Known among students as one of the most time consuming programs at Auburn University, graphic design is among the most desired occupations today. Claire Davis, a senior in graphic design at Auburn University knows all about the time commitment but still loves the program and everything that comes along with it.
According to Jessica Helfand, an author, columnist and lecturer on graphic design graphic design is the most ubiquitous of all the arts. It responds to needs at once personal and public, embraces concerns both economic and ergonomic, and is informed by many disciplines, including art and architecture, philosophy and ethics, literature and language, science and politics and performance. Simply put, it is the art of visualizing ideas.
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Davis explains several different events the graphic design program puts on the help its students. One being Design Interaction week, where professionals in the field come and speak to the students. Students also put on an exhibition to receive critiques and feedback on their work.
Another project the graphic design students take on is Designing Green. For this project graphic design students team up with industrial design students to build a functional object out of 100 percent recyclables materials. This area of design has become increasingly popular with the several current global “go green” campaigns.
All graphic design students are welcomed to participate in both Design Interaction and Designing Green, but there are programs for just seniors. The most important being the senior project; students choose an area of design and create a project to work on for their entire final semester. There are several sessions through out the semester where senior students have the opportunity to receive feedback from professors and other students.
Senior projects will be open for public viewing starting April 16 in the Wallace Center.