On the weekend of April 27th, Millersville Design students gathered to be part of the Alumni Design Weekend. The event started on Friday morning with an introductory Processing workshop given by Tim Bieniosek, an adjunct professor for The School of Design and Engineering at Philadelphia University. During the workshop Tim led students step-by-step through a Processing tutorial. Millersville Design student Alyssa Dill said, “I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t heard a lot about Processing prior to the workshop, but Tim explained everything in a way that was very easy to understand. It was refreshing to be exposed to a medium that I am not familiar with. Something I took away from the experience was how much Processing is being used in the real world for things like music videos and other forms of art.” On Saturday morning students met to hear Jimmy Gownley speak about his career in graphic design. Jimmy is a Millersville Alum made famous by his comic series, Amelia Rules. Millersville Design student Noah Jefferys said, “Listening to Jimmy was very inspiring. One of the main points of his talk was to always pursue what you’re passionate about no matter the cost because in the end it will pay off in personal satisfaction if nothing else.” The weekend-long event ended with a portfolio review led by Millersville Alums. Millersville Design student Ty Martin said, “Meeting with alumni was very helpful. I received a lot of advice for interviews, tips on how to build my portfolio and suggestions on what questions to ask companies when searching for a job in the graphic design field.” This weekend was a great learning experience for all who attended and we hope to have just as much success at the next Alumni Design Weekend.
Central PA AIGA Student Portfolio Review, hosted this year by Millersville University, will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Ware Center in Lancaster.
Poster Ideation by Cmd-C Design Club at Millersville University
Poster Designed by Levi Tran MU Senior. Command Creativity (Cmd-C) is a student run, design organization, operating within the boundaries of Millersville University and Lancaster, PA. The club seeks to study the field of graphic design and further explore all other creative industries, opportunities, and avenues of creative thinking. It hopes to foster cooperation between designers and the community, prepares students for the workforces, and inspires a new generation of creative problem solvers.
Are you a High School student interested in Art or Design? If you are you will be glad to know that Millersville Art & Design is offering a summer camp program. Millersville Art & Design Camp is a great portfolio building opportunity for students in grades 8-12 who are considering enrolling in the Art & Design program. Students will be given the opportunity to take introductory classes during the Summer of 2015 on campus at Millersville University. Professor James Pannafino will be teaching four classes in Graphic Design and Professor Wendy Machett will be teaching a class in Sculpture. For a list of classes and instructions on how to register visit the link below.
Millersville University senior, Trey Pinkney, recently submitted his Motion Design piece Project Sunlight to The Creative Conscience. The Creative Conscience is a not-for-profit student awards program for anyone who wants to submit their ideas and make a difference in the world. Trey’s piece was recently received by CCA and is now featured on their Facebook page, in which Project Sunlight was described as a “great example of designing-for-good.” In his design he talks about little things that we can all do to conserve water and change the world, just by making small changes in the habits we do everyday.
Paul Zappia and Colin Ozawa, who together make Down the Street Designs – A team of motionography, design, and illustration that has set out to save the world one project at a time, were kind enough to give a presentation to Millersville Design students. Touching on topics such design process, dealing with clients and the importance of personal projects this dynamic duo inspired the students to bring passion into each and every project.
Kira Dunleavy graduated in the Fall of 2014 and it has taken her no time at all to find a job in the “real world.” Kira is now an Interactive Production Specialist at Rodale Inc. As one of the word’s leading healthy lifestyle companies, Rodale Inc. publishes some of the best-known health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World. When asked what benefited her the most during her time at Millersville Kira said, “I think a huge stepping-stone that helped me land the job was taking a web building and digital publication classes. The Millersville Art & Design Program offers classes that focus on new knowledge and cutting edge technology. Another thing that made Millersville Art and Design stand out among other programs is the sense of a collaborative community instilled inside and outside the classroom.”
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.