CCBC Students Finalists for DATA Awards

CCBC Students Finalists for DATA Awards

The Visual Communications Department’s 2012 Design Charrette video project, iFREE is being recognized as a finalist submission for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2012 Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards. The winners will be announced at the 2012 DATA Interactive Exhibition on June 7, 2012.

Pittsburgh Technology Council serves as the “principal point of connection for companies from four primary clusters of the technology industry that are represented by a critical mass of businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania including, the Advanced Manufacturing / Materials, Green Technology, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors. From educational roundtable events, to social networking events, to [their] annual Tech 50 Awards ceremony, the Council programs more than 100 events each year. The PTC provides the opportunity to rub elbows with the best and brightest in southwestern Pennsylvania’s tech industry.”

Nine CCBC Visual Communications students, including Jacob Doyle, a Digital Media Design major from Industry, PA; Rachel Franz, a Fine Arts major from Ellwood City, PA; Lydia Gregory, a Digital Media Design major from Aliquippa, PA; Joseph St. Esprit, a Digital Media Design major from Beaver, PA; Stephani Walters, a Visual Communications Digital Media Design graduate and Lab Assistant from Industry, PA; Michael Waxler, a Web Programming major from Aliquippa, PA; Jamie Houston, a Digital Media Design major from New Castle, PA; Ryan Barnes, a Business Communications major from Ellwood City, Pa; and Leanne Gill, a Digital Media Design major from New Brighton, PA; are attending the DATA exhibition and event at The Grand Hall of the Priory. The students created the video response as part of CCBC’s Visual Communications Department’s Ninth Annual Design Charrette. The theme for the 2012 charrette was “your life + NO INTERNET = your future”. The students worked against a four-day deadline collaborating with their classmates creating their project within a real-world learning experience.

“The charrette reflects the creative process akin to visual brainstorming that is used by design professionals to develop solutions to a design problem within a limited time frame,” says Trish Foley, Instructor, Visual Communications. She continues, “The charrette [also] proves to be an opportunity for students to develop a more professional portfolio filled with media [art] that is actually adopted for use by local community business leaders.”

The students’ video submission is a finalist in the “Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology” category. Other finalists in this category include The Children’s Museum, Fred Roger’s Center, and Carnegie Mellon University. Winners will be announced on June 7 at the 2012 DATA Interactive Exhibition in Pittsburgh.

The submission can be viewed online through the following link: