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Press Release for Monday, May 23, 2016

Graphic Design Students Win at Regional Portfolio Review Competition

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Several University of North Florida graphic design/digital media students recently placed in the 27th Annual Student Portfolio Review Competition, sponsored by the AIGA Jacksonville chapter, the professional association for design.

Alex Balosie won first place in the print category, while Jackson Berger and Ash Shepard placed second and third respectively. Barbara Bond took first place in the digital/hybrid category. The UNF seniors all recently graduated during the spring commencement ceremony April 29 on campus.

“Our students took the top honor in one category and swept the other, which speaks to the quality of our limited-access Graphic Design/Digital Media program,” said Beth Nabi, UNF assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design. “It’s a positive reflection of not only the outstanding talent and hard work of the students, but also the investment of our faculty in these young designers.”

Some of the projects in Balosie’s portfolio included a series of posters celebrating filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s films, a mobile application, Current, designed to alert users to the best surfing conditions and a catalog as well as promotional material for “The Other: Nurturing a New Ecology in Printmaking,” an exhibition at MOCA, a cultural institute of UNF.

A notable project in Berger’s portfolio was a logo redesign and photo book for Gray Outdoors, a company dedicated to raising awareness for struggling environments in the United States. One of the projects in Shepard’s portfolio was a line of illustrative graphic apparel, called LADYBOY, she conceptualized and designed to celebrate the gender spectrum.

Bond had several interesting projects in her winning portfolio, including Rise, a magazine about bread-making, which she conceptualized, named, branded and designed, a series of Art Nouveau-inspired Star Wars posters and a series of Food Network television promotional segments.

More than 60 students from UNF, University of Florida, Flagler College, Santa Fe College and Florida State College at Jacksonville entered the regional competition, held April 16 at Jacksonville University to show off their portfolios and have local professionals review their work.

The AIGA Jacksonville Portfolio Review is an annual event that brings together creative professionals and design students. During the all-day event, students are matched with practicing designers and educators in one-on-one critique sessions. Students get feedback on their portfolio and practice their interview skills as they set out to launch their own design careers.

Following the review sessions, students can elect to enter their portfolio in a judged competition in either the print category or the digital/hybrid category. The entries are judged by a panel comprising the event’s keynote speaker, the AIGA Jacksonville president and three other experienced design professionals from Jacksonville’s creative community.

Portfolios include a range of work, including publications, such as magazines, books, brochures and annual reports, posters, advertising campaigns, branding and identity, packaging, websites, mobile apps, apparel and more.
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.