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VMSD Announces its 2017 Designer Dozen

The winners will be profiled in the April 2017 issue of VMSD and honored during a celebration later this year




CINCINNATI, MARCH 2017 – VMSD magazine, and parent company ST Media Group, are celebrating the best and brightest young designers in retail design with the sixth annual VMSD Designer Dozen. The 12 emerging stars recognized this year come from retail organizations and design firms across the country and internationally, including Tumi, Kit and Ace, Supervalu and CallisonRTKL, among others.

VMSD Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Acevedo, acknowledges the significance of these designers and their contributions. She says, “This year’s winners demonstrate an exceptional level of talent, dedication and initiative to evolve the customer experience at retail.  From interior designers to architects, visual merchandisers to experiential artists, our Designer Dozen are actively engaged in creating branded environments that delight shoppers and earn their loyalty.”

VMSD’s 2017 Designer Dozen award recipients are:

  • Andrew Lee, Senior Designer, MNA
  • Beatrix Nemeth, Senior Designer, TUMI
  • Chad Webre, Director of Architectural Design, Freshii
  • George Bevan, Visual Display Specialist, Kit and Ace
  • Holly Wadsworth, Creative Director, HWVisual
  • Jayme Schutt, Associate, CallisonRTKL
  • Jeff Wietrzykowski, Design Director, Brand Environments, Chute Gerdeman
  • Kelsey Jacobucci, Interior Designer, Supervalu
  • Ju-Chun Lo, Visual Merchandiser, ARTIFACTS/ART HAUS
  • Meghan Pitt, Project Designer, JOEY Restaurants
  • Sayoko Osada, Senior Experiential Designer, Team Epiphany
  • Susan Strauss, Lead Designer/Owner, Susan Strauss Design

Profiles of the Designer Dozen will appear in VMSD’s April issue and the winners will be celebrated at an event this year, to be announced at a later date.

To read about last year's Designer Dozen winners, click here.

Interested in nominating or becoming a Designer Dozen? Submissions for 2018 will open late December 2017/early January 2018. For questions, please contact the VMSD editors by emailing


About VMSD
Cincinnati-based VMSD (Visual Merchandising Store Design) magazine is the leading publication for retail designers and store display professionals, serving the retail industry since 1897. Every month, VMSD showcases the latest store designs and visual displays, presents merchandising strategies and new products, and reports on industry news and events. Celebrating the art and science of retail design, VMSD delivers information and inspiration straight from the high-level executives that drive this industry. Learn more at



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