Design 200

about the design200 Project

Alabama is well-known in many areas – as the birthplace of the civil rights movement to space technology and college football. Alabama is also home to exemplary design. To celebrate and promote this rich heritage, the Design200 project commemorates great design in Alabama going back to its early statehood. And there’s no better time to recognize 200 examples of great design in Alabama than in 2019, the state’s bicentennial year.

Sponsored by DesignAlabama and its partners, Design200 includes a photo and short article about each of the 200 selections chosen across various design disciplines – architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design and handcrafters, along with engineering and organizations devoted to design. So, sit back and get ready to be amazed by the many design achievements throughout Alabama’s 200-year history.


The Alabama Center for Architecture is proud to have sponsored and assisted the Design200 project. In helping curate these exemplars of great design, we hope to advance the enjoyment of architecture and design through engagement, education and collaboration.
Alabama Center for Architecture

The Alabama Tourism Department helps ensure that Alabama’s economy gains maximum benefits from tourism.
Alabama Tourism

Our primary mission is to advocate for the collaboration of the design arts and their importance in creating and enhancing place in Alabama.
Design Alabama

The heart of Alabama Power’s mission is protecting Alabama’s natural resources while providing reliable, affordable electricity for our customers.
Alabama Power

The Alabama State Council on the Arts works to enhance quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by supporting the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources.
Alabama State Council on the Arts

To commemorate the anniversary of our statehood, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission’s events and activities center on education, statewide initiatives, and local activities.
Alabama Bicentennial


The purpose of the Alabama Arts License Tag Grant Program is to promote the arts in Alabama, especially arts education, including fine arts, dance, folk arts, drama and music.
Support the Arts License Tag Fund

Jessica Armstrong, writer

Jessica Armstrong has been a regular contributor to DesignAlabama for nearly 20 years, first writing for DesignAlabama’s print journal and now its online journal. She has also been a reporter for daily newspapers and has written for a number of national, regional and state magazines. In addition, Armstrong taught journalism at Auburn University for 17 years. She shares a love of good design with her husband, Don Armstrong, a registered architect and former associate professor of architecture at Tuskegee University’s Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science.

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Jessica Armstrong

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Joel Blackstock

Alice Bowsher

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Angela Stiff

Robert Thompson

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