Stephen H. Longo, professor at County College of Morris (CCM) and an award-winning graphic designer, recently was presented with five Awards of Distinction in the 29th Annual Graphic Design & Advertising Awards (AGDA) competition.
Longo, of West Orange, was presented with four Awards of Distinction in the Logo and Trademark category for his work for the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, West Orange; POP n FOLD Papers, Lyndhurst; Flying Penguin Pictures, Los Angeles, CA; and The Paulinskill Poetry Project, Andover. He also received an Award of Distinction in the Environmental Graphics and Signage category for a buffet water wall he designed for Ekko restaurant in West Orange.
“It’s a real honor to have garnered so many awards in this competition, which gains thousands of impressive entries each year,” said Longo.
The AGDA awards program is considered the premier showcase for graphic design and advertising, with entries submitted from around the world by large design, marketing and advertising firms to smaller design companies such as Stephen Longo Design Associates. All winning entries are included in the annual AGDA reference book which is available both in print and online.
Included among his other work, Longo has created logos and branding identity programs for such blue-chip clients as Haagen-Dazs, Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Tang, Star Kist Tuna, Close-Up toothpaste, Ronzoni pasta, Borden’s Cremora, Ore-Ida and 9-Lives cat food.
In 2012, he received an honorable mention in the 41st Annual International Creativity Competition for his work for The Paulinskill Poetry Project, for which he designed a new logo and related materials as part of a rebranding project.
In 2010, he was presented with an Award of Distinction from AGDA for a set of menus he designed for the Matsuya Japanese Steak House in Saddle Brook.
Over the course of his career, Longo has won numerous other awards including several Clios. His body of design work also was nominated for a lifetime achievement award to the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in the area of communications design.
Longo, who teaches graphic design at CCM, joined the faculty in 2001. He earned his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology and M.S. from Pratt Institute. Before coming to CCM, he rose through the ranks from junior designer to senior design director at several major international design groups including CatoJohnson, Young & Rubicam, and Lippincott & Marguilies Inc.