West Liberty University Seniors Get Real-World Experience in Graphic Design

Photo Provided West Liberty University seniors in the Visual Communication Design major include, from left, Matthew Layton; Mimi Albon; Shelby Moore; Isabella Pozell; and Emily Artimez.

West Liberty University seniors in the Visual Communication Design major are offering their time and talent to assist nonprofits.

“This is the 20th year that we’ve put out the call to area nonprofits and start-ups that are looking for a little bit of help in branding or web design,” said James Haizlett, associate professor of art. “Our seniors benefit from the experience of working with real clients and these companies benefit by gaining design work that they could not otherwise afford.”

Everything from conceptualization to final product is included in the offer.

“West Liberty University design students have assisted hundreds of nonprofits and startups with logos, posters, brochures, billboards, book covers, presentations, signage and websites,” said Haizlett, who coordinates the program and teaches the senior design class. “Many local businesses have benefited, and it really means a lot to our seniors as they prepare to enter the professional world.”

Haizlett wants to help nonprofit groups that do not have the funds to hire professional designers.

“It is totally free and the only cost to participants is for the actual production of the work, such as print materials, and website hosting,” he said. “This project allows us to better teach students that they can use their talents to help the community and represent the very place that they live and work.”

Seniors this year include Mimi Albon, Emily Artimez, Matthew Layton, Shelby Moore and Isabella Pozell.

“It is surprising what our students come up with every fall — the variety of brand design is amazing,” said Haizlett. “Nothing prepares our seniors better in becoming skilled visual problem solvers in a variety of ways than this class and we are grateful to the community for helping us.”

Haizlett said interested organizations can contact him to receive an application via email at jhaizlett@westliberty.edu as soon as possible because applications are being reviewed and work will begin soon.

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