The Lohmann & Van Sinderen Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Printing and Design aim to recognize and celebrate the broad range of interest in planning, craft, and invention that gives under­g­raduate graphic design and printing at Yale its singular character.

The judges are eager to see printed work of all kinds in order to reward skill, discipline, and imagination. These prizes were established in 1967 in honor of Carl C. Lohmann, Class of 1910, founding member of the honorable company of college printers, lifelong typophile, and secretary of the University from 1927 to 1953. Since 2015, they have been supported by the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize fund. 


Eligible pieces must have been planned and executed in the past academic year by a current Yale undergraduate. Acceptable submissions include print publications and ephemera, as well as websites and mobile apps. 

Print publications and ephemera entries can be made by both digital and traditional methods, although final renditions cannot be screen-based. Websites and mobile apps should include a pdf that shows key screens as well as directions for viewing or download. 

Yale graphic design or letterpress printing classwork may be entered, but professional design studio work, from an internship for example, will not be considered. Illustrations per se are also not eligible. 

View past entries here. 

Submission Guidelines

Please complete and submit a submission form with each entry. Forms can be accessed here.

Printed entries should be dropped off at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections, located on the lower level of the Arts Library (open Monday through Friday, 1–4:30 pm). Enter via Loria Center at 190 York Street.

Digital entries should be submitted to via 

The deadline for submissions is 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 27, 2023. You may submit as many entries as you would like.

Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded. 


Please direct to all queries to Maura Gianakos at the Office of the University Printer.