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!


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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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Best of Region

LA Original

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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)


Far West Regional Design Awards Winners Gallery

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)

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