Clio Awards Names Jury Chairs, Garth Walker To Head Design Category

Clio.bmp“Every designer on the planet thinks they are doing great work (we are in the ego business after all), yet until we step into the ring, it’s all talk.” Them’s the fightin’ words of Garth Walker, founder and creative director of South Africa-based Orange Juice Design, who has been tapped to head up the design jury for this year’s Clio awards, the global awards competition honoring creative excellence in advertising and design that will be announced in May in Miami.

The Clios are judged by juries in six other categories in addition to design, and their recently appointed executive chairmen (no shortage of testosterone here) are as follows:

Content & Contact: Johnny Vulkan, partner, Anomaly (New York)

Print, Poster, Innovative, Integrated: Jeremy Craigen, executive creative director, DDB (London)

TV/Cinema/Digital: Tony Granger, chief creative officer, Saatchi & Saatchi (New York)

Technique: Dante Ariolaof, director, MJZ (Los Angeles)

Interactive: Matias Palm-Jensen, creative president, Farfar (Stockholm)

Radio: Bob Winter, vice president and creative director, Leo Burnett (Chicago)

Why should you care about the Clios? Winter explains:

The Clio awards are one of the few things in the world you can win that will impress both your co-workers and your mom. My mom isn’t totally clear on what I do at work, but I bet if I called her right now and said, “Guess what? I won a Clio!” she would cheer. (Granted, there’s a good chance I could tell her I got my expense reports done and she’d cheer for that too.) But, the point is,
a) my mom is really supportive, and,
b) this is an award show that means something.