Graphic design students in colleges across the world are often called on to help develop advertising and marketing campaigns for local organizations. In some cases, city officials engage schools to obtain services free of charge. This relationship is mutually beneficial, allowing the students to practice their design and project management skills while providing necessary services to the organization. However, one group of students from YSU is asking their neighbors for help to fulfill their design for a business revitalization project in the downtown district.
According to WYTV reports, the students are unable to fund their project – a mural requested by city organizers:
(WYTV) Six graphic design students at YSU have created a mural they want to put up on the windows of the Youngstown Business Incubator in downtown Youngstown as part of the city’s revitalization.
The project is costly and the students are asking for the public’s help to raise the necessary funds.
John Slanina of the Youngstown Business Incubator said the students came up with the idea to improve the streetscape of downtown. He said when the students approached YBI with the pictures, they were “stunned” at what the students were proposing.
The mural is 70 vinyl panels measuring more than 300 feet long and will cover three storefronts. Slanina said 40 companies use the space in the three YBI buildings, and 13 have physical offices there, so the project will impact 350 employees.
The project’s theme is the “metamorphosis of downtown Youngstown” and the mural features bright, vivid colors depicting butterflies, flowers and the jungle.
The students are trying to raise $7,350 for the project by June 29 and as of Wednesday evening, they had $2,887 in pledges. Money has been collected from all over the world, Slanina said.
Slanina said if all the money is not raised, no…
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