2019 Award Recipient
Don was born on a farm in Geneva, Illinois and soon after, developed an interest in drawing cartoon characters such as Fred Flintstone and Mighty Mouse. His ability to create graphic images evolved and refined through college, which advanced him to graduate among the top ten graphic designers in his class at Arizona State University.
Don began his career as a senior designer in Los Angeles in 1983 working for clients in the entertainment industry including Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures, Playboy and others. He worked long hours and gained further insight into the creative process in addition to the operations of running a business. His love for Arizona lured him back in 1986 with a position as Art Director for DuVal Advertising, who had offices in both Phoenix and Tucson.
In 1989, Don transitioned into self-employment and opened Regole Design. He has since received numerous awards for creativity, national recognition in publications for excellence in graphic design, and has been exhibited in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Attaining success can often be attributed to “giving back” and Don has contributed his services pro bono since the inception of his business: Michael Landon Tennis Classic, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Postal History Foundation, American Advertising Federation/Tucson and many others.
Inspiring students is another means of giving back that Don engaged for more than 25 years. Speaking to 3rd grade through university level classes, Don shared experiences with his creative career along with overcoming obstacles while navigating a path toward success in life.
In 1997, AAFT awarded Don the “Tucson Advertising Professional of the Year Award”.