USM Students Named to Graphic Design Magazine’s Prestigious Students to Watch List

Thu 03/10/2022 – 15:52 | By: Ivonne Kawas

Two students from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Art and Design program, housed in the School of Performing and Visual Arts, have made the 2022 Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) “Students to Watch” list.

GDUSA, a prestigious magazine, recognized 101 outstanding art and design students from across the country, including undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates.

Keely Trail, a graphic design major from Northern Virginia, and Hannah Cantrell, a graphic design major from Hattiesburg, Miss. have both been recognized for their talents and have demonstrated professional growth through their programs.

“The Graphic Design program has a rich history with alumni who have reached the heights of the industry, such as the founding of major design agencies, major design agencies, advertising agencies and AIGA medals, the distinction the most distinguished in the communication design profession,” said Jacob Cotton, assistant professor in the Art and Design program. “Like AIGA, GDUSA is recognized as an authority in the graphic design industry.”

Trail says she learned how to create strong, successful designs through Southern Miss’s graphic design program and believes that “as a designer, you need a solid grounding in design theory and fundamentals to create successful and attractive pieces for the consumer”.

As seen in GDUSA magazine, Trail, in addition to his studies, works as a part-time designer for Creative Distillery, a design agency in Jackson, Mississippi. She is also a board member as secretary of the student-run graphic design club. Creative Collective. She plans to start working at a major design agency after graduating in May 2022.

Cantrell says she never expected to get national recognition in a well-known publication such as GDUSA as a student. “Through the Graphic Design program, I feel like I have gained the ability to collaborate with my peers, as well as effectively give and apply constructive criticism backed by longstanding design principles,” said Cantrell said. “I hope to put these skills to good use in a work environment in the future, as the idea of ​​collaborating and helping my colleagues just like I do with my classmates excites me for my future career in design. .”

As seen in GDUSA magazine, she is a USM Honors College Fellow and will be completing a dissertation on these design issues within the next year. Upon graduation, she hopes to explore the full range of her design abilities and broaden her experiences in the art world.

Cotton also pointed out, “The graphic design program has worked very hard for a very long time to reach this peak and to maintain this legendary story. The inclusion of these two incredible students is a testament to their hard work and confirms that our design program is moving in the right direction.”

Graphic Design USA has been a source of information for graphic design professionals since 1963. In addition to the “Students to Watch” list, GDUSA also recognizes “Designers to Watch” and provides other educational information. design.

See the 2022 GDUSA students to watch list. Learn more about USM’s Art and Design program.

Clifton L. Boyd