SASD Graphic Design Sweeps Art Directors Awards

SASD Graphic Design Sweeps Art Directors Awards

UB students and faculty impress judges at the 2016 Connecticut Art Directors Club awards event.

Some of the area’s leading art directors like the work being produced at Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD). Their professional group, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC), presented nine awards to students and faculty from the school for a variety of projects, including limited-edition books, ‘zines, posters and websites.

“I am very proud and excited by the news,” said SASD Graphic Design Program Chairperson Emily Larned. “My students won big for their senior year coursework!”

Graphic design major Terrell Griffith ’16 won five CADC awards, most of which were given for a book and website, both called Practice Makes Better.

Both the book and website won a Judge’s Award. The book won a Gold Award for unpublished student print work and one of the show’s top honors, the Richard  Hess Spirit of Creativity Award. The website won an additional Silver Award for student online and interactive work.

“The Practice Makes Better project stuck with me from the moment I saw it—both the printed piece as well as the Website,” said CADC judge Todd LeMieux. “Such a well thought out project—gorgeous design, restrained, clean use of type and a color palette well-suited for the intended audience. . . .The fact that it kept drawing me back told me just how impressive the idea and execution is, and it made the selection of my judge’s choice an easy one.

A poster that Griffith created to promote Necessary Voices, a lecture series about writing and ideas hosted by the University of Bridgeport, won a Gold Award as well.

Griffith graduated in May and is employed by MillerSmith, a design firm based in Westport, CT.

Other winners:
Senior and graphic design major Michael Christiano ’16 won a Gold Award for his Honors thesis process book, Small Business Redesign.

Christiano graduated in May and is employed by Group C, a design agency in New Haven, CT.

Group publications from SASD fared well, too. The annually published ‘zine (theme: Time) won a Gold Award. The publication was created by seniors in the Studio V Class co-taught by Larned and SASD professor Karl Heine in the spring of 2016.

Larned and graphic design faculty member Melissa Matos won individual prizes.

Alder & Frankia, Larned’s personal publishing imprint, won a Silver Award for her book, Beauty in Transition.

Matos ’13 won an Excellence Award for The Continuum of Care, a brochure she created for the Swedish-based multinational, ASSA ABLOY.

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