Haviv, Méndez, Skolos, Isley, Michael, Anderson, Peters to Judge 2018 RDA

For more than 35 years, PRINT’s Regional Design Awards has been honoring excellence across all channels of design. Whether you’re a freelancer, part of a large agency, an in-house creative or even a student, your unique work could reign supreme in this widely celebrated competition. 

Behind each RDA is a panel of A-list design experts ready to unearth fresh talent and shine a spotlight on groundbreaking ideas. Without further ado, let’s meet this year’s star-studded jury!

MEET OUR STAR-STUDDED PANEL OF JUDGES:

SAGI HAVIV

REBECA MÉNDEZ

NANCY SKOLOS

ALEXANDER ISLEY

CHAD MICHAEL

GAIL ANDERSON

JUSTIN PETERS

No matter your experience level or where in the U.S. you call home, your work might have what it takes to make an impact on our judges. For your shot at recognition and career-boosting prizes, enter your best design by April 2!


SAGI HAVIV

Regional Design Awards Sagi Haviv is a partner and designer at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. He has designed over 50 identity programs, including logos for the Library of Congress, Harvard University Press, Conservation International, Women’s World Banking, and Armani Exchange.

Haviv also created the award-winning animation “Logomotion,” a ten-minute tribute to the firm’s famous trademarks. Other motion graphics work includes the opening sequences for PBS documentary series such as Carrier, Circus, and Half The Sky.

Haviv joined Chermayeff & Geismar in 2003 after graduating from The Cooper Union School of Art. He now teaches Visual Identity Design at SVA in New York City. He also regularly speaks at design conferences and foundations around the world, including the AIGA conferences, the HOW Design Live conference, the Onassis Foundation and more.

Haviv also coauthored Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar (Print Publishers, 2011).

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REBECA MÉNDEZ

Regional Design AwardsRebeca Méndez was born in México City in 1962. She attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where she received her BFA (1984) and MFA (1996).

Méndez is distinguished in a variety of art forms, including photography, 16mm film, videography and installation. Her works focus on the exploration of perception and media representation, “specifically how cultures express themselves through the style of nature that they produce at a given time and the medium through which they construct this nature.” 

Méndez’s work has been exhibited across the U.S. and Latin America. Selected solo exhibitions include: Rebeca Méndez: At Any Given Moment at the Nevada Art Museum, Reno, Nevada (2012); Each Day at Noon: Rebeca Méndez, Café Hammer, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012); Rebeca Méndez, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); Rebeca Méndez: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1998).

In 2012 Méndez received the National Design Award from The White House and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2010 she was awarded the California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship for Visual Artist. She is a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles where she lives and works.

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NANCY SKOLOS

Regional Design AwardsNancy Skolos works closely with her husband Thomas Wendell to challenge the boundaries between graphic design and photography. In 1980 they opened Skolos, Wendell + Raynor in Boston. Around this time, their studio gained success in the when technology made it possible to make “the invisible visible.” Their partner Kenneth Raynor left the Boston area in 1990 and Skolos-Wendell carried on as a duo. By 1993 their studio had been featured in Eye magazine where they were labeled as “techno-cubists.”

Throughout their career, the duo’s approach has matured and their client base has grown, but they’ve kept to their impassioned roots experimenting with photography and design.

Together, Skolos and Wendell have authored two books: Type, Image, Message, published by Rockport in 2006, and Graphic Design Process, published by Laurence King in 2012. Skolos has been teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1989 and believes that teaching graphic design is as vital as the practice itself.

Skolos and Wendell have had their work showcased in collections at the MoMA, The Israel Museum and the Museum of Design in Zürich. In 2017, the two were awarded the AIGA Medal for their work “pushing the boundaries of art, design and technology with a distinctive vision to find connection among disparate forms.” 

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ALEXANDER ISLEY

Regional Design AwardsAlexander Isley established his design firm, Alexander Isley Inc. Designers, in 1988 where he “leads a team of designers, writers, and planners, establishing the strategic and creative vision in all of [their] work.”

Prior to this, Isley studied at North Carolina State University, where he earned a degree in environmental design. He also holds a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York. By the early 1980s he was the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s M&Co and later became the first full-time art director of Spy magazine. In 1995 he relocated his maturing design firm to Connecticut “in order to be closer to trees.”

Isley has taught graphic design, typography, and exhibit design at Cooper Union, RISD, and the School of Visual Arts. He has served as a lecturer for the graduate program at the Yale School of Art.

Isley has received numerous titles and accolades over the years, including membership of “The I.D. 40” in 1993 and the NY Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Memorial Award for Art Direction and Design.

In 1998 Isley was elected to membership in AGI. He is past president of AIGA New York, is currently a member of the AIGA/CT advisory board, and is an AIGA Fellow. In 2014 he received the AIGA Medal for lifetime achievement. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress.

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CHAD MICHAEL

Regional Design AwardsChad Michael studio is a niche design studio that specializes in branding, package design and product innovation.

Michael launched his studio in 2014 after working as head designer for some of New York’s most awarded agencies. Michael wanted to create a different type of studio where only select clients were chosen in order to ensure the utmost passion and commitment for each project and one where the client and designer had a direct relationship. Select clients include Brown-Forman, Lightfoot & Wolfville, Theory 11, and F&R Distilling Co.

Since 2014 Michael’s designs have received praise and accolades from Los Logos 7, Communication Arts, Print magazine, HOW magazine and Logo Lounge 9 & 10.

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GAIL ANDERSON

Regional Design AwardsGail Anderson is a New York-based designer, writer, and educator. She is a partner, with Joe Newton, at Anderson Newton Design.

From 1987 to early 2002, Anderson worked at Rolling Stone magazine as designer, deputy art director, and eventually as senior art director. She served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater, from 2002 through 2010. 

Anderson has received awards from the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, AIGA Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, Communication Arts, and Print. She has work in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at the School of Visual Arts.

Currently, Anderson teaches in the School of Visual Arts MFA, undergraduate, and high school design programs, and has served on the advisory boards for Adobe Partners by Design and the Society of Publication Designers. She currently serves on the board for the Type Directors Club, and is a member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service.

Anderson is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Medal from the AIGA, the 2009 Richard Gangel art direction award from the Society of Illustrators, and has lectured about design (and her bottle cap collection) at organizations and conferences around the world.

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JUSTIN PETERS

Peters has been solving complex branding challenges for top-tier consumer brands, professional services companies, nonprofit organizations and governments around the globe for more than two decades. As Carbone Smolan Agency’s executive Ccreative director, he leverages deep understanding of global markets, geographies and cultures to breathe fresh and enduring life into brands of all shapes and sizes.

Justin is a legacy member of the CSA family. He began his career there 25 years ago and has grown into the creative leadership role for signature clients, including Assurant Health, Disney, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sesame Workshop, and The White House Millennium Council. After 15 years at CSA, Justin moved on to travel the world, serving as global executive creative director for international branding agency, Siegel+Gale. He lived, worked, and spoke across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, while leading engagements with Google/Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Ingersoll-Rand, Tata Group, Dubai Telecom, GE Real Estate, Aetna and Rotary International.

In 2015, Justin returned home to CSA with a wealth of experience and an unshakable belief in the power of design to transform businesses, brand experiences and people’s lives. Since his return, Justin has been integral in keeping CSA’s renowned creative work fresh and focused for clients new and old.

Peters has received multiple design awards, internationally and domestically, including the Presidential Design Award for his work with the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

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