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Friday Field Trip

Friday afternoon Mark and I attended the senior portfolio showing at Kent State University for Visual Communication Design students (http://vcd.kent.edu/). VCD is (as far as I can tell) a mix of traditional graphic design with more advertising/marketing concepts, and some technical training as well. There were about a dozen junior and senior level students exhibiting pieces, and overall the quality was really incredible, and much of the work wouldn’t look out of place in agencies of any size. 

That being said, there were quite a few amazing print designs (business cards, packaging, signage, etc), but it was much more sparse in terms of interactive/web design. Whether this is a function of the curriculum or the students interests, I’m not sure. 

It also goes without saying that someone who excels in print design may not excel at web design, however with the right foundation, training and enthusiasm for the web, they could. 

We talked to a bunch of different students, and there were several who seemed interested in what we do, and had some great work. Some were looking for internships, others full time work, and some were told about the DigitalDay night shift. I think a few are supposed to call for interviews, so we might be seeing some of them in here soon. 

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