For 32 years, the Regional Design Annual has sliced up American design into discernable shapes and parceled them out by region. We rely on our judges to make the final cuts, and this time we had help from Sarah Gephart (MGMT. Design), Sagi Haviv (Chermayeff & Geismar), Nicole Jacek (Karlssonwilker), Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers (the Heads of State), Renda Morton (The New York Times), and Emily Oberman (Pentagram).
The 2012 Regional Design Annual
To further distinguish each region, we turned to our resident type experts, Paul Shaw and Stephen Coles, to select six representative typefaces released in the United States this year. Each region is set in one of the faces, and they also became the basis for illustrations by Outpost LA (Far West), Armin Vit (Southwest), Rick Valicenti/3st (Midwest), IAAH—I Am Always Hungry (South), Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza (East), and OCD (New York City). Sharp design awaits—watch your fingers.
Also in this issue:
Cover CriticsClaire Lui and Douglas Wolk on this year’s best book and album art
Paul Shaw and Stephen Coles pick six notable American typefaces from 2012.
MonologueSteven Heller analyzes the Annual for clues to the current state of design.