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EKU Senior Wins National Poster Design Award

IGAEA winning poster

EKU senior, Jose Soto Hernandez from Louisville, brought home top prize in the 2012 International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) student poster design competition.

Graphic communication and design programs worldwide compete for prestige and cash awards. Students from secondary or post-secondary school may enter and submit their entry through a current IGAEA Member. Posters are designed for Graphic Communications Week which typically revolves around Benjamin Franklin’s birthday on January 17. The theme can encompass anything that symbolizes the power and importance of printed communications.

The winner is announced each July in time for the summer gathering of graphic arts education professionals.

Dr. Marlow Marchant is professor for the GCM 317 Electronic Publishing class that instructs students in the design, creation, and assembling of text and graphical images, including an in depth study of color theory, color management and color separation.

He comments, "Though I have had many students earn top honors in other contests sponsored by the International Graphic Arts Education Association, this is my first student to win the contest for the Graphic Communications Week Poster. When I saw Jose working on the poster I thought that we might have a winner. Jose has a great sense of design and created not only a beautiful poster, but a document where he showed great skill in working with images and typography."

Jose Soto Hernandez said, "Being in the GCM program is really rewarding. I have always loved to sketch and really liked advertisements and the way they influence our lives. But I have many other skills, too. Since I've developed skills in many other areas, I've always thought that having diverse skills would help me broaden the career opportunities available. The GCM program allowed me to do just that. It covers a variety of areas where I can get a career from graphic designer to print estimator - or even run my own printing business - among other things."

Jose is a partner in Dream Walker Social Marketing, a social media marketing company formed by EKU students housed in EKU's Business Accelerator. DreamWalker offers clients a personalized social media marketing experience while connecting businesses and professionals through digital media opportunities. Using this unique customized approach, DreamWalker has matured and plans to move into their first permanent quarters in Louisville.

EKU's Graphic Communications Management Program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering - ATMAE. This program prepares individuals to apply technical and managerial knowledge and skills to the processes and procedures of managing operations from initial design through finished product distribution.

Published on March 22, 2013

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