DOVER — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has announced that the Division of Parks and Recreation’s marketing and creative services team was the recipient of a Graphic Design USA Inhouse Design Award.
The group’s series of posters to commemorate division projects was chosen out of more than 5,000 entries to the competition.
“Delaware State Parks Commemorative Poster Series,” the three pieces highlighted in the award, were created in 2022 and 2023 and are the latest in a sequence of 15.
The images include the Jason Beach historical marker dedication at Trap Pond State Park by former team member Orlando Short; the rehabilitated World War II Tower 3 at Delaware Seashore State Park by Jamie Fritchman; and Fort Delaware State Park renovations and additions by Sarah Sellers.
The winning series was the only art by Delawareans to receive an award this year. Most entrants are private corporations, large nonprofits or educational institutions, which further highlights the talent of the three-person team.
The only other park/recreation entity to receive recognition in 2023 was Palm Beach County (Florida) Parks & Recreation.
The creative services team is behind many of the visual elements featured in Delaware State Parks. Members produce projects like signage, educational materials, digital design assets, banners, posters, advertisements, reports, decals and forms. In 2014, the team began to produce commemorative posters to give to guests at events. The series has proven so popular, the posters are now sold in select park gift shops.