Trina M’Lot’s graphic design abilities netted the fourth-year Vancouver Island University student with an impressive list of accolades, including a national award and international award of merit.
M’Lot, who graduates from VIU’s Graphic Design degree program next year, came up with a winning design for a vegetable seed package. Her design will be published in the November/December issue of Applied Arts, Canada’s leading design magazine.
“Getting published in Applied Arts is a big deal in the graphic design world and we’re very proud of Trinia’s achievement,” said Nancy Pagé, Instructor and Co-Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Vancouver Island University.
M’Lot also received kudos from the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), receiving a $1,000 tuition scholarship funded by the Vancouver Island Chapter and sponsor Hemlock Printers. She also received VIU’s President’s Scholarship for Continuing Students as top student in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and a $1,000 award donated by Mr. Terence Fitzgerald.
Her seed package design also won a Merit Award in the student category from the Hiiibrand Awards, an international logo, brand, and packaging competition.
M’Lot came to VIU from her hometown of Langley. “I really enjoy VIU’s smaller size, the community of Nanaimo, and how you can always see a familiar face on campus,” says M’Lot. “Once I graduate, I’d like to live near the ocean, work as a graphic designer and create powerful, ethical and influential designs to bring about positive change.”
Fourth-year graphic design student Laura Timmermans, originally from Ucluelet, also received a $1,000 tuition scholarship from the GDC and sponsor Hemlock Printers.
The winner of the $500 Cady Marshall Student Award is VIU graduate Monica Rush.
Rush, who grew up in Duncan, completed a diploma in Tourism at VIU, then transferred into the Graphic Design program to complete a degree.
“Graphic design is a skill that makes me employable,” says Rush. “Visual communication can be used in just about any imaginable context and helps to break barriers, add value, and most importantly express ideas that otherwise may be incommunicable.”
Rush graduated in April, 2012 and moved to the Dominican to begin a job in marketing and graphic design at Extreme Hotel, an adventure sport hotel on the North Coast of the island of Hisanola.
VIU’s graphic design degree program is designed to give students a solid grounding in applied digital graphic design, as well as theory, academics, creativity and communication skills. Students often work on real-world type projects such as annual reports, identity campaigns, websites and on some projects for actual clients. By the time they graduate, they have assembled full portfolios of their work to show prospective employers.
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