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Regional Design Awards Winners 2018: Far West


The Regional Design Awards is America’s preeminent design competition. View the winners of the 2018 RDA from the Far West below and prepare your entries as the 2019 Regional Design Awards are accepting submissions now!


Far West Regional Design Awards

Rebeca Méndez, Far West region judge

Rebeca Méndez was born in México City in 1962. She attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where she received her BFA (1984) and MFA (1996).


Méndez is distinguished in a variety of art forms, including photography, 16mm film, videography and installation. Her works focus on the exploration of perception and media representation, “specifically how cultures express themselves through the style of nature that they produce at a given time and the medium through which they construct this nature.”


Méndez’s work has been exhibited across the U.S. and Latin America. Selected solo exhibitions include: Rebeca Méndez: At Any Given Moment at the Nevada Art Museum, Reno, Nevada (2012); Each Day at Noon: Rebeca Méndez, Café Hammer, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012); Rebeca Méndez, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); Rebeca Méndez: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1998).


In 2012 Méndez received the National Design Award from The White House and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2010 she was awarded the California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship for Visual Artist. She is a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles where she lives and works.

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72andSunny, Playa Vista, CA; www.72andsunny.com: Garrett Jones, Peter Reid, Robert Nakata, Ben Hodgin (creative directors), Andy Lam, Kwaku Beke, Alex Cannon (designers), Tyree Harris, Peter Hughes (writers); Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles (client)

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1. 2017 SECA Art Award Catalogue


SFMOMA Design Studio, San Francisco; www.sfmoma.org: Bosco Hernández (creative director/art director/designer); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (client)

2. After the Mass-Age


Fredrik Averin, Portland, OR; www.fredrikaverin.com: Fredrik Averin (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator); Studioriley (client)

3. Alsirhan Shoes Rebrand


Kevin Cantrell Studio, Mantua, UT; www.kevincantrell.com: Kevin Cantrell (creative director/art director/designer), Wael Morcos (designer), Erik Attkisson (writer), Beattie + Dane (strategic partner); Alsirhan Shoes (client)

4. Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.


Content Object, Los Angeles; www.content-object.com: Kimberly Varella (creative director/art director/designer), Fredrik Nilson, Ian Byers-Gamber (photographers), C. Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz, Macarena Gómez-Barris (writers/editors), Leticia Alvarado, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Simon Doonan, Colin Gunckel, Joshua Javier Gúzman, Iván A. Ramos, Richard T. Rodríguez (writers); ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries (client)

5. BYU Theatre Season Posters


BYU ARTS Creative, Provo, UT; http://arts.byu.edu: Nick Mendoza (creative director/art director/designer), Stephanie Ottenhenning McAllister (designer); BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts (client)

6. CCA Gala Honoring David Kelley


Aufuldish & Warinner, San Anselmo, CA; www.aufwar.com: Bob Aufuldish (designer), Kathy Warinner (illustrator); California College of the Arts (client)

7. Chefsgiving


Chen Design Associates, Oakland, CA; www.chendesign.com: Joshua C. Chen (creative director), Tracy White Taylor (art director/designer/illustrator), Bernee Briones (designer/illustrator); Ellipses Public Relations (client)

8. Cutters Point Nitro Cold Brew Cans


Rusty George Creative, Tacoma, WA; www.rustygeorge.com: Rusty George (creative director), Erica Riker, Samantha Madeo (designers); Cutters Point Coffee Co. (client)

9. Director’s Circle Dinner


SFMOMA Design Studio, San Francisco; www.sfmoma.org: Jennifer Sonderby (creative director), Bosco Hernández (art director), Bob Aufuldish (designer); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (client)

10. Ekko


SevenDesign, Sausalito, CA; www.sevendesign.com: Andrew Pollak (creative director), Megan Daniher (art director/writer), Cedrik Ferrer (designer), Jessica Rouzan (writer); Ekko (client)

11. Facebook Data Centers Posters


Stout Design Inc., San Francisco; www.stoutsf.com: Ryan Meis (creative director/art director/designer); Facebook (client)

12. Faith + Works Lecture Series


BYU ARTS Creative, Provo, UT; https://arts.byu.edu: Nick Mendoza (creative director/art director/designer); BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications (client)

13. The Field Study Handbook


Studio D Radiodurans, San Francisco; www.studiodradiodurans.com: Jan Chipchaes (creative director/art director/designer/photographer/writer), Lee John Phillips (illustrator); Field Institute, Studio D Radiodurans (client)

14. Harvey Weinstein Exposed


The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles; www.hollywoodreporter.com: Shanti Marlar (creative director/art director/designer), Edward Kinsella (illustrator); The Hollywood Reporter (client)

15. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Faceout Studio, Bend, OR; www.faceoutstudio.com: David Stevenson (creative director/art director), Charles Brock (designer); Penguin Random House, Del Rey (client)

16. HYPEBEAST Magazine #20


Hybrid Design, San Francisco; www.hybrid-design.com: Dora Drimalas (creative director/art director), Frederique Gravier, Brett Newman, Carl Vallin, Olivia Ward, Dave Webber, Patchara Charoensiri (designers); HYPEBEAST (client)

17. ICA Fund Good Jobs 2017 Impact Report


Majorminor, San Francisco; www.majorminor.co: Rob Martin (creative director), Valerie Shagday (art director/designer), Tailored Heritage (photography); ICA Fund Good Jobs (client)

18. Intimate Immensity


Herstudio, Provo, UT: Linda Reynolds (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator/client)

19. Jorge and Jamie Wedding


Lamora, Denver; www.lamoradesign.com: Jorge Lamora (creative director/art director/designer); Jorge and Jamie Lamora (clients)

20. Keller Manni Chocolate Packaging and Identity


Morla Design, San Francisco; www.morladesign.com: Jennifer Morla (creative director/art director/designer), Arlene Susmilch (project director), Reymundo Perez III (designer); Keller Manni Chocolate (client)

21. LetterHeads: An Eccentric Alphabet


344 Design LLC, Los Angeles; www.344design.com: Stefan G. Bucher (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator/writer); Unnamed Press (client)

22. Maker Quarterly 13


Hybrid Design, San Francisco; www.hybrid-design.com: Dora Drimalas (creative director), Caleb Kozlowski (art director), Frederique Gravier, Brett Newman, Carl Vallin (designers), Merijn Hos, Olivia Ward, Dave Weber (illustrators); Mohawk (client)

23. Make Them Listen.


Counsel, San Diego; www.notcounsel.com: Ryan Smith (creative director/art director/designer), Ryan Piper (art director/designer); Musicbed (client)

24. MCA 2017 Beefsteak Invitation


Ellen Bruss Design, Denver; www.ebd.com: Ellen Bruss (creative director), Ken Garcia (creative director/art director), Rose Chenoweth (designer); MCA Denver (client)

25. Mohawk Website, www.mohawkconnects.com


Hybrid Design, San Francisco; www.hybrid-design.com: Dora Drimalas (creative director), Caleb Kozlowski (art director), Patchara Charoensiri, Carl Vallin (designers), Henrik Kam (photographer); Mohawk (client)

26. The Naturally United Strategy Retreat Posters


Karsh Hagan, Denver; www.karshhagan.com: Jeff Martin (chief creative officer), Greg Ryan (design director), Nick Marranzino (art director/designer), Erin Spong, Zack Slovin (writers); Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado (client)

27. Never Use Futura

Kunstwerk, Provo, UT; Paul Wagner (creative director), Douglas Thomas (art director/designer/writer), Ruth Eldredge, Barbara Darko (writers); Princeton Architectural Press (client)

28. NOOK


Peter Horjus Design & Illustration, Santa Barbara, CA; www.peterhorjus.com: Peter Horjus (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator); NOOK Restaurant (client)

29. playSFMOMA

SFMOMA Design Studio, San Francisco; www.sfmoma.org: Jennifer Sonderby (creative director), Bosco Hernández (art director), Jody Hanson (designer); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (client)

30. RADICAL WOMEN X MUJERES RADICALES


Julia Luke Inc., Los Angeles; www.julialuke.com: Julia Luke (creative director/art director/designer); Hammer Museum (client)

31. Robert Rauschenberg Exhibition Opening invitation


SFMOMA Design Studio, San Francisco; www.sfmoma.org: Bosco Hernández (creative director), Meghan Berckes (art director), Jennifer Schnell (designer); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (client)

32. Ronnie Oliver Design


Craig-Teerlink Design, San Francisco; Jean Craig-Teerlink (creative director/art director/designer); Ronnie Oliver (client)

33. Row DTLA


Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles; www.rchstudios.com: Mark Rios (partner/creative director), Sebastian Salvado (principal/art director), Erin Williams, Julien Harcc, Delta Murphy, Misato Hamazaki, Mallory Cohn (designers), Carly Kuhn, LoveBerto, Retna (muralists), Jim Simmons (photographer), Ro&Co (branding), Rios Clementi Hale Studios (architecture/landscape architecture); Atlas Capital (client)

34. Salon Rebrand


ITAL/C, Los Angeles; www.italic-studio.com: ITAL/C (creative direction/art direction/design); Salon (client)

35. Savvy Minerals Logo


Young Living Essential Oils Creative Services, Lehi, UT; www.youngliving.com: Snow Crane (creative director), Ryan Larsen (art director), Jenessa Sturgell (designer), Weston Hall (photographer); Young Living Essential Oils (client)

36. Social House Vodka

CF Napa Brand Design, Napa, CA; www.cfnapa.com: David Schuemann, Kevin Reeves (creative directors), Antonio Rivera (art director/designer); Social House Distilling (client)

37. Soren West

TRÜF, Santa Monica, CA; www.trufcreative.com: Adam Goldberg (creative director/art director/designer), Monika Kehrer (designer); Soren West (client)

38. Stadium Sessions Poster Series


CSU Creative Services, Fort Collins, CO; www.creativeservices.colostate.edu: Elias Martinez (creative director), Cameron Nelson (art director/designer), Allie Ogg, Adam Mendez, Sergey Grigoryan, Elle Levy (designers); Colorado State University (client)


39. Starbucks Reserve Local Edition

Starbucks Global Creative Studio, Seattle; www.starbucks.com: Ben Nelson, Jennifer Quotson, Andy Brawner (creative directors), Marisa Crane (art director/designer), Bridget Gahagan, London Dewey (designers), Stef Hu (writer); Starbucks Coffee Company (client)

40. Stout Identity Posters

Stout Design Inc., San Francisco; www.stoutsf.com: Brian Gunderson, Ryan Meis (creative directors), Jordan Cullen, Ryan Bosse (art directors/designers); Stout Design Inc. (client)


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