OnMessage Recognized in Four Categories of the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards

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Dallas-based advertising agency honored for innovative campaigns for client ALM First

OnMessage, an integrated advertising agency based in Dallas, was recently named a winner in the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a leading magazine for creative professionals. OnMessage received four awards for the high-quality work the agency produced for its client, ALM First.

More than 8,000 entries nationwide were received for the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards but only 15 percent of the entries were selected for their superior creativity. For more than four decades the competition has been open to a variety of professionals in the advertising arena, honoring outstanding design work across 23 categories from print and packaging to Internet and interactive design.

The campaign for ALM First with the theme of "Courtesy" earned OnMessage recognition in four categories, including the overall advertising category. Awards were given to OnMessage for the ALM First holiday card and corporate brochure, as well as the "Making the World A Greener Place" three-dimensional direct mail piece.

"We are excited that our work was recognized in such a well-respected competition," said Jim O'Gara, president and founder of OnMessage. "We are especially proud since this campaign was such a departure for a company in the financial services industry. The goal was to give ALM First a brand that radiated human qualities in what can often be a pretty black and white market. The "Courtesy" campaign accomplished that goal."

OnMessage adds these four awards to a growing list of accolades it has received from the advertising and marketing industry over the years, including previous GDUSA recognition for campaigns produced for Symbio Solutions and AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group. For more information about this year's winners, please visit http://www.gdusa.com.

About OnMessage
OnMessage is an integrated advertising agency that specializes in creating brand stories that emotionally connect with a specific audience, and telling those stories through the most appropriate advertising and marketing vehicles. Leveraging traditional and digital media, OnMessage has helped clients such as AmerisourceBergen® Specialty Group, 3M Unitek, The SCOOTER Store®, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and others improve the return on investment they receive for every marketing dollar they spend. With a core philosophy of staying "on message," and its team of branding and storytelling professionals, OnMessage is the agency leading companies turn to for innovative advertising ideas. For more information, please visit http://www.itsonmessage.com or call 972-931-3444 Ext. 1106.

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