University of Central Oklahoma design students will see work displayed on their campus

by Silas Allen Modified: July 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm •  Published: July 26, 2012

— Virtually every college student completes at least one major group project at some point. But most students don't see those projects plastered all over campus.

Not so for a group of University of Central Oklahoma graphic design students who recently completed a major project to help the university raise awareness on campus about an upcoming visit from UCO's accrediting agency.

Chance to shine

The university is gearing up for a visit from representatives from the Higher Learning Commission, scheduled for the fall. As a part of those preparations, university officials tapped Inktank, a class in UCO's design department, to create materials such as banners, T-shirts and posters to promote the visit.

In order to maintain their accreditation, universities must host periodic visits to campus by evaluators from the commission. The idea behind the project was to get students, faculty and staff to look at the visit as an opportunity rather than a burden, said design professor Amy Johnson.

“This is our opportunity to shine,” Johnson said.

The project took about a year to complete, said Chelsea Stewart, the lead student on the project. In the beginning, the group developed major elements for the campaign that would be used on all of the materials, Stewart said.

The group selected geometric, beehive-like designs to serve as the main element of the campaign. Johnson said that design was meant to convey an idea of the structure the university offers, with a certain degree of flexibility.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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