Corel Official Sponsor of Sign Design Gallery

Corel Corporation is the official sponsor of this year's Sign Design Gallery at the International Sign Expo 2005 taking place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas from March 30 to April 2, 2005. The Sign Design Gallery will showcase this year's winners of both the ISA Sign Design Competition and the Signs of the Times Magazine/International Sign Association (ISA) International Sign Competition. Winners for both contests will be announced at the Expo on Saturday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. outside of the exhibit hall.

Hosted by the ISA and Signs of the Times Magazine, the International Sign Competition received hundreds of entries from companies around the world, ranging from environmental graphic design firms to individual sign makers. Submissions are judged on the basis of originality (innovative design and material use), appearance (overall attractiveness), and theme (how well the sign conveys the nature and image of the business). Winners of the International Sign Competition will be featured in the April 2005 issue of Signs of the Times.

In addition, the Corel-sponsored gallery will also profile the winners of the ISA's Sign Design Competition. The Sign Design Competition is a separate contest that includes both a professional and a junior category (for students in the graphics, design, and visual-communications fields). Participants were provided information regarding a common fictitious customer and were asked to create mock-up designs and conceptual sign renderings for evaluation against submissions from their peers.

Expo attendees are also invited to join Craig Mertens from Digital Art Solutions to learn about the benefits CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 offers sign makers at the session, "Producing Signage with CorelDRAW" on April 2 from 1:00 - 3:00. Mr. Mertens is a CorelDRAW certified trainer and is integrally involved in the development of CorelDRAW add-on software and production-ready digital art. For more info on Digital Art Solutions, please visit www.smartdesigns.com.

"CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a standard in sign making and we are very pleased to be supporting this international gallery that showcases some of the most exciting signs and sign concepts produced in the industry," said Nick Davies, General Manager Graphics at Corel. "Since the introduction of CorelDRAW, sign makers have made this powerful tool an important part of their business. We're committed to serving this industry with innovative software that lets them design signs faster and easier than ever before – ultimately helping them be more productive and profitable."

For many years, Corel has been a leading vendor in delivering powerful graphics tools for the growing sign-making industry. Whether they are creating a proposal or mock up, designing a sign, or generating plotter files, sign makers using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 save time and money with this easy-to-use, full-featured, and affordable graphics suite.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 is designed to help sign companies to work more efficiently, reduce costs, and satisfy their clients' expectations. The suite features an exciting new breed of intelligent tools that allow users to complete design tasks faster than ever before. Offering unrivaled value, the suite gives customers the incredible power of three integrated graphics applications, plus a collection of other powerful tools and utilities, all in one box. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 includes CorelDRAW® 12 for vector design and page layout; Corel PHOTO-PAINT® 12 for professional image editing; and CorelTRACE 12 for converting bitmap images into vector graphics.

To learn more about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 or to download a fully-functional trial version, please visit www.corel.com/signmaking.

For more information about ISA and the Expo, please visit www.signexpo.org.