This year, the work of nearly three dozen commercial artists fills the lobby gallery, and they range in scope and scale, from ingenious examples of graphic design to fine-art pieces that were created to serve more pedestrian roles.
The logo was created for S+P Group for the opening of a new BRGR location in
With that objective, Germer began experimenting with different baseball symbols such as bats, baseballs, home plate, and so on.
"After a little exploration, I landed on the design that was ultimately chosen," he says. "The thinking behind the design was utilizing the diamond of the field while incorporating the bases. I also utilized the bull from the existing BRGR logo as a location marker on home plate to signifying the location of the BRGR stand."
The crossing of the bats behind the diamond was, "a bit of a play on the crossing of the bats seen on the Pirates Jolly Roger flag," Germer says. "All in all, this was a great project to work on, and it is always cool to go to a Pirates game and see my work on the big screen."
Three pieces by veteran illustrator
All three are greeting-card designs created for
"Along with my regular card assignments, I am routinely asked to do open conceptualizing for different holiday seasons," Schill says. "This includes writing gags, experimenting with art techniques, developing characters and submitting finished designs."
For example, to create his
Though excellent examples of graphic design and illustration abound, there are a few surprises that display real out-of-the-box thinking. One is a tablet case holder that improves the user experience of holding an iPad.
"While working for myself, a mobile device software company out of
The iPivot, the iPad accessory Kroh would later design, engineer and see through mass manufacturing, solved these problems. Kroh's alumni show piece on display is a 2-D digitally composed collage of still images of the iPivot's development cycle, as well as the physical 3-D commercially available product mounted on top.
Another surprise is
"Andromeda" was published by
"It was begun initially as a way for me and my friends (also fellow
Scott says independent publishing can be difficult and sometimes disheartening because of limited funding and resources that are associated with large publishers, but "we have more freedom in terms of content, and I think ultimately that is why we decide to do things independently," he says. "It allows us to see our work in print exactly how we want, and I suppose that gives us the sense of autonomy."
"Steph and myself both support ourselves through freelance work and creating hand-painted signage for
McDonough lives on the
The remaining works, and their creators, have equally interesting stories behind them, making for a compelling exhibit, especially if you have ever wondered what comes of all those students who have passed through
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