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February 23, 2015
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Emily Clawson placed 2nd in the AIGA Blue Ridge FLUX Student Design Competition

January 26, 2015

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.

February 10, 2015
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Advanced Web Design Class visits INOVAT design studio

Invoat imageOn 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.”

September 20, 2014
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Interaction Design Class Studio Trips

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.

September 15, 2014
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Above the Fold Awards 2014



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.


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June 25, 2012
by jadams

Four MU Design students mentioned in Above the Fold contest

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 Congratulations to all mentioned, along with the winners of the contest.

View the Above the Fold awards page here.

View Blake and Mike‘s portfolios.

June 6, 2012
by jadams

Erin Good Featured on How Interactive Design

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.

View How Interactive Design’s post here.

View Erin’s site here.

February 29, 2012
by crcorrao

Ink & Pixels: Congratulations Emilee Hunt!

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.”

-Emilee Hunt for AIGA Baltimore (Source)

Read AIGA Baltimore’s original blog post on Emilee’s win here.

Learn more about Ink/Pixles 2012 design conference here.

Congratulations Emilee!

February 3, 2012
by crcorrao

4 Designers in 2 Days: All Part of the “Week of Design”

This year’s Week of Design will consist of four design professionals including three authors, starting with Todd Miller of the Archer Group.

The week will start of with Todd Miller on Tuesday, February 14.

Todd Miller is a Principal and Managing Partner of The Archer Group. The Archer Group’s clients include many national brands including Wawa, Herr’s, and Chase bank.

Event starts at 6:00pm in McComsey Hall’s Ford Atrium and is open to the public.

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The Week of Design will continue on Thursday, February 16 will three speakers visiting via Skype.

Though these events will occur during class, in Breidenstine Room 206, they are open to all.
Questions? Contact

Brad Guigar, author of How to Make Web Comics
“Web comics and Entrepreneurship on the Web”

12:00 noon
Ellen Lupton, author of Graphic Design Thinking
“Brainstorming for Design and Creative Problem Solving”

Patrick McNeil, author of The Web Designer’s Idea Books
“How Technology helps create visually stunning design: 3 case studies”