UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Two projects by Penn State graphic design students at the Stuckeman School of the College of Arts and Architecture have been recognized by the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) in its 2022 Student Awards competition.
Jacob Lawall, Annie Princivalle, Valerija Prohorenkova and Jordan Wolf, who all graduated in May, won a Gold Award in the Classroom Work or Assignments category for their project “Break the Binary” they did during their internship grade four (GD 495) with Ryan Russell, associate professor of graphic design, and Taylor Shipton, assistant professor of graphic design.
According to Russell, the students worked closely with creative collaborators who were their clients to develop a relevant and engaging visual narrative for an identified collaborator and product. As part of the course’s final exhibition, students created stylish content across a wide range of media and deliverables featuring the collaborator and the community.
“What stands out most about this particular group of students and their work is their dedication to introducing Opulence, a club here at Penn State, to our community as the enthusiastic and proud club that it is,” said said Shipton. “At every stage of the process, they worked alongside all members of the club to ensure the brand and representation matched the message of the club.”
Fourth-year students Emma Swayze and Clare Connell earned honorable mention for their work in GD 301: Experience Design Processes and Methods with Russell for a project titled “The Monarch’s Journey Event and Promotion.”
The annual UCDA Design Awards honor the best instructional design work – print, digital, illustration, photography and student competitions – over the past year. They are judged by a panel of peer jurors made up of designers, design educators, photographers and illustrators working in educational institutions or carrying out a significant part of their work for educational institutions.
The “Break the Binary” project will be part of the UCDA Design Show featured at the organization’s annual design conference October 15-18 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.