By Jessica Broverman, Contributing Writer
WLU student designers are helping local businesses in the area by creating logos, book covers, and brochures to help grow their clientele. These students also assist with websites, billboards, signage, and presentations. Their helping hands may be of much use to startup businesses and non-profit organizations.
“This is the seventeenth year our students have offered design services to the community,”said James Haizlett, Associate Professor of Art. “The experience provides students with the opportunity to begin thinking outside of the classroom, and developing professional designs for real clients. The students improve their skills in time management, verbal and written communication, and iterative design.”
Haizlett coordinates the program and is also an Associate Professor of Graphic and Digital Media at West Liberty University.
“Our clients are non-profits or start-ups with limited financial resources,” Haizlett said. “We are serving the Ohio Valley by providing beautiful artwork and designs for print and web. In most cases our students enjoy positive relationships with their clients and receive the satisfaction that they have been able to use their talents to serve others.”
This service is free and the design work is complimentary. The only thing these organizations must help fund are the usage of supplies. These include printing materials, website hosting, and so on.
Some businesses that have used the graphic design student’s assistance include Follansbee United Methodist Church, Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee, Elm Grove Business Association, Hearts Worth Healing, Employment Works, Wheeling American Legion Post 1 Baseball, St. Michael Parish School and many more.
Graduate Drew Gonchoff has continued working with Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee.
“My experience opened many doors for me,”Gonchoff said.“My client and I still work together to build a better community in our hometown. We now create art within the town and events for the people to come and enjoy each month.”
To learn more about the Graphic Design program, visit westliberty.edu or call 304-336-8077. To get involved with this event or receive additional information, contact Professor Haizlett at [email protected] or visit his office on campus in the Media Arts Center, room 402C.