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Graduating UWF Graphic Design Students Show Off Work At Exit Show

Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO

Fourteen graduating University of West Florida students are showcasing their bodies of work at “Resolution,” an exhibition that wraps up this evening at the UWF Innovation Institute in Belmont-DeVilliers.  

“Resolution has three meanings. The first is the technical one about clarity. The second is the one about our resolve to make an impact on the graphic design community around the world. The third is that the show is the end of our time at school here. This is the resolution of our formal education,” said Katie Butler, one of the students who will receive a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design.

The show, and a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., is at the UWF Innovation Institute at 321 N. DeVilliers St. The event is at the institute because many of Pensacola’s graphic design professionals have offices in the nearby downtown area and the students are using “Resolution” as a way to showcase their work for potential employers.

“We want to show employers we are capable of working in the real world,” said Casey Herman.  “In particular, I want to make sure people understand it doesn’t always have to be about the computer. I still do things by hand.”

Everything in the show is done by the students. They designed miniature drafting tables that serve as showcases for posters and “collaterals.” Collaterals is the term that graphic designers use to describe things that use a logo or promote a brand. Examples include stationery letterhead, envelopes and business cards.

They are even catering the event.

Students spent two semesters designing all aspects of the show. There is a catalog, an online catalog and giveaways. Their portfolios are ready to go in both a print and electronic form.

This article is part of a collaboration between WUWF and the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity.