Graphic design students create “Graphics Extraordinaire 2021” for The Brick

Diana Estey’s colorful poster on the Futura font is part of the “Graphics Extraordinaire” collection which will be presented at the Brick from September 27 to December 3.

Typography homework in two of Jayna Conkey’s graphic design classes at Western Nevada College turned into posters for her students, becoming an art exhibit presented by the Capital City Arts Initiative.
Posters created by eight students will be on display in the “Graphics Extraordinaire 2021” exhibition from September 27 to December 3 at the Community Development Building (more commonly known as the Brick). The students who designed the posters are Ayla Charles, Diana Estey, Jacob Flynt, Kelly Kiesow, Jennifer McKenzie, Angel Natividad, Isela Rodriguez and Dylan Sliger.
“The work in this exhibit was created by WNC students enrolled in online graphic design courses during COVID,” Conkey said. “They should be commended for their creativity when working under these conditions. The high quality of their work is a testament to their dedication and reflects the solid foundation they gained during their previous courses in the Graphic Design program.
Conkey’s students in the Intermediate Graphic Design course were tasked with creating posters in Helvetica, Bodoni, Alphapipe, Futura, and Caslon fonts.
“The aim of this project was to broaden creative approaches to typography and design while presenting the story of a typeface,” she said. “Every font (font) on any given computer was designed by someone, probably hundreds of years ago. For this assignment, students had to choose a typeface, then research its story. Next, they created a poster that was to include a biography and image of the character designer, as well as a dynamic display of the font elements (upper case, lower case, numbers, glyphs, and punctuation).
Conkey’s advanced graphic design class created the Milton Glaser and Jan Tschichold posters as a tribute to some of the most renowned designers in the graphic design profession.
“They had to look for designers and, after choosing one, create a poster that reflected the designer’s style – without just copying their work,” Conkey said. “During their research, they must have wondered what characteristics made this designer’s work so unique – what was their ‘claim to fame? An understanding of these ideas helped them create visually interesting designs, echoing the work of Milton Glaser and Jan Tschichold.
The quality and creativity of the posters impressed CCAI Executive Director Sharon Rosse.
“The Initiative is delighted to present this excellent work – it was not easy,” said Rosse. “Professor Conkey’s classes challenged the students and they definitely lived up to the occasion.
The Brick is located at 108 E. Proctor St. It is open to the public 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Isela Rodriguez of WNC created this poster focusing on the Bodoni typeface in a graphic design class.

Kelly Kiesow created this poster about Jan Tschichold in a graphic design class.

Ayla Charles’ Futura poster is part of the Capital City Arts Initiative exhibition at The Brick.

Jennifer McKenzie’s graphic design poster featured Milton Glaser.

Angel Natividad’s poster was about the cast of William Caslon.

Jacob Flynt dedicated his poster space to Max Miedinger’s creation of the Helvetica font.

Clifton L. Boyd

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