Virginia Commonwealth University

Christopher Hibben

Christopher Hibben has over 20 years of experience as a graphic designer, design manager and creative team member. He loves to bring innovative solutions to challenging design problems. Hibben’s focus has been on marketing materials, identity, branding and logo design, packaging, and exhibition design.

Christopher Hibben specializes in creative solutions for packaging design, exhibition design and marketing support for non-profits, corporations and individuals.

Christopher Hibben
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, Virginia Area

Rose Buoni

Rose Buoni is a freelance graphic designer located in Columbus, Ohio. Rose has worked as a marketer and graphic designer in the A/E/C industry since receiving her B.A. at The Ohio State University. She is working on a Post-Baccalaureate Year of Study, Graphic Design at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

Rose Buoni, proposal writer, Burgess and Niple, Columbus, Ohio
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond

Get Back to What Matters

Merit Award 2015
Get Back to What Matters

Get Back to What Matters was an outcome of Cassie Hester’s thesis research for her MFA in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The semantic elements of Get Back to What Matters evoke a simpler time, when drawing and being creative was a source of delight. Placed in the high-stress environment of the university’s design department in the midst of the last few weeks of the semester, the fleeting crayon installation was a reminder to students to get back to what matters: making with your hands, interacting with others, and exercising your imagination.

Cassie Hester

Please Touch

Honor Award
Please Touch, Virginia Commonwealth University, Elizabeth Hiller

For her graduate thesis, the student explored the use of texture as a medium to deliver a visual message. By emphasizing that vision exists as a result of the imagination rather than as a result of functioning eyes, the intent of this project was to challenge the discipline of visual communications to include the blind community. The author demonstrates to visual communicators that the use of texture and the sense of touch improve the process of seeing, both for the blind and the sighted.

Elizabeth Hiller

Dig Deep

Merit Award
Dig Deep, MFA Thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, Cassie Hester

Dig Deep, a typographic installation created by MFA candidate Cassie Hester, is a study in the power of simplicity. Installed on the exterior wall of the Pollak Building, a design facility on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., the 16- by 4-foot typographic installation consists of two sheets of 4- by 8-foot treated birch plywood, three coats of white high-gloss outdoor paint, 500 plastic straws, 8,064 pilot holes, 8,064 nails, and pink and white outdoor sequins.

Cassie Hester
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