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Calling All Great Designers

Thursday, July 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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July 11, 2019 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering two exceptional opportunities specifically for designers during the AICC 2019 Annual Meeting, September 16-18, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Practical Innovation in Package Design training forum and the Independent Package Design Competition, whose entries will be on display and winners will be announced at the meeting.

Practical Innovation in Package Design

Practical Innovation in Package Design, a one-day training, will begin with Mike Schaefer, President, Taverns Packaging & Display, who began as a designer, sharing the CEO perspective of how designers bring value to the company. Later, Brent Lindberg, Founder of Fuseneo, an innovative package design firm, and Graham Hough of PCH Innovation Hub will help attendees design for innovation.

Industry experts will challenge attendees to consider new designs, incorporate sustainability, and plan for designs that customers are expecting in e-commerce, retail packaging, and more. Attendees will learn how to design for waste reduction and the machines available while balancing innovation and practicality in structural and graphic design.

More information is available at Registration for the Training and the Annual Meeting is $1450 on or before Friday, July 12, the Summer Special deadline.

AICC Independent Package Design Competition

An opportunity for designers and companies to strut their stuff, the Independent Package Design Competition features 42 corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box categories, providing a wider reach into the entire packaging market and a greater diversity of ideas. There is a category for everyone to compete for first, second, and third place, as well as, honorable mention awards and receive recognition for creating and manufacturing successful global packaging solutions. Submissions are being accepted through Friday, August 16. This year we are offering “special” pricing for the competition; your first entry is $250, but all subsequent entries are free! More information and submission instructions are available at

Additionally, each company that submits an entry into the competition is eligible to receive 50% off of one registration for the Annual Meeting. To take advantage of this discount, e-mail Laura Mihalick,, or Cindy Huber,

Registration for the Annual Meeting is open. Registrations received on or before Friday, July 12, will receive the Summer Special rate of $1350.

Questions about the 2019 Annual Meeting and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.