Miami International University of Art & Design Takes First Place in National Young Designers’ Competition

Miami, Fl  October 20, 2010. The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors Association (ICMAD) recently announced the winners for this year’s Young Designers Competition and Miami International University of Art & Design graphic design student, Alex Pabian took first place.

The Young Designers competition, created in 1999, showcases the extraordinary talents of students studying package design and was created with the goal to encourage and develop future creative talent. Judging criteria for packaging included uniqueness, ability to be reproduced economically, ability to stand out favorably against competitive packages, ease of use and ease of storage. Each student was provided an 8 oz. recycled tube, which was donated by ICMAD member World Wide Packaging. The students were asked to create any type of product for the body, such as a moisturizer, lotion or skin care. They were asked to create the brand, such as product name, descriptive copy and net weights.

This year’s winner, Alex Pabian is a South African native starting her second year of college at Miami International University of Art & Design. Her design was inspired by the idea that a foot scrub should be fun and carefree. She designed the plastic body care tube with toes added across the top to make the bottle look like a foot with red painted toenails. Part of the idea was to give the illusion of an actual foot with toe nails and all and a handwritten typeface describing the scent and directions for the scrub works. Her first place win includes a paid trip to New York City along with a $2,500 prize as well as recognition at the awards dinner hosted by ICMAD.

The competition was intense with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; The American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL; Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY; Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL; and The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. as participants.

“We are very proud of Alex, this was truly an amazing opportunity for her; to stand out amongst some very intense competition is truly outstanding,” says Margaret Gonzalez, graphic design chair of Miami International University of Art & Design.

The Young Designers awards will be presented in New York City by presenter and eco-jewelry designer Katy Leakey, founder of the Leakey Collection, on September 29 at a dinner hosted by ICMAD. Three students will be recognized with a first prize of $2,500, second prize of $1,500 and third prize of $1,000.


Marcia Gomez, Director of Communications for Miami International University of Art & Design,, 305.428.5676

Miami International University of Art & Design is located near the heart of the arts district offering degree programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Accessory Design, Visual & Entertainment Arts, Photography, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Computer Animation, Audio Production, and Film & Digital Production. We also offer Master of Fine Arts degree programs in Interior Design, Computer Animation, Film, Graphic Design and Visual Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Graphic Design and Design & Media Management. For more information on Miami International University of Art & Design, visit us at