Students to design & create for 10 nonprofits during PCA&D's Designathon

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Feb 18, 2019 4:30:35 PM

designathon-logo2019 (1)The 2019 PCA&D Designathon: 28 students (from all 5 majors) & 13 Alumni & 7 faculty members & 10 Nonprofit Organizations equals a whole lot of good for the community!

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Designathon T-shirt by Cathy Spengler '19

February 22 and 23 is the 11th annual 2019 Designathon, when PCA&D students, guided by faculty and alumni (and countless gallons of coffee), immerse themselves in real-world design challenges as a way to give back to the community. At the Designathon, beginning at 6 p.m. February 22, PCA&D’s Graphic Design Department and the PCA&D student chapter of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts) coordinate a 24-hour marathon to design quality graphic materials for local non-profit organizations.

During Designathon students create professional-quality design at no charge to area non-profits and to the community-at-large. PCA&D students  who participate in the Designathon gain real-world experience in creating projects for clients under a tight, 24-hour deadline. Students also learn about the mission and vision of the community's nonprofit organizations, as well as the organizations' real marketing and media needs in order to be successful. Strong graphic design and well-organized collateral pieces are vital components in effective communications and marketing plans. More importantly, students experience the challenges and opportunities of giving back to the community, while experiencing the professional and personal rewards of giving back.


Project: Poster, website, and animation to promote the Gallery’s annual art auction

Friendship Heart Gallery Friendship Heart logoFriendship Heart Gallery is a non-profit providing value through artistic expression, economic independence, personal-value, and self-expression to Artists with Intellectual Disability and Autism. The Gallery provides monthly exhibits featuring the Artists’ works at the Water Street location and through supporting businesses and organizations of Lancaster County and the East Coast. 


Project: Logo and Identity materials for their fundraising campaign

Elizabethtown Public Library Logo JPGhiElizabethtown Public Library is educating, empowering, and enriching the Greater Elizabethtown Area by stimulating learning, literacy, and the acquisition of knowledge. Elizabethtown Public Library owns and operates Elizabethtown Coffee Company which is the heartbeat of its World Café program. 


Project – Community Event Display

Downtowners LogoLancaster Downtowners is village model nonprofit that supports individuals who share a common passion for the City of Lancaster as the community of choice for their retirement years. The organization provides support through: a network of volunteers who offer in-home services and transportation; social connection through educational, interest-based, and wellness programs; and information referral for additional resources. 


Project: a brochure for a new bike safety program.

commonwheelThe Common Wheel  seeks to transform our community through the power of bikes, offering programs for youth and adults. They “strive to get every butt on a bike.”  They are initiating a bike safety training program for schools, businesses, etc


Project; Brochure

centerlogo-1Grape Leaf Empowerment Center was established to bridge the gap between refugee and immigrant families and community organizations and groups through a hub that provided culturally sensitive case management services and resources. The Empowerment Center will also provide a safe gathering place for our local refugee and immigrant community to receive support, connect with each other and access resources.


Project: Design a vehicle wrap for the new "Be READy Rover"

New SAIL Logo JPG and LSLC logoLibrary System of Lancaster County supports 17 member libraries in Lancaster County. It provides outreach services with the Bookmobile and The Be READy Rover van, which delivers books and educational materials, as well as storytime presentations, to children in home childcare settings, helping to ensure "every child ready for Kindergarten."  


Project: Identity system and brochure for 99AU and Troop 99

99 Adventures Unlimited, Inc. 99UA was created to provide support to BSA Troop 99, a high adventure program for the Youth of the Manheim Township area to develop leadership skills and promote community service and environmental stewardship through high adventure outdoor programming.


Project: A brochure for middle and high school students about the Places 2040 urban planning program

Coalition for Smart GrowthLancaster County Coalition for Smart Growth provides education and advocacy to specific matters of Smart Growth and Growth Management in Lancaster County. It Mission is to engage the community and influence decision-makers to implement smart growth principles to ensure the development of prosperous and vibrant communities that maintain a balance between mixed-use and higher-density development along with a preservation of agriculture and natural areas.


Project: brochure and logo and identity package

A Frame of Mind is a start-up nonprofit with the concept of a mobile art studio dedicated to providing remedial and purposeful art programming for individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.


Project: Logo & identity package

Youth Mentoring PartnershipupdatedlogoYouth Mentoring Partnership  A sports and fitness based youth development program, Youth Mentoring Partnership teaches kids to succeed through intense manual resistance exercises, and a curriculum based on SMART goal setting, development of grit/perseverance, and expressing gratitude. The organization serves students in grades 6-12 in the Philadelphia and Chester County areas.


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.

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