Anderson University visual communication design major Joy Gippem Cho was honored with the Design Leadership Award from AIGA Indy (American Institute for Graphic Arts, Indianapolis), at their 2014 Student Portfolio Re:View on April 5. Cho was recognized for the quality of her portfolio and her ability to communicate about her work during the event. Her award included a ticket to the upcoming Brand New Conference, where internationally respected designers give presentations on topics relevant to design and branding.
“Presenting myself as well as my work to other designers was a great learning experience, and their constructive critiques were extremely helpful,” says Cho. “I was able to get contacts of several designers and also chat about possible internships. I think one of the best ways to make connections is through these events, so I'm very thankful I was able to go.”
[Photo: Left; Joy Cho, sophomore design major; Right: Junior Katie Miller discussing her work at the Portfolio Review.]
AIGA Indy’s portfolio review is an annual event which brings together professional designers, educators and students from around the state. Students set their portfolios out on tables and present their work while reviewers walk around, giving feedback.
“I brought my first group of design majors to this event in 1991, the first year of AIGA Indy, and the first portfolio event,” recalls AU Professor Kevin Rudynski. “At that time, Indy design professionals were not aware that we had a design major. Today, it is gratifying to participate in this event which now engages together so many of our majors and alumni.”
Design professionals from many prominent Indianapolis agencies served as reviewers for the event. Among them were several AU alumni including Megan (Asmar) Cook (‘09), Fred Leary (‘13), Tony May (‘04), and Joshua Cook (‘09).
Joshua Cook is the president of AIGA Indy and an art director at Pivot Marketing. As he interacted with students, he was impressed with how much energy and pride students had in their work. “I was really encouraged by [their] thoughtfulness and intentionality,” Cook says. “Overall, the students were less concerned about the restrictions of a ‘project’ and more focused on the overall impact it would have on the user. It's great to see the students finding a healthy balance of personal exploration and basic business strategy.”
In total, 11 AU students participated in the Portfolio Review, giving AU the largest representation of all the schools present at the event. AU design professors Kevin Rudynski and Brad McKinney also accompanied the students and participated alongside the other professional reviewers.
Rudynski appreciates the constructive atmosphere set by the reviewers — every year, he has seen students come back from the experience with more confidence in their future as designers. “AIGA Indy is a tremendous resource to students entering the design profession,” he reflects, “and the belief and commitment of the AIGA board to the education of young designers by offering this and other forums is invaluable.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.