Polytech Graphic Design students among the top 15 in the annual Art + Effect poster competition of the University of Cabrini

Hunterdon County The Polytech Career & Technical High school was once again well represented by its designer students in the Art + Effect poster competition of the University of Cabrini for high school students. Four of the top 15 poster designs came from graphic design students at Hunterdon County Polytech.

Cabrini received 126 student registrations across 12 high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois, illustrating the theme of finding solutions to the challenges of promoting community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The students’ views focus on the positive impact of the community on society as agents of change.

Polytech’s winning graphic designers are all seniors in the Graphic Design II class of instructor Cynthia Dailey:

  • Jacob Aguirre, of Budd Lake
  • Jeffrey Gomes, from Stewartsville
  • Joseph Hanley, from Lebanon
  • Patrick Seibert, from Lebanon

“I’m very proud of all of them,” Dailey said of his students’ efforts. “It was a difficult subject, and not as straightforward as most subjects.” Students responded by drawing on their own personal experiences. “Everyone has a unique idea of ​​who their community is and how they represent it.

“Aguirre created images with typography, using the names of social movements and advocacy groups throughout his poster, then applied a gradient to the type using color palettes associated with each group to convey the message of “power in the community”.

Aguirre said: “I wanted to try to make everything work together in the poster with the color and all the movements listed in the background.” He also included websites at the bottom of his poster that match the movements listed on the poster to help people learn more and get involved, if they’re interested.

Gomes is part of a community of photographers from all over the world. He said they all started talking to each other and sharing tips on photography during the pandemic. So, to create his poster, he asked his fellow photographers to take pictures of themselves with their cameras.

“I thought I could use each of their photos in the different blocks that make up the Community of Words to show that we have stayed connected during the pandemic and that we have helped each other with tips, tricks, business ideas and ways. to improve our skills. Gomes, who remains involved in this community today, said.

It took Seibert about three weeks to formulate the idea behind his design and get used to it. “My idea was to promote the community through online games,” he said. During quarantine, Seibert said he maintains a group of players from around the world. “I met quite a few friends during this time, and it reaffirmed that everyone is going through this and that no one has had it easy.”

The connections he made have helped him fight the effects of isolation that come with periods of quarantine and distance learning.

Hanley wanted to understand how powerful just getting together around a table for a meal can be. Perhaps this was something most took for granted before the pandemic. To have the greatest impact, he turned to his classmates for help. “We did a review and someone suggested that I put the text on the table and make the text look like the table,” Hanley said. That’s exactly what he did and landed on the finalist list with his design.

“That’s what graphic design is,” Dailey said. “It’s about collaborating and nurturing each other, helping and nurturing each other and giving each other a realistic perspective every now and then. ”

She said the class provided reviews every Friday for two months. Students benefited from the talents and ideas of their peers as part of their highly focused design program.

“The feedback has been very helpful in letting the designers step out of their comfort zones, try out the suggestions, and surprise themselves. “

Student work was judged on originality, craftsmanship and thematic message. This year’s judges were Michele Cooper, Partner at Cooper Graphic Design; Angelina Lippert, chief curator at Poster House; and Frances Yllana, experience manager at projekt202.

The finalists’ work will be on display at the Gorevin Gallery at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pa., Until January 12.

Clifton L. Boyd