2017 Orange County Design Awards: The Winners

Jan 1, 2018 · 19 min read

The Orange County Design Awards (OCDAs) are an annual celebration of Southern California Creative Professionals and their work, as facilitated by AIGA Orange County.

New for 2017’s awards: it was free to submit work, and we welcomed a MASSIVE 227 project entries.


We asked judges to award points to the projects that “enhance[d] the value and deepen[ed] the impact of Design and Creativity across any creative discipline or application”.

To do this, we provided a 10-point scoring scale (see the full scale in the Appendix below). Judges gave every project a score based on its own merit — no project was compared to another; students were just as eligible to win as agencies were. To win awards, projects had to earn the following average scores:

Award winning projects succeeded across the following three areas:


This year’s judging panel embrace diversity across creative discipline, location, work environment, gender, and race. We were thrilled to have them share their time with us.

Lily Shen, President of AIGA San Francisco

(Previously Executive Director at IDEO)

Lily is an entrepreneurial general manager and marketer passionate about building brands and experiences that people love. She was most recently an Executive Director at IDEO, a global design company working to create positive impact through design. She has also had key leadership roles at Wealthfront and eBay. Lily has a passion for organizational design, is an advocate for women in leadership, supports and creates mentorship opportunities, and spearheads community and business development initiatives via her role as President of AIGA San Francisco.

Oen Hammonds, Design Principal at IBM, President of AIGA Austin

Oen Michael Hammonds, a designer, mentor and facilitator at IBM, has designed across the gamut — advertising, graphic, interactive and environmental. Oen’s previous work with diverse clients in the consumer, business and technology industries demonstrate his ability to jump in and solve tough challenges. As an IBM Design Principal, Oen cultivates effective and inspiring career enablement experiences at a global scale that promotes IBMs mission of a sustainable global culture of design.

Instagram: @oen.hammonds
Web: www.visualnotepad.org

Perrin Drumm, Founder & Director of ‘Eye On Design’

Perrin Drumm is the founder of ​AIGA ​Eye on Design, a publication that turns a well trained eye on the best new work from the world’s most exciting emerging and established designers. Her previous editorial experience includes senior-level ​editorial ​roles at Conde Nast, The Sundance Channel, and The Architect’s Newspaper, as well as writing cred at​ Riposte,​ Interview magazine, Art Forum, Cool Hunting, Core77, Vogue, V Magazine, and The Paris Review.

Instagram: @aigaeyeondesign
Web: eyeondesign.aiga.org / www.perrindrumm.com

Paul Mendoza, Designer & Copywriter at UCLA

Paul is a graphic designer & copywriter at UCLA ResLife and a design instructor at UCLA Extension. Client roster includes McDonald’s, Logitech, MillerCoors, Intel, and Hasbro. Paul is a proud member of AIGA and membership director emeritus for the LA chapter. His patronus is a St. Bernard.

Instagram: @iamappaulled
Web: http://www.appaulled.com/

The Winners

Agency: Ramp Creative (entered by Michael Stinson)
Project: CWS Capital Partners 2016 Annual Report

Agency: RSM Design (entered by Tory Hoffman)
Project: Parasol Park, Great Park Neighborhoods

Independent: Anthony Acock
Project: ENVirons

Independent: Erin Roach
Project: Derivative

Independent: Jamie Stark
Project: M.C. Pressure Match Box

Independent: Raymund Ramirez
Project: US Currency Design

Independent: Selima Thomson
Project: Women in the Bible

In-House: Chapman University Creative Services (entered by Jeff Brouwer, Creative Director and Ivy Viado, Designer)
Project: Chapman University Getty PST Exhibition Catalog

In-House: Drybar (entered by Jane Moon)
Project: The Texture Toolkit

In-House: BenefitWallet (entered by Janna Cowper)
Project: BenefitWallet Brand Refresh

In-House: The School of Art at CSULB(entered by Jonathan Lugo Torres)
Project: Grad Critique Week Poster

In-House: East Orange County Water District (EOCWD)(entered by Mike Schnell)
Project: East Orange County Water District (EOCWD) re-brand

In-House: Vantari Creative Team
Project: Brand Identity for Vantari Analytical Labs

Student: Elena Beckett
Project: Gemstone Infographic

Student: Emily Atwood
Project: Bubb Bath Packaging

Student: Michael Putra
Project: Calling All Creatives

Student: Ridan Arellano
Project: Oya Hair Care

Student: Ridan Arellano and Jessica Wu
Project: #PAINTITORANGE Campaign — Critical Zone

Agency: Envoy (submitted by Todd Purgason)
Project: TenderGreens.com

Agency: Perelandra Design (submitted by Anton Warkentin)
Project: Badcoffee Brand Identity

Agency: Ramp Creative (submitted by Michael Stinson)
Project: Designing for Print Book

Agency: Army of Moon People (Submitted by Diala Hamdallah)
Project: Sixty One 9th Building — Branding

Independent: Daniel Gross
Project: National Park Geek

In-House: California Repertory Company Theatre (Submitted by Jonathan Lugo Torres)
Project: California Repertory Company Theatre Posters

Student: Winston Elliott
Project: Personal Branding

Agency: PS Design (Submitted by Petre Spassov)
Project: Don’t Be A Bot Promo

Student: Brett Araos
Project: Poly-Kroma

Student: Ridan Arellano
Project: Skitpok

Student: Winston Elliott
Project: HUMAN Quarterly

Agency: PS Design (Submitted by Petre Spassov)
Project: Don’t Be A Bot Promo


Scoring Scale


Thanks to all of our sponsors, whose support allows this event to happen.

Vitamin-T, Adobe, Mohawk, Primary Color, Parse & Parcel, Pantone, Taschen, Pencilbox Photo

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Connecting the professional creative community in Orange County and beyond.


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Connecting the professional creative community in Orange County and beyond.

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