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24 hours of creativity and community service
2/1/2012 11:07:00 AM by PCA&D



Pennsylvania College of Art & Design's fourth annual “Designathon” is 24 hours of creativity, fun and yes, full-on caffeine.

Fifteen graphic design students, who are members of the American Institute of Graphic Arts--PCA&D chapter (, lead the way in this unique event in central Pennsylvania, all to benefit these participating non-profits: Project Access Lancaster County, KPETS, Manos House, Downtown Ephrata, Compass Mark, and Gifts that Give Hope Lancaster.


Students participating this year include: Jessica Alvarez, Ryan Baer, Nicholas Belcher, Kirk Beltle, John Bibbo, Elizabeth Cleaves, Lisa DeAngelo, Tom Dombrosky, Hannah Garling,  Patrick Mendoza, Jessica Messerschmidt, Kathryn Smith, Mindy Tang, and Sally Yacovelly.


Faculty mentors are Pam Barby (chair of the graphic design department), Tom Bejgrowicz, Charlie Beyl, alumna Maria Cummings-Miller '93, Brian Gunzenhauser, alumna Gretchen Schwartz '07 (who is a PCA&D admissions counselor), and alumnus Ted Stoltzfus '05.


Photos of the PCA&D Designathon teams with the clients for whom they created work are now on Facebook.  Click here... and take a look at the world's cutest dog (below), who served as ambassoador for the KPETS client that received a web site redesign.



See work (below) created at the 2012 Designathon for these non-profit clients.


Map for Compass Mark's scavenger hunt fundraiser


Logo for Downtown Ephrata, Inc.


Gifts That Give Hope--Lancaster -- cards


Web site for KPETS, Lancaster


Logos for new Manos House campus


Logos for PALCO



The Designathon began at 6 p.m. February 24 and wrapped up at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 when students made presentations of the final art to clients.


Watch our video about past Designathons.



Click here for images from last year's Designathon 2011 and on Facebook here.














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