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Non-profits! Apply to participate in the 10th annual Designathon

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Sep 11, 2017 4:50:46 PM

DesignathonLogoFinal_2018.jpgEvery year for nine years, right before spring break, PCA&D students shut themselves in to give back to the community.  At the annual Designathon, PCA&D’s Graphic Design Department and the student chapter of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts) coordinate the event, a 24-hour marathon to design quality graphic materials for local non-profit organizations.

Over the ten years, student teams have designed brochures, logos, posters, websites and more for more than 70 area non-profits that reads like a list of the who’s who of local non-profits, including:

  • Designathon 2017 CAP.jpg2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue
  • Aaron's Acres
  • Ambassadors for Hope
  • Ambassadors for Hope
  • Beat the Streets
  • LancasterBig 33 Scholarships
  • Bright Side Opportunities Center
  • Bureau of Public Art, Lancaster City
  • Caring Hearts Pet Therapy
  • Central Market Trust
  • Compass Mark
  • Fulton Theatre
  • Girls on the Run
  • Grace United Church of Christ
  • Junior Achievement of Central PA
  • La Academia The Partnership Charter School
  • Lancaster County’s Community Action Partnership
  • Leadership LancasterLeadership Lancaster
  • Lumina
  • Men of Iron
  • Mental Health America of Lancaster County
  • Milagro House
  • Occupational Development Center
  • Power Packs Project
  • Special Olympics of Lancaster County

Applications are currently available for any non-profit who would like their project considered for the 10th annual 2018 Designathon. Eight to ten non-profits will be selected for the event where PCA&D students, aided by faculty and alumni (and countless gallons of coffee) work overnight, February 23 & 24, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m. February 23.

designathon 1.pngThe 24-hour Designathon is an annual event held by the College’s American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter (AIGA) that provides professional-quality design services at no charge to area non-profits and to the community-at-large. Students at PCA&D who participate in the Designathon gain real-world experience in creating projects for clients under a tight, 24-hour deadline. They learn that non-profits have very real marketing needs in order to be successful, and strong graphic design on well-organized collateral pieces are vital components in successful communications and marketing plans. More importantly, students experience the value of giving back to the community.

Register for fall Open house September 23

Topics: Art Student, designathon, student work