Printing pizza

College students know a lot about pizza. Because it’s staple of the college student diet, there is no better group to come up with a design for a pizza box.

The Graphic Design and Communications Department paired up with BSC Mystic Marketplace to create a design for a pizza box. The Mystic Marketplace doesn’t run a standard pizza business; most of its pizza is catered to on-campus events. Creating a box design is another way to help promote BSC.

The freshmen students were divided into four groups, each group coming up with at least one design. The Mystic Marketplace staff voted and selected the design seen in the photos. After some behind-the-scenes preparation by instructors, the freshmen went to work screen printing about 40 boxes that will be used by Mystic Marketplace.

The overall image of the pizza box shown here is still missing the brown that is printed in the logo and on the pizza cutter handle.

Printing-Brown Printing-Green Almost-Finished

The tortoise and the hare

The freshmen students are starting to get comfortable working with their DSLR cameras. They have learned the basics of exposure and are starting to understand how each of the three components effects an image.

This assignment focused on shutter speed – fast shutter speeds to stop the action, slow shutter speeds to show motion and panning to show directional movement.

Each year I am impressed by the images that students capture, but the quality of photos turned in for this assignment has been very high.

History’s Rolodex

Business cards are some of the most common brand identity elements designers are asked to create. So what if your brand is a fairly notable individual? First year students in the Typography class recently completed an assignment where they had to imagine and design a business card for an actual or fictitious character. After conducting some research as to who their character was they had to make design choices that reflected the era in which they lived. They were to consider typographic styles and details that would help the finished card appear as legitimate as possible. Typography is often a hit or miss proposition but with some historical context the choices can become more obvious.


Some notable business card designs from a handful of students. (Clockwise from left to right: Annette Pickard, Lindsay Swaidner, Hannah Schafer, Preston Murschel, Ashley Rudnick and Kelsey Nicholson.)