Communications design students and faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design exhibited their work in the Middle East during the 2020 Dubai Design Week, the region’s largest creative festival.
Rebecca Kelly, assistant professor of communications design, was among the designers from 55 countries invited to create posters based on the theme of “hope” for the virtual 2nd Emirates International Poster Festival (EIFP). The selected works reﬂected the position of the poster as a powerful means of visual communication that can make a signiﬁcant contribution to disseminate aspects of hope, optimism, potentiality, positive thinking, choice and self-determination.
Additionally, Kelly was invited to showcase communications design student work for the International Design Exchange, which was displayed during Dubai Design Week. With the help of her colleague Rachel Aubrey, also an assistant teaching professor of communications design, Kelly selected approximately 20 pieces of student work that represent the excellence of the program and its faculty. The International Design Exchange included student work from only three other universities: American University in the Emirates, Central Washington University and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Students included in the International Design Exchange are all 2020 graduates of the communications design program: Abi Gaudreau, Shijing Li, Zixuan Liu, Nila Nejad, Sarah Noll, Amanda Odell, Carly Robins, Becky Savoia and Audrey Stevens.