For 33 years, the Regional Design Annual has sliced up American design into discernable shapes and parceled them out by region. We rely mainly on our judges to make the final cuts. Print partners with esteemed judges whose expertise and ties to a particular area make them the authority to select the best designs. Their picks are not only indicative of national trends, but also regional influences.
Wherever you sit, we hope that Print’s RDA transports you across the continent, giving you a bird’s eye view of these regions’ award-winning designs and the talent producing them.
Our selection of judges for the 2014 Regional Design Annual entries is no exception. They look forward to devouring this year’s entries to select those to be showcased on the pages of Print and in this online gallery. Enter now if you haven’t already.
Meet the 2014 Judges
Judging the East: Jessica Helfand, Winterhouse
Jessica Helfand is a writer, educator and designer. With her late partner William Drenttel, she founded Winterhouse, an award-winning design consultancy focused on publishing and online media, cultural and educational institutions, and design for social impact.
A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines, Helfand has written for numerous national publications including Aperture, Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New Republic. She is the author of Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001), Reinventing the Wheel (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), and Scrapbooks: An American History (Yale University Press, 2008). A former member of the U.S Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, she is a Life Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society, a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. With William Drenttel, Helfand was the first-ever recipient of the Henry Wolf Residency at the American Academy in Rome. In 2013, she was awarded the AIGA medal.
Jessica Helfand received both her B.A. and her M.F.A. from Yale University where she has been on the faculty in the School of Art since 1996.
Judging New York City: Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands
Debbie Millman is president of the design division at Sterling Brands. In her 16 years with the company, Debbie has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Hasbro and many others. She’s president emeritus of the AIGA, as well as a contributing author at Print and co-founder and chair of the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show, “Design Matters” with Debbie Millman,” is now featured on DesignObserver.com and was awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011. In addition, Debbie is the author of five books on design and branding, including How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer (Allworth Press, 2007), Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (HOW Books, 2009) and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits (Allworth Press, 2011).
Judging the South: Alexander Isley, Alexander Isley Inc. Designers
Alexander Isley founded his design firm in 1988. He and his team create identity and communication design for education, entertainment, and enterprise. Their clients include The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Giorgio Armani, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Alexander Isley Inc.’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern art and the Smithsonian Institution.
In 2013, Isley was named an AIGA Fellow in recognition of his contributions to the field. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious AIGA medal for exceptional achievement in design.
Judging the Southwest: Caleb Bennett, WIRED
Currently the senior art director of WIRED and formerly of The New York Times Magazine and Texas Monthly, Bennett grew up in Del Rio, TX, and studied Communication Design at Texas Tech University. He was named one of Print magazine’s “20 Under 30 New Visual Artists” and selected as an Art Directors Club Young Gun in 2012. His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, The Society of Publication Design, The Society for News Design and the City and Regional Magazine Association. In 2010, Bennett was part of the redesign team at The New York Times Magazine, and he was a member of the magazine’s Design Team of the Year for 2010 and 2011, as selected by the Art Directors Club. Read more about Bennett.
Judging the Midwest: Joseph Duffy, Duffy & Partners
Joseph is “the other Joe Duffy” in the design industry. He grew up surrounded by some of the world’s most talented creative people in which his greatest asset was being a sponge. Since day one he set out to follow in his father’s footsteps and has dedicated his life to the business of design. After earning his BFA in Graphic Design from the College of Visual Arts, Joseph began his career in the production and interactive groups at Fallon Worldwide. In 2004, he left with the family name to help start Duffy & Partners as a designer. Today, as Design Director, he continues to work with some of the best talent in the industry and with some of the biggest brands all around the globe.
For the past 30 years, Duffy & Partners has used the power of design to enrich every day life and drive marketplace results for a diversified list of clients both large and small. Their work has been recognized by nearly every major industry publication in the world.
Judging the Far West: Michael Vanderbyl, Vanderbyl Design
Michael Vanderbyl has gained international prominence in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic and advocate. Since being established in San Francisco in 1973, his firm — Vanderbyl Design — has evolved into a multidisciplinary studio with expertise in identity, print and digital communications, interiors, showrooms, retail spaces, signage, textiles, fashion apparel, packaging, furniture and product design. Printed work by Vanderbyl has gained recognition in every major design competition in the United States and Europe; his work is part of the permanent collections of several museums and is featured in national and international publications.
In 1987 Michael was elected a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), an international graphic design organization based in Zurich. In addition to serving three terms on the Board of Directors of the National AIGA, he presided as President for the 2003-2005 term; he has also served on the AIGA Education Committee and was a founding member of the AIGA San Francisco Chapter. At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Michael holds a position on the Architecture and Design Accessions Committee. Michael was selected as one of I.D. magazine’s “I.D. Forty” for 1997 and the same year received the “Lifetime Achievement in Product Design” by the Pacific Design Center. He is a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and in association with their Calibre Awards in 2006, the Southern California Chapter of the IIDA commended Michael with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael has also been honored with the Gold Medal award from AIGA and with induction into Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
Meet the 2013 Regional Design Annual Judges
Far West Judged by Petrula Vrontikis
Petrula Vrontikis is a leading voice in graphic design. She lectures at conferences, universities and to professional organizations worldwide about her work, design education and the future of the graphic design industry. She is creative director and owner at Vrontikis Design Office, professor of graphic design and professional practice at Art Center College of Design, and co-author of the Lynda.com online training series, “Running a Design Business.” Vrontikis received an AIGA Fellow Award honoring her for raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities of Los Angeles. She’s an avid traveler and visual translator. It’s not unusual to find her 85 feet underwater, climbing a rocky slope or twisting her body like a pretzel in a yoga class. www.35k.com.
Southwest Judged by Douglas May
Douglas May always knew what he wanted to do, but growing up in a small Texas town, he didn’t know what it was called. He didn’t even know a sign painter, let alone a graphic designer. So, after high school he decided to study advertising. He won a few awards as a student at the University of North Texas, and after graduation someone asked, “Have you thought about going to Art Center?” So off to Los Angeles he went to win more awards. After graduation, May moved to New York City where he designed award-winning annual reports, magazines, corporate identities and packaging. He found this to be good training for someone who wanted to someday own his own firm. May eventually moved back to Dallas and started the award-winning design firm May & Co. This all happened a very long time ago, but as May will tell you, winning awards is just as important for anyone beginning their career as it is for a design veteran of more than 30 years. May’s highest award came recently when the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the AIGA honored him with the Fellow Award, recognizing his contribution to the North Texas design community. He calls that one “the sweetest thus far.” www.mayandco.com.
Midwest Judged by Dana Lytle
Dana Lytle Planet Propaganda founder, principal and design director, is an admitted type fanatic and old-school letterpress enthusiast who still makes prints in his basement on a Vandercook proof press. He believes that even the most beautiful graphic detail is powerless without a strategy to back it up—and that even the soundest strategy can benefit from some creative “hoobajoob.” Clients such as Intelligentsia Coffee, Duluth Trading Company, Polaris, Buffalo Wild Wings and Appleton Coated agree. Lytle holds a degree in graphic design from Montana State University.
East Judged by Frank Baseman
Frank Baseman is the creative director and principal of Baseman Design Associates, an award-winning, interdisciplinary graphic design firm providing strategic design thinking through visual communication solutions to a variety of businesses, corporations and institutions. He is also the director of—and associate professor in—the graphic design communication program at Philadelphia University, where he has taught since 1998. In 2007, Baseman was awarded the Innovation in Teaching Award from Philadelphia University. A native of Philadelphia, he holds a B.A. in graphic design from Penn State and an M.F.A. in graphic design from Tyler School of Art. In the fiftieth anniversary issue (2013) of “Graphic Design USA” magazine, Baseman was named as one of the “Most Influential Graphic Designers Working Today.” And in 2008, he was awarded the Fellow Award from AIGA Philadelphia. He has served on the national board of directors of AIGA and as the founding chair of the national committee for the AIGA Design Education Community. Baseman was also a co-curator of “The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and The Environment, 1965–2005,” a traveling exhibition of 40 years of sociopolitical posters.
New York City Judged by Stan Church
Stan Church is Wallace Church’s chief creative officer and the firm’s founder. As the head of the renowned design department, Church actively sets the standard for every creative effort from inception to realization. His years of experience, soothing demeanor and insightful creative talent, set the tone for his design firm. Church’s work has been widely published and exhibited, and he is the recipient of countless design awards from national and international organizations. He is a graduate and former distinguished faculty member of Parsons School of Design. He is a respected member of many design organizations, as well as an AIGA Fellow and former national board member.
South Judged by Hank Richardson
Hank Richardson is director of the Design Program at Portfolio Center, a graduate-level professional school for the communicating arts, in Atlanta. He is an AIGA Fellow, and holds memberships in the New York Art Directors Club, One Club, American Academy of Advertising, Dallas Society of Visual Communications and University & College Designers Association. He has served on the Boards of the Museum of Design Atlanta, The Society of Typographic Aficionados, AIGA national board of directors and the Atlanta Ad Club. Richardson is an inspiring leader in design education and was selected in 2010 for the New York Art Director’s Club GrandMaster Award. He travels widely — judging competitions, speaking at universities, and conducting workshops and seminars at conferences around the country. As a consultant, he has contributed to books by such industry notables as Steven Heller, Elizabeth Resnick, Ellen Shapiro and Luke Sullivan. As an educator, he brings a richness of conceptual thinking and a sense of awakening to both students and professionals through his avant-garde teaching style about the value and practice of design. During his tenure at Portfolio Center, his students have garnered thousands of awards, and his graduates are employed in the most highly respected design firms, advertising agencies and corporations in the world. www.portfoliocenter.edu.