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Graphic Design Schools Often Help with Community Designs

A graphic design school was recently asked to submit designs for a local television program.

“Your Public Schools” is a program broadcast on LCTV in Lockport, New York and the host, Becky Albright, was asked to have a logo designed for her TV studio.

Albright decided to ask Karen Krull’s graphic design class at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center for help. Graphic design schools often work with community organization to provide graphics for everything from art murals to television and broadcast graphics.

These types of relationships are mutually beneficial to the community and to the design school’s students. The students get to learn about real-world projects with which they may be challenged during their future careers. Working with “clients” is something that is often simulated during coursework, but graphic design schools need real life example project to really drive home the points that are taught during class.

Communities often depend on local education institutions to obtain affordable (often free) services from students who need the experience. For the students at NCTEC, this came through the request of the LCTV Executive Director for the show’s logo. The students in the graphic design program submitted thirty designs for the program to choose from.

Out of those, twelve graphic designs were chosen to be further scrutinized by LCTV’s Board of Directors. In the end, they chose a design depicting a green chalkboard with the TV show’s name written in the center in chalk-like color and font with doodled designs in each of the four corners.

Graphic design school student Rachel Lewis created the design and was quoted in a local news report commenting on her win. “I was very excited to hear that I won. I also volunteer at the LCTV studios at the Kenan Center so it was cool to be chosen to have my design appear on one of their programs,” Lewis said in the report by WGRZ News 2.

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Graphic Design Schools Partner with Gallery for Exhibits

Graphic design schools work to create new artists in every conceivable form of art.

In some cases, the schools produce online publishing gurus who are savvy to the ways of the web, but in other cases graphic design schools collaborate to produce top notch concept artists, too.

A fine example of such collaboration is Drexel’s graphic design school and a Gallery in Philadelphia that recently coordinated to create a spectacular public display. “Art Ignites Change” is now on display at the Gallery at Market East and officially opened in December.

A senior student collaborated with other students of Drexel’s graphic design school to create the exhibit which depicts the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program as a timeline originating nearly thirty years ago. Randi Dean, the senior, and more than ten other graphic design students were assigned the project as part of collaboration with the city’s program, but only one design was chosen.

Dean’s design is the one currently on display and the graphic design student said she was surprised to be chosen in a report by The Triangle, a school publication. “It was surprising and exciting to have my design chosen, but with that came the nervousness of working with real clients and satisfying their expectations,” she said in the report.

Partnering with local art officials can help graphic design colleges propel students into a new career and bring attention to the hidden talents at their institutions. It can be a winning situation for all parties involved and is a creative solution in many communities.

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program often taps into the talent at the graphic design school, according to Rees who said “This is not the first time we have worked with the program. They will come to us with exhibition needs, which we can then refine into assignments for the students to complete. It is like a business opportunity.”

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Daily Posters Make Graphic Design Student Famous

A graphic design school is bragging about one of its outstanding students this year.

A student at the Academy of Art University used his passion for contemporary events to create a campaign that is getting much attention.

Johnny Selman is a student at the Academy of Art University’s graphic design school who says he “wanted to expand as a designer and grow as a communicator”. He might be accomplishing that, but he is certainly gaining the attention of BBC, a main stream media outlet that is the subject of his idea.

Each day, Selman creates a graphic design poster to illustrate a news story presented by the BBC station. The graphic designer-to-be also has a website, BBCX365, where he demonstrates his perception of the news using skills he has learned at the graphic design school. The designs found on his website are torn from the pages of BBC’s website, he says.

In a report from the Academy of Art institute, Selman says that his story choice hinges on many things. “My goal with the project is to raise awareness of global current events with the American public, so I try to choose news articles that might slip by their radar,” the graphic design student said. He added that he considers what he has reported on recently and adds variety to his thesis project.

The graphic design school reported that his posters “create striking imagery that encourages the viewer to learn more”. As it turns out, his approach might be working. Comments on his website indicate that his designs do encourage them to learn more about the news headline he features.

The graphic design school’s student is becoming famous for this project, too. Selman’s posters have been discussed in Desktop Magazine, GOOD Magazine, SF Weekly, Mission Local, Design Observer, Guardian UK, and of course, BBC News.

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Graphic Design College Students Create Learning Designs

A group of graphic design students from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio recently learned through firsthand experience how fulfilling the job of a graphic designer can be.

The graphic design students coordinated with local teachers in order to create learning aids that were meant to keep lessons fun and educational for middle school students.

In what turned out to be a trip back in time, students from the graphic design college had to reach in to grab their own memories of early education to create the learning materials. Marietta College’s news publication said that senior Sean Kenny was completely satisfied watching nearly twenty eighth graders use a history game he had designed for them. But Kenny said it was a challenge.

“I have learned a lot from this experience. In a way, I was sort of going back to school myself in order to familiarize with the terms that I used for the game,” Kenny said in the school’s news article.

It is a novel idea, to team graphic design colleges with community-based education facilities to enrich the education of the next generation. It’s an idea that this graphic design college took to heart and it seems that it worked out well for both schools.

A Marietta Middle School teacher that worked with the graphic design college, Pamela Hart said, “I think the project should definitely continue. I think so many teachers would appreciate working with students who have these skills. Teachers frequently end up creating things for their schools or classrooms but don’t necessarily have those graphic design skills like the Marietta College students have.”

The credit for coordinating the event goes to Sara Always-Rosenstock, who says that Hart explained why the program is important and that they will continue with this effort in the future.

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Graphic Design Students and Others Design a “SQUID” Shirt to Monitor Exercise Performance

Students in training for a career in graphic design took part in creating a unique article of clothing that make studying one’s body during physical activity possible without the aid of expensive medical equipment.

The “SQUID” shirt is a t-shirt outfitted with multiple sensors that are linked to an Android application and website that allows its wearer to study multiple facets of their physiology during exercise.

The SQUID shirt is the brainchild of students from multiple disciplines at Northeastern University in Boston, MA who set out to collaborate with students and experts in physiology and sports medicine to come up with the gadget. The prototype was designed with the help of graphic design school students, the engineering department, and several other applicable disciplines at the university.

The name of the equipment is not incidental according to a report from Northeastern University’s news site. Engineering major and senior Alex Moran is quoted saying, “The box and wires in our prototype looked like a torso and tentacles. We wanted to stay away from the normal engineering naming conventions and instead make something more brandable.”

The graphic design model illustration of the SQUID shows a man standing, facing his “audience”. His black t-shirt is affixed with four square sensors on the chest and four more wires appear to wrap around the shoulders and extend to the back of the torso. A small box where all of the wires convene can be seen on the graphic design, presumably hooked on the waistline of a pair of green shorts.

Graphic design school student Ali Aas was quoted on the school’s website stating that graphic design students had a lot of questions about the scientific side of the project and that they were ultimately able to design a concept that was “both visually impressive and also worked with what the engineers and our team were designing.”

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Graphic Design School Produces Pointed Child-Safety Poster

The students of a graphic design school in the United Kingdom recently helped to design signage for Hampshire’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.

According to a news source at Fareham College where the graphic design school is taught, the posters will be used at various health facilities, child service provider organizations, and Children’s Centers around the area.

The new poster discusses the steps adults can take to reduce the risk of SID, Sudden Infant Death, and includes warnings about where children should sleep in their first six months of life and about body temperature while sleeping among other warnings.

The Education and Inclusion Branch Lead for Safeguarding Children, Chris Jones, was impressed with the work done at the graphic design school.

“We are absolutely delighted with the posters prepared by students from Fareham College and would like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment to this campaign which they did at very short notice. Feedback from all agencies has been extremely positive,” Jones stated.

The poster that students designed will be part of a campaign by the organization to remind parents about the effects of cigarette smoke, how to position a baby when putting them down to sleep, and other commonly associated causes of SIDs.

The Vice President of Students and Teaching at the graphic design school, Dr Catherin Richards pointed out that the involvement of the students may have helped keep children safe, especially over the holidays.

“I am so proud of the work that our students do and I am sure that the safer babies campaign that Fareham students have helped with, will help to keep babies safe over the festive period,” she said last month, according to the school’s news publication.

The graphic design school at Fareham is a 2-year program that prepares students for direct entry into a graphic design oriented career or for enrollment in a university degree program.

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Graphic Design School Marks Graduation for nearly 50 Graphic Designers

The students at a graphic design school in New Zealand recently took their traditional celebratory march down Victoria Avenue following graduation ceremonies.

The graphic design school at Whanganui School of Design graduated more than forty-five new graphic designers in December, including both international and home-town students.

As part of the graduating ceremonies, the graphic design school showcased the students’ work at an exhibition detailing their skills. Presentations in all sorts of disciplines were shown, including videos, websites, and animations applied to everything from story books to game applications.  Media present included typography, illustrations, and book designs as well.

The students’ designs represented a clever integration of computer technology and print design according to Dr Eric Dorfman, a special speaker at the school’s graduation ceremonies and the Whanganui Regional Museum Director. During his ceremony speech, Dr Dorfman told the graduates that they were the ones who create connections and illustrate emotion. He also implied that it is important for new graduates from graphic design school programs to stay focused on their futures, prompting them to ask “where are you going” and encouraging them to participate in the topics that are important to them.

The Whanganui School of Design is a popular institution and sent 47 new students into the world with diplomas of varying degrees from the graphic design school, which are conferred jointly with the University of Waikato.

The graphic design students successfully completed their course studies with 34 earning a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design, 4 earning a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (Honours), 4 earning a Postgraduate Diploma of Computer Graphic Design, 4 earning a Graduate Diploma in Animation and 1 earning a Masterate in Computer Graphic Design.

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Persistence Pays for Unlucky UK Graphic Design School Student

A student at a graphic design school in the United Kingdom overcame the odds as she persevered through a traumatic event near the closing of her studies.

Tarneem Mousawi was attending online graphic design classes and only days away from completing her degree when the fire occurred in this December.

Mousawi took her course online in her home and was a resident on the top floor, where escape was impossible before her room filled with smoke from a fire on the lower floors of the building. She was rushed to a nearby hospital following the blaze and released the same day.

Unfortunately, she was unable to save her school work from the fire before being rescued. As a second year student nearing the completion of her graphic design school studies, Mousawi had decided to include a marketing class in her final curriculum and was very close to a submission deadline for her class work.

In order to complete her studies and graduate from the graphic design school, she had to use old files saved on a laptop she managed to scavenge from the smoky room. The staff from the graphic design school at the Interactive Design Studio, a Scottish institution, was very compliant to her situation. She was able to obtain an extension to complete her course work and qualify for on-time graduation – with honors.

This feat seemed to surprise the humble Mousawi, who told that she was so happy she had managed the degree following all of her challenges, but it didn’t surprise those at the school.

“Tarneem is a talented, hardworking student,” and “Everyone at the Interactive Design Institute was were well aware of her position and took steps to support her. However, she rose to the challenge and achieved an excellent degree against all odds,” said Fiona Crosbie, the Director of Student Admissions at the graphic design school.

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Graphic Design College Students Win Card Contest

Students at a graphic design college in Huntington, West Virginia recently won a competition for the best print card related to the holiday season.

Three of the graphic design and art students at the College of Fine Arts at Marshall University were awarded the top recognition by the college’s president, Stephen J. Kopp.

The competition and awards have been an annual tradition at the college for about five years now. Winners are chosen with his help and the help of his wife. Both are fans of the arts and graphic design and came up with the competition as a way to support their students.

“My wife and I were exploring ways to encourage students in the fine arts, particularly in visual arts, to help us by creating a holiday card coming from the university. We also started a series of engraved plates showcasing our students’ work to highlight some hallmark aspects of Marshall University,” Kopp told Huntington News.

Their interest in graphic design and the arts seems to be bolstering the curriculum at the school. Chair of Marshall’s Art and Design program, Byron Clercx says that their support is important to programs (like graphic design) at the school.

“To work at a university where the president is so overtly supportive of the arts is a dream come true. He and his wife have supported the arts in a number of ways for a number of years through their personal gifts. By sponsoring these three competitions and even with the artwork hanging in his office, it means that we are a visible and viable part of the campus,” Clercx told Huntington News.

The winners of the competitions hailed from a variety of the art programs at the school. Margaryta Seliverstova won the print card competition and is a junior majoring in art and design. Morgan Thompson, a senior student in the graphic design college, and John Fowler a junior majoring in art and design won the first place prize for the plate competition.



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Graphic Design Student Wins Four Awards for Internship

A graphic design student in Huntington, WV won a total of four awards this month for work he did during his internship.

Patrick Eason was awarded the four Pixie Awards by the American Pixel Academy, two of which were “Pixie Platinum” awards that are given to only the most distinguished works. The Platinum Pixie Award is the organization’s highest honor.

Eason is a senior in the graphic design school program at Marshall University, College of Fine Arts. He has been working at Rainmaker Inc, a promotions and public relations company in WV, as an intern while finishing his graphic design education.

The American Pixel Academy awards are not reserved for students of graphic design school, making his stellar win even more impressive. Pixie Awards are given to graphic designers in honor of outstanding animation, motion graphics, and effects.

The student at the graphic design school was just one of over seven hundred entrants from around the world. He was also one of only three groups that won as many awards. The graphic design student said that he won them because of three dimensional animation works he had done at Rainmaker.

“We had submitted four spots … two of which involved 3D models. Those two that involved models I handled fully, from motionography to animation. In addition, I created the logo animation at the end of each of the four spots,” Eason told Huntington News.

One of Eason’s professors at the graphic design school, Mary Grassel says she is impressed, but not surprised.  “We are proud of Patrick in the graphics department,” Grassell said. “He has been an excellent student.”

His fellow co-workers at Rainmaker were impressed, as well.  “I have been in this business for 30 years and frankly, Patrick is one of the most talented young students I have ever had the chance to work with,” said creative director Nancy Geletko to Huntington News.