Aliya Mood named Arizona’s Designer of the Year

The Arizona Press Club is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Designer of the Year.


Judges: Wayne Kamidoi is an art director at the New York Times, Chris Rukan is a designer at The Washington Post and Kelli Sullivan is the Deputy Design Director for News and Projects at the Los Angeles Times.


Aliya Mood

Arizona Republic

“(Mood’s) pages really show a great breadth of range. The type and illustration treatments on the viewpoint and economy pages really stand out, but the designer also knows when to step back and let the journalism shine, as with ‘The Wall’ pages, which are really well structured.”


First runner-up:

Rachel Van Blankenship

Arizona Republic

Rachel’s work shows smart creativity. She knows how to surprise readers while at the same time exhibiting refined restraint in her design. Excellent work.”


Second runner-up:

Rick Konopka

Arizona Republic

“Rick’s work is smart, clean and well orchestrated. He quickly gives readers a sense of what the stories are about without getting in the way of the reading experience.”

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