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Graphic Design Students Need Help with Mural

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…

Read more: Students Seek Public’s Help for YBI Mural Project

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Old Beer Gets New Face from Graphic Design Student

Studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Pittsburg lent to one student’s success in redesigning an old beer company’s label recently. Paige Sabedra is the student designer who won approval from Old Frothingslosh – an iconic brew in Pittsburg.

(TribLive) Paige Sabedra’s face graces the cans of a relaunched Pittsburgh beer icon, Olde Frothingslosh.

It’s not her own likeness that is associated with the local brew, but a face that she designed.

The design created by Sabedra, 19, of New Alexandria, was chosen by the Pittsburgh Brewing Co. to be the new face of the company’s Olde Frothingslosh beer, a novelty label associated with quirky humor and colorful characters. Sabedra’s stylized take on Sir Reginald Frothingslosh, a character used to market the brand in its early incarnation, was the winning entry in a logo contest sponsored by the company and The Orion Management Group, a Pittsburgh-based public relations firm.

Sabedra, who graduated from Derry Area High School in 2010, is studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Last summer, her technical design instructor offered students extra credit if they entered the contest, and Sabedra accepted the challenge.

Sabedra, who usually takes advantage of such contests to help build up her portfolio, worked on her logo ideas throughout September and entered her submission by fall’s end.

Through a series of e-mails at the beginning of December, Sabedra learned that she was not only a contest finalist, but also the first-place winner. Her design will now greet consumers of Olde Frothingslosh beer.

“I was excited,”?Sabedra said. “I?had never won a major contest like that before, and I?had entered quite a few in the past,” creating logos and posters for other local businesses.

Contest information provided by Pittsburgh Brewing included a history of the original beer and its previous label designs…

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Graphic Design Graduate Discusses School, Internship

Proving that sometimes a student’s education really begins after college, a Malibu high school graduate (now a graduate from a graphic design college) finds that much of her time is spent building a professional portfolio for grad school. Many students find that it takes many years of investment to reach higher career goals, but in the end they are usually worth it. Jessica Davis at Malibu Patch recently interviewed Lindsay Johnson about her decision to move to New York for graphic design school and what was coming next:

(Malibu Patch) Malibu’s Lindsay Johnson graduated from Skidmore College earlier this month and is hoping to pursue a career in design.

Malibu Patch caught up with Johnson, who is a Malibu High School alumni, and here’s what she had to say about her future plans:

Malibu Patch: What are your plans now that you have graduated? Do you plan on coming back to Mailbu?

Lindsay Johnson: I have a summer internship in New York City working with the external communications department at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which I am excited about because it will let me blend my love of architecture with graphic and communication design. When that is over, my current plan is to stay in the NYC area for a bit and find opportunities, whether at a graphic design firm, magazine, or architecture firm, that will help me grow as a designer and build a strong portfolio for grad school.

I also have a passion for children’s books. I self published a series of children’s books centered around a young Claude Monet for my senior capstone and would love to find a way to have those actually published. It would be great to continue to write and illustrate children’s books. I will definitely be back to visit Malibu though. It is too beautiful to stay away from for long.

Malibu Patch: I understand you are a graphic designer. How has your time in Malibu influence your art?

Read all of Lindsey’s responses: Malibu High Grad Eyes Career in Design in NYC

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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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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.”

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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.

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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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