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CVAD comm design students take 16 awards, 61 percent of prize money and UNT garners 'best school' in this national competition

The CVAD Communication Design program had a great night April 25, 2020, at the online version of the National Student Show & Conference 16 with CVAD students winning 16 of the awards and 61.1 percent of the $20,000 prize money — and the Best of School Award went to UNT!

Now in its 16th year, the competition had 881 entries in all nine categories from 18 schools in the U.S. Only 129 of those were accepted for the 2020 show with 40 from the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. Originally scheduled to take place in early April with a conference and awards show, NSSC16 pressed on through COVID-19 with judging and a video show of the results, but no three-day conference, of course. NSSC is a national, professionally judged creativecompetition and conference built for students and their educators. Karen Dorff, principal lecturer in communication design, and the other communication design faculty have attended the NSSC every year since it began, she said. Communication design faculty members are Troy Abel, Deanna Gibson, Erica Holeman, Michael Gibson, Eric Ligon, Douglas May, Keith Owens, David Wolske and Stephen Zhang in the Department of Design headed by Hans-Peter Wachter, chair.

The NSSC is funded and supported by the DSVC Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides aid through scholarships to high school and college students who are interested in taking the next steps toward a visual arts career.

Each year, NSSC selects five industry leaders from across the nation to judge student work. Coming from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, the well-rounded judging panels help ensure a high-quality show. Judges are selected to represent a diverse pool of knowledge, expertise and points of view. To maintain impartiality, judges must not have taught at a collegiate level for the past three years. Judges review student work without knowledge of the school association.

Edits, updates or corrections to this information may be sent to Monica Scott-Taliaferro, CVAD Marketing.

Best of School Award: $1000

Name: University of North Texas
Time Stamp: 35:00–35:24

Best of Category: $200 each

Category: Advertising Print

CVAD Student: Adeline Fortenberry
Client: Q’s Cafe Ad Series
Time Stamp: 6:13–6:29

Category: Annual Report

CVAD Student: Hana Snell
CVAD Student: Eataly Annual Report
Time Stamp: 6:30–6:54

Category: Poster

CVAD Student: Kristina Armitage
Client: Cosi Fan Tutte
Time Stamp: 9:15–9:51

Category: Mobile App

CVAD Student: Brandon Gunderson
Client: Penguin Digital Library
Time Stamp: 11:29–11:46

Category: Branding Campaign

CVAD Student: Ashley Roy
Client: Keela Cup
Time Stamp: 14:31–15:04

Category: Retail Packaging

CVAD Student: Ashley Roy
Client: Gillette Hapi
Time Stamp: 17:30–18:00

Best of Awards: $500

Category: Jeff Barfoot Best Concept Award

CVAD Student: Chen Lin
Client: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Time Stamp: 22:56–23:40

Portfolio Awards

Category: Bart Forbes Best Illustration Portfolio: $2,500

CVAD Student: Chelsea Tolin
Time Stamp: 32:21–32:58

Category: Dick Sloan Best Junior Portfolio: $1,500

CVAD Student: Hana Snell
Time Stamp: 33:31

Category: Senior Portfolio–Silver: $1,000

CVAD Student: Annie Nguyen
Time Stamp: 34:24–34:41

Category: Senior Portfolio–Gold: $2,000

CVAD Student: Ashley Roy
Time Stamp: 34:42–34:59

Judges’ Choice Awards: $500

Category: Judge Krista McCrimmon

Name: Hana Snell
Client: Eataly
Time Stamp: 24:58–25:55

Category: Judge Devin O’Bryan

CVAD Student: Ashley Roy
Client: Keela Cup
Time Stamp: 25:55–27:09

Category: Judge Trevor Bassett

CVAD Student: Annie Nguyen
Client: Senior Portfolio
Time Stamp: 28:13–30:03

Category: Judge Christina Childress

CVAD Student: Annie Nguyen
Client: Simply Asia
Time Stamp: 30:04–30:56

Best of Show Award: $500

CVAD Student: Hana Snell
Client: Eataly
Time Stamp: 31:01–31:26

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