AIGA Central PA to aid with Designathon
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
For the first time in Designathon’s eight year history, members from Central PA chapter of AIGA will be assisting with PCA&D’s annual Designathon.
26 PCA&D students have signed up to help nine nonprofit organizations by creating graphic design and marketing materials at PCA&D’s 8th Annual Designathon, to be held 6 p.m. Friday February 19 to 6 p.m. Saturday February 20. They will be assisted by nine faculty members and six professional designers who belong to Central PA AIGA. Excited by the opportunity to work with PCA&D students and give back to the community, these AIGA members, seasoned professional designers, are:
- Bri Piccari is a Developer and Designer at the Infantree. Bri graduated from Millersville University with a degree in art, with a concentration in Graphic & Interactive Design. During her time on the board, Bri has held the Communications chair & Vice President positions before becoming President in November 2015. As Vice President, Bri brought the AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative to life locally, with an inaugural panel event, reCharge.
- Desiree Tomichi is an in-house Retail Graphic Designer at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Very passionate about graphic design and discovering creative ways to solve a problem. Has a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from California University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as AIGA Membership Chair.
- Ryaan Beck is an UX/UI Designer and Developer at Williams Forrest, where he builds & designs interactive web experiences. He graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Graphic + Interactive Design. He serves as AIGA’s Web and Interactive Chair.
- Jared Adams is a Designer at Maga Design. He graduated from Millersville with a degree in Graphic & Interactive Design. He is AIGA’s Communications Chair.
- Matt Blaisdell is an eCommerce Webmaster at The Hershey Company and a recent graduate from Edinboro University with a degree in graphic design. He has a strong background in non-profit organizational planning, and is currently AIGA’s Community Relations Chair.
- Joshua Buckwalter is a senior designer for San Francisco-based company, Lucidworks.and a graduate Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts. Graphic Design. Joshua, a Past President of AIGA, served the Central Pennsylvania chapter for over 5 years in various leadership positions, ranging from Programming Chair to President to Design for Good.
Designathon provides real-world experience for students by matching them with non-profits in need of professional-quality design work. For 24 hours straight, dedicated students and faculty from PCA&D’s graphic design and illustration departments create marketing pieces, such as logos, websites, and brochures. The 24-hour Designathon is an annual event held by the college’s American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter (AIGA) that provides professional-quality design services at no charge to area non-profits and to the community-at-large.
Students at PCA&D who participate in the Designathon gain real-world experience in creating projects for clients under a tight, 24-hour deadline. They learn that non-profits have very real marketing needs in order to be successful, and strong graphic design on well-organized collateral pieces are vital components in successful communications and marketing plans. More importantly, students experience the value of giving back to the community.