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Graphic design students excel in national competition

Sixteen design projects created by graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in the national Flux Student Design Competition.

“This is, by far, the best showing we’ve ever had in this contest,” said Nicholas Stephenson, instructor of graphic design at Penn College.

The Flux competition recognizes projects in seven categories: Identity, packaging, poster, publication, social impact design, UX/UI and video/motion graphics.

Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, captured one of the top 15 honors in the competition, winning the honorable mention award in the identity category for her “Food Delivery Ads.”

Emily Kahler, of Pitman, won two merit awards for her “Design 2019: Student Portfolio Exhibition” in the poster category and her “Adler Planetarium Annual Report 2018” in the publication category.

Meredith Long, of Trevorton, also received two merit awards. Her “Riptide Chocolate Bar Packaging” was honored in the packaging category, and her “Bright Mountain School Viewbook” was recognized in the publication category.

Eleven other students captured merit awards for their designs.

In the social impact design category: Kennedy Englert, of Williamsport, “Oh Say Can You She Children’s Book;” and Ali Petrizzi, of Langhorne, “STEM Web Advertisements.”

In the packaging category: Gavin Hain, of Myerstown, for “The Downtown Dozen;” Anthony Niemeyer, of Red Lion, “Mean Bean Chocolate Bars Packaging;” Madison Shrout, of Petersburg, “Guilded Fine Chocolates Packaging;” Shaina Vanderveer, of Monroeton, “Leviathan Chocolate Makers Packaging;” and Brandon Wolff, of Effort, “FRSH SQZ Branding.”

In the publication category: Andrew Caccese, of Reading, for “Bright Mountain School Viewbook;” and Zoey Graybill, McAlisterville, “Bright Mountain School Viewbook.”

In the UX/UI category: Kaylee Smith, East Stroudsburg, “Fork It Over App and Homepage” and Heather Macpherson, of Basom, New York, “Fork It Over App.”

All designs were created in 2019, winners were announced in early 2020. Wolff and Kahler graduated in May 2019.

Flux is an annual competition recognizing outstanding design work produced by college students. The awards are sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a chapter of AIGA, a national professional design association.

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