Millersville University senior Emily Clawson placed second in the Web/Interactive design category of the Flux Student Design Competition, an annual nationwide motion design competition held by American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Blue Ridge. Students who complete undergraduate and graduate school projects, freelance and pro-bono work are eligible to enter this yearly competition. Clawson’s project, “Twitter Explainer Video,” was completed during an independent study over the fall 2014 semester with Mr. James A. Pannafino, associate professor of art & design at Millersville. “Emily put in multiple hours each week on the concept and development of her Twitter Explainer video,” said Pannafino. Clawson’s work went up against students from well known universities, such as the University of North Carolina, the University of Kansas and Temple University. “I am extremely proud of Emily’s award,” stated Pannafino. “It is another example of the quality work that our Millersville design students in the art & design department can do.”
The “Twitter Explainer Video” will be displayed at the Blue Elephant Gallery of the Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Md.
On Friday, January 30 Professor Pannifino and students from his Advanced Web Design class visited INOVAT. This small digital agency was founded in 2002 by its President, Doug Logan and its Managing Director, Nick Weaver. This agency works with a variety of businesses including “14 Fortune 500 companies, 7 non-profits, and 4 startups. INOVAT focuses on strategic planning, marketing, design and web development. One student, Alanna Kelly reflects- “Going to INOVAT was an overall great learning experience. Before the visit I thought most companies were very static in how they go about doing things for the client but at INOVAT, they really try to get the client involved. They also had an organized and professional presentation that was very informative. This presentation helped me better understand how to utilize my design process to strengthen future projects.”
This past Wednesday, the students in Professor Panafino’s Interaction Design class visited two design
agencies in Harrisburg.
The students talked with the teams at WebPage FX and AndCulture about careers and the working as a team in the industry. Students toured the two buildings and asked questions to these industry veterans and gained insight on the kind of environment they could possibly work in as well as the hard work and determination it takes to succeed in this field.
It was an eye opening experience and was very helpful for these students planning the next step in their careers.
Each year Above the Fold and Adobe team up to issue a contest for growing young minds in the field of Digital Design. The contest is offered to design students nationwide whose work excels in Web, Interaction, and Motion and is judged by some of the top names of designers in the respective fields. This year Millersville University had the most acknowledged entries of schools that had entered with a total of 12 students and recent alumni, who all had very impressive work to show off.
MU Design graduates Blake Rowley, Mike Sohl, and Hayley Harclerode along with current MU Design student Bri Piccari were recently awarded an honorable mention in Brian Miller’s Above the Fold contest. They are all recognized in the category of Web Site Design and will be featured in the Above the Fold iPad app as well as featured on HOWDesign.com. Congratulations to all mentioned, along with the winners of the contest.
MU Design graduate Erin Good was featured as the site of the day on the How Interactive Design website. This site usually features a professional website with fresh and creative designs. Interactive Design is a new technique that caters to all forms of media including mobile devices, tablets, as well as computers through a system of grids that respond to browser size. The author praises her for having a solid and functional design, also for utilizing new techniques available to designers.
MU Design student Emilee Hunt has won a poster design competition sponsored by AIGA Baltimore. Emilee’s winning design, seen above, will be used for the Ink/Pixels 2012 design conference for students. Emilee’s poster will be printed and distributed throughout the Baltimore area.
“This design expresses the relationship that ink and pixels has in design. I used a process of printing and scanning techniques to distort a print of my original graphic. This way it passed through a series of steps from print, to screen, and back to print. We live in an exciting time when ink and pixels can have a beautiful co-dependence.”