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Graphic Design School Helps Raise Conservation Awareness

Graphic design students in Dubai recently showed off some of their newest designs. This time, they focused on water conservation and sustainability. Along with interior design and art students, the graphic design students worked on their part of the “We are Water Foundation” and began to put the designs up for display as early as March.

(PR Newswire) A prolific ceremony was held today to award the winners of the We Are Water Foundation GCC Student Design Contest. The regional competition was launched on the 22nd of March 2012, and requested Students of Art, Interior Design & Architecture faculties to design a poster on the relationship between Food and Water. ‘We Are Water Foundation’ is an initiative of Roca, which aims to raise awareness of water as a unique, limited resource, and aims to take action to minimize the negative effects of the lack of adequate water resources through education, health and research, and the construction of new infrastructures.

The ceremony was held at the newly launched facility of The Change Initiative, a 55,000 square feet facility dedicated to sustainable solutions for the home and at work. The awards ceremony raised awareness about the relationship between water and food and the need to reduce our water consumption through a display of a selection of the best Graphic Designs made by students of the faculty of Art, Interior Design and Architecture of the leading universities in the GCC.

Students from universities such as American University of Sharjah, Zayed University (Dubai/Abu Dhabi), Al Ghurair University, American University in Dubai, Ajman University of Science & Technology, Al Hosn University, British University in Dubai, and King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have been invited to participate in the contest. The Heads of Faculties of Interior Design & Architecture of these universities have given their support to the… Read more at PR Newswire

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Public Show Presented by Ohio Graphic Design Program

A college in Ohio is highlighting the work of graphic design students this month, allowing seniors the chance to exhibit their own brand of graphic design to the public. Graphic design exhibitions are common to colleges around the country. In the third and fourth year of college, students are preparing for this culminating event.

(Athens News) May 16th, 2012 – The Ohio University Art Gallery is hosting the opening reception for the College of Fine Arts Graphic Design undergraduate thesis exhibition, “Tangerine,” Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in Seigfred Hall.

Tangerine will be open and free to the public from opening night through May 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, showcasing individual thesis projects from nearly 20 seniors.

According to a news release, “Tangerine is a collaborative presentation of each artist’s approach to design thinking through identification of personal challenges, generation of novel approaches to problem solving as well as shaping meaningful experiences through graphic design research and experimentation.”

Tangerine exhibits traditional graphic design ingredients “while breaking into areas of non-traditional graphic interests through the design and construction of innovative shelving units, indoor plant modules with a focus on improving air quality, and an investigation into the relationship between perception and instinct as they apply to the psychology of graphic design… read more at Athens News.

According to the Ohio University’s graphic design program, “Understanding the role of graphic design within a pluralistic society and a cross-cultural context are essential components of a graduate design education.” By utilizing traditional graphic design principles and allowing students the freedom to inject their own spin on their art, schools prepare the future artists for challenges they may face after graduation. Art shows and exhibitions are often the first taste of real criticism and praise for students, making it a time of high anxiety and anticipation for seniors.

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Students Showcase the Multiple Roles of Graphic Design

Student graphic design exhibitions are all about exposure and, in some cases, the chance to really showcase the multi-faceted world of graphic design. On display and open to the public, major colleges allow students many chances to show-off their craft during their time in the school’s program.

A recent report by Parkland College illustrates the importance and impact of graphic design exhibitions and showcases the art created by talented students heading toward the job market:

(Prospectus News)  May 2nd, 2012 – From May 7 to June 14, the Parkland Art Gallery will begin the Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition. During this exhibition, students will be putting their works on display for a chance to win prizes and to be noticed by businesses and other groups. The event is open to the general public.

This exhibition is very important for the students who participate. In addition to the prizes available, participants gain exposure and add to their portfolios.

According to Parkland Art Gallery Director Lisa Costello, the pieces on display at the exhibition will be quite diverse.

“People who come to see the show should expect a wide variety of design projects,” Costello said. “There are web designs, posters, assignments about typography, map design and types of advertisements like billboards, magazines and signage. Other types of things include business cards, letterhead, menus and even product labeling. Designing Books is another really interesting thing to take a look at. We even have some of the books for sale. The proceeds go to graphic design awards for next year.”

According to Parkland’s Graphic Design website, some of the categories being awarded for are the Graphic Design Best in Show, the President’s Award in Excellence, the Davis Award for Outstanding Talent, the McGown Photography Award of Excellence, the David M. and… Read more at Prospectus News.

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Graphic Design Students to Impress at Art Exhibition

Student art shows are a great way for graphic design students to show off their skills and network with future employers and potential clients. This month, graphic design students and others taking art-related classes at an Ohio College are presenting their crafted art at an annual exhibition:

(PRWeb) May 3rd, 2012 – Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (VMCAD) of Lakewood, Ohio is pleased to announce the arrival of their 25th annual Student Art Exhibition, to be held at VMCAD on Friday May 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The yearly event – which gives students in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design, Digital Media and Interior Design the opportunity to display the technical skills and creativity they have been mastering in the art and design school’s five degree programs over the course of the academic year – features an astounding amount of artwork in various mediums from clothing and jewelry to short-form videos, painting & drawing, commercial advertisements, photography, display art and short films.

Adding to the excitement of the opening night event is the prize money that will be awarded to three winners in each of 7 art categories – Fashion Design/Illustration, Merchandising/Visual Display, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Drawing/Illustration, Digital Media and Photography – judged by practicing design professionals from the Northeast Ohio community who are independent of the art entrepreneurship school.

A Best of Show prize award of $500 will also be rewarded to one esteemed student, and Pat Catan’s Craft Centers will be giving each of the 7 First Prize winners a $50 gift certificate as well.

“The art show and prize money are the college’s grateful appreciation for all the students’ hard work and inventive design solutions they’ve produced all year long,” explained Patrick Melnick, Director of Art Student… see the full press release.

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Graphic Design Students Put Heart into Art for Health

Graphic design students participate in community projects to learn about working with real clients and practice invaluable problem-solving skills. When this type of project is cause-worthy, it can be even more rewarding. Students in one School of Art found were called upon to design art for a public health show:

Yale Daily News – School of Public Health and School of Art students opened an exhibit this week of posters promoting health issues.

“The Art of Public Health” show — which opened in a School of Art gallery on April 13 and closes April 24 — features themes ranging from vaccines, to nutrition and global health. According to organizers, the posters aim to condense “complex” public health information into visually striking posters, while targeting parents, teenagers and Spanish speakers. After the success of this year’s pilot project, the group expects to produce a similar gallery next year, said Vanessa Lamers SPH ’13 FES ’13, one of the gallery organizers. This project marks the first time students from both schools have collaborated on interdiscplinary work, she added.

“We wanted to focus on bringing the ideas we were learning in the classroom to the public,” Lamers said. “So we chose an interdisciplinary project that condensed all that information into powerful visuals.”

The idea for the project, said School of Public Health professor Catherine Yeckel, originated as an outside activity in her “Physiology for Public Health” class. She said the more students learned about the scientific concepts behind public health, the more they realized that they were losing focus on the “public” part of it, to which Yeckel responded by challenging the students to create a public project.

“It’s easy for students to learn lots of things, but they are not often implemented in the community,” Yeckel said. “Students became so creative that they decided to bring the project outside the classroom and came up with this brilliant idea.”

Read more on this graphic design school project from The Yale Daily News.

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Graphic Design Exhibition Samples Artistic Style

For future students of graphic design, exhibitions offer a unique chance to peek into the world of graphic design schools and get a glimpse of the quality of work that they can obtain.

Years of hard work at a graphic design school typically culminates with a senior exhibition, which gives students a chance to showcase their work through a collection of graphic designs. Exhibitions are generally free and open to the public, where design firms and others interested in graphic design can get their first impression of the newest generation of artists.

Interested parties in McPherson Kansas can experience such a display at McPherson College through the 24th of April:

As senior studio art and graphic design students prepare for graduation from McPherson College, they have one more opportunity to demonstrate their skill and creativity. The current exhibition at the college features more than 200 pieces of work by seven seniors in a huge variety of styles and mediums.

“I can’t believe how prolific they are,” said Wayne Conyers, professor of art, “The amount of work and the quality of work they create is just phenomenal. There’s such a range here. They’ve all developed their own style, which I think is absolutely wonderful.”

The work is on display in McPherson College’s Friendship Hall through April 24, with a reception for the artists from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 22.

Bethany Schoenwetter, McPherson, Kan., works mostly in large, broadly sketched human figures in monochromatic colors. In this exhibit, her work mostly consists of charcoal drawings inspired by classical figures in paintings and sculpture, but with the faces replaced by people she knows. Also in her work are intriguing figures of dancers in India ink over yellowed sheet music.

Just across the hall, Wes Story, Little Elm, Texas, has displayed two motorcycles he designed, as well as works in a variety of mediums with a Western theme uniting them.

Read more from McPherson College here.

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Graphic Design School Portfolios – Reviewed by ADC

Each year in graphic design schools around the country, student designers are working hard to build their portfolio – a file full of designs, plans, and accomplishments that will help them land jobs following graduation.  Some students need to begin building their portfolios from their first year in school so that they can then apply for graduate programs in the future.

Students need not wait until it’s time to apply to that graduate program or to apply for their very first job in graphic design, however. Each year, the Art Directors Club hosts an annual portfolio review for students in graphic design schools and other creative arts arenas.

The newest class of young talent in advertising, design and interactive will once again assemble in New York for the Art Directors Club National Student Portfolio Review, taking place April 30-May 2 at the ADC Gallery.

This prestigious, invitation-only review event features participation from dozens of the nation’s leading visual communications schools and their top student talent. Each year, dozens of creatives working in advertising, design and interactive volunteer their time to review portfolios from 300 of the most promising graduating seniors in advertising and graphic design nominated by selected faculty members. The program was the industry’s first to add an entire separate day devoted to Interactive reviews.

The annual event is segmented by day: April 30 for Design reviewing, May 1 for Advertising and May 2 for Interactive. Each day runs noon-6:00 pm, and creatives can spend all or part of the day at the ADC Gallery meeting with students and reviewing portfolios. Lunch will be served, along with flavorful shaved ice courtesy of People’s Pops.

This year’s review sections are chaired by three top creative leaders: Joe Marianek, associate partner, Pentagram (Design, April 30); James Cooper, chief creative innovation officer, JWT New York (Advertising, May 1) and Kash Sree, former chief creative officer, SS+K (Interactive, May 2).

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Graphic Design School Hosts Conference for Teens

Graphic design students and instructors recently held a conference in Salt Lake City for teenagers who might be interested in the field of graphic design. Although high school students across the nation are becoming more and more exposed to computer systems and design principles through vocational programs in web and graphic design, many are overwhelmed at the prospect of design.

The annual conference of the Academy of Information Technology convened on Wednesday, March 21, to host kids from five Utah school districts and reinforce the AOIT objective of offering better ways for students to learn. As a member program of the National Academy Foundation, a national network that supports the extracurricular development of professional and personal success, AOIT has branches to work with high school students all over the country.

Director of the local AOIT board Patricia Isom expressed the board’s desire to not only provide young students with education and opportunities, but to also build and maintain interest in the field, which Isom hopes will be contagious.

“We want to not only give students an idea of what’s available to them, but to wow them,” Isom said.

After the buzz of teenage chatter died down in the spacious conference hall before the keynote presentation, Jason Bangerter, adjunct instructor at UVU and owner of the nationally recognized design firm, “Struck,”explained to the students that both form and function are necessary for appealing interactions on the Internet.

As part of his presentation about design-emphasized engineering, Bangerter invited four students from his class, Special Topics in Graphic Design, to show the high school conference goers their class projects.

(Read more at UVU Review: Graphic design department offers expertise at conference)

The conference hosted by Utah Valley University put emphasis on what is truly possible through a graphic design school and degree program.

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Graphic Design College Gives Students Networking Opportunity

Graphic design colleges do more than teach students about the latest and greatest technologies and design concepts they will need in the real-world; they also teach them how to network with other professionals to set up a web of professional contacts for future success and relationships.

The Salford University’s graphic design classes were awarded a unique opportunity to do just that at an event hosted for not only the current graphic design students, but recent graduates from the school.

Students got the opportunity to spend time with each other and some of the local experts in the graphic design industry. Northern Digitals was also on hand to help add to the numbers in the crowd.

Companies at the event saw it as a way to meet and greet some of their potential future employees, too. They enjoy inspiring young designers as well as scouting out the talent at events such as this.

According to a report from Creative Broom, Joanne Greenhalgh, coordinator of the graphic design school at Salford’s School of Art & Design said that the events are always beneficial to both the students and the companies in attendance.

“The students get advice and guidance from key companies which informs their practice and helps to further develop their career aspirations, while businesses that get involved have the opportunity to scout for new talent,” she said.

The graphic design school at Salford takes three years to complete. At the end of the day, graphic designers are indeed graphic communicators who must be keen to the latest consumer trends and research related to how people respond to advertising.

Like most other schools, Salford gives a little on the term “graphic design” for the more appropriate title “graphic communication”. Networking events by graphic design schools very much focus on the communications aspect of the art.

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Contest Teaches Graphic Design Students about Self-Promotion

A contest sponsored by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) is out to teach students in graphic design classes how to sell themselves to potential employers in the future.

The “Why Hire Me?” contest is open for submission from graphic design instructors on behalf of students until June 15th, with prizes including up to $2,000 and a trip to the GRAPH EXPO 2012 in Chicago.

This is the fourth annual contest hosted by GAERF for student works. The contest is open to secondary and post secondary graphic design schools. Secondary graphic design instructors may submit up to 5 student campaigns, but post-secondary school teachers may submit an unlimited number of student designs for consideration in the contest.

The challenge of the Why Hire Me contest is to create a self-promoting marketing campaign that the student believes will put them a step-ahead of other professional competitors in the job market. To accomplish this task, however, student must consider which type of graphic design discipline they most desire to pursue.

Graphic designs students can choose from a wide array of career paths upon graduation in disciplines including art and design, science, and technology, communications, and business. Within each discipline, the student must further differentiate his or herself by choosing a specific job title, with options like web page designs, multimedia designer, cartoonists, package designers, pre-media specialist, production manager, editor, and many more.

One first place contest winner will be chosen from a post-secondary graphic design school and one from a secondary school before the GRAPH EXPO in October, along with a second and third place per type of school. First place prize for contestants, in addition to the all-expenses paid trip to the expo, is $2,000. Second place will be awarded $1,500 and third place will win $1,000.