Non-profits: Challenge PCA&D designers with your Designathon 2019 project

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Monday, September 10th, 2018


Every year for ten years, right before spring break, PCA&D students shut themselves in to give back to the community.  At the annual Designathon, PCA&D’s Graphic Design Department and the student chapter of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts) coordinate the event, a 24-hour marathon to design quality graphic materials for local non-profit organizations.

Applications are currently available for any non-profit who would like their project considered for the 11th annual 2019 Designathon. Eight to ten non-profits will be selected for the event where PCA&D students, aided by faculty and alumni (and countless gallons of coffee) work overnight, February 22 & 23, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. February 22.

Over the ten years, student teams have designed brochures, logos, posters, websites and more for more than 70 area non-profits that reads like a list of the who’s who of local non-profits, including:

  • 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue
  • Aaron’s Acres
  • Ambassadors for Hope
  • Anchorage Breakfast program
  • Beat the Streets
  • LancasterBig 33 Scholarships
  • Bench Mark Program
  • Bright Side Opportunities Center
  • Bureau of Public Art, Lancaster City
  • Caring Hearts Pet TherapyDesignathon logo
  • Central Market Trust
  • Central PA Ataxia Support Group
  • Compass Mark
  • Fulton Theatre
  • Girls on the Run
  • Grace United Church of Christ
  • Jewish Family Service of Lancaster
  • Junior Achievement of Central PA
  • KPets  (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services)
  • La Academia The Partnership Charter School
  • Lancaster County’s Community Action Partnership
  • Lancaster Creative Reuse
  • Lancaster Recreation Commission
  • Laurel Dance Company
  • Leadership Lancaster
  • Lumina
  • Men of Iron
  • Mental Health America of Lancaster County
  • Milagro House
  • Occupational Development Center
  • Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA
  • Power Packs Project
  • Special Olympics of Lancaster County

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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.

Designathon 2018: See what PCA&D students designed

Learn more about Designathon