Regional Design Awards Winners 2016: East

The Regional Design Awards is America’s preeminent design competition. View the winners of the 2016 RDA from the East below, or enter the 2017 Regional Design Awards.

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Regional Design Awards Winners from the East

For perpetual New Yorker Gail Anderson, it was refreshing to step beyond her city and judge the larger body of work from the East.

“Honestly, seeing so much good work outside of NYC makes me feel like I could live anywhere and be surrounded by excellent, innovative designers,” she says. “As a jaded New Yorker, it’s hard to think of life anywhere else, but the Print Regional reminds me that good design is in driving distance, with much cheaper real estate.”

It was important for Anderson to spend a fair amount of time with each entry and not just be attracted to the “shiny objects,” but give the less-flashy pieces in the pool of submissions a deep look, too.

One commonality she noticed this year was a departure from handmade lettering, with more projects moving toward manicured typography.

“I suppose the shift was inevitable after years of gorgeous but increasingly similar styles flooding the market,” Anderson says.

On the whole, she found this visual trip to the East inspiring.

“It makes me want to up my own game,” says the AIGA Medalist.

[Read more about Anderson’s work and her approach to design here.]

Best of Region

A to A Christmas Card


A to A Studio Solutions Ltd., Stamford, CT; Zipeng Zhu (creative director, Dazzle,, Adam S. Wahler (laser cutting), Johnny Cruz (assembly), Santiago Carrasquilla (photographer); A to A Studio Solutions Ltd. (client)

[Read more about the Best of Region project here.]

East Regional Design Awards Winners Gallery

1. #TYPE


Cynda Media Lab, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; C. J. Yeh (creative director/designer), Christie Shin (art director/designer); Museum at FIT (client)

2. The 1820 Collection


Might & Main, Portland, ME; Arielle Walrath (creative director/art director), Sean Wilkinson (creative director/art director/writer), Morgan DiPietro (art director/designer), Sarah McLean (designer), Knack Factory, Cait Bourgault (photography), Full Court Press, Arm Factory, Table 6 Designs (printing), Intervale Leatherworks (leatherwork); Might & Main (client)

3. A Bit in the Abyss Postcard


metaLAB@Harvard, Boston; Marshall Lambert (creative director/art director/designer); metaLAB@Harvard (client)

4. American by Belief


Howard+Revis Design, Washington, DC; Tracy Revis (creative director), Santosh Dhamat (art director/designer), Nina Reck (designer), Elizabeth Eubank (writer/content developer), Kearney & Associates (exhibit fabrication), CSI (printing); President Lincoln’s Cottage (client)

5. American Voices Poster


Karnes Poster Company, Philadelphia; Eric Karnes (creative director/art director/designer); Philadelphia University School of Liberal Arts (client)

6. Artisan’s Cellar


Neff Associates, Philadelphia; Adam Englehart (creative director/art director), Ryan Mohl, Lauren Hayes (designers); Artisan’s Cellar (client)

“Our design for the new icon is inspired by the last drop of wine from the tap—existing within the ‘a’ for all the artisans that Artisan’s Cellar represents. The minimal typographic treatment reflects the brand’s understated personality.”

—Neff Associates (6)

7. Ball Magazine


MICA Center for Social Design, Baltimore; Ryan Clifford (creative director), Nick Fogarty, Amy Hushen, Olivia Johnson, Alexander Reynolds (designers), Kristen Lengel, Kyle Pompey, Sean Scheidt, Micah E. Wood (photographers); Baltimore City Health Department (client)

8. Baltimore Theatre Project 2016 Season

Spur Design, Baltimore; David Plunkert (creative director/art director/designer /illustrator); Baltimore Theatre Project (client)

9. Beyond the Fleeting Moment: Wilco Concert Posters 2004–2014


Amy Klee, Nahant, MA: Amy Klee (creative director/art director/designer), Lure Design Inc. (cover illustration), Zoran Orlic (photographer), Jeff Tweedy (writer), Lawrence Azerrad (foreword), Joseph Thompson (introduction), The Heads of State (endpapers), Dan MacAdam (title page/crosshair), Justin Helton, Status Serigraph, Nate Duval, Matthew Pfahlert, The Silent P, Factory 43, Andrew Saeger, Mikey Burton (interior spread artists); dBpm Records (client)

10. Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama 2015 Season

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Wall-to-Wall Studios, Pittsburgh; Larkin Werner (creative director), Doug Dean (art director/designer); Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama (client)

11. City On a Grid


Da Capo Press, Boston; Alex Camlin (creative director/art director/ designer), Collection of the Museum of the City of New York (illustration); Da Capo Press (client)

12. D/CITY Issue 7–9


Design Army, Washington, DC; Pum Lefebure (creative director/art director), Jake Lefebure (creative director), Jared Gibbons, Erin Scarena (designers); JBG (client)

“Launched in 2012, D/City was our answer to real estate developer JBG’s request for regional print advertising. Seeing our client had a number of large multi-use properties in development, all concentrated in a specific area of DC, we saw a better way to create buzz: a free neighborhood ‘newspaper.’”

—Design Army (12)

13. Drexel University Online Accepted Student Dragon Kit


Drexel University Online, Philadelphia; Patrick Hennessy (creative director/art director), Anne Toal (designer/illustrator), Steve Whisler (writer); Drexel University Online (client)

14. Einstein 150

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Bluecadet, Philadelphia; Josh Goldblum (creative director), Troy Lachance (art director), Wyatt Glennon (designer), Ksenia Dynkin (writer), Peter Hall (producer), Kathryn Stracquatanio, Mark Llobrera, Sarah Polansky (developers); Bluecadet (client)

“In 2016, the Einstein Healthcare Network celebrated 150 years of providing world-class medical services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area. … The website weaves … original materials into an interactive timeline that highlights the hospital’s landmark moments, distinguished researchers and medical breakthroughs.”

—Bluecadet (14)

15. Environment Everyone’s Business


Design Army, Washington, DC; Pum Lefebure, Jake Lefebure (creative directors), Sucha Becky (art director), Paul Dunbar, Lillian Ling, Erin Scarena (designers); Neenah Paper (client)

16. Fort Point Branding and Environmental Graphics


Stoltze Design, Boston; Clif Stoltze (creative director), Katherine Hughes (art director), Kyle Nelson, Dave Tschiegg (designers); Friends of Fort Point (client)

17. Future Classic


Design Army, Washington, DC; Pum Lefebure, Jake Lefebure (creative directors), Sucha Becky (art director), Gabriela Hernandez (designer); Neenah Paper (client)

18. Hallmark Symposium Lecture Poster


Matt Chase, Washington, DC; Matt Chase (creative director/art director/designer); University of Kansas (client)

19. Haruki Murakami

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Bluecadet, Philadelphia; Josh Goldblum (creative director), Troy Lachance (art director), Caleb Heisey (designer), Rebecca Smith (producer), Kathryn Stracquatanio, Mark Llobrera, Greg Sarault, Kevin Zakszewski (developers); Bluecadet (client)

20. Harvard Review 45 & 46

Alex Camlin Design, Marshfield, MA; Christina Thompson (creative director), Alex Camlin (art director/designer); Harvard Review (client)

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