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Student, Professor Earn Awards at Graphic Design Competition in China

Professor Hao Xu
with Schmickle and Perrier

Fourth-year Texas Tech University graphic design student Collin Perrier and Dennis Schmickle, an assistant professor in the School of Art in the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, represented Texas Tech and accepted awards for posters designed and presented at an annual creative design competition in China.

Both Perrier and Schmickle presented works created by students at a design symposium at the Hangzhou College Student Creative Design Competition. The event was hosted by the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in Hangzhou, China.

"This is a tremendous honor and I will look back fondly on this competition for many years," Perrier said. "I want to thank all the professors from Texas Tech and Hangzhou who helped the graphic design students enter in this competition."

Dennis Schmickle
Dennis Schmickle

Perrier's poster, entitled "WEC (Wave Energy Converter)," earned top recognition at the competition. The poster depicts a potential community that would provide housing for coastal cities displaced by rising ocean levels, where the energy produced by the ocean's waves would be converted into electricity to power the housing complexes.

Perrier's poster won a bronze medal in the competition.

"I'm extremely proud of this recognition of our student-designers, who created compelling work that represents ideas bigger than themselves and their immediate community," Schmickle said. "Their concerns for the environment, healthcare and peaceful coexistence are inspirational, and these awards are a great validation of their efforts."

In addition to Perrier's award, six other students placed in the competition with posters addressing issues such as healthcare, the environment and world peace. Schmickle accepted the awards on behalf of students who could not make the trip.

Silver medalists are:

  • Cacy Clements, a senior from Brownwood
  • Laura Hartsfield, a senior from Lubbock
  • Marlee Shultz, a senior from Lewisville

Bronze medalists are:

  • Sally Addison, a senior from McKinney
  • Sarah Freitag, a senior from Tahoka
  • Joshua Wells, a senior from Levelland

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All the posters created by the students were designed in the Public & Social Service Design class at Texas Tech, which discusses the role of the graphic designer in a community and using that design for a social good. Schmickle said most of the students created posters encouraging preservation of the environment and natural resources.

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