Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
University of North Florida senior Stephen Grimm, a graphic design and digital media major, placed first in the 22nd Annual Student Portfolio Review Competition, sponsored by the AIGA Jacksonville chapter, the professional association for design.
UNF senior Heather Raines, also a graphic design and digital media major, placed among the Top 10 competitors. More than 40 students entered the regional competition, held April 16 at the UNF Student Union, to show off their portfolios and have local professionals review their work.
“The Graphic Design/Digital Media program at UNF is emerging as the premiere design program in the region,” said Dr. Debra Murphy, chair of the Department of Art and Design. “UNF students consistently place in the Top 10 in portfolio reviews of area schools and are eagerly hired by a wide variety of businesses and non-profits throughout the state of Florida.”
Grimm, a Southside resident, will graduate from the University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on Friday, April 29. His work stood out among the other area students in the competition because of his focus on digital media. About half of his portfolio was shown on an iPad, which is an excellent platform to show time-based media.
His specific area of interest is in motion graphics and he hopes to land a job with a production house. While at UNF, he has had the opportunity to intern with Drips Black, a North Florida-based company that has become a fresh new force in the Jacksonville design community.
One of the reviewers from the regional competition said Grimm’s work was unforgettable and on caliber with some of the big agencies producing professional work today. “To be able to leave a lasting impression is paramount to engaging design,” Grimm said. “In every project that I am involved with, I strive to bring out something different that will stick with the audience.”
Like Grimm, Raines, a Southside resident, will also be graduating from UNF this week with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is more focused in print design and her attention to detail in making print work made an impression on the judges. She handcrafted a hard-cover experimental book, which really stood out among the other student portfolios.
Student designers at this year’s competition represented the Art Institute of Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, Keiser University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Flagler College, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Florida and UNF.
AIGA Jacksonville was founded in January 1989 and has more than 200 members, comprised of graphics designers, interactive designers, illustrators, copywriters, educators and design students as well as professionals in related fields such as printing, prepress and photography.
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