John Lews

One of the award-winning posters designed by Jay Smith for Nashville’s Juicebox Designs.

A Nashville husband-and-wife design firm has been recognized for a series of posters honoring the late Congressman John Lewis.

Juicebox Designs’ series of five tribute posters for Congressman Lewis are prominently featured in Communication Arts magazine’s 62nd annual design competition. Of the 3,570 entries submitted to this year’s competition, only 130 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals.

“I saw a documentary on Congressman John Lewis and was immediately inspired by him and many of his iconic statements during his life. Before the end of the documentary, I had sketches on paper for the entire poster series,” said Jay Smith, the designer of the posters, who also serves as president and creative director of Juicebox Designs.

Juicebox Designs, which creates design solutions for startups and established brands, was founded in 2004 by Jay and Kristi Smith.

Jay Smith describes each of the posters as “three colors and the truth,” which graphically support some of Lewis’ famous and powerful statements.

Having work selected by Communication Arts is considered a significant professional milestone to the creators and publishers of these award-winning projects.

The posters are available for purchase at the Juicebox Designs website at Proceeds from these posters go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and The John Lewis Bridge Project.

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