Academy of Art University Students and Alumni Sweep Student Category in AIGA San Francisco Cause/Affect Design Competition

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Academy of Art University, San Francisco, students and alumni walked away with three top awards including first and second place in the student category of the first AIGA San Francisco Cause/Affect graphic design competition.

It was amazing to see how much work is being created to have an affect on people. As graphic designers, we are always searching for ways to have a positive and lasting affect and it is not always possible, said Brodsley.

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, students and alumni walked away Tuesday night with three top awards including first and second place in the student category of the first AIGA San Francisco Cause/Affect graphic design competition. One of the winning pieces in this category also received a Judge's Choice award.

The Cause/Affect competition, created to celebrate designers who have made social responsibility part of their working lives, received over 300 entries.

Cause/Affect winners from the Academy of Art, School of Graphic Design
First Place: R3: Products Re-Imagined, Tom Sieu, instructor, BFA students: Jeanette Karthaus, Tomohiro Kaji, Judy Hsu, Andrew Johnson, Cristian Butcovich, Kim Nelson, Chu Poh Tiong, and MFA student Emily Lemmer, all of the Academy of Art University, School of Graphic Design.

Second Place: Only Human, Designer, MFA graduate, Tiffany Ricardo, Academy of Art University, School of Graphic Design.

Honorable mention: Underground, Designer, Tomohiro Kaji, Academy of Art University, School of Graphic Design.

Academy of Art University faculty member Tom Sieu's project Born Suspect was nominated for the People's Choice award, as was Academy of Art University MFA student Scott Abel's project Connect, Discover, Respond.

Noted designers and veteran design judges Adam Brodsley and Eric Heiman of Volume SF, juried the show. Both were impressed by the quality and passion of the 300+ entries. "It was amazing to see how much work is being created to have an affect on people. As graphic designers, we are always searching for ways to have a positive and lasting affect and it is not always possible, said Brodsley. "The groundswell efforts of people who want to have an affect on the world is visible this evening," he said. Heiman noted, "This judging was much harder than usual. Not only did the work need to be beautiful and well designed, it needed to be provocative enough to make you think in a different way or to take a specific action. So much of the work we saw was great."

The awards ceremony was held on December 4, 2007, at the AIGA office in San Francisco. Presenters for the evening included AIGA SF's Social Impact Co-Chairs, Alice Bybee and Matt Cooke. Bybee is an Academy alum; Cooke is an instructor at the Academy.

To view all winning work visit http://www.aigasf.org/causeaffect/.

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