Archive for Thursday, December 29, 2005

Student creates design fit to a T

December 29, 2005

Two years, two champions.

Design students at the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center have drafted their way into a winning streak.

This year, senior Lacey Moore became the second student from Eudora in as many years to produce the winning design for the official Kansas T-shirt for the Skills USA National Conference.

"It meant a lot because this is my last year, my senior year, and I actually put a lot of thought into the design," Moore said. "I put some time in and I didn't actually expect to win because there were a lot of other designs. To have mine chosen out of everyone else's was just kind of a shock."

The Skills USA group is an organization that awards high school- and college-age students for excellence in vocational skills.

Last year, Eudora graduate Julie White won the same T-shirt contest, as well as designing a winning pin to represent the state at the conference.

Another student in the tech class ---- Christine Bonner from Mill Valley ---- won the pin contest this year.

Jim Lynch teaches the design course and said it's not often a class wins the contest two years in a row.

"I don't know when that's happened," Lynch said.

In Lynch's class, students learn basic design programs and take part in assignments like creating a logo for an existing or imaginary company and

learn the intricacies of the programs in a deadline-driven mode of instruction.

Once students learn the basic programs, they take part in contests like those offered by Skills USA.

This year's winning T-shirt design shows a row of multi-colored faces and includes the conference's theme: "Champions at Work."

Moore started her creative process for Moore for the project by doing basic search on images.

"I started looking through some images in clip art, and I figured going with a simple design of just images of faces on a shirt, of all these kids and all these different careers they're going in to," Moore said. "I just decided to choose an image of faces because that way it would fit everybody."

Trying to find a way to make the T-shirt representative of everybody was the hardest part of the design process, Moore said.

The simplicity of the design might have helped her chances.

"You have to have a solid design, but then that's got to be something that's going to impress the people and the judges," Lynch said. "You have to know who your judges are. They are the officers of the organization and they get a vote."

Moore said she learned a lot from her predecessor White, who she used to compete with in other design contests.

"She inspired me this year because of how well she did last year. She encouraged us to do our best this year, to keep tradition alive and to keep going and keep trying," Moore said.

For the winning design, Moore will receive $25 and four of the shirts.

After graduation, Moore plans to attend Johnson County Community College for two years then either transfer to Kansas University or Pittsburg State University for a degree in graphic design.

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