Celebrating Design Talent

Celebrating Design Talent

By Gretchen Schisla

In June, there are plenty of proud (and tired) parents celebrating the end of the school year for their high school and college-aged kids. The feeling of accomplishment and “what’s next” is in the air, including summer plans, jobs, vacations and the like.

Teaching at UMSL, it's truly rewarding to watch a student realize their potential during a year of intensive senior seminar. Passionate students learn how to put the creative process in place the same way we do in practice, often with astounding results. One of my favorite projects is working with the students to refresh an existing brand. I’d like to share some of the inspired branding work from this hard-working group.

Tyler Sanguinette // al dente pasta


Lilly Huxhold // Almond Breeze 


Marquis Love // Crown Candy


Nermin Zimic // Corner Bistro


Heather Franklin // Peak Season


Charlie Nowell // Fage


Also, check out the work recognized at the recent AIGA St. Louis Design Show, where 3 students won awards.

Nermin Zimic's thesis project on Genocide was awarded the "Judge's Choice" over the entire show of professional and student work. Judge Marcia Lausen from Studio Lab in Chicago said "The Genocide piece is as strong as any professional work in the entire show, with the use of type, layout and info graphics."

Charlie Nowell's thesis project motion piece on UX/UI and the Experience of a Person was recognized as the "Best in Show — Student." One judge commented, "Not only was this video beautiful and technically well done, but the narrative was equally strong."

Marquis Love was the 3rd winner for his beautifully illustrated United Nations poster. Marquis won “People’s Choice" from attendees of the show.