Recognition on an international scale

Creative Quarterly, an award-winning journal of art and design, features a wide array of winning work by School of Graphic Design students and alumni in recent issues.

creative-quarterly-magazine-issue-38-39-spring-summer-2015-79nm“This is a highly sought-after publication in the art and design field, so it’s very visible,” says Tom McNulty, undergraduate associate director of Graphic Design. “It’s very, very significant to be a winner, runner-up or featured in it. It’s international.”

Creative Quarterly was recently named one of the top 100 art and design publications in the world. The magazine’s editors search for compelling projects in art and design, from graphic design to fine art, advertising, architecture, fashion, sculpture and jewelry. The publication strives to not only showcase great work but to ask its contributors the question, “Where does your inspiration come from?”

“We’re all inspired by different things,” says Creative Quarterly Design Director Charles Hively on the magazine’s website. “It’s usually either a person, place or thing. Finding that source of inspiration helps you establish your own voice, which influences the work you do professionally.”

Each issue of the magazine hosts a competition and receives entries from around the world. Winners of the competition are showcased in each edition in the Fresh Talent Gallery; this practice supports the work of emerging artists and designers, as well as practicing professionals.

“One of the things that I really look at is that the Academy’s School of Graphic Design tends to be in the forefront against all the other players,” says McNulty. “That speaks highly for the school, the university as a whole and, more importantly, for the work that’s being produced by our students.”

Graphic Design MFA student Li Li, from Lanzhou City, China, was named a winner in Creative Quarterly issue 38–39 for her poster series about a fictional architecture design exhibit.

"Under the Earth," poster design by Graphic Design student Li Li, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Under the Earth,” poster design by Graphic Design student Li Li, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

"Below the Water," poster design by Graphic Design student Li Li, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Below the Water,” poster design by Graphic Design student Li Li, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

"Amid the Woods," poster design by Graphic Design student Li Li, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Amid the Woods,” poster design by Graphic Design student Li Li, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“I am surprised and glad that I sent in my entry,” says Li. Her project targeted architecture that blends with nature. The three sections of her project are “Under The Earth,” “Below The Water,” and “Amid The Woods.” Each poster visualizes how architecture harmonizes with different natural environments.

“I have to say I gained a lot of support from my instructor, Kathrin [Blatter] and my classmates,” Li says. “I came a long way before I decided the final execution. I tried so many materials, and together with Kathrin and my classmates, we generated many ideas each time I failed. Without their help and encouragement I would not have kept trying hard ’til the last day.”

Graphic Design MFA student Hsuan-Yun Huang, from Taiwan, was named a winner in two different entries in issue 40. One entry was a series of posters created to represent the word “fluidity,” and the second involved recording her daily dreams for two weeks.

"Self Adjustment," poster design by Graphic Design student Hsuau-Yun Huang, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Self Adjustment,” poster design by Graphic Design student Hsuan-Yun Huang, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

Poster design by Graphic Design student Hsuau-Yun Huang, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

Poster design by Graphic Design student Hsuan-Yun Huang, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

"Time," poster design by Graphic Design student Hsuan-Yun Huang, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Time,” poster design by Graphic Design student Hsuan-Yun Huang, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

For her dreams project, Huang was inspired by psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung, who believed that certain dream symbols have the same universal meaning for all people. Dream pictures reveal something about ourselves, our moods, our relationships with other people and what is going on in our current lives.

“Dreams are the rejected and repressed aspects of myself,” explains Huang. “I used a variety of materials that combined my photographs with my painting and illustrations to convey this idea.”

Huang loves the Academy’s Graphic Design program, because she feels that no matter what background a student is from, all start at the same point. She says every instructor she has worked with is incredible.

“They selflessly share their knowledge with us, and they always encourage me to try new things or take risks,” Huang says. “Seriously, I have learned a lot from them, not only design skills but also how to be a great designer.

“Obviously I was really surprised when Creative Quarterly told me two of my entries won. Now I still cannot believe that, and I feel wonderful and thankful.”

MFA student Yu Rong, from Zhuhai, China, also submitted two projects to Creative Quarterly and was named a winner for both in issue 40.

From "Happy Land," brochure design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

From “Happy Land,” brochure design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

From "Happy Land," brochure design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

From “Happy Land,” brochure design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

From "Happy Land," brochure design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

From “Happy Land,” brochure design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“It is absolutely an honor,” says Rong. “I was happy! More than surprised.”

Her first project, “Happy Land,” is a 16-page booklet/brochure that summarizes her idea for a hostel set in the future.

“I depict the future hostel being built with sustainable materials and having a reclaimed water system,” explains Rong. “I made the illustrations with screen printing texture to convey an organic, comfortable and environmentally friendly vibe.”

The second project, called “Underground Architecture Exhibition,” is a series of three posters depicting a wine cellar, a bomb shelter and a subway, integrating the words “calm,” “safe” and “link,” respectively.

"Calm," poster design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Calm,” poster design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

"Safe," poster design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Safe,” poster design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

"Link," poster design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“Link,” poster design by Graphic Design student Yu Rong, honored in Creative Quarterly magazine

“My inspiration for these projects came primarily from research and self-reflection. “I usually start with knowing the audience and defining the goals and structure of the project. Meanwhile, I look up other people’s works on Creative Quarterly, Designspiration and Behance for context. This helps me set the tone and style for the project.”

Here is the complete list of Graphic Design students and alumni honored in Creative Quarterly issues 38–41:

Winners/Featured Artists
• Peihua (Xoe) Lee, MFA (instructor: Christopher Morlan)
• Li Li, MFA (instructor: Kathrin Blatter)
• Yuya Yoshida, MFA 2015 (instructor: Tom McNulty)
• Sinae Kim, BFA 2014 (instructor: Tom McNulty)
• Ju Lee, BFA (instructor: Ariel Grey)
• Michael Taylor, BFA 2014 (instructor: Christine George)
• Bella Huang, MFA
• Hsuan Yun Huang, MFA
• Natasha Katz, MFA 2015
• Chin I Lee, MFA 2015
• Yu Rong, MFA
• Lynn Lin, MFA
• Yinyin Liu, MFA 2015

Runners-Up
• JingFang Chen, MFA 2015
• Jana Heyer, MFA
• Aaron-Harper Lee, MFA 2015
• Yifan Wu
• Huilin Miao, MFA

In addition, a number of Academy of Art University students from the Schools of Photography and Fine Art were honored in the issues.

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Article by Alison Pierce, a staff reporter to the Academy of Art University newspaper

Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Filed under: Alumni News, Student Awards, Student Work
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