PRINT Magazine Winter ’17/’18 | Regional Design Awards Issue

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This year, our brilliant Regional Design Awards judges—Aaron Draplin, Jessica Hische, Pum Lefebure, Ellen Lupton, Eddie Opara and Paula Scher—have pored over, puzzled over, obsessed and stressed over nearly 4,000 entries to bring you this list of their selections for the best American designs of the year. Perhaps with a bit more pressure than in years past. With this issue of Print, we say goodbye to the physical copies of our magazine, and hello to a robust and thriving online community.

As Debbie Millman says in her editor’s note, “In its 77-year history, the magazine evolved from a technical and scholarly journal aimed at the printing trade, to a mainstream magazine providing critical reporting and analysis of all facets of graphic design and visual culture.”

Grab this final copy of Print magazine today and join what Steven Heller describes as “more than a mere magazine, but a community—in a sense, a family—of shared interest that has promoted, critiqued, enlightened and introduced a broad swath of art and craft from which its readers have carved out not only careers but creative lives.”

This is not an end. This is a beginning.



Regional Design Awards (Designed by Debbie Millman and Linda Rubes)

(Check out all of the online winner galleries here.)

Far West Judged by Paula Scher. Best of Region: Fieldwork Brewing Cans

Southwest Judged by Jessica Hische. Best of Region: Austin Film Society Rebrand

South Judged by Ellen Lupton. Best of Region: Louisville Public Media

Midwest Judged by Aaron Draplin. Best of Region: Dixon Wedding Suite

East Judged by Eddie Opara. Best of Region: AIGA 35th Anniversary Posters

New York City Judged by Pum Lefebure. Best of Region: Archtober 2016

Introducing: RDA Student Winners

H&Co. Jonathan Hoefler’s Life of Type

From young type guru on the cutting edge to veteran statesman of the scene, Jonathan Hoefler delivered on the design prophecies laid out for him with Hoefler & Co. By Jason Tselentis


Print‘s long-running writer—who has written for the magazine for nearly four decades—offers his closing thoughts on Print and print. By Steven Heller

The Last Word

Gutenberg’s historic last words continue to haunt the halls of print history. By Seymour Chwast

Retrospective Online Exclusives:

75 Exclusive Designs for Print’s 75th Anniversary: In honor of PRINT’s 75th anniversary, we asked 75 top creatives to design one word: “print.” See the full set of the exclusive designs here.

The History of Typography in Print Magazine: Paul Shaw charts the bold (and at times, bizarre) evolution and history of typography within PRINT.

Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist? Here’s a tribute Einstein wrote for PRINT magazine about artist Josef Scharl—and, of course, a look at Scharl’s life and work.

The End of PRINT as We Know it and a New Beginning: Steven Brower says farewell to the printed PRINT magazine with a tribute to fellow past art directors & editors who helped to reshape the magazine over the years.

+ more to come, including all of PRINT’s covers from its entire run!

Don’t forget to enter the 2018 Regional Design Awards!