Graphic Design Students from FCC Win Regional Design Competition


Graphic Design Students from FCC Win Regional Design CompetitionFrederick Community College graphic design students took home the top prize at the annual “MockUp: Student Design Challenge” for the second year in a row. 

The five-member FCC team beat out six other competitors that included multiple teams from Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University, as well as a team from Frostburg State University.

 The competition was sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a professional design association, and was hosted by Shepherd University on Oct. 28.

“This is a significant accomplishment for our students especially considering how talented all the teams are each year,” said Lisa Sheirer, FCC Program Manager and Associate Professor of Graphics and Photography who also serves as the AIGA Blue Ridge Chairperson for the design competition. “It’s an energetic competition that gives students first-hand experience of what it’s like to work with a real client and create a brand. It was inspiring to see our students take their design passion and what they’ve learned in our classrooms to rise up to the challenge and succeed.”

During the competition, students had to work collaboratively to create design solutions for a non-profit client. This year’s client was The Frederick County Humane Society. The student teams had one week to create a new brand identity for the Humane Society, which included a new website, logo, brochure, business cards, mobile communications, and various fundraising ideas.

 After the week was over, the groups gathered together and each team leader presented the team designs to a panel of judges comprised of graphic design professionals and key members of the Humane Society staff. 

The FCC team members included:
Rob Blumenauer
Diego Camargo
Suzanne Earl
Carolyn Sangi (who will intern for the Humane Society to implement the new brand)
Devin Schlicting

FCC teams have participated in the competition since it began in 2011 and this is the third time they have finished in first place.

FCC offers an Associate Degree in Digital Media Design with a graphics track and a certificate in Computer Graphics. The students who participated on FCC’s winning team are advanced students in the Digital Media Design program.