Surrounded by energetic students and inspiring scholars, designers working in higher education enjoy a meaningful and worthwhile career. Whether by creating student recruitment materials seen by high school students across the country, a billboard promoting the upcoming sport season, or a poster promoting a campus visit from a Nobel Prize winner, UCDA believes that designers working in education impact the lives of students, university communities, and beyond.

In sharing this belief that design matters, and that university designers and design educators can make a powerful impact in the world, students were encouraged to create a poster that visually communicates this idea loud and clear!

For the third year, a panel of design educators from across North America reviewed the 11 entries and awarded a single first-prize and five honorable mentions. The designer of the winning poster will receive free registration to the 2017 UCDA Design Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Denise Anderson, one of the reviewers, notes, “The poster that won is dynamic and engaging. It felt like something exciting is going on in design education (It is!).” Kelly Salchow MacArthur adds, “The winning entry conveys the message in a bold type-as-image approach. I interpret this poster as a window obscuring and revealing the inner thoughts of a designer, a constellation of pieces that must become integrated into a whole, and the contrast of order and improvisation that come into play in the creative process.”

Jenna Woods, Ramapo College

Randy Ostrander, Ramapo College
Megan Ghigliotty, Ramapo College
Cait Wiseman, Chadron State College
Travis Tosten, Wilson College
Julianne Abrams, Ramapo College

Denise Anderson, Kean University
Bonnie Blake, Ramapo College
Denise Bosler, Kutztown University
Ricardo Febre, Humboldt State University
Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Michigan State University
Kevin Smith, Aubrun University
Jane Milike, Northern Michigan University
Pamela Napier, Indiana University

See the winning entries here.