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Graphic Design Students Design Mural for Children’s Hospital


Graphic design students at a Canadian college recently learned how much of an impact they can have on the world when they created a mural for a children’s center. Interiors, including architecture and décor, can have a huge impact on the mood. This is especially true in medical settings, where architecture, interior design, and graphic design can come together to create spaces that are architecturally pleasing and designed to promote healing among patients. The mural adds an air of fun for children in a medical setting, but also provides happy relief to weary employees working at medical facilities. A balance between productivity and wellness are integral in facility design.


Apr 26, 2012 (Northern Life) – With specific colours chosen for tranquility and energy, Cambrian College design students donated 1,000 hours of their time, not to mention their talents, to create a large mural in the pediatrics unit at Health Sciences North. The multi-panelled handmade mural was unveiled April 25.

Students in Cambrian’s draphic design and art and design fundamentals programs teamed up with the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) at Health Sciences North to create the mural, which measures 24 feet long by four feet wide, and is divided in three sections. “We are thrilled by the generosity,” Diane Belanger-Gardner, administrative director of the Family and Child Program at HSN, said. “Families, staff and patients have commented on how nice and bright the murals are and how they created a cheerful environment.”

During the unveiling ceremony, students at Cambrian College also made a $300 donation to the pediatrics unit… read more from Northern Life.


Cambrian offers a 6 semester program—allowing students to practice their craft for 3 years before entering the industry. Skills and knowledge based training focuses on the fundamental areas of Graphic Design.


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Graphic Design School Incorporates Code into Curriculum

As far as technology goes, many graphic design schools stick to the programs that are useful in the realm of visual art. But RI School of Design’s Digital and Media Department is taking the education of future graphic designers to a new level of understanding by teaching them the other side of visual communications: coding for digital media and publication. Coding is something generally left to web developers and designers, but fully understanding this aspect of design is just one more marketable quality for graduates – a skill that may help them beat their competition in the job market.

Providence, RI (PRWEB) April 27, 2012 –  Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital + Media Department offers “Visualizing Data: Art + Code”, a new summer course devoted to the emerging art form created by the presentation of data through innovative, elegant and artful design solutions. See the course description.

“Visualizing Data: Art + Code”, taught by Kyuha “Q” Shim and offered as part of RISD’s Summer Studies Art and Design Courses, is a 3-credit course open to any interested student 18 years of age or older. The course, held on the RISD campus in Providence, RI, is a unique opportunity for artists and designers of all backgrounds and mediums to understand code and decrypt data in order to effectively convert information into distinctive visual forms of art and communication.

Without needing to know anything about code prior to taking this course, students learn such digital tools as Arduino, Processing and Pepakura, in order to create works that go beyond standard graphic representation to convey personal expressions. Students examine the work of designers and artists like Ben Fry, Jer Thorp, Catalogtree, LUST, Daniel Shiffman and Ryoji Ikeda, and complete a series of short projects culminating in a final project that… Read the entire press release on PRWeb.

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Bands Reaches out to Graphic Design Class for Posters

Graphic design classes are a great way for students to learn about the art, but they are no replacement for real-world practice. Students who are afforded the opportunity to participate in community programs and work for local businesses while in school learn about dealing with real clients. Problem solving skills are critical to success as a graphic designer and projects like Drastic Measures band posters for the students in graphic design classes Maynard High School allow students to practice solutions-driven design:

Maynard — Students in graphic design classes at Maynard High School were recently given the chance to apply their classroom skills in the business world to create promotional posters for the Maynard-based band Drastic Measures, which will be performing in the Clock Tower Cafe on Saturday April 21.

Michael Candela, who started the band, approached the Art teacher John Flynn about doing the design work.

“Kids have fresh young minds. Everything I design seems to look like something else. I was hoping the kids would think about this differently and give a fresh perspective,” Candela said.

He put the group together because he wanted to play the music he listened to growing up; dance music from the 70s and 80s. Candela said he reached out to musicians to put on one show for friends and family. But the scope of the event grew and the band decided to team up with the Maynard Business Alliance and Maynard Community Chest and the one-night dance party turned into a town-wide benefit for the Community Chest.

Candela said Alliance members will sell tickets and Community Chest members will decorate the café, serve as ushers and also sell tickets.

Party-goers will listen to music of the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Earth, Wind and Fire, among others, as well as some rock by Joe Cocker and Tom… read more from Maynard Wicked Local.

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Graphic Design Class Opens Popular Design Shop

Longwood University had a bit of a surprise when a project that was designed to help students in graphic design classes work with the public on real-life graphic design projects. The program’s coordinators wanted to start things slowly, but they soon found that students were excited about the prospect of working in the school’s graphic design shop.

The school’s student paper published an article that quoted on teacher saying, “We were going to have a fairly soft roll-out and it just took off really fast.” As The Rotunda reported, the graphic design class idea turned into something much, much more:

Longwood University’s Design Lab is a mixture of a course and an on-campus club/organization. The stu­dents in this class work with real clients, present real sketches and produce real products.

These students are responsible for many of the posters you see on campus as well as logos you see for local businesses. It all started with Professor of Art. Chris Register and Assistant Professor of Art Wade Lough.

The two men went to the Dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Charles Ross with their idea, which, according to Register, they thought would fall into place with the dean’s under­graduate research.

Upon their idea’s arrival, Register and Lough put together a “special topics class” and got to handpick the first students. They thought this class would be limited solely to the art department, but this was not the case. Register said, “We were going to have a fairly soft roll-out and it just took off really fast.”

Design Lab first started in spring 2010 with a small group of graphic design students. Junior Kathryn Grayson said the class has expanded significantly since its start. The class (although its students treat it more like a true design organization and… read the whole story on this graphic design program at The Rotunda.

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Students Admitted to Program Based on Graphic Design Class Scores

One graphic design school is making access to a graduated program a fierce competition among students. The university of Georgia currently enrolled in a class where the outcome of their final project decides who gets into the next phase of the curriculum.

“Of the 32 students enrolled in the graphics design survey classes at the University, only 14 are chosen to enroll in the major. The arduous process turns students into competitors,” according to the graphic design school’s article on

Graphic design students must become acquainted with competition, however. The graphic design market it a highly competitive arena where plenty of graduates are vying for similar jobs. Some students have to adapt their social skills to accommodate the competition:

“Because it is so competitive, you can’t make friends because you kind of want them to get cut,” said Kaitlyn O’Connor, a senior graphic design major. “It is ridiculous in hindsight, but during it, it was a really heated competition.”

In order to apply to the graphic design major, students must register for a graphic design survey class, ARGD 2010. The work they produce in the class is used as their application for the program.

Richard Morgan, a senior graphic design major, said the class is a “history of graphic design put to practice.”

He said participants make renditions of each era, sometimes spending several hours perfecting their work.

They then submit the portfolio for faculty to judge and critique at the end of the semester. Morgan added that faculty also take into account how dedicated students are and how researched their projects are.

“It was a very stressful [experience],” he said. “I had to be very competitive and strong about it. We literally almost fought for it. We all visited professors after class hours, talking about what we could do to be better in the class.”

Junior Sarah Lawrence, who is also an editorial cartoonist for The Red & Black, said she decided it would be easier to sleep through the decision process.

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Graphic Design Students Appreciate Tough Professors

Graphic design school is challenging, which is one of the many reasons a good education from an accredited college is an important step for any would-be graphic designer. Students find that registering for classes can be as stressful as the curriculum itself, but thanks to some hard-nosed teachers those students are grateful for their choices later one. Teacher Wendy Shapiro recently lifted the veil and explains why some graphic design classes are so hard and how that helps the student:

The moment before registering for classes can evoke a variety of emotions among students. Some experience excitement as they take a step closer to graduation. Others lose sleep from the fear of registering for a required course instructed by a professor known for stringent grading and high demands. Their fingers tremble with trepidation as they make the mouse click of no return. Many students, however, look back at their experiences with these instructors and realize signing up for a class was a decision they would never regret.

Graphic design professor Wendy Shapiro is known for her attention to detail and high expectations of students. While they acknowledge the difficulty of her class, Shapiro’s students agree they’re better graphic designers because of it.

Shapiro hails from Norristown, Penn., a small town outside of Philadelphia. Growing up in a family rich with a history of educators, she seemed destined to follow their footsteps. However, after taking four years of graphic design in high school, her love for the subject created a difficult decision for which career path to take. She eventually decided to switch majors from education to graphic design for her last two years of undergraduate study.

“I thought I would get tired of teaching after a period of time and my grades were so much better in graphic design,” Shapiro said.

She went on to work for the North County Times as its marketing and advertising designer. Instructional Technology Services at San Diego State also utilized her services as a graphic designer.

Read the rest of her story at The Daily Aztec.

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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.

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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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Competition Now Open for Students of Graphic Design

The  Taiwan International Design Competition is now calling for submissions from students of graphic design schools and professionals.

The Taiwan International Design Competition entering its 11th consecutive year. In the 11 years of its existence, it has received tens of thousands of entries from nearly 50 countries.

International design authorities are invited each year to serve as our jurors. The jurors selected the most producible works and works possessing the characteristics of future trends as the winners. After a decade since its establishment, we have seen past winners of the competition increasingly emerge as young designers in the design industry. We are delighted to see their achievements and hope that winners in time to come will become the rising stars of the future.

Theme is “Maximinimization”:

Design is a kind of magic from the heart of the designers. Observing the subtle psyche of consumers, and giving expression to their needs in products – such is what design is! Designer brings an enormous amount of creativity with carefulness. This is just like people from the Orient who use the smallest seal to make their greatest commitment with their heart. Likewise, simple and easy steps are employed to complete a complex and difficult operation, employing minimum resources to create maximum effect.


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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.