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This past weekend the ST8MNT crew attended AIGA Nashville‘s Case Awards, and Think Tank conference. We had an awesome time, and really feel like the conference was just the creative inspiration we were looking for! We racked up some really great awards from the Nashville design community friday night during the Case Awards event, and would like to thank everyone involved in the voting process! We pulled in the BEST OF SHOW for our work on the National Geographic Channel’s Expedition Week 3 Cookbook! (Click to see the full project!) Hard work does pay off, so thanks Nashville! Here are our other Best Of winning entries:

Best of Brand Identity Design: Runway Pilot
Best of Sales Kits/Press Kits: NGC Expedition Week 3 Cookbook
Best of Media Packaging – Entertainment: Taylor Swift Speak Now
Best of Media Packaging: NGC How The Earth Changed History
Best of Wearable Product Design: Curb Appeal Charity Race Jersey
Best of Motion & Broadcast Design: BE Music & Entertainment
Best of Motion & Broadcast Design – Self-Promo: ST8MNT Demo Reel
Best of Pro-Bono – Entertainment: Trontoonboat Invitation

Check out the full list of winners on the NASHVILLE AIGA CASE AWARDS site.

We would like to send a big thanks to AIGA Nashville for putting on an excellent ThinkTank! The speakers were passionate, informative and pertinent. Raphael Grignani, with Method, talked about how to truly use and empower online communities, and not just approach it with old school formulas. Kate Bingaman-Burt reminded us the importance of self-discipline and actually making things, and we imagine she is a pretty amazing and inspiring teacher. Justin Ahrens, of Rule29, got to the heart of what we really do, and what we can do if we puts our minds to it. His involvement with Life in Abundance is proof. And how awesome were those shoes they designed!? Joe Duffy, of Duffy & Partners, is a master brander whose work has been inspiring us since the early 90s. His style boards and new work for Herradura tequila were particularly beautiful. Overall the speakers really displayed passion for what they do and our industry in this world. We only hope this becomes contagious with recent graduates and students, as it seems passion has been on the decline over the past few years.