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Graphic Design News

Date: 2016

On October 6, 2016, Christina Bittinger Melito (Art Director for Frank Strategic Marketing and 2006 VCD alumnae) and Andrew Melito (Data Analyst for T. Rowe Price) presented the theory and practice of integrating web analytics in the design process to the VCD 440 Designing For A Target studio.

The information presented during the lecture offered the VCD majors an opportunity to discuss SEO’s (search engine optimization) factors; to analyze UX (user experience) best practices; and to engage with accomplished web design professionals.

On September 29, 2016, the VCD 440 Designing For A Target studio traveled with the Irvine Nature Center to the Baltimore American Indian Center to discuss clan encampment scenario proposals. This Irvine project is slated to open in the fall of 2017 in Center’s newly acquired Bauer property.

Over the course of two-hours, an in-depth discussion unfolded. Topics discussed included traditional encampment building structure materials and systems, encampment lifestyles, and spiritual practices. Next steps for this project will include envisioning the encampment site layout, the walking experience to the encampment site and designing wayfinding graphics.

This encampment design project is just one example out of many service -earning projects that Stevenson University maintains with the Irvine Nature Center. 

Amelia Berninger (left) and Samantha Smith (right) are the winners for the PNC bank scholarship and will work with clients from Mercy Hospital under the guidance of Meggen Marx (center). For this project, Amelia and Samantha will design onesies that “promote the importance of preparing children, particularly undeserved children, for success in school during the first five years of their life.” The onesies will then be distributed to new mothers at Mercy Hospital.

On October 28, 2016 IBM design recruiter, Amber Atkins (aka the “ambermeister”), visited VCD 410 Portfolio Development and Professional Practices studio. Amber was on campus for the day and was the featured speaker for Career Service’s “Steve Talks” afternoon career networking event.

One of Stevenson University’s VCD Alumni, Leneé Freeman, is involved with the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP). It is an organization that is a part of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), which seeks equity and inclusion in the cultural workforce. UALP encourages the participation of groups, particularly those of color, in the management of cultural and artistic organizations. UALP is looking for young leaders, such as college seniors or recent graduates who demonstrate strong commitment in changing conversation into action and making a difference.

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