technical Communication 
Katherine Judge, Commissioning Editor
Croydon, United Kingdom
“This clean, appealing layout offers attractive spreads, a crisp, legible type schedule, with effective use of callouts, sidebars and captions. Content is equally exceptional, with fully vetted, well written articles on a wide range of professional topics. And the supplement on the value of technical communication is an effective ‘selling tool’ for managements and other key audiences. This magazine is precisely the kind of first rate publication you’d expect from a professional association of scientific and technical communicators.”
New Teacher Advocate
Sally Rushmore, Managing Editor, New Teacher Advocate
Laurie Quay, Publications Assistant
Kathie-Jo Arnoff, Director of Publications
Kappa Delta Pi
Indianapolis, IN
"An excellent magazine. It's inviting, well illustrated, and engagingly written -- which makes it very readable, with actionable advice presented with clear, easily understood copy and layout."
Defence Tech Community (Pioneer Magazine November 2015) 
Bernard Chia, Editor (Visuals)
Angelina Low, Chief Editor
Kok Wah Chuen, Editor (Publications)
Ministry of Defence, Singapore
“Because of the excellent design, the casual browser might not notice that the writing is exceptionally interesting, lively, and keeps you reading until the end. Copy is succinct, with well chosen callouts and numerous sidebars and short items to vary the pace for readers. A very effective editorial plan is clearly evident.”
Thrive, Fall 2015 
Lyn Hill, VP for Communication and External Affairs
New York Methodist Hospital
Brooklyn, NY
"Solid, well researched information."
thinkMoney by TDA 
Bina Walker, Corporate Communications and Social Strategist
T3 Custom
Woodinville, WA
“Content is sharp, crisp, interesting, very well researched. And it’s all about numbers. Financial numbers, stock numbers, investment numbers, retirement numbers. Very hard to make a magazine packed with data and numbers visually appealing. But they’ve pulled it off, with a bold, dynamic layout, interesting, varied spreads, and top drawer typography and illustration. All combine to make this a very readable magazine.”
THIS Quarterly 
 ThinkFarm Pte Ltd
“The editorial content is impressive, with feature after feature of invitingly written, interesting and very well informed advice on every conceivable medical condition. Each article will leave the reader well researched insights into the condition, along with actionable advice on how to prevent or cope with it. This is one magazine you’ll want to keep.”


Idaho Housing’s Data-Driven Annual Report   
Marketing and Communications Staff
Idaho Housing and Finance Association
Boise, ID
The Senior Care Acquisition Report
Stephen Monroe, Editor
Irving Levin Associates, Inc.
Norwalk, CT
"This lengthy report presents a wide range of statistical data in an informative, readable report, with generous use of graphs and charts to help the reader understand key trends. The research and the presentation of it are both impressive. If you want information in the senior care field, this is a hard publication to beat." 
2015 State of Thought Leadership 
Diane Montana, AVP, Creative Services 
Denver, CO
“An exceptionally visual annual report, with superb use of illustration and especially infographics. Combined with concise, nicely ‘chunked’ copy, the report involves the reader by being both appealing and easy to read.”
2014 Stewardship Report
Otter Tail Power Company
Fergus Falls, MN
“Elegant in its simplicity, the crisp, inviting layout deploys a blend of white space, bold photography, functional infographics and restrained but effective use of spot color to provide an appealing backdrop for the editorial content. The copy has a tough job here -- to deliver an invitingly readable discussion of the company and its progress. The copywriters deliver, and manage to weave a mountain of data, statistics and raw numbers into the story, in a way that is easy for readers to understand. A first rate report.”
SASD State of the District Report
Nicole Coleman, Communications and Media Officer
Claudia Goss, Public Affairs Manager
Peter Castles, Communications and Media Officer
Sacramento Area Sewer District
Sacramento, CA


My iPhone for Seniors 
Washington, DC
“Superb, thoroughly researched, well organized and well written book tells you and shows you everything you need to know to get the most out of your iPhone. Type is legible, and large, useful for the audience. Content is easy to read, with complex topics clearly presented. Hard to do better.”
ASCD Professional Development Sourcebook
Lindsey Smith, Senior Graphic Designer
Donald Ely, Senior Graphic Designer
Reece Quinones, Art Director
ASCD Creative
Alexandria, VA
Frontline - October/November 2015
Ford Product Team, Retailer Education & Training
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI
"This magazine is really a superb training vehicle precisely aimed at its target audience of sales people at Ford dealers. It's not National Geographic. It won't win any coffee table publication awards. What it does do very effectively is use a very functional mix of captioned photos, concise, often bulleted text, and plenty of callouts, sidebars and charts to give the sales staff fast access to key benefit points for each vehicle and its components. Reading the issue makes you want to buy a Ford — or, at the very least, one of those Multicontour seats!"
The Photographing Tourist
Goulah Design Group, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
“A massive and spectacular tour de force. Stunning photography -- coffee table book-style -- which is at once tutorial and fascinating travel journal through many lands, peoples and continents. If this doesn’t get you down to the passport office, nothing will!”
EDGE Broker Sales Certification Training
Jeff Krantz, President
Krantz Training
Clarence Center, NY
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News 2015 Industry Directory 
Elizabeth Newman, Senior Editor
Karmen Maurer, Vice President & Publisher
James M. Berklan, Editor
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
Northbrook, IL 
Woman’s My Pregnancy Journal 
Lynne Wells, Art Director
Dana Michell, Writer
Ciara Martin, Project Manager
Woman’s Hospital
Baton Rouge, LA
“Illustrations are beautiful, copy is very well organized, well researched and readable. It’s a first rate, step-by-step guide and journal, all in one.”


Target Date Funds Widget
Boston, MA
"Investing can be an intimidating and complex prospect, but this online tool guides the would-be investor through the process of developing an investment plan. It's clear, efficient, not overly complicated, and effective. Those new to investing would do well to give it a run through -- whether or not they intend to invest at Fidelity."
The Economic Value of College Majors Interactive Tool 
Vikki Hartt, Communications Specialist
Hilary Strahota, Associate Director of Strategic Communications
Andrea Porter, Director of Operations 
Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce
Washington, DC
“Impressive multimedia project really involves the reader. You wind up clicking every element -- from videos to powerpoint presentations to urls. Content is superbly designed, and tightly written to get the key points across. Exceptionally well done.”
Recruiter’s Handbook 
Amit Sunil
Sahil Bhushan
Ankur Banerjee  
HCL Technologies
Noida, Uttar Pradesh
“It’s a very effective handbook. The clear, simple interactive format asks and answers every conceivable question. The visuals are supportive, and the copy is succinct and to the point, offering very well written and researched answers in an easy-to-navigate, intuitive layout. An impressive approach to offering comprehensive information to job candidates and new hires.”
Staying Sharp Series 
Georgia Stelluto, Publications Manager
Washington, DC
Social Security Digital Publication 
Diane Montana, AVP, Creative Services
Denver, CO
“This wonderfully intuitive app is exceptionally well thought out. It clearly presents a wealth of facts about Social Security in an appealingly illustrated and very READABLE format. It’s a ‘soup to nuts’ look at Social Security, and one of the best explanations we’ve ever seen. Absolutely top drawer.”
Do-It-Yourself Guide: Shoot Amazing Videos for Your Business
madison/miles media
Arlington, TX
Wildland Fire Assessment Program Toolkit 
Susan Dyer, Art Director
Lori Moon, Program Manager
National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
Washington, DC
“In depth research, informed, readable content, top level visuals and extensive links and resources, all combining to make this a valuable training program for communities facing the threat of wildfires.”
Project Planning
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
“If you’re a public health professional, you’ll want to try this superb, thoroughly researched, engaging  project planning course. (We especially liked the illustration showing what happens to a PERT chart when things don’t turn out as planned!) The course is clear, well organized, with every possible link or additional resource you could imagine -- all presented in a very easy to understand, intuitive format. Absolutely top drawer. And it’s free!”
The Next Shift National Nurses Week Collection digital magazine/app
Content Marketing Editorial and Design Teams
Nurse.com magazines/OnCourse Learning Group
Hoffman Estates, IL
"A crisp, simple layout with appealing photos and readable type offers invaluable advice from one nurse to another. In the form of personal narratives, these stories are from the heart. They are compellingly written and can't help but make a powerful impact on the reader. An exceptional collection."
AAA Living May/June 2015 
Chris Ferguson, Art Director
Lucinda Hahn, Editor
Pace Communications
Greensboro, NC
“This superb app boasts a visually dynamic, appealing contents page, and takes full advantage of AAA’s top drawer travel photography. Every new page features a striking photo and succinct text, with links and videos for more information. Sliding tabs provide useful tips, and when you tap individual photos, a text description pops up. Very informative (and educational), very entertaining, and very useful for the traveler. A first rate effort.”
Thank You Holiday Digital Card
Theresa Austin, Vice President, Marketing Management
Bridget Esposito, Design Director, Advertising & Creative Services
Teresa Ku, Graphic Designer & Front End Developer
Roseland, NJ
"This is an exceptionally clever way to showcase key staffers, their favorite holiday recipe, and a brief personal note. It is exceptionally well done, and you come away with a very positive understanding of their background -- and more than a dozen rather good recipes."
Axelos - Cyber Resilience Awareness 
Reshma Devadiga, DGM
Tata Interactive Systems
Mumbai, India
“A very well thought out training module, with crisp, clear copy and entertaining but functional visuals. It all ties together neatly to create a first rate educational program.”


Health Advocate Health & Wellness Blog
Health Advocate
Plymouth Meeting, PA
"A very contemporary design offers nicely 'chunked', concisely written mini-features on a wide range of health and wellness topics. They're very readable, and offer excellent advice in a highly functional format." 
NASA Armstrong Facebook Site
Anna Kelley, NASA Armstrong Social Media Manager
Logical Innovations/NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA
"There are more than a few Facebook sites out there. This is one of the exceptional ones. Content is rich, with in-depth features, videos and photography -- all combining to tell a persuasive story about the organization and its mission. This is top flight communications."
"Nurses Know" Social Squad 
Lauren Snowball, Labour Relations Officer
Ontario Nurses’ Association
Toronto, ON
Sandia Social Media
Darrick Hurst
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM
"A very effective -- and very visually appealing -- presentation on Sandia's social media programs. It's an interesting 'read' which keeps your attention from beginning to end."


Association of Corporate Counsel
Washington, DC
“A striking, and appealingly contemporary home page invites the site visitor in with attractive visuals and readable type, combining to showcase the content. Heads and lead-in copy invite further reading, while fluid navigation and crisp, interesting features keep readers involved. A first rate website.”
A Transforming World
Robert Mirales, Director, Content and Delivery, Bank of America
Bank of America and Time Inc.
New York, NY
“Very inviting, cutting edge home page design lets site visitors scroll through ‘chunked’ visuals of varied topics. A very effective way to create a landing page.”
mySite Internal Website 
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
Toronto, ON
“Bold, primary colors and a clean, contemporary layout catch the eye. The functional, intuitive design keeps the site visitor engaged -- and clicking. Lots of good information, well written, in an easy, well organized format. Hard to ask for more in a website.”
Catholic Health Association of the United States - Centennial Microsite 
Matrix Group International
Arlington, VA
“A ‘tiled’ home page, with every ‘tile’ a different video -- each showcasing a staff member discussing his or her work. A very simple, but very effective technique.”
Vanguard Personal Advisor Services® - Keep track of your goals 
Marilyn Lawrence, Writer
Joseph Mercatante, Lead UX Designer
Gerry Gant, UX Designer
Malvern, PA
“Impressive presentation of how Vanguard tracks your retirement goals, plans, portfolio and strategies. A clear, efficient system, well illustrated and described. You can see how clients would find it very effective.”


Staffing World 2015 Final Program 
Marlene Hendrickson, Director, Publishing and Marketing
Stephanie Kern, Assistant Editor
American Staffing Association
Alexandria, VA
“Exceptionally well organized conference program. Packed with information, ably presented with first rate visuals, infographics and effective typography. Crisp, interesting copywriting closes the deal.”
City of Austin Deferred Compensation Plan Transition Campaign
City of Austin Deferred Compensation Plan
Austin, TX
Combined Municipal Campaign 2016
HR Communications
City of Houston
Houston, TX
"Good works, well explained with an appealing video and clear, well designed and well written online materials."
Oak Ecosystems Recovery Plan
Lake County Forest Preserves––Public Affairs Division
Libertyville, IL
"A strikingly beautiful layout, with very effective use of photos and illustrations, showcases an inviting report on environmental recovery strategies, written to be easily grasped by a lay audience. Very well done."
HRO Dog Days of Summer 
Annamarie DeCarlo, Director, Internal Communications
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC
“Very clever, very original, very appealing. This one will be read from beginning to end.”
Merrill Edge Save Enough Package 
Sue Lacey, Vice President, Merrill Edge Marketing, Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs
Suzanne Rovick, SVP, Merrill Edge Thought Leadership Content Marketing Manager
Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM)
New York, NY  
“Impressive, thoroughly researched, clearly written presentation is easy to read and understand -- thanks in no small part to superb, functional graphics and illustrations -- and offers excellent advice to a lay audience on a key financial topic.”
Akron Children’s Rolls into Open Enrollment
Denise Reynolds, President
Outside the Lines Creative Group, LLC and Akron Children’s Hospital
Euclid, OH
Infographic: How to evaluate your target-date strategy
Katie McGlade, Marketing Manager
Rebecca Bond
Tasha Adams
Wayne, PA
"They know their target audience, and they know how to communicate with them. The messeage is clear, succinct, crisply written, and cleverly illustrated, in infographic form, to get the key points across.”


“A Lasting Legacy”
Emily McMackin, Writer
Jamie Roberts, Managing Editor
Denise Doring VanBuren, Editor-in-Chief
American Spirit Magazine
Washington, DC
Cognitive Issues with Multiple Sclerosis: Research, Strategies, and Support
Susan Wells Courtney, Senior Writer & Creative Director
Cherry Hill, NJ
Cabezon Wounded Warrior Haven: Sandia retiree opens veteran retreat
Rebecca Brock, Corporate Communications Specialist
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM
"A compelling story, superbly told, showing how much good one couple can do." 
News & Trends: A Growing Nuclear Threat?
Mark Tarallo, Senior Editor
Security Management
Alexandria, VA
Affordable Care Comes at High Price for O&P 
Shawn M. Carter, Staff Reporter
SLACK Incorporated
Thorofare, NJ
“A fascinating look at the law of unintended consequences, as applied to the Affordable Care Act. This in-depth feature takes readers through the many impacts of the law for a specific subset of patients, deftly weaving real examples from interviews, and actions taken to cope with it. It’s a well researched, well written and very informative piece.”
A Cup of Coffee 
Seabright McCabe, Contributor
Society of Women Engineers
Cleveland Heights, OH
Bryn Nelson, Ph.D., Writer
Terence J. Colgan, M.D., Editor
Dawn Antoline-Wang, Editor
Hoboken, NJ
Neurology Now: Dementia 101 
Mary Bolster, Editor
Marisa Cohen, Freelance Magazine Writer
Wolters Kluwer
New York, NY
“A calm, matter-of-fact discusssion about a very stressful subject. The copy is obviously thoroughly researched, but it not presented in a dry, technical way. Rather, the copy is clear, and written in an easily grasped, memorable way. It is a useful service for anyone who needs information about this topic.”


Augusta National Golf Club & H.O. Zimman, Inc.
Lynn, MA
“‘Spectacular’ is the word that keeps running through your mind as you view this superbly designed, illustrated and photographed publication. Each spread is a stunning visual feast -- often with a unique twist or visual surprise, but always carrying through the unifying theme of the issue. It’s simply first class from cover to cover. “
Art & Artists - Shaker Life, Spring 2015
City of Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights, OH
Iowa - State of the State - Infographics 
Sean Scantland, Lead Designer
Peachtree Corners, GA
“A superb example of how to employ infographics to tell the story visually. The illustrations are both beautifully striking and functional -- a combination not always easy to achieve. A first rate effort.”
Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Texas Heritage for Living, Spring 2015 Cover Story, “2015 Storm Guide”
Paul Buckley, President
Catherine Adcock, Director of Content Development
Kyle Phelps, Creative Director
D Custom
Dallas, TX
Institute for Quantum Computing Highlights
Institute for Quantum Computing
Waterloo Ontario, ON  
Law That Works
Corrine Cooper, Principal
Michael Longstaff, Designer
Professional Presence Communication Consulting
Tucson, AZ
“Superb design, exceptionally clever in its simplicity. Memorable, which is precisely what you want in a firm’s URL and identity materials.”
Ground Forces 
Julie Fournier, Creative Director
REALTOR® Magazine
Chicago, IL
20 Power Facts 
Singapore Power Ltd
SilverKris August 2015 
Dora Tay, Senior Editor
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
“The entire issue displays a superb design presence -- in layout, photography, illustration and typography. Against such a setting, it’s difficult for individual design elements and spreads -- such as infographics -- to stand out. But in this case, the infographics are exceptionally striking. They catch readers’ attention and make the text very easy to read and understand, which, of course, is exactly the purpose of high-end design.”


One Hundred Years of Law 
Brenan Sharp, Deputy Design Director
Allen Pusey, Editor and Publisher
Molly McDonough, Managing Editor
ABA Journal, American Bar Association
Chicago, IL
Engineering: Go For It (eGFI)
Mark Matthews, Editor
Nicola Nittoli, Creative Director 
American Society for Engineering Education
Washington, DC
Locally Fresh Local Farmers and Partners Issue 
Big Y Marketing Department
Big Y Foods, Inc.
Springfield, MA
“Charming, personable, very inviting photo spreads, and excellent use of sidebars to feature recipes. Even the weekly sales pages are appealing. This is a classy sales circular. It’s done with verve and style, and you’ll read it almost as a magazine. A top drawer effort.”
Gloucester County Disaster Preparedness Guide 
Amanda Wallace, Communications Coordinator
Gloucester County
Gloucester, VA
“It’s simple, clear, concise, easy to read, to understand, to remember, and, most important, to act on. It’s precisely what a disaster preparedness guide should be.
Clear Skies  
Healthy Aboriginal Network
Legal Services Society BC 
Vancouver, BC 
The AlumNUS
Mediacorp Pte Ltd
Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year 
Publicitas Publishing
ASAE Annual Meeting Daily Now 
Cody Holt , Vice President of Content
Aaron Phillips,  Art Director 
TriStar Publishing
Overland Park, KS
War in Afghanistan, 2000-2014 
VFW Magazine
Kansas City, MO
“Acts of heroism you wouldn’t believe if you saw them in a movie, powerful, intriguing stories of combat on many fronts, and efforts to win the trust of civilian populations. The feature on female engagement teams is especially striking. The copywriting is uniformly superb, with design and photography to match. This history of the Afghan War is a definite keeper.”
The Mix 
Thomas Uhlein, Associate Professor
Ashly Wirsing, Student Designer
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ
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