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Graphic Design Students Present Senior Show

Whether it is through an internship, a thesis, or a final project, each Auburn University senior works diligently during their last semester to make sure they make a lasting impression on Auburn’s campus as a soon-to-be graduate. The seniors of Auburn’s graphic design department are no different. If anything, they are above the rest.

Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Graphic Design will host the Graphic Design Senior Show for the fall 2012 graduates on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Wallace Hall. Each of these thirteen seniors will present their projects in a gallery-style setting at an event that is open to the public.

“We’ve each worked so hard this past semester to make the best projects we possibly can,” said Nina Cotney, graphic design senior from New Site, Ala. “These projects really are a testament not only to how hard we have worked these past few months, but over the past few years.”

Cotney chose her senior project to portray her sweet, southern charm by creating a wedding stationary business titled “Sweet Magnolia” that focuses on a personal relationship with clients to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

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“For ‘Sweet Magnolia,’ I started with examples of three couples with different interests and activities. From there, I picked one couple to focus on for the remainder of my project and created everything from their save the date cards, to place cards, to wedding invitations, and everything in between,” said Cotney.

Kara Hendley, senior from Montgomery, Ala., took a different approach to her senior project. Hendley created a company expressing her timeless style and unique designs. Her company, named "June Sterling and Co.," is a purveyor of fine china and tableware that also provides in-store and at home consultations.

“I created 'June Sterling and Co.' to express the unique approach I always take to my work. I created each pattern myself, and I also put together each piece of packaging I am using in my project,” said Hendley.

After starting the first week of the semester and bringing things to a close right before Thanksgiving break, these seniors are relieved and proud to see things coming to a end. But it will be a bittersweet ending for the tight-knit group.

“We’ve all put in so much work, and I am very proud not only of myself, but of what my cohort has done this semester,” said Hendley. “We are all very excited to graduate and see where the future takes us, but we are definitely going to miss one another as we’ve grown very close over the past couple years.”

Starting Monday, Nov. 12, the senior projects will be on display on the first floor of Wallace Hall until Friday, Nov. 17. After successful completion and installation, these thirteen seniors can consider themselves graduates of one of the top five graphic design departments in the nation.

“It’s an accomplishment just to say that I am graduating from Auburn University,” said Cotney. “But to know that I am graduating from such a prestigious department makes it even better. I know that this degree has not only prepared me from the future, but will set me above the rest in my professional career.”

For more information regarding the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design, contact the graphic design department at (334) 844-2385 or visit the department’s website at 

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