9 Student Designs That Prove We Have A Beautiful Future Ahead

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For nearly 40 years, PRINT’s Regional Design Awards has been the industry’s most respected design competition for professionals, regularly drawing entries from the likes of Paula Scher, Michael Bierut, Stefan Sagmeister and many, many others. It has served as a catalogue of graphic design’s greats—and now, we’re looking for the greats of tomorrow.

For the second time in RDA history, we will have an entire section devoted specifically to students, organized by category and judged by Gail Anderson.

Why should you enter? Here are three big reasons.

  1. PRINT will publish your work and present it to the world. Get your work featured in the all-new PRINT book, featuring award-winning designs from around the world. See your work in our online galleries and newsletters, where we give winners unparalleled industry visibility. We believe deeply in the work we curate and publish, and shout it from the rooftops as fully as we can. Also new this year: The Reader’s Choice winner will receive a Big Ticket Registration to HOW Design Live 2019 (up to $2,295 value) and take part in a trophy presentation celebrating their work on HOW’s main stage.
  2. Design awards matter—especially when applying for top-tier co-ops or full-time employment. We’ve long been told that creative directors and art directors peruse our design awards to find emerging talent, and that design awards truly matter when reviewing resumes. When PRINT chooses one’s work as the best in the country, that says something—and it says a lot.
  3. The RDA honors all forms of design. Our categories include brochures/catalogs, book jackets/covers, environmental graphics, illustration, photography, invitations/announcements, letterheads, logos, packaging, posters, ads, editorial and book design, self-promotions, wearables, information graphics, web design and more. No matter what one creates, there’s a place for it in the RDA.

Need some inspiration? Here are some student competition winners from our past competitions and sister publication, HOW. Enjoy!

Upon A Doi

Students HaeJi An; with photography by Sarun Kijsupanont and Teerachai Sanjaisri | InstructorPermsak Suwannatat | Printer Printery Co., Ltd | School Mahidol University International College, Salaya, Nakhorn Prathon, Thailand; www.muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng | Details The goal was to create a tourism campaign that encourages Thai people to travel in Thailand, focusing on the areas of Doi.


Student Designs - Magnifi-cence

Student Ashley Drake, www.behance.net/adrake10b665 | Instructor UCO Design Faculty | SchoolDepartment of Design, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; www.ucodesign.com | DetailsThis is a poster series for an exhibition of macro photography

Patriot Paddles

Student Designs - Patriot Paddles

Students Elena Chudoba, Andrew Czap | Instructor Ben Dolezal | School University of Texas at Arling
ton; www.uta.edu/art | Details Patriot Paddles is a line of ping pong paddles that celebrates the rush of game, American history, good times and freedom.

Steam Dunk Restaurant Identity

Student Designs- Steam Dunk Restaurant Identity

Student Dante Massi, www.behance.net/dantemassi | Instructors Kelly Holohan, Karen Watkins | School Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; https://tyler.temple.edu | Details For an assignment to create a fictional themed restaurant, Massi chose to create a doughnut shop in the style of the steampunk genre of science fiction.


Student Designs - KANIBAL

Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia; www.fpu.bg.ac.rs: Milos Zlatanovic (typographer), Jana Orsolic (advising instructor)

Fisher Wave Branding

Student Designs- Fisher Wave Branding

School of Visual Arts, New York City; www.sva.edu; www.qiushuoli.com: Qiushuo Li (art director/designer); Fisher Wave (client)

Uff—Fanzine for the Common Whiner

Student Designs- Uff—Fanzine for the Common Whiner

Student Shani Sofer, www.cargocollective.com/Shaniso | Instructor Anat Katzir | School Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, Jerusalem; www.bezalel.ac.il | Details Sofer wanted this fanzine to scream “whiners” through size (broadsheet), typography, design, color and images.

Global Grains

Student Designs Global Grains

Student Jamie Alloy, www.jamiealloy.com; with photographs by Austen Hart, www.austenhart.com | Instructor Paul Sheriff | School Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; https://tyler.temple.edu | Details The packages for these three rice mixes from different locations in both Africa and India are designed with patterns and colors inspired by their respective cultures.

The Garamond Autopsy Report

The Garamond Autopsy Report

Miami Ad School at the Portfolio Center, Atla
nta; www.portfoliocenter.edu: Lauren Kimrey-Sanders (art director/designer/illustrator/copywriter), Jack Whitman (advising instructor)