Senior graphic design communication major Jonathan Weed of Columbus, N.J., was runner up in a competition at the conference “Better: Design for Social Causes” held at Princeton University Feb. 28.
Students from across the nation submitted posters that were designed to encourage awareness and activism on the theme of environmental sustainability.
Weed’s work, part of a Design VII course assignment, consisted of a three-part series created to encourage awareness about the effects of global warming on a diversity of eco-systems throughout the world.
Weed said his approach of using an elephant, polar bear and sea turtle in the design of each poster was to highlight that global warming has an effect on all animals.
The competition began when conference attendees viewed an online gallery of submitted work and voted for their favorite. Creators of the top-ten selections were then invited to display their work at the conference and compete for higher distinction.
“Jonathan’s stellar performance in this prestigious competition is wonderful evidence of the ability of Philadelphia University’s Graphic Design Communication students to compete at a national level,” said Weed’s instructor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, assistant professor of Graphic Design Communication. “It is quite an impressive accomplishment.”
At the event, Weed presented his work to the full conference audience and a panel of judges consisting of internationally recognized designers such as William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand, Brian Collins and Abbott Miller, among others. This was followed by a public critique by the judges, who praised Weed’s image-creation skills and ability to construct a meaningful, audience-appropriate message.