Academy of Art’s Graphic Design School Presents Five Alumni with Design Show Awards

Academy of Art’s Graphic Design School Presents Five Alumni with Design Show Awards

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 26, 2008

The Academy of Art University School of Graphic Design held its second annual Alumni Homecoming event this past Thursday, November 13. The event, with a crowd of over 125 people, celebrated the professional work of the School of Graphic Design alums with the inaugural Alumni Design Show exhibit and awards presentation.

More than 100 pieces of real-world work designed by alums were on display and will remain on display until December 2, 2008. Academy of Art University’s design school alumni have designed logos, packaging, identity, posters, annual reports, brochures, exhibits, displays, and specialty pieces for some of the most well-known international brands. The Alumni Design Show exhibit includes work from clients such as Kettle Brand® Potato Chips, Clif ® Bar, Diet Coke®, XBOX® 360 Arcade, The NorthFace, See magazine, Pixar Animation Studios, Coors® Brewing Company, Williams Sonoma®, and Jack Daniels®.

The Alumni Design Show was a juried competition awarding five top honors. Noted design industry leaders Michele Ronsen, Vice President and Creative Director, Wells Fargo, San Francisco; and Ron Miriello, Director, Miriello Grafico, San Diego selected five winners to receive the School of Graphic Design Homecoming ’08 red house award:

Ed O’Brien, Hybrid Design, San Francisco, was awarded for his Impact Teen Driver campaign. A campaign focused on the dangers of text messaging while driving.

Sheri Kuniyuki, Michael Osborne Design, San Francisco, won for the Dutch Courage book, a letter pressed case-bound book.

Erik Adams, San Francisco-based Cahan Associates, won for his work on the Herman Miller See magazine.

Erik Adams also won a second award for the Morrison and Forrester website.

Jure Guvran, Chen Design, San Francisco, won for his Scape Goat toys, his thesis project that was later developed and is now being marketed.

“It is amazing to see all of this work in one room, and to realize that we had the pleasure of teaching the creators of such wonderful design. We are so proud of them all. The Alumni Design Show is a great way for all to see what their peers are up to after graduation. We look forward to seeing the work the next Alumni Design Show will bring,” says Mary Scott, Chair, School of Graphic Design.

The School of Graphic Design recognizes design as a cultural force that spans consumer, commerce and social causes. Under the aegis of Mary Scott, Chair, and Phil Hamlett, Graduate Director, the School of Graphic Design is noted for its real-world approach to teaching the art of graphic design, and ardently preparing its students for presenting themselves into the profession of graphic design. Graduates from the School of Graphic Design work in many of the industry’s most prestigious firms.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco:

With over 13,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BFA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 14 different majors, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Multimedia Communications is the school’s newest major, offering BA and MA degrees. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

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