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May, 2014

Showcase of talent

By Gena Checki

Student Design Show Winners

Photo by: Deb Parrilli

Winners in the 2014 Student Design Show pose with their instructors and college officials after receiving their awards. The opening reception and awards ceremony kicked off the nine-day showcase of student work at the S.C. Johnson iMET Center.

Gateway Graphic Communications students had a chance to show their work and have it judged by professionals during the annual Student Design Show at the SC Johnson iMET Center. An opening reception was held April 15.

“The show is a gallery setting of Graphic Communications students’ design work,” said John Mizer, Graphic Communications instructor. The purpose is to have students’ work judged by graphic design professionals and awards are given to first- and second-place winners.

Several categories of design work are represented at the show, including digital illustration, digital layout, multimedia, logo/corporate ID, package design, digital photography, photo manipulation, 3-D design, traditional media and Web design. Between 40 and 50 Graphic Communications students participated in the event and each is allowed to contribute up to five pieces of work.

To participate in the design show, students do not have to be pursuing an associate’s degree or certificate in Graphic Communications. Students who are enrolled in a graphic communications course may also contribute their work. Students must, however, meet the submission guidelines regarding mounting and labeling their work in preparation for the event. No prior faculty approval is necessary, although instructors may assist in helping students assemble pieces for the design show.

This year is the first year the design show was held at the SC Johnson iMET Center, which allowed it to be very visible to the community. Other new additions were the submission of 3-D sculptures and a special photographic display from the Global Scholars international trips.

Graphic Communications student Chris Uran said he entered his work in the show because he enjoys graphic design and creating visual works of art.

“It proves that there is such a thing called luck, which is preparation meets opportunity,” he said shortly after winning a best of show award for corporate ID/logo design and an honorable mention for a digital photography piece.

Graphic Communications student Sandra Schiller won three awards, including the people’s choice award.

“It’s the excitement of people seeing (my work) and winning an award,” she said.

Design Winners

People’s Choice Award

Mac Computer, Sandra Schiller

Digital Illustration

Honorable mention: Mac Computer, Sandra Schiller

Best of show: Lily, Jane Wodarczyk


Honorable mention: Impact Font Poster, James Powell

Best of show: East Side Lawn, Greg Kirstein

Logo/Corporate ID

Honorable mention: Dippin’ Good Skinny Dipper, Nancy Dupont

Best of show: Twenty 21 Design, Chris Uran


Honorable mention: Drawing & Illustration Time Lapse, Luis Pozos

Best of show: Lightkeeper Stop Motion, Lauren McGinn

Package Design

Honorable mention: Garlicky Garlic Dip Mix, Nancy Dupont

Best of show: RISHI Tea Package, Jane Wodarczyk

Digital Photography

Honorable mention: Love is US, Chris Uran

Best of show: Bank of Seine, Jason Lopez

Photo Manipulation

Honorable mention: Melting Camera, Sandra Schiller

Best of show: Only I’m the Sickness, Renato “Jesse” Valadez


Honorable mention: Ballerina, Mollie Gamble

Best of show: Frankenstein, Mario Gonzales

Traditional Media

Honorable mention: Kali on Acid, Steven Samuelson

Best of show: Robbie the Robot, Steven Samuelson

Web design

Honorable mention: Val Danculovich

Best of show: 1146 with the Red Olive Lounge, Justin Sebastian

Life is Big. Be Prepared.