10 EU students win Flux’s 2017 graphic design contest

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 7:01 PM

Flux, the undergrad and graduate graphic design contest, recently announced its 2017 winners, which included 10 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania students, with locals winning in four out of five project categories. Flux is sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Blue Ridge. 

Out of 758 entries, there were 278 projects declared winners and 11 of those were projects were submitted by Edinboro students. The categories for projects were identity, packaging, poster, publication and web and interactive. 

For the category of packaging, winners included Lydia DeVault-Arn’s “Highbrid Luxury Wine,” Nikki Fair’s “Hawaiian Standard” and Shelby Kirk’s “Stars & S’mores.” 

DeVault-Arn, a senior graphic design major, explained that the inspiration behind her design came from a 2016 summer internship with Todd Scalise, an Erie based artist.

“The name of the piece (Highbrid Luxury Wine) is a nod to Todd Scalise’s company, Higherglyphics. It is also a nod to the subjects he likes to paint. He often paints hybrids of human and plant forms,” she said.

The inspiration for senior graphic design major Kirk’s project, “Stars and S’mores,” came from her 4-year-old brother’s love of indoor campouts. 

“I thought it would be cool if the ingredients for s’mores were packaged in a box that turned into a star map and a little tube you can stick a flashlight in, and [then] it makes stars on the ceiling, so it’s like an all-in-one ‘camp-in’ activity,” Kirk explained. 

“Principles of Motion Graphics” by Kevin Motko and Kirk’s “Design Principles” won in the web and interactive category. 

When asked about the origins and inspiration of “Principles of Motion Graphics,” senior Motko stated: “This project was open-ended other than the fact that it had to be timed to music. I enjoy making my work eye-catching and lighthearted, so I decided to use Jacques Offenbach’s ‘Can-Can’ for the inspiration of my piece. I made the motion graphic a visual performance using lights, circles and minimal color. The ‘Can-Can’ is a piece of music that has a lot of energy and history, so I wanted to display it in a minimal and unexpected way while making a connection to design principles.” 

The five winners of the publication category were Savanna Althof’s “The History of Puzzles,”  Abigail Dewyer’s “Magic of Illumination,” August Galey’s “Edo Period,” Karley Houston’s “Ancient Ceramics,” and Piper Olsen’s “Toulouse-Lautrec: In Life and Letters.”

Olsen, another senior in the university’s graphic design program, created a book project on the life of French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. 

“Since I’m in school for painting and designing, I thought that there was a neat connection there to choose him as my subject matter for the book, as he is one of the few designers that is also taught in art history, because he was a painter and designer,” Olsen stated. 

And the final winner was Jedidiah Micek, with “Madagascar” winning a spot in the poster category.

For those considering entering the contest next year, Kirk would encourage it. “Anything you can do to set yourself apart on a resume is a good thing to consider. It’s not expensive to enter and professors are always willing to help.” 

The judges of this year’s contest were designers Jeffrey Everett, Timothy J. Hykes and Ann Willoughby, artists with clientele like Dreamworks, Fast Company and Hershey’s, respectively. 

There will be a reception for winners on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Cowork Frederick in Frederick, Maryland from 3-5 p.m. The cost is free to AIGA members and $5 for non-members. 

Livia Homerski can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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