Judges, who are professionals in the industry, said the “work was so well designed and fully formed that we felt it could have run, as is. It showed a level of maturity that is rare”; that “it passed the test of being student work that you could imagine an agency producing”; and that the “entire presentation (is) one that could be given to a client in the professional world.”
Roberts estimates she worked 250 to 300 hours on the semesterlong project. She credits feedback and encouragement from members of the student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and from Shinde. She has been AIGA chapter president for the past two years.
Shinde congratulated the students on their “well-deserved” awards. He said it’s important for them to push creative boundaries as professionals. “They have shown that they have the potential to make a significant impact in the industry, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.”
A UW-Stout student, Daniel Nesja, won the student Best in Show in 2021.
Along with the student competition, professionals from the region received awards. The event, called the Show, is juried by accomplished creative directors, writers and designers from across the country.