The 2016 Regional Design Annual: Meet the Judges


Morla_PortraitJennifer Morla

Jennifer Morla is president and creative director of Morla Design in San Francisco. She has received over 300 awards of excellence throughout her career, and her work has been recognized by virtually every organization in the field of graphic communication. In 2010, she became an AIGA Medalist.

Since opening Morla Design in 1984, she has paired “wit and elegance” on everything from motion graphics and branding to retail environments and textiles. Some of her clients include Levi Strauss, Williams-Sonoma, Herman Miller, Stanford University and Design Within Reach.

Morla has permanent work in institutions across the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco and the Smithsonian. In addition, she has been featured at the DDD Gallery in Japan and published in Philip B. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design. She lectures and judges internationally and is a teacher of senior design at California College of the Arts. 

See the winners from the Far West here.


shamanMarc English

Marc English studied design at Massachusetts College of Art and began his career in Boston working for a number of studios. His projects included communication design for Fortune 500 clients, broadcast design for ABC-TV’s Boston affiliate and creating museum exhibits for national and international clients. In 1993 he opened his own studio, and has since been dubbed “the Johnny Cash of AIGA” by Step Inside Design magazine.

In 1998, English authored the series Designing Identity: Graphic Design as a Business Strategy. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts College of Art National Alumni Council and sat on the board of directors for the Austin Film Society.

His studio has been featured in Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, Inspirability and Graphic Design America 2. English’s work can be found in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany, the Merrill C. Berman Collection in New York City and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitano in Mexico City.

See the winners from the Southwest here.


billgrant1Bill Grant

Bill Grant is president and chief creative officer of Grant Design Collaborative, a cross-disciplinary firm specializing in communication design, brand strategy, advertising, product development, branded interiors and experience design. In 2005 he was named an AIGA Fellow, and he later served as national AIGA president. In 2013, Graphic Design USA named him one of the “50 Most Influential Designers Working Today.” Grant’s work has been honored by AIGA 365, Communication Graphics, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Communication Arts, the New York Type Directors Club and many more. He has served as a judge for numerous design competitions and is a frequent speaker at international design and business conferences.

Not only has Grant produced award-winning design programs for clients such as Adobe, Georgia-Pacific and Intuit, but he is also an active member in his local community of Canton, GA, where he was elected to city council in 2013.

See the winners from the South here.


Timothy_GoodmanTimothy Goodman

Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator and art director based in New York City. Originally from Cleveland, Goodman moved to New York and graduated from the School of Visual Arts, where he now teaches. His career began at Simon & Schuster, designing book jackets.

Over the years, Goodman has racked up a high-profile list of clients including Airbnb, Google, Ford, J.Crew, Target, Starbucks, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Apple Inc. He has received numerous awards for his illustrations and has been recognized by the ADC Young Guns, American Illustration, Graphic Design USA’s “People to Watch,” and was named a Print New Visual Artist in 2009.

He went on to co-create the popular blog and book 40 Days of Dating with Jessica Walsh. His Instagram series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” was exhibited at Colette in Paris, and his second book, Sharpie Art Workshop, is in stores now.

See the winners from the Midwest here.


gail-anderson-nlGail Anderson

Gail Anderson is a designer, writer and educator whose career began at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. In 1987, she moved to Rolling Stone magazine, where she eventually claimed the title of senior art director. From 2002 through 2010, Anderson served as creative director of design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater.

In 2008, Anderson received the AIGA Medal, and in 2009 received the Richard Gangel Art Direction Award from the Society of Illustrators. Her work has also been recognized by the Type Directors Club, the Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts and more.

Anderson teaches at the School of Visual Arts MFA, undergraduate and high school design programs, and is co-author, with Steven Heller, of The Typographic Universe. She currently serves on the board of the Type Directors Club and is a member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the U.S. Postal Service.

See the winners from the East here.


8911818785_1ab51e0d42_o2Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a designer and art director living in New York City, working with clients including Jay-Z, Barneys, The New York Times, Levi’s and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others. She and her work have won major design recognitions, including the ADC Young Guns award, L Magazine’s “The Envy Index: 25 Under 25,” Graphic Design USA’s “People to Watch” and more.

Walsh has also been featured in numerous books, galleries, museums and magazines worldwide. She has received distinctions such as Forbes’ “30 under 30 top creatives designing the future,” and her book with Timothy Goodman, 40 Days of Dating, is being turned into a film by Warner Bros Pictures.

See the winners from New York City here.