25 Award-Winning Designs: Books from the 2015 Regional Design Annual


The 2015 Regional Design Annual has been released, and now it’s time to get ready for 2016. Gain some design inspiration from these RDA-winning books. While you’re here, don’t miss the early bird deadline for the 2016 Regional Design Annual. Enter by April 29!

In the meantime, enjoy this visual feast of award-winning designs.

1. Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936–1986


LSD (Louise Sandhaus Design), Ojai, CA: Diana Murphy (creative director), Louise Sandhaus (creative director/art director), Caryn Aono, Jens Gehlhaar, Hayden Smith
(designers); Metropolis Books (client)

2. Ethonomics




Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco; www.vanderbyl.com: Michael Vanderbyl (creative director/art director/designer), Malin Reedijk (designer), Brian Rea (illustrator), Steve Delfino, Penny Benda (writers); Teknion (client)

3. Freestyle


367 Design, San Francisco: Ryan Smith, Nick D’Amico (creative directors/art directors/designers), Glen Cordoza (photographer), Carl Paoli, Anthony Sherbondy (writers); Freestyle, Victory Belt Publishing (client)

4. Half Bad


Faceout Studio, Bend, OR; www.faceoutstudio.com: Charles Brock (creative director), Deborah Kaplan (art director), Tim Green (designer/photo illustrator), Getty Images, Shutterstock (photography); Viking/Penguin (client)

5. Paradigms for a New Narrative


Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco; www.vanderbyl.com: Michael Vanderbyl (creative director/art director/designer), Tori Koch (designer); Teknion (client)

6. Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson


Fantagraphics Books Inc., Seattle; www.fantagraphics.com: Tony Ong (creative director/art director/designer), George Carlson (illustrator), Daniel Yezbick (writer); Daniel Yezbick (client)

7. Teknion Detail


Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco; www.vanderbyl.com: Michael Vanderbyl (creative director/art director/designer), Malin Reedijk (designer); Teknion (client)

8. A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery and Magic


Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX; www.tupress.org: Sarah Nawrocki, Barbara Ras, ALSO Design (creative direction), Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman (art directors/designers, ALSO Design); Trinity University Press (client)

9. The Making of Gone With the Wind


University of Texas Press, Austin, TX: Derek George (creative director/art director/designer), Steve Wilson, Robert Osborne (writers); University of Texas Press—Harry Ransom Center (client)

10. Notes From A Kitchen Volume Three


Tatroux LLC, Austin, TX; www.notesfromakitchen.com: Jeff Scott (creative director/art director/designer/photographer/writer), Kara Myrick (designer); Tatroux LLC (client)

11. Puffin In Bloom Book Covers


Rifle Paper Co., Winter Park, FL; www.riflepaperco.com: Kristin Logsdon (creative director), Anna Bond (art director/designer/illustrator); Puffin Books (client)

12. The Southern Living Community Cookbook


Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL; www.oxmoorhouse.com: Felicity Keane (creative director), Christopher Rhoads (art director), Melissa Clark (designer), Sara Mulvanny (illustrator), Iain Bagwell, Hélène Dujardin, Jim Bathie, Becky Stayner (photographers), Sheri Castle (writer); Southern Living/Time Inc. (client)

13.  Kiddie Cocktails Book


Mister Retro, Eau Claire, WI; www.misterretro.com: Stuart Sandler (creative director/art director/designer/writer), Derek Yaniger (creative director/art director/designer/
illustrator); Korero Press (client)

14. Dickens Book Cover Series


Kathy Mueller Design & Art Direction, Philadelphia; www.kmuellerdesign.com: Jason Kernevich (creative director), Kathy Mueller (art director/designer); Kathy Mueller Design & Art Direction (client)

15. Edgar Allan Poe Stories & Poems


Spur Design, Baltimore; www.spurdesign.com: David Plunkert (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator); Rockport Publishers (client)

16. Xan Fielding Book Set


21xdesign, Broomall, PA; www.21xdesign.com: Dermot Mac Cormack (creative director/art director/designer), Patricia McElroy (art director), Anthony DeLuca (designer/illustrator), Xan Fielding (writer); 21xdesign (client)

17. Abbott Miller: Design and Content

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Pentagram; www.pentagram.com: Abbott Miller (creative director/art director/designer/writer), Kim Walker (designer); Princeton Architectural Press (client)

18. The Art of Discovery (Rizzoli)


We Live Type & Design; www.welivetype.com: Nancy Rouemy (creative director/art director/designer), Jeff Vespa (photographer), Robin Bronk (editor); The Creative Coalition and Renaissance Hotels (client)

19. The Book of Stranger


Stranger & Stranger; www.strangerandstranger.com: Stranger & Stranger (creative direction/art direction/design); Stranger & Stranger (client)

20. The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami


Mingovits Design; www.mingovits.com: Victor Mingovits (creative director/art director/designer); University of Minnesota Press (client)

21. The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Deluxe Edition


Viking: Paul Buckley (creative director), Jason Ramirez (art director), Michael Schwab Studio (design/illustration); Viking (client)

22. Hair

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Pentagram; www.pentagram.com: Abbott Miller (creative director/art director/designer), Yoon-Young Chai (designer), David Sims (photographer), Guido Palau, Andrew Bolton, Tim Blanks (writers); Rizzoli (client)

23. Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food


Columbia University Press; www.cup.columbia.edu: Julia Kushnirsky (creative director), Vin Dang (art director/designer/photographer), Alexia Galati, Christos Hadjistylianou (food stylists); Columbia University Press (client)

24. The Steampunk User’s Manual


Hardscrabble Projects; www.hardscrabbleprojects.com: Galen Smith (creative director/art director/designer); Abrams Books (client)

25. Waiting for the Electricity


Overlook Press; www.overlookpress.com: Anthony Morais (creative director/art director/designer); Overlook Press (client)

Don’t forget to register for 2016’s How Design Live hosted in Atlanta, Georgia! Get the most bang for your buck and register by April 19. Witness incredible keynote speakers like Chip Kidd, Stefan Sagmeister, Debbie Millman and more! Don’t miss out—register now!



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