DEADLINE EXTENSION! The Coupe International Design + Image Competition Deadline for Entries is now Friday November 15, 2013. Due to Remembrance/Veterans Day post office closures, and many many requests for more time, we are pushing the deadline back to Friday. Posted on 11/11/13
We're thrilled to announce our judges for this year's competition!
LOUIS GAGNON, after years with leading graphic design firms, co-founded Paprika in 1991. This move allowed him to develop his talent and really put his creative abilities to the test. Gagnons style is characterized by stunning graphic themes balanced by a clear rationality that fuses innate elegance to intelligent use. His ongoing pursuit of essence, refinement and beauty made him stand out in Quebec and Canada, and has earned him more than 700 national and international awards as well. The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec and the Denver Art Museum have even acquired some Paprika productions for their permanent collections. In addition to his creative director duties, Louis Gagnon has been teaching at the École de design at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 2005. He is also a member of the prestigious AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since 2010. Louis sponsors the annual Paprika Scholarship to encourage next-generation talent and foster excellence in design.
GRAHAM ROUMIEU is the creator of a series of faux illustrated autobiographies of Bigfoot, which are currently being adapted into an animated pilot for FX Networks. His illustration work has appeared in projects for Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo UK, The Atlantic, Disney, The New York Times, Molson Coors, Real Simple, Esquire, the Walrus and others. The work has received recognition from D&AD, ADCNY, Communication Arts, ADCC, Coupe, and American Illustration.
BILL DOUGLAS is a graphic designer and artist and runs his multi-disciplinary studio from his farmhouse in the design mecca of Bobcaygeon. A staunch advocate of all things paper, he specializes in book and publication design. Bill is also the creator and art director a little visual culture magazine called Coupe which has garnered worldwide acclaim. His designs have received kudos from The Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, the Type Director's Club, the ADCC, Creative Review, and others. In 2013, along with his wife Sacha and their 5 year old, he opened Douglas + Son, a vintage mercantile shop in Bobcaygeon.
THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN + IMAGE COMPETITION is officially off and running! Entry forms are now available here on the site and can be downloaded at your convenience. Please join our facebook group to get all competition news and updates in the comming weeks. This years deadline for entries isNovember 12, 2013. Good luck! Posted on 5/09/13
BIG NEWS! We've made sweeping changes to the schedule for our Coupe International Design + Image Competition. Beginning this year the Deadline for Entries will move from mid June to Mid November. Judging will take place in early January and we will launch the 2013/2014 Annual issue in April 2014. We'll be following up with finalized dates and details in the coming months. Stay tuned and keep on making great stuff! Posted on 24/04/13
We'll be in Montréal on November 24 for the Québec launch of the 2012 Coupe Annual! This promises to be a party to remember. It will take place at the eclectic studio of baillat Cardell et fils. We will also be celebrating their 4.5 year anniversary. It starts a 9 and goes til dawn! Adress: 420 Beaubien west, studio 201. Posted on 16/11/12
We celebrated the launch of the 2012 Coupe Annual on Thursday October 18 and it was one hell of a party! Hundreds of revellers packed the Hotel Ocho in downtown Toronto. Issue 24 on its way to newsstands now, and is also available here on our site. This year's edition is glorious and features our inaugural group of inductees into the Coupe Hall of Fame. Posted on 20/10/12
THE 2012 COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN + IMAGE COMPETITION is off and running. Entry forms are now available. They can be downloaded from the Call page. This years deadline for entries is June 14, 2012. Good luck! Posted on 5/4/12
The judging panel is now confimed for the 2012 Coupe International Design + Image Competition and we're geared to announce that Vanessa Eckstein of Blok and Lisa Greenberg of Leo Burnett will be joining Bill Douglas on this year's panel. Posted on 3/4/12
The 2011 Coupe Annual, was launched on Thursday October 26 at our Annual party and it was a hoot. Issue 23 on its way to newsstands now, and is also available here on our site. This year's edition is a stunner and our biggest yet! Posted on 28/10/11
Coupe competion DEADLINE EXTENSION: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011. Please avoid using traditional Mail service. Thank You. Posted on 15/06/11
This year's recent launch party for the 2010 Annual was a blast. Pics are up on the Coupe magazine facebook Group page. Posted on 10/11/10
The 2010 Coupe Annual, on its way to newsstands now, is also avaiable here on our site. This year's edition is a real beaut! Posted on 23/10/10
Judging of this year's competition is now complete. The judges feel they have chosen another stellar collection of work. Thank you to everyone who entered. We will be notifying winning entries by late July. The Annual will launch in October. Posted on 08/07/10
Just a reminder to those shipping packages for this year's competition. Please mark NO COMMERCIAL VALUE when shipping from the US or internationally. We cannot be responsible for any customs charges. Thanks. Posted on 21/05/10
Our site is in the throws of a little renovation. Of course it's moving at a snail's pace. But it should be done some time this decade. I hope. Posted on 22/03/10
We are in the process of finalizing details for this year's 2010 Coupe International Design + Image Competition. Watch for news and entry forms to be posted here in April. Posted on 03/03/10
We'll be launching the new issue of Coupe, the 2009 International Design + Image Annual here at Coupe Space on Thursday, October 15th. If you're in the Toronto area or feel like taking a road trip or a quick flight do come on by. It's always a great bash. Posted on 08/10/09
Coupe's art director Bill Douglas has begun a blog. There he will occasionally babble on about Coupe and other design and art related projects. You can check it out at http://cover-love-etcetera.blogspot.com Posted on 22/06/09
ISSUE 20 IS HOT OFF THE PRESSES! It's hard to believe but this is the 10 year Anniversary issue! A decade has flown by in a whirlwind fun and excitement, accomplishment and controversy, experimentation and adventure, accolades and growth. And to celebate we release perhaps our most introspective issue to date. It defies proper description here. Posted on 14/04/09
If you're on Facebook you may want to join the Coupe Magazine Facebook group. Posted on 07/04/09
Check out Coupe in the 2008 design annual of Communication Arts magazine. Issue 18 (The magazine conversation) was chosen for inclusion for the design of the entire issue. Posted on 8/12/08
Coupe's art director Bill Douglas will be in conversation with fellow book designer Chip Kidd and illustrator/cartoonist/author Lynda Barry at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. This event is Sunday October 26 at 1:00pm. For info go to http://www.readings.org/?q=ifoa/interview_judging_a_book_by_its_cover
The judging for the 2008 Coupe design and image competition is now complete. The judges lamented and debated and ultimately chose an outstanding collection for this year's annual. Thanks to all who entered this year. The Annual will be launched mid October. Posted on 31/07/08
THE 2008 COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE COMPETITION is gearing up once again. Entry forms are now available. They can be downloaded from the main menu page. This years deadline for entries is June 18, 2008. Good luck! Posted on 22/05/08
ISSUE 18 IS HOT OFF THE PRESSES! This more than any other time is the age of personal expression, for good or bad. Facebook, MySpace, blogging, camera phones, reality tv, etc., etc., etc., have created a worldwide generation of shrewd and shameless self marketers. The internet has become a far reaching and cheap forum for personal projects, visions, and ideas. The niche genre of personal magazines, existing outside the realm of the commercial hoard, has been experimenting with this ethic for years. But, can it, or does it, still have a place in our ever more electronic world? I chat (ironically, via email) with a couple of magazine mavericks, Neil Feineman (original editor of RayGun) in LA and Brit magazine guru Jeremy Leslie in the UK, about the state of the personal magazine, and other things too. Posted on 07/04/08
The 2007 Coupe Annual, on its way to newsstands now, is also avaiable here on our site. This year's edition of the competition and annual does not disappoint! Featuring over 130 winning works from seven countries this is a fantastically original mash-up of design, images, illustration, and designerly advertising. Posted on 19/10/07
The judging for the 2007 Coupe design and image competition is now complete. Alison Hahn, Barry Quinn, and Bill Douglas discussed and debated this years entries and finally settled on an incredible collection of work. It was a difficult process eliminating goodpieces and ultimately choosing a 'best of show'. Thanks to all who entered this year. The Annual will be launched mid October. Posted on 10/08/07
Hey, check out Coupe video and slide shows from Luxembourg! They are available on "You Tube". Just search Coupe magazine on the You Tube site and voila. Posted on 16/06/07
THE 2007 COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE COMPETITION is upon us once again and our snappy new entry forms are now available. They can be downloaded from the main menu page. This year's competition is sure to feature another stellar collection of work from around the world and we want YOU to be a part of it. So package up your best work and send it on in. this years deadline for entries is June 20, 2007. Good luck! Posted on 01/05/07
INTRODUCING COUPE SPACE- over 2,000 square feet of innovative event space for arts and entertainment designed by Coupe. Available for parties, launches, film and media events, exhibits, functions and more. Coupe Space is also hosting art, design, publishing and food-related events- we'll keep you posted. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Come check out our open house on June 2 and June 3 from 1-5pm. Our new address is: Coupe Space, 998 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4M 1K1. Posted on 03/05/07
NEWADDRESS!! NEW CHANGES. It's been one crazy busy winter. Over the last 3 months we've been hard at work staging an exhibition at the Colophon symposium in Luxembourg, and creating our brand new studio space in Toronto. It's bigger and better and more exciting than ever. As well as housing the Coupe design studio, the new 'Coupe Space' will now also be an event space hosting and producing a myriad of arts and entertainment events, functions, and shows. Our new address is: Coupe Space, 998 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4M 1K1. Posted on 02/04/07
Because of the hectic schedule during the winter of 07 we have had to take a little break from the magazine and as a result ther will not be a spring/summer issue released this year. But have no fear, we'll be back with the annual Fall/Winter extravaganza issue of Coupe. We will also be releasing deatils about this years Coupe Design and Image competition soon. Call for entries will be mailed in May 07. Posted on 02/04/07
'Colophon 2007' was a huge success. It was a great time in Luxembourg. The Coupe gallery space went over big time and it was a blast getting to hang out with the people from like minded publications like Carl's car's (Norway) and Rojo (Spain). Posted on 02/04/07
Coupe will be taking part in 'Colophon 2007' . Coupe, along with 10 other worldwide leading magazineshas been asked to create a live gallery exhibit of Coupe as part of the event. Taking place 09 - 11.03.2007 in Luxembourg, magazine makers, art directors, photographers, illustrators, journalists, brand managers, students and a larger public will come together for a three-day-event. The objective is for many of the most intriguing personalities in the worldwide magazine culture to interact with interested audiences and players from a multitude of fields and to exchange ideas, experiences, and view examples of some of the best and brightest offerings. For more info go to http://www.colophon2007.com. It should be a blast! Posted on 12/12/06
'Step Inside' magazine out of the USA has chosen Coupe, issue 15 for inclusion in its annual Step 100 design annual. Step is also trying something new this year. They are having a readers choice online election where readers can choose their own Best of Show from the 100 winners. Check out their site http://www.stepinsidedesign.com for deatils. And vote Coupe! Issue 15 was also just awarded 2 silvers and 4 merits in the ADCC awards show. Posted on 29/11/06
SOLD OUT! It's becoming an epidemic. We just had to add issue 14 to the fast growing list of Coupe issues that are no more. Those issues include numbers 4, 6, 8, 11, and now 14 with a few more issues soon to join the ranks of the soldout. If you're curious about some of the still available back issues you may want to jump on them! Posted on 03/11/06
The 2006 Coupe Annual, on its way to newsstands now, is also avaiable here on our site. The 5th Anniversary edition of the competition and annual does not disappoint! Feraturing over 130 winning works this as a truly inspiring collection of design, photography, illustration, and advertising. Posted on 20/10/06
The judging for the 2006 Coupe design and image competition is now complete. On a sweltering weekend in Toronto judges Mike Joyce, Mike Tiexera, and Bill Douglas poured over this years entries. It was a difficult process eliminating good work and choosing a 'best of show'. All the judges were in agreement that the pieces chosen will make a stunning annual. Thanks to all who entered this year. The Annual will be launched mid October. Posted on 27/07/06
Issue 15 is hot off the press and ready to be consumed. "The very best 24 typographic destinations in the fair city of Toronto, Canada. If youre into the down and dirty organic good stuff." Fifteen deep and Coupe finally devotes an issue to its hometown. Sometimes our strongest influences are the people and things in our own backyard. The stuff we can take for granted, sloff off, and ignore. If you look beyond the McDonalds, Starbucks, and Walmarts, every city has its own inimitable typographic style. Within the city, distinct neighbourhoods add their own twists and flavours to the typographic landscape we all live within. Toronto is no different. Las Vegas, Toronto is not. nor is it Cleveland, Berlin, Tokyo, or São Paulo. Toronto is unique in its subtleties, its stoicism, its place in the world. Its typography. Posted on 17/04/06
THE 2006 COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE COMPETITION is back and entry forms are now available. They can be downloaded from the main menu page and will also be available in the upcoming issue 15. This year's competition promises to feature another stellar collection of work from around the world and 1 lucky winner will walk away with the innaugural 'Coupe Trophy' for 'Best of Show'. Good luck. Posted on 12/04/06
Coupe can be seen in next year's Society of Publication Designers (SPG) Annual. Issue 13 made the cut. Posted on 30/03/06
The 2005 Coupe Annual, on stands now, is selling like hot cakes. If you can't find it in the design/art section of your favourite bookstore try looking for it in the fashion section or the Men's section right beside Maxim and Loaded. Seems the cover is causing a bit of confusion for the retailers. Posted on 19/01/06
Judging for the 2005 design and image competition is now complete. The work once again was oustanding. this year's field was particularily asounding making the judging process but a great experience and a very difficult task. Great thanks to all who entered this year. The Annual will be launched mid October. Posted on 08/24/05
Check out Coupe in the 2004 design annual of Communication Arts magazine. Posted on 10/12/04
Coupe took home 2 Gold wards at the 2004 ADCC awards night (Nov. 4/04). Both Golds were awarded to Coupe's fifth anniversary issue (#11) in the catagories "magazine covers" and "art direction for an entire issue". Issue 10 was awarded 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Congratulations to everyone involved. Posted on 5/11/04
Our TWELFTH issue, THE 2004 COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE AWARDS ANNUAL is now available. Featuring an amazing collection of 106 winning works, from some of the biggest, best, and brightest studios and individuals in their creative fields. This issue also features an eight page spaecial installation titled "Blue". This issue features a series of 3 different front and back covers. Collect 'em all! Posted on 21/10/04
Coupe is featured on the always amazing website cbcradio3.com. Check out the live motion remix of the infamous issue 7 at http://www.cbcradio3.com/issues/2004_09_10/main.cfm Posted on 16/09/04
Look for Coupe in the November Design Annual of Communication Arts. Posted on 02/09/04
Coupe has been nominated for 2 National Magazine awards. The categories include Magazine Covers, and Art Direction for an atricle. The awards cerimony takes place June 11. Posted on 18/05/04
The Five Year anniversary issue of Coupe is now available. This issue celebrates the first half-decade of the magazine with a ten page section featuring over 35 spreads and covers from past issues plus almost every single word ever published in Coupe. This issue also features the classic rock photography of Barrie Wentzall, and a study of the Interpol video for the song PDA directed by Christopher Mills. Rock on. Posted on 22/04/04
THE 2004 COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE COMPETITION entry forms are now available in issue 11 and can also be downloaded on the competiton page. This is fast becoming one of the best and most importantly most fun competitons going. Try it Mikey, you'll like it. Posted on 15/04/04
Our TENTH issue, THE SECOND ANNUAL COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE AWARDS ANNUAL is now available. Featuring an amazing collection of 99 winning works, from some of the biggest, best, and brightest studios and individuals in their creative fields. This issue also features a 16 page look at the creative scene in Switzerland. Please note; photo credits for the cover images of issue 10 were mistakenly left off the contents page of this issue. They are as follows: Front cover: ErwanlFrotin. Back cover:lInezVaniLamsweerdel andjVinoodhjMatadin. Posted on 20/10/03
Thanks to everyone who entered this year's COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE COMPETITION. The quality of work was truly inspiring. Look for the results in the October issue. Posted on 08/08/03
Coupe has been invited, along with other magazines including Graphis, International Design, Metropolis, San Francisco Chronicle, Surface Magazine, and Form, to take part in Location/Switzerland, a one week tour of Switzerland and the achievements of Swiss design visiting companies that have gained international recognition for their outstanding industrial and graphic design. We will be meeting with design entrepreneurs, teachers from leading Swiss design schools, curators from design museums, and design specialists. . . . Think All Swiss Issue. Posted on 18/04/03
Issue 09: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANADA AND AMERICA IN 50 (NOT 51) WORDS OR LESS. This issue was in the making since December 2002 but has taken on a whole new sense of timeliness since the war in Iraq and the stained political relationship between Canada and the USA. Dozens of writers, artists and designers weigh in with their own takes, poetic, hilarious, and fractured, on the difference between these two great nations. Featuring the musings, rants, and philosophy of Mark Kingwell, House Industries, Andrew Pyper, Rudy VanderLans, milkxhake, Fons Hickmann, Steven Heighton, Ray Robertson, Ryan Bigge, Armen Evrensel, Sheila Heti, Sam Hiyate, Mark Jarman, and many more. Also in this issue: packing box art and typography, Buffalo, and Philadelphia. Posted on 06/04/03
Read about Coupe in the February 2003 issue of How. In the feature "Fit to Print" How takes a look at the world of niche design magazines including Emigre, Plaszm, House Industries, and Coupe. Posted on 15/01/03
Issue 08, THE FIRST ANNUAL COUPE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND IMAGE AWARDS ANNUAL features a stunning array of over 85 winning works, from some of the biggest, best, and brightest studios and individuals in their creative fields.
This whole thing, much like Coupe itself, was a bit of a crapshoot from the get-go. Would anyone respond? Did anyone care? Did the world really need another competition of any kind? Those nagging questions were quickly put to rest when the submissions started coming in. They came from Vancouver to Montreal, from Israel to Iceland, from Brooklyn to London. Some were bad, some flat out sucked, some were good, even very good, and some of these very good ones didnt make it in. Some entries were truly great and worthy of being in this or any other annual. And then there were truly great pieces that you will only see in coupe. Congratulations to all of those represented in coupe 08 and thanks to everyone who entered and assisted in making this crazy idea fly. Posted on 14/10/02
Issue 07. Welcome to Coupe, the Motion Picture. Film has been replaced by paper in this epic tale of a life gone off track in a world often nightmarish and sometimes beautiful. Following in the footsteps of Lynch and Kar-Wai, Coupe's foray into cinema is a cryptic, hypnotic ride through the underworld of humanity. Also featured is an intermission with words and pictures by Julian Wainwright as he reports from rural Quebec on the sub-culture of drag racing. Issue 07 also includes the paintings of Mara Korkola, and the photography of Jeremy Maude, and Edward Pond. Roll it. Posted on 06/04/02
Coupe's art director, Bill Douglas, along with Jennifer Sterling of Sterling Design in San Francisco will be speaking at George Brown College's Student Awards night for design communications on April 16 2002 at the Design Exchange in Toronto. tickets, 416.216.2160 Posted on 03/03/02
In issue 06 Coupe investigates insanity by returning to Las Vegas, with features on hooker catalogues, aliens, and bad luck. We take a typographical que from Vegas and carry the theme of lo-fi low brow type treatment throughout the issue. Also featured is Sheila Heti's interviews with the insane, a feature on Danish designer Johannes Torpe, elevator photography, chicken portraits, and corn stand signage. Enjoy. Posted on 12/10/01
Issue 05, Bible Stories (The Dangerous Issue) has taken on a timely and ominous tone in light of the recent tragic world events. This is a visual interpretation of the Bible circa 2001; seen through the screen of your television. The most popular book in history collides with the most pervasive medium the world has ever experienced.You've never seen a magazine quite like this; hallelujah.
Coupe 04, the "Trans" issue, features the work of internationally recognized photojournalist taras Kovaliv who beautifully documents the last days of Detroits battered downtown core, Brush Park, once home to some of the countrys most affluent white industrialists the Fords, the Hudsons which now hails as one of Americas most sinister, yet historically rich, ghettos. Also featured in this issue is the industrial art of the artist known as "Scratch," the fashion photography of Lisa J. Murphy, and in depth iterview with Toronto techno DJ stalwarts, Jeff Miligan and Jeff Cochrane, and surprise after surprise after surprise.
Coupe can be seen in Typography 22, the latest annual from the Type Directors Club in N.Y.C. as well as Applied Arts' Annual.
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