Print’s Regional Design Annual spotlights the best and boldest in American design
Santa Fe, N.M.—Dec. 11, 2014—Two Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) student projects and one faculty project were recognized by Print magazine to be among this year’s 350 best designs as part of its 2014 Regional Design Annual, a catalogue of innovative work being created across the United States. The winning designs are featured in the December 2014 issue of Print magazine, available online and on newsstands.
One of the winning student projects, “Laser Etched Skateboards” by Pablo Byrne, also received recognition in HOW magazine’s national Promotional & Marketing Design Competition last spring. The other student project to receive a Print award was a design book, The Importance Of…, that was designed by the SFUAD student collective Hexagono. Produced by Graphic Design faculty member David Grey and created by SFUAD international students Rebecca Alvarez-Alcocer, Pablo Byrne, Suzelle Camou, Marco Lukini and
Ana Caro Villa, the book reflects the students’ graphic design–related experiences during a university-sponsored 23-day trip to Mexico in summer 2012. The Hexagono students have since graduated from SFUAD.
“It’s great validation of our student talent that two of our student design projects are on par with what some consider to be the best design work in the country over the past 12 months,” said Grey, whose own poster design for the SFUAD Studio Art BFA Thesis Show Interwoven was also named a winning design in the competition. “It is also quite rare these days to see a six-student graphic design collective manifest at an arts university—let alone a student collective that produces award-winning work. It’s a beautiful example of how transforming our Graphic Design program can be for international students and the accolades they can earn while they’re here.”
Print magazine’s Regional Design Annual is one of the most respected design publications in the industry, cataloguing inventive work being done across six regions of the United States: the Far West, Southwest, Midwest, South, East and New York City. The Southwest region submissions were judged by Caleb Bennett, design director of Wired and a former art director of The New York Times Magazine and Texas Monthly. Within the region, the three SFUAD projects were the only winners from New Mexico.
For more information on the winning SFUAD designs, visit this link.
Founded in 1940, Print seeks to build a dialogue about design by detailing the intersections of art and culture. The experts who write for Print cover the why of design—why the world of design looks the way it does, how it has evolved, and why the way it looks matters. Print has won five National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest honor. Its editors work alongside those of Print’s sister publication, HOW, which serves as a flagship advocate for the industry, its practitioners and design’s vital role within business environments. The two brands work in chorus to produce award-winning content and life-changing events, such as HOW Design Live.
About SFUAD’s Graphic Design Department
The Graphic Design Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design examines the dual nature of graphic design: as a vehicle for contemplative art and a specialized profession. Students learn the digital tools, craftsmanship, history and theory they need to embark on a successful career path as a graphic designer. They also have the opportunity to study the latest creative technologies at Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand—an international hotspot for digital production—or to study for one year as an upperclassman at the leading design academy NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano) in Milan, Italy. After completing their studies in Milan, a world capital of design, students receive a dual degree: a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SFUAD and a Bachelor of Arts from NABA.