Design Notebook

The Return of the Design Notebook!
Your association is proud to reinstitute the concept of the MBNA Design Notebook in the pages of the September, 2016 issue of MBNews…and we need your participation!

NEW THIS YEAR! Entries will be judged and the Grand Prize winner will be awarded $500!

We’ll show the best examples of monument craftsmanship in the following 13 categories.

  1. Civic Memorial
  2. Family/Estate Memorial
  3. Double Upright Memorial
  4. Single Upright Memorial
  5. Ethnic Memorial
  6. Unusual/Unique Tool Application Memorial
  7. Residential/Garden Art Memorial
  8. Contemporary/Mixed Media Memorial (includes bronze, stainless, glass)
  9. Shape Carved Memorial
  10. Hand Carved Memorial
  11. Flat Marker Memorial
  12. Etched Memorial
  13. Cremation Memorial

Entries will be chosen by a panel that includes MBNews Chair Alison Raymer, MBNews Editor Don Mounce, creative contributors Dan Bellan, AICA and Matt Worthington. Along with showing the fine work, we also want to understand the motivation and creative impulse behind the design, colors/materials/dimensions selected, as well as any special techniques or tools used.

Keep an eye out for additional announcements on this MBNews special issue via email and the MB Brief!

Simply complete the application and attach a photo of your entry (300 dpi, 1 mg, at 8 x 10 format is preferred) by July 31! The “Best of the Best” will also be chosen as the cover photo for this special issue.

The Design Notebook will be a great annual compliment to the biennial MBNA awards competition. And, we hope that submissions will continue throughout each year from our members to fuel the monthly Creative Corner addition to MBNews.

  Design Notebook Application

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