Campbell Magazine earns international CASE award for cover design

cover of Campbell magazine, a 3-d brain design

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Campbell Magazine earned its second international CASE Circle of Excellence award Wednesday in the “Cover Design” category for its Spring 2017 edition highlighting Campbell University’s role in the nation’s fight against opioid addiction. 

Director of Visual Identity Jonathan Bronsink earned a Silver Award for his cover design in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2018 Circle of Excellence competition, considered the highest award honors  for communication and marketing professionals in higher education. “The Opioid Epidemic” takes an in-depth look at the crippling effects of highly addictive opioid drugs in North Carolina and the U.S. and the steps Campbell University’s health science programs are taking to educate the next generation of health care professionals to curb opioid use. The piece also shares personal testimonies from recovering addicts and family members of those addicted to painkillers.  

One quote from the story — “I was drowning. Emotionally bankrupt. I was desperate and under complete control of a substance. It was no way to live.” — served as the inspiration for Bronsink’s cover design, which illustrates a person drowning in their mind. Throughout the design of the feature, that figure is shown coming up for air and eventually finding the hand of someone offering a way out. 

The international CASE Circle of Excellence competition honors outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at colleges, universities, independent schools and affiliated nonprofits. The 2018 competition received 3,024 entries for consideration, with only 346 entries receiving recognition. Thirty of this year’s winners hailed from colleges and universities in Europe and Asia. 

“Jonathan’s vision in the design of Campbell Magazine is a big reason why our publication is an industry leader and a magazine that our alumni, friends, elected officials and others eagerly await to read,” Vice President for Institutional Advancement Britt Davis said. “The overall quality of Campbell Magazine is second to none.”

The silver award is Campbell Magazine‘s second in two years. Editor Billy Liggett earned a bronze award in 2017 in feature writing for the cover piece, “In the Field: A Day in the Life of a Third-Year Medical Student.” The University has won four Circle of Excellence awards overall, earning two bronze awards in 2015 for “social media” and “fundraising program” for the first Thank-A-Giver (TAG) Day.