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Last Friday, University of Akron senior graphic design students showcased their final portfolios at the The Myer’s Touch Exhibition in Folk Hall. The show consisted of two parts. From 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., professional employers viewed the artist’s work, while the remainder of the event was for friends, family, students and other attendees. The portfolios will be displayed at Folk Hall until May 6.
Among the 36 seniors participating, the following won Best in Show awards in these categories:
Portfolio: Erik Leib
Typography: Morgan Ricciardi
Website: Philip Papantoniou
Identity: Dominic Iudiciani
Takeaway: Tamara Lewis
These artists discussed their inspirations that lead them to be successful during their time at The University of Akron:
Alex Long Graphic Design and Illustration Alexandralongdesign.com “What inspires me the most are the people I interact with and the environments I have been put in. Living in Akron for the past few years has inspired me to become a great designer.”
Bryant Buzzelli Graphic Designer bryantbuzzeli.com “The ultimate inspiration I have is my family. They are one of the most important things that I have. Because of them, I am able to accomplish the things that I do — because they are the ultimate support system.”
Dominic Iudiciani Design, Photography Iudiciani.com “I draw a lot of inspiration from fashion, specifically Rick Owens, a fashion designer based in Paris. This niche of fashion is very modern, angular, and black. I’m also very inspired by the color black and minimalist design.”
Mark McClure Illustrator, Designer, Printer Mcclurecreative.com “Going out and trying new things has inspired me.Just getting out there and experiencing other people’s work has helped me feel as if I’m a part of a community and drives me forward.”
Tamara Lewis Graphic Design Tamaraklewis.com “My inspiration is traveling. A lot of my work has a lot of travel aspects or elements to it. That’s what keeps me going.”