AIGA STL Design Show 2011

Laura Javier, Gestalt Theory + Visual Metaphor = Logo Design.

Students, publication garner design honors

Posted by Katherine Welsch May 20, 2011

The Sam Fox School was well-represented in the AIGA St. Louis Design Show 2011, with four students and one School publication garnering awards.

The annual competition recognizes exemplary work in communication design by local professionals and students across a broad range of categories. All entries were produced between February 2010 and February 2011.

The student category is open to junior- and senior-level students enrolled in a college or university design program. Entries may consist of any type of medium.

Laura Javier, senior in Communication Design, garnered Best of Student honors for her entry, "Gestalt Theory + Visual Metaphor = Logo Design." Completed for professor Ken Botnick's class "Visual Information: What? Why? How?" in Fall 2010. After studying how Gestalt theory affects graphic design, Javier produced a book on the subject.

"Laura has an amazing combination of intelligence, conceptual thinking, formal inventiveness, and dedication to a project's completion," Botnick says. "For this particular project she displayed a masterly control over the typographic information balanced against an energetic display of illustrations and other graphic elements. There is a sense of control and playfulness, wrapped in a very convincing and cohesive package.

Javier also won student awards for the following two entries:

"Solving for Pattern Book"

"The Designer's Hippocratic Oath"

Three other Communication Design students—Megan Nadkarni, Logan Alexander, and Christine Stavridis—also received awards:

Megan Nadkarni, "Home Sweet Home"

Logan Alexander, "Plenty of Fish in the Sea Poster"

Christine Stavridis, "Home Sweet Home"

In addition, the MFA 2010 Thesis Exhibition Brochure won professional honors in the Informing category. The publication was designed by Laura Burns Gericke, BFA87, of designlab, inc. Jane Neidhardt from the Kemper Art Museum served as managing editor, and Eileen G'Sell, also from the Museum, served as editor. Professor Stan Strembicki served as the photographer.