Regional Design Awards Winners 2016: South

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Regional Design Awards – South

There’s more to the South than its plump peaches, sweet tea and pulled pork. The region has much to offer in the way of the arts, and remains a force to be reckoned with when it comes to its graphic design scene. Judge Bill Grant couldn’t be more proud of the powerful work he witnessed in this year’s RDA. “I have always been on a mission to increase awareness of the level of design being done in the South. These designers prove me right, yet again,” says Grant, who was the first AIGA national president hailing from outside of New York City and San Francisco.

The high caliber of work wasn’t just reserved for the South’s biggest design hubs, though. “It was refreshing to see some great work coming from smaller cities and unexpected areas of the region,” Grant says.

What really caught his eye was the bevy of clean and naturally inspired designs as well as the amount of illustration and hand-rendered touches, such as his Best of Region pick, Lowcountry Field Feast Invitation. “I think this is reflective of the maker movement in general,” he says. “It’s nice to see designers ‘making’ strategic solutions that also reflect craft.”

After a detailed and systematic judging process, Grant is certain that this year’s winners truly represent Southern design at its best.

[Read more about Grant’s work and his approach to design here.]

Best of Region

Lowcountry Field Feast Invitation

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Stitch Design Co., Charleston, SC; www.stitchdesignco.com: Amy Pastre, Courtney Rowson
(creative directors/art directors/ designers); Lowcountry Local First (client)

[Read more about the Best of Region Winner here.]

Regional Design Awards Winners Gallery – South

1. 3 Floyds Yum Yum Beer Packaging

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Zimmer-Design, Louisville, KY; www.zimmer-design.com: Jim Zimmer (creative director/art director/designer), Jessica Zimmer (creative director/art director), Conor Nolan (illustrator); 3 Floyds Brewing Co. (client)

2. AIGA Design Month Creative 2015

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Elephant In The Room, Winston-Salem, NC; www.elephantintheroom.com: Will Hackley (art director/designer); AIGA Triad NC (client)


“We were charged [with] designing graphics to promote design month events for the regional AIGA chapter. Feeding off the concept of North Carolina barbecue, we used visuals that connected to the barbecue heritage of the Triad region.”

—Elephant in the Room (02)


3. Alabama Folk School Catalog

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Robert Finkel Design, Auburn, AL; www.robertfinkel.com: Robert Finkel (creative director/art director/designer); Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell (client)


4. The Avett Brothers Township

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The Half and Half, Columbia, SC; www.thehalfandhalf.com: The Half and Half (creative direction/art direction/design); The Avett Brothers (client)


5. Bail Bond Brothers

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Odie and Partners, Birmingham, AL; www.odiepartners.com: Brian Authement (creative director), Kelly Kinnaird (art director), Meghan Stewart (designer), Stephen DeVries (photographer); Bail Bond Brothers (client)


6. Bollywood Bash

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KLP Designs, Apex, NC; www.klpdesigns.com: Karen Manganillo (creative director/art director/designer); Ritu + Greg (client)


7. Boone County Distilling Co “Eighteen 33” Ten-Year Bourbon

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Neltner Small Batch, Camp Springs, KY; www.neltnersmallbatch.com: Keith Neltner (creative director/art director/designer), Tom Post (illustrator), Ryan Kurtz (photographer), Jeff Chambers (writer); Boone County Distilling Co (client)


8. Braxton Brewing Co

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Neltner Small Batch, Camp Springs, KY; www.neltnersmallbatch.com: Keith Neltner (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator), Jeff Chambers (writer); Braxton Brewing Company


9. The Cakery at Lowes Foods

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Wildfire, Winston-Salem, NC; www.wildfireideas.com: Mike Grice (creative director), Christine Hancock (art director/designer), Sarah Hinson, Anna Jacobs (writers); Lowes Foods (client)


10. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

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Stitch Design Co., Charleston, SC; www.stitchdesignco.com: Amy Pastre, Courtney Rowson (creative directors/art directors/designers); Carrie Morey (client)


11. CBC 20th Anniversary Rebrand

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KLP Designs, Apex, NC; www.klpdesigns.com: Karen Manganillo (creative director/art director/designer), Chris Emerson (illustrator); Carolina Brewing Company (client)


“Carolina Brewing Company is one of the most prestigious craft breweries in NC. For their 20th anniversary, they knew it was time for a serious facelift, so KLP Designs harnessed the power of their iconic lion and rebranded it into a graphic, modern figurehead to match the current mood of … the now-saturated craft beer market.”

—KLP Designs (11)


12. CMA Festival and Website

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ST8MNT Brand Agency, Nashville, TN; www.st8mnt.com: Josh Newman, Bethany Newman, Amanda Eckard (creative directors), Austin Hale, Aaron Rayburn (art directors/designers), Amber Brannon, Marty Filogamo, Alex Pearson (designers), Alan Knox (designer/illustrator); CMA (client)


13. Copper Horse Rum

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The Half and Half, Columbia, SC; www.thehalfandhalf.com: The Half and Half (creative direction/art direction/design); Copper Horse Distilling (client)


“Being finished in bourbon barrels gives Copper Horse Bold Rum a lovely golden hue. We wanted to use the spirits’ completion to our advantage when designing the packaging and give the rum itself center stage. ”

—The Half and Half (13)


14. Cortney Bishop Design Website

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Stitch Design Co., Charleston, SC; www.stitchdesignco.com: Amy Pastre, Courtney Rowson (creative directors/art directors/designers); Cortney Bishop (client)


15. Demon Deacon Custom Playing Cards

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Wake Forest University Creative Communications, Winston-Salem, NC: Hayes Henderson (creative director/art director/illustrator), Kris Hendershott (designer), Bart Rippin (writer); Wake Forest University (client)


16. Design Bloc

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Matchstic, Atlanta; www.matchstic.com: Blake Howard (creative director), Jonathan Lawrence, Mackenzie Brookshire (art directors), Brittany Robertson (designer), Jason Orme (writer); Design Bloc (client)


17. DIRT Identity Campaign

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helium creative, Fort Lauderdale, FL; www.heliumcreative.com: Christopher Heller (creative director), Ryan Sirois (art director), Kelly Gedvilas (designer); DIRT (client)


18. Dixon Rye

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Russell Shaw Design, Atlanta; www.russellshawdesign.com: Russell Shaw (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator/writer), Bradley Odom (creative director/writer), Sarah Dorio (photographer), Anne Seymour (writer), Mama’s Sauce (screenprinting), City Paper Company (paper products), Andrew Crawford Ironworks, Iron Is King (metal signage), Atlas Match (matchboxes), ASAP Signs (vinyl signage), Simon’s Stamps (rubber stamps); Dixon Rye (client)


19. Dr. Harvey’s Pet Supplements

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Buttermilk Creative, Greensboro, NC; www.buttermilkcreative.com: Andy Kurtts (creative director); Dr. Harvey’s (client)


20. Ex-Change Exhibition

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Open Door Design Studio, Asheville, NC; www.opendoordesignstudio.com: Shantanu Suman, Marisa Falcigno (creative directors/art directors/designers), Michael Strand (writer); The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (client)

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