Graphic design

Graphic Design Students Awarded 29 Graphis Awards, Honorable Mentions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Twenty-nine designs by Stuckeman School graphic design students have been honored in the 2022 annual Graphis New Talent Awards competition.

The Graphis New Talent Awards honor winners at platinum, gold and silver levels, in addition to honorable mentions, which are selected by a panel of industry experts. Design categories include Beauty & Fashion Advertising, Book & Publication Design, Branding, Exhibits, Film/Video, Illustration, Infographic, Interaction Design, logos, packaging, restaurant concept design, photography, posters and more.

Twenty submissions from Penn State graphic design students won awards and nine others received honorable mentions.

Fourth-year student Connor Schwenk won four prizes in this year’s contest. His submission titled “Space Oddity Magazine Spread,” which he created in a third-year studio taught by assistant professor of graphic design Taylor Shipton, received a platinum award in the editorial design category. “Cinamobile” and “Lost in Translation Title Sequence,” which Schwenk created in a third-grade studio taught by associate professor of graphic design Ryan Russell, both received gold awards in the film/video category. His fourth design, “Kossman Archives,” with Russell, won silver in the film/video and interactive design categories.

Taylor Kuszyk, a sophomore, won a gold medal in the poster category for her “Beach Boys Concert Poster,” which she designed in the sophomore studio with assistant professor of graphic design Emily Burns. She also won silver with Shipton for “Trapped in Wonderland” in the digital photography category.

Fourth-year students Becca Baker and Cameron Soravilla won gold medals for their submissions: Baker, with Shipton, for her “deVil Magazine Spread” in the design editorial category and Soravilla, with Russell, for “Midsommar Title Sequence ‘ in the Movie/Video Category.

Fourth-year students Jacob Lawall, Scotti Everhart and Alex Rupp received silver awards for their work: Lawall with Shipton for his “Flourish” series in the book design category, Everhart for his “Too Faced Social Media Campaign” with Shipton in Advertising and Beauty & Fashion, and Rupp with Russell for “It’s a Sin” in the Film/Video category.

Sophomore Emma Swayze received a silver award in the poster category for the “Mental Health Awareness Poster” she designed in the sophomore studio with Burns.

Spring 2021 Graphic Design graduates Abby Blend, Cassie Luzenski, Tamar Najarian, Zane Sommese and Megan Tam received silver awards for their work: Blend with Burns for “Figment” in the design branding category, Luzenski with Burns for “Grooves” in the design branding category, Najarian with Burns for “The Zodiac Collection” in the design branding category, Sommese with Russell for “La Jetée in the film/video category, and Tam with Burns for “Castores Beauty” in the brand design category.

Shatakshi Mehra, who is pursuing an MFA with a concentration in graphic design, won a silver award for her submission with Russell titled “Delhi Metro Redesign” in the advertising and healthcare categories.

Anjana Padmakumar, who graduated with an MFA with a concentration in graphic design in 2021, won two silver awards: one for her ‘Stay Sane Covid Kit’ design with Russell in the brand design category and the other for a “Beeism” infographic she created with Huiwon Lim, assistant professor of graphic design, in the infographic design category.

Projects that receive honorable mentions include:

  • “A Blooming Story” by Mehra and Lim in the motion graphics category.
  • “Bloom” by Padmakumar and Russell in the health advertising category.
  • “Dezignfest” by Taylor Mazzarella, a 2021 graphic design alumnus, and Burns in the brand design category.
  • “Features” by Michaela Lucas, a 2021 graphic design alumnus, and Burns in the brand design category.
  • “Good Plants” by Blake Thresher, who graduated in 2021 with an MFA in Art with a focus on graphic design, and Lim in the computer graphics category.
  • “Goud” by Rebecca Larson and Shipton in the packaging design category.
  • “PCH” by Clare Connell and Burns in the vinyl design category.
  • “Skincare Social Media Campaign” by Soravilla and Shipton, in the advertising and beauty and fashion categories.
  • “The Crescendo” by Kristen Campion, Phoenix Chan, Soravilla and Russell in the brand design category.

All of Penn State’s award-winning projects can be found on the Graphis website.

The Stuckeman School is housed within Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture.