Thought I’d share today’s news:

Odato Marketing Group, an advertising, public relations and Internet marketing firm operating in Sarasota and Pittsburgh, has received an Award of Excellence in the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards. Odato’s entry, a national print ad campaign created for a Sarasota-based manufacturing company, was selected among the top 15 percent from more than 8,000 entries.

The campaign will be published in the GD USA Design Annual and www.gdusa.com.

“This award reinforces what we’ve known all along—that our team is producing national-caliber creative,” said agency president Rich Odato. “I especially credit our creative director, Michael Brown, for the design and concept, as well as our client for having the vision to embrace great work in an industry known for utilitarian marketing.”

The campaign, developed for polymer-sheet manufacturer King Plastic Corporation (http://www.kingplastic.com) ran in national and international trade publications in the woodworking, plastics and marine industries.

For more than four decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored national design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. The American Graphic Design Awards, the largest of these, is open to advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporations, publishers and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds and across all media.