Graphic Design Program Boasts Successful Year

Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PLNU’s graphic design program had a glowing year.

Largely under the leadership of adjunct professor MaeLin Levine, co-founder of San Diego design firm Visual Asylum who helped form the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) San Diego Chapter, PLNU students have gained valuable experience within the San Diego design community.

"MaeLin's reputation is legendary in the San Diego design community as both a brilliant designer and an inspiring educator and we're fortunate to have her,” said David Adey, PLNU associate professor of art and design. “She has made an incredible contribution to our program this year and the results speak for themselves. She had a vision to change the format for our senior portfolio review, and worked tirelessly with the Offices of Strengths and Vocation to make it happen. The event was a tremendous success. Her energy and enthusiasm for our students is inspiring and it's a pleasure to work with her!" 

On May 12, nine PLNU graphic design students participated in the 15th annual AIGA San Diego Annual Portfolio Review and stood out. 

Out of the 56 students from San Diego graphic design programs such as San Diego State University, San Diego City College, and The Art Institute of California – San Diego, PLNU students represented three of the 11 total awards handed out at the review. Libby Spangler took first place overall as well as the best branding category and Kristina Micotti won the best illustration category. Sixty respected local design professionals judged the student portfolios.

In April, PLNU held its own portfolio review on campus, where PLNU graphic design students displayed their work for public viewing and then participated in one-on-one reviews with a selection of distinguished design professionals in San Diego such as Scott Mires, partner and creative director of MiresBall; Tyler Blik of Blik Design (who hired a PLNU student at the review); and Bobby Buchannan of Buchannan Design.

Before the show, graduating seniors rated their classmates’ portfolios and selected “Best of Show” recipients. There were 15 graduating graphic design students who rated their peers’ work:

Best Portfolio

  1. Victoria Baughman
  2. Libby Spangler
  3. Chloe Pedersen, Stephanie Shubin
Best Typography
Daniel Heffernan

Best Branding
Victoria Baughman

Best Illustration
Kristina Micotti

Best Photography
Victoria Baughman, Libby Spangler, Kaitlin Bartlett

Social Awareness
Lindsay Barnes

Best Packaging
Victoria Baughman

Most Enthusiastic
Lindsay Barnes