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Annual graphic design workshop to support My Journey to Freedom refugee project

By Wendy S. Loughlin

February 6, 2018

The fourth annual Pixels & Print Design Workshop, to be held Feb. 8-10 at the Newhouse School, will focus on the refugee experience in support of a new collaborative project, My Journey to Freedom.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of forcibly displaced peoples and refugees is higher than it has been in decades. A partnership between the Department of Multimedia Photography and Design, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, Alexia Foundation and Reza Visual Academy, My Journey to Freedom seeks to create an online searchable archive of images and video documenting the lives and journeys of refugees from all over the world.

As part of the workshop, Newhouse graphic design students will research, brainstorm and develop a logo and brand system, website, promotional and social motion graphics and a poster campaign for the project, all in 48 hours. They will be guided by a group of professional designers, including Newhouse alumni, who will travel to campus for the event.

The students will present their final materials at a public event Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Room 251, Newhouse 3.

“We hope to teach students the power of designing for social impact,” says assistant professor Renée Stevens, who serves as managing director of the workshop. Student participants also benefit from the collaborative and hands-on learning offered by the workshop.

For more information, see pixelsvsprint.syr.edu or contact Stevens at rcsteven@syr.edu.

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