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Two NKU students win awards at graphic arts national conference

AIGA Awards

Sarah Faulkner and Nayrb Wasylycia with AIGA awards

NKU students Sarah Faulkner and Nayrb Wasylycia won awards at the 2013 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Conference held in Minneapolis last weekend.  

The two visual communication design majors in the Department of Visual Arts submitted entries for the (Re)Design Awards, which recognize designs that advocate strong communities, sustainable environments and thriving economies.

Faulkner and Wasylycia were among 34 award-winners overall and two of seven college students rewarded for their work.

“The AIGA is the largest national association of graphic designers in the United States,” said Julie Mader-Meersman, associate professor of visual communication design at NKU. “This is huge recognition that not only one, but two, of our students earned a place on the national stage in such an important, high visibility venue and competition.”

Faulkner’s award-winning entry, “Share Her Story Campaign,” is a brochure series and website that shed light on problems women face in cultures that impose social, cultural, educational, economic and political barriers on them.

The design project’s goal is to gain support for policies and non-profit international efforts for women in the countries highlighted in the brochures and on the website.

Wasylycia received an award for his “STEM > STEAM Promotion,” which supports including the arts in the emphasis being placed on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes in today’s K-12 curriculum.

By including the letter “A” for arts, it turns the STEM acronym into STEAM, a movement that promotes the understanding of art, creativity, and imagination to provide innovative solutions.

Wasylycia's design project incorporates a smartphone design concept supplemented by printed posters. By putting QR codes on the posters, it facilitates digital access to information and enables the campaign message to be spread online.

To learn more about the winning design entries from NKU students, go to: