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Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition

  • Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, April 14

Graphic design is a commercial art serving a marketing need. Graphic designers produce visual communication that convey a specific message to a specific audience. The creation of this message is a creative process that often involves generating many ideas for the purpose of selecting the best one. This exhibition was a showcase of such ideas created by the students in the graphic design program at Parkland College.

There are many specialties in the field of graphic design. Many designers specialize in areas such as identity, corporate communications, information design, environmental design, trade shows, computer graphics for television or film. Designers create brochures, posters, CD covers, book covers and interiors, packaging, advertising, editorial layouts, annual reports, type and lettering. Traditionally, the designer's medium has been print. But in recent years, designers have been called on to design Web sites, multimedia presentations, interactive CD-ROMS, information kiosks, and user interfaces for computer software. Graphic design is a collaborative endeavor. Designers will often partner with copywriters, photographers, illustrators, printers, paper merchants, computer programmers as well as other designers.

Because graphic design is a form of mass communication, it must sell, inform, as well as entertain. The best graphic design work balance function with creativity. In the judging process, we looked for examples that were imaginative, witty, innovative, distinctive, unusual, unique, or surprising, as well as the more traditional solutions. Evidence of intelligent problem-solving, risk-taking or a high level of craftsmanship were also rewarded.

Graphic design, like all forms of mass communication, has the power to change the way we see the world. As designers, we produce mass market imagery that alter the landscape of what's acceptable, what's "cool", and what's not. Like television, movies and pop music, graphic design messages are absorbed into mainstream culture becoming part of our collective consciousness, often becoming memorable cultural icons representing the times and places of their origins. In more ways than one, perhaps this exhibition captures the Zeitgeist of our community.

The Mass Communications Faculty
Juanita Gammon, Larry Gilbert, Julie Jacobs, Paul Young

Twenty four graphic design students were represented in this exhibit. Awards were given for outstanding work. The President of Parkland College Award was given to Ben Breen. The Fine and Applied Art Department Chair Award for outstanding photography was given to Genevieve Stone. Elizabeth Birky received the Mass Communication Program Director Award for outstanding Illustration. Kenneth O'Brien and Michael Bowers tied for the Hobbico Award for Outstanding Computer Graphics.

List of Participating Artists:

Elizabeth Birky
Carol Blumthal
Michael Bowers
Ben Breen
Jean Cho
Mary Combs
Michael E. Cox
Lyncoln Delporte
Adam Doman
Kathleen Everingham
Jamey Fowlkes
Seth Frederick

Keith Fuller
Ken Johnson
Scott McDonald
Kenneth O'Brien
Nikki Player
Jennifer Porter
Julia Sinogeikina
Kathleen Skamel
Genevieve Stone
Wendy Tipsord
Tami Tomscha
Pamela Webber

View online catalog of student entries and winners


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.



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