Polytech graphic design students winners of Cabrini University’s annual poster competition | Hunterdon Magazine News

Four of the top 15 poster designs came from graphic design students at Hunterdon County Polytech.

Cabrini received 126 student registrations from 12 high schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Illinois, exemplifying the theme of finding solutions to community advancement challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Student designs focused on the positive impact the community has on society as agents of change.

Polytech’s winning graphic designers are all seniors in teacher Cynthia Dailey’s Graphic Design II class. They are Joseph Hanley from Lebanon; Patrick Seibert from Lebanon; Jacob Aguirre of Budd Lake and Jeffrey Gomes of Stewartsville.

“I’m very proud of all of them,” Dailey said of her students’ efforts. “It was a difficult topic, and not as simple and dry as most topics. The students responded based on their own personal experiences. Everyone has a unique concept of who their community is and how they represent it.

Hanley said he wants to capture how powerful just gathering around a table for a meal can be. It was perhaps something most took for granted before the pandemic. To make the biggest impact, he turned to his classmates for help.

“We did a review and someone suggested I put the text on the table and make the text look like the table,” Hanley said.

He did just that and landed on the shortlist with his design.

It took Seibert about three weeks to formulate the idea behind his design and get used to it. During quarantine, Seibert said he maintained a group of players from around the world.

“My idea was to promote community through online games,” Seibert said. “I met quite a few friends during this time, and it reaffirmed that everyone is going through this and no one has had it easy.”

The connections he made helped him battle the effects of isolation that came with periods of quarantine and distance learning.

“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,” Dailey said.

“I wanted to try to make everything work together in the poster with the color and all the moves listed in the background,” Aguirre said.

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 interested.

Gomes is part of a community of photographers around the world. He said they all started talking to each other and sharing photography tips during the pandemic. So, to create his poster, he asked his fellow photographers to take a photo of them holding their cameras.

“I thought I could use each of their photos in the different blocks that make up the word community to show that we’ve stayed connected during the pandemic and helped each other with tips, tricks, business ideas and ways to improve our skills,” says Gomes.

Gomes remains involved in that community today.

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

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

“The feedback was so instrumental in allowing the designers to step out of their comfort zones and try the suggestions and surprise themselves,” Dailey said.

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 director at projekt202.The finalists’ work will be on display at the Gorevin Gallery at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania through Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Clifton L. Boyd