Non-Profits: What is your Designathon challenge for PCA&D students?

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Oct 24, 2015 3:50:00 PM

Designathon_2016Non-profits: it's time to apply to be a Designathon client.

Application Deadline January 15, 2016. 

Visit for more information and how to apply.

Over a 24 hour period, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design students and faculty members and countless gallons of coffee will be tapped to create professional-quality design materials to benefit local non-profits during PCA&D’s 8th annual Designathon, scheduled from 6 p.m. Friday February 19 to 6 p.m. Saturday February 20.

The 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. Watch our video!

See how Designathon works:

Last year's event, the 7th annual Designathon, held February 20, 2015, 25 students and 8 faculty members worked over a 24-hour period to create high-quality logos, brochures, websites and other promotional design materials for 8 local non-profit organizations. Enjoy an inside look at Designathon 2015 with a brief SlideShare.

Here are some comments from some of last year's nonprofits:

Compass Mark: “The team working on our projects delivered BIG TIME. The results spoke well enough of the team, but the poise, interest and engaging nature of each member added so much to the outcome. Thank you for letting us experience your home of creativity. What you do goes beyond all of the fantastic imagery.”

Lighten Up Lancaster: “I was really impressed with the work that PCA&D accomplished during the 24 hour Designathon. Amazing talent and work!”

Bureau of Public Art, City of Lancaster: The faculty and students were all top notch professionals and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience!”

The event is extremely rewarding for PCA&D students, too.

Through endless hours of hard-work and dedication, the students consistently manage to maintain levels of enthusiasm and excitement. This event provides them with the opportunity to work hands-on with real clients, fully capturing the essence of each client’s vision, all while giving back to the community.Socheata Chhun, 2015 Senior, Graphic Design and Designathon 2015 Participant on the Bureau of Public Art team, said,

"It was my third time participating, and I never slept or took a nap for the times I have participated. But it was a rewarding feeling to create work for our non-profit. I’ll always remember and think back to these days, it’s the only times I would stay up for more than 24-Hours."

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