Graphic Design Students Offer Community Service, Via Professional Design Work

From left, Lisa Healey, Beverly, W.Va.; Lindsay Riggs, New Martinsville, W.Va.; Brandi Hollingshead, Bridgeport, Ohio; Anthony DiFabio, Washington, Pa.; Corrine Martin, Berkley Springs, W.Va.; Richard Clifford, Wheeling; Lawrence Oliver, Moundsville, W.Va.; Ryan Bland, Bridgeport, W.Va.; Alex Wright, Bellaire.

From left, Lisa Healey, Beverly, W.Va.; Lindsay Riggs, New Martinsville, W.Va.; Brandi Hollingshead, Bridgeport, Ohio; Anthony DiFabio, Washington, Pa.; Corrine Martin, Berkley Springs, W.Va.; Richard Clifford, Wheeling; Lawrence Oliver, Moundsville, W.Va.; Ryan Bland, Bridgeport, W.Va.; Alex Wright, Bellaire (foreground/stripes).

Senior graphic design majors at West Liberty University are once again offering their skills and talents as a service to non-profit groups in the Ohio Valley.

For the past 14 years, WLU students have designed community projects ranging from logos, posters, brochures, and billboards, to book covers, presentations, signage and websites. Associate Professor James Haizlett coordinates the program.

“This as an outreach to the community, helping organizations with limited budgets receive the services of our highly motivated, energetic, and creative students,” he said.

Haizlett is primarily interested in helping non-profit organizations and groups who do not have the funds to hire professional design services. The students form design “companies” and learn how to deal with clients on a professional level, setting budgets, timelines and following a design brief to completion.

“The experience is invaluable to the students because they learn how to deal with “real world” clients. In turn, organizations throughout the Ohio Valley receive excellent design work to help market their organizations,” Haizlett added.

The program depends on local involvement and Professor Haizlett is asking that interested organizations contact him to receive an application via email at, [email protected]Project applications must be received by Sept. 8, 2013.

For more information on the graphic arts program, please visit the College of Arts and Communication webpage.

AUGUST 26, 2013 BY