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Regional Design Awards Winners 2018: Midwest


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

Midwest Regional Design Awards


Nancy Skolos, Midwest region judge

Nancy Skolos works closely with her husband Thomas Wendell to challenge the boundaries between graphic design and photography. In 1980 they opened Skolos, Wendell + Raynor in Boston. Around this time, their studio gained success as technology made it possible to make “the invisible visible.” Their partner Kenneth Raynor left the Boston area in 1990 and Skolos-Wendell carried on as a duo. By 1993 their studio had been featured in Eye magazine where they were labeled as “techno-cubists.”


Throughout their career, the duo’s approach has matured and their client base has grown, but they’ve kept to their impassioned roots experimenting with photography and design.


Together, Skolos and Wendell have authored two books: Type, Image, Message, published by Rockport in 2006, and Graphic Design Process, published by Laurence King in 2012. Skolos has been teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1989 and believes that teaching graphic design is as vital as the practice itself.


Skolos and Wendell have had their work showcased in collections at the MoMA, The Israel Museum and the Museum of Design in Zürich. In 2017, the two were awarded the AIGA Medal for their work “pushing the boundaries of art, design and technology with a distinctive vision to find connection among disparate forms.”

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Best of Region


Places for People—Photography


Read more about this Best of Region award-winning project here.

Almanac, St. Louis; www.brandalmanac.com: Nathan Sprehe (creative director), Katie Hileman (art director/designer), Jay Fram (photographer); Places for People (client)


Midwest Regional Design Awards Winners Gallery


1. 2017 Henry Ford Estate Dinner Dance

GTB – The Park, Dearborn, MI; www.gtb.com: Michele Silvestri, Christine Jones (creative directors), Basia Rochon (creative director/designer), Jaclyn Caris (designer); Fair Lane: Home of Clara & Henry Ford (client)

2. 5th Annual 630 Day Poster


Yellow Ranger, St. Louis; http://yellow-ranger.com: Yellow Ranger (creative direction/art direction/design), Andrea Bolt and Backroads Personalization (laser etching); StilL 630 (client)

3. ALEA Expo Invitation

Jajo, Wichita, KS; www.jajo.agency: Mike Gangwere (creative director/art director), Tate Trible, Brian Beyer (designers), Matt Nelson (writer); Textron Aviation (client)

4. Almanac—Heart, Move, Magic Motion Graphics

Almanac, St. Louis; www.brandalmanac.com: Nathan Sprehe (creative director), Katie Hileman, Corey Helling (art directors/designers), Brennan Full (videographer); Almanac (client)

5. Almanac—Website, www.brandalmanac.com

Almanac, St. Louis; www.brandalmanac.com: Nathan Sprehe (creative director), Katie Hileman (art director/designer), Sarah Stallmann, Angela Winschel (writers); Almanac (client)

6. Area


Design Ranch, Kansas City, MO; www.design-ranch.com: Ingred Sidie, Michelle Sonderegger (creative directors/art directors), Morgan Stephens (art director/designer), Claire Harrison (writer); Area Real Estate Advisors (client)

7. Balance & Breathe


Illume, Bloomington, MN; www.illumecandles.com: April Mueller (creative director), Dawn Wenck (art director), Taisha Sveda, Heidi DeLeon (designers); Anthropologie (client)

8. Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room

Design Ranch, Kansas City, MO; www.design-ranch.com: Michelle Sonderegger (creative director/art director), Nathaniel Cooper (creative director/art director/designer), Morgan Stephens (designer), Jeremy Collins (illustrator), Jenny Wheat, Bonjwing Lee (photographers); Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room (client)

9. Design for the Walker Art Center’s 2017 Insights Design Lecture Series

Walker Art Center Design Department, Minneapolis; https://walkerart.org/magazine/categories/design: Emmet Byrne (design director/writer), Aryn Beitz, Ben Schwartz (designers/illustrators), Pamela Johnson (writer); Walker Art Center (client)

10. Emil Milan: Midcentury Master

Wonderfull Design, Minneapolis; www.wonderfulldesign.com: Erika Brask, Dan Saal (creative directors/art directors/designers), John Carlano, Lucy Hawthorne (photographers), Craig Edelbrock, Norm Sartorius, Phil Jurus, Barry Gordon, Albert LeCoff (writers); The Center for Art in Wood (client)

11. FleishmanHillard Golf Tournament Poster

FleishmanHillard Creative, St. Louis; www.fleishman.com: Buck Smith (creative director/art director/designer); FleishmanHillard (client)

12. Gateway Arch Park Foundation Website, www.archpark.org


5BYFIVE Creative, St. Louis; www.5byfivecreative.com: Justin Sherwood (creative director), Michael Lohrman (art director/designer), Nicholas Smith (designer); Gateway Arch Park Foundation (client)

13. The Golden Girl Rum Club Menu

Frank Norton Design & Illustration, Kansas City, MO; www.frank-norton.com: Frank Norton (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator/writer), Rogan Howitt (writer); The Golden Girl Rum Club (client)

14. Handsome Cycles Mobile Shop

KNOCK, inc., Minneapolis; www.knockinc.com: Joe Anderson (creative director/art director/designer), Todd Paulson (creative director), Dave Currie (designer), Dallas Currie (photographer); Handsome Cycles (client)

15. Harness Cycle

Studio of Christine Wisnieski, Cleveland; www.christinewisnieski.com: Christine Wisnieski (creative director/art director/writer), Lauren McAndrews (designer), Paul Sobota, Suzanne Price (photographers), Anne Hartnett, Natalie Ezzie (writers); Harness Cycle (client)

16. Haverford College Viewbook

Ologie, Columbus, OH; www.ologie.com: Jenn Stevens (creative director/art director), Megan Russell (designer), Aaron Beck (writer); Ologie (client)

17. Heart Strings

Terresa Hardaway, Duluth, MN: Terresa Hardaway (creative director/art director/designer); Terresa Hardaway (client)

18. Jacques Penné Penny Mural


Periscope, Minneapolis; www.periscope.com: Peter Nicholson, Matt Miller (creative directors), Kirstin Stahl (art director), Kayla Fay, Briana Vanderlinde (designers), JCPenney (client)

19. Kansas City Art Institute Viewbook

Design Ranch, Kansas City, MO; www.design-ranch.com: Michelle Sonderegger, Nathaniel Cooper, Ingred Sidie (creative directors/art directors), Morgan Stephens (designer); Kansas City Art Institute (client)

20. Kansas City T-Bones Posters

MBB Agency, Leawood, KS; www.mbbagency.com: Garrett Street, Shan Neely (creative directors), Micah Hair (art director/designer), Kevin Brimmer (illustrator); Kansas City T-Bones (client)

21. Merce Cunningham: Common Time

Walker Art Center Design Department, Minneapolis; https://walkerart.org/magazine/categories/design: Emmet Byrne (design director), Ryan Gerald Nelson (designer), Gene Pittman (photographer), Fionn Meade, Joan Rothfuss (editors); Walker Art Center (client)

22. Merce Cunningham: Common Time Campaign


Walker Art Center Design Department, Minneapolis; https://walkerart.org/magazine/categories/design: Emmet Byrne (design director), Ryan Gerald Nelson (designer), Andy Underwood-Bultmann (media producer, video editor); Walker Art Center (client)

23. Mississippi Valley Orchestra Logo

Brad Norr Design, Hugo, MN; www.bradnorrdesign.com: Brad Norr (creative director/art director/designer), Ann Delgehausen (creative director); Mississippi Valley Orchestra (client)

24. MN Opera

KICK, Minneapolis; www.ideasthatkick.com: Stefan Hartung (creative director), Nick Zdon (art director/designer); MN Opera (client)

 25. Mr. Gyros

Design Ranch, Kansas City, MO; www.design-ranch.com: Ingred Sidie, Michelle Sonderegger (creative directors/art directors), Jeremy Todd (designer/illustrator), Claire Harrison (writer); Mr. Gyros (client)

26. Mt. Comfort Coffee

Design Womb, Chicago; www.designwomb.com: Nicole LaFave (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator), Teri Lyn Fisher (photographer), Zach Golden (writer); Mt. Comfort Coffee (client)

27. Orange Bowl Hype Video, www.vimeo.com/248889399

Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, Madison, WI; www.supportuw.org: Jake Groves (creative director/videographer), Amanda Breitenbach (art director), Caleb Weisnicht, Christie Evenson (designers); Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (client)

28. Paceline Chamois Butt’r Ads

Adventure, Minneapolis; www.adventurecreative.com: Mike Fetrow (creative director), Chelsea Brink (art director/designer), Dave Schutz, Thatcher Jensen (writers); Paceline Products (client)

29. Pastaria Nashville Environmental Design

Atomicdust, St. Louis; www.atomicdust.com: Mike Spakowski (creative director), Katie Werges (art director/designer), Greg Rannells (photographer); Craft Restaurant Group (client)

30. Places for People—Identity

Almanac, St. Louis; www.brandalmanac.com: Nathan Sprehe (creative director), Katie Hileman (art director/designer), Jay Fram (photographer), Sarah Stallmann (writer); Places for People (client)

31. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

Ologie, Columbus, OH; www.ologie.com: Renae Erickson (creative director/art director/designer); Ologie (client)

32. The Reading Room at BROWNstone

5 by 5 Design, Minneapolis; www.5by5design.com: Wendy Ruyle (creative director/art director/designer), Diana Lillicrap (creative director), Kimberly Scanlon (designer), Diane Richard (writer), Spacecrafting (photography); Model Cities (client)

33. RTP Innovation Center



Flad Architects, In-House Design, Madison, WI; www.flad.com: Cindy Holzum (art director), Bridgette Grzesik (designer), Mark Herboth (photographer), Andy Cohen, Kristen Yearm-Wise (writers); Syngenta (client)

34. Seed to Serum

Knoed Creative, Chicago; www.knoed.com: Kim Knoll, Kyle Eertmoed (creative directors/art directors/designers), Tru Studio (photography); Seed to Serum (client)

35. Shatto Milk Company: Milk Flavorizers

Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Kansas City, MO; www.wehatesheep.com: Seth Gunderson (creative director/art director/designer), Brent Davidson (creative director), 8183 Studio (photography), Whitney Wade, Tyler Adams, Matt Stacks, Andrew Posch (writers); Shatto Milk Company (client)

36. Shatto Milk Company: Trading Cards

Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Kansas City, MO; www.wehatesheep.com: Seth Gunderson (creative director), Joe Wilper (art director/designer), Brian Yates (photographer), Nick Kinney (writer); Shatto Milk Company (client)

37. Souvenir Collection

Illume, Bloomington, MN; www.illumecandles.com: April Mueller (creative director), Dawn Wenck (art director), Heidi DeLeon, Cheryl Corcoran (designers); Anthropologie (client)

38. Speaking of Home

Coyne Studio, Minneapolis: Nancy Ann Coyne (creative director/writer), Michael Haug (Engrafik, design director), Tom Fisher (Minnesota Center for Design, writer), Adrian Danciu (Kinocut Pictures, cinematography), Archetype (fabrication/installation), DesignTex, Big Ink (photo printing), Azul 7, Software for Good (website design), Pixel Farm, Jagged Edge (video post production), Peter Von De Linde, David Turner (photo/video documentation), Ilze Mueller (copy editor), Kamal Mansour (Monotype, non-Latin font consultant), Brad Palm LLC (photo retoucher), Eric Rektenwald (The Lab Digital, scans), Carol Lansing (Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, attorney); City of St. Paul (client)

39. Spring 2018 Course Promotion Campaign

The Ohio State University Department of English, In-House Communications Team, Columbus, OH; www.english.osu.edu: Breanne LeJeune (creative director/art director/designer/writer); Department of English (client)

40. Stay Woke

Ramirez Associates, Chicago; www.jpramirez.net: JP Ramirez (creative director/art director/designer); Ramirez Associates (client)




































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