KNOXVILLE—Faculty and students in the School of Art, part of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently won four American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) Southeastern Excellence in Design (SEED) Awards.
Founded in 2005, AIGA’s SEED awards recognize and promote design excellence in the Southeast. The 2011 awards were presented in Atlanta.
All awards were in the category of case studies:
• Deb Shmerler, associate professor of graphic design, and her students won the gold award in their category for their Living Light entry. The Living Light house is a functioning energy-efficient, solar-powered house that an interdisciplinary group has designed for the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition. The entry focuses on the design process through which Shmerler’s team developed the identity and brand for the Living Light home, the interface controlling the house systems, and concepts for sustainable architecture and solar power. For more information about the Living Light house, visit http://www.livinglightutk.com.
• Sarah Lowe, associate professor of graphic design, Eric Ogle of the UT Community Partnership Group, the Beck Cultural Center, and the Carpetbag Theatre won a gold award for Lowe’s design of the mobile application Knoxville African American Tours of Cultural Heritage. Via a map of Knoxville, tour app users can read brief narratives about the importance of fourteen historic sites, view photos of notable people and events related to particular locations, and watch four- to six-minute videos on the historic and cultural significance of ten of the sites. For more about this app, see http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/feb/03/app-spotlights-citys-past-beck-tour/.
• Shmerler won an excellence award for stART now, a collaborative project that she and her students did with Peggy Leland, an art teacher at Central High School. In the summer of 2009, graphic design students designed the mentoring program. The UT students spent the semester mentoring advanced art students at Central High School. Finished projects ranged from the development of a high school vegetable garden to a documentary about education at Central High.
• Lowe won an excellence award for The GOOD Project, which was conducted in a graphic design junior studio. The students studied the “Slow Down” issue of GOOD magazine (http://www.good.is/) and, through a series of mapping exercises and research activities, developed and executed their own project. Through this project, students refined their visual, verbal, and textual research skill sets. The work of rising graphic design seniors Sean Leader, Simon Sok (member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council), and Harrison Vincent were featured in the case study.
To see the awards online, go to http://seedawards.consultsherra.com/2011winners/#/professional/study/0.
C O N T A C T :
Lynn Champion (865-974-5332, firstname.lastname@example.org)