It’s been a long but productive journey for 22 graphic communications seniors at the University of Houston. Now, they’re prepared to depart UH and begin new creative quests as professionals.
Before they leave the university, these students will showcase their top projects for one evening during “Tangent.” This senior exhibition runs 6 – 9 p.m., May 9 at Decorative Center Houston (5120 Woodway Dr. #107).
“Patrons who visit this exhibition will see a wide array of what our students are doing,” said UH graphic communications professor Cheryl Beckett. “Works that will be shown include print materials, graphics, phone apps, websites, environmental pieces and more. This show reflects these students’ creative and professional development during their time at the university.”
Among the projects to be showcased is an exhibition wall focused on the 19th century Wounded Knee Massacre by Louis Pitre; an infographics poster comparing the scientific prowess of America and China by Osama Ashawa; a “Rookie’s Guide to Baseball” iPad app by Michael Edwards and a set of typographic coasters by Sara Faizpour.
“The graphic communications program at UH has helped me acquire a large amount of knowledge in design,” Pitre said. “Through the projects that will be on view, my peers and I learned to design for target audiences and incorporating past and present styles and trends.”
As part of UH’s School of Art, the graphic communications program prepares students for careers in the ever-evolving design industry. Curriculum focuses on history, theory, methods and practice. Coursework also focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations and team building. Projects take students’ talents out of the classroom and into the Houston community. Recent graphic communication initiatives have allowed students to contribute to educational displays and exhibitions at the city’s historic Ryan Middle School and Project Row Houses. Other projects have contributed to the city’s urban landscape such as works developed for the city’s Japhet Creek and the underpass at the Gulf Freeway and Wayside Drive. For more details on the university’s graphic communication program, visit http://www.uh.edu/class/art/undergraduate-programs/Graphic%20Communications/index.php.