Pixels & Print is a Design Workshop for the students in the Graphic Design program at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. It is a fully intensive workshop for the students who will work with Industry Professionals who come to help our students as Art Directors, leading the teams. The mission for this workshop is to have the design students see the power of design by designing for a deserving organization or business. This year the workshop is Thursday February 8th-10th 2018
This year, we are collaborating with the Journey to Freedom project, which is looking to create an archival collection of imagery and video documenting refugees’ collective journeys from all over the world.
The Journey to Freedom Project:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that there are about 65.6 million people forcibly displaced around the globe. There are 22.5 million people classified as refugees, and more than half of them are younger than 18. This is the highest displacement rate on record, and that number will continue to rise as we see a continued fear of “the other,” economic and religious strife, and political regimes built on the backs of persecuting others.
The goal of this project is to bring about understanding and compassion to all through powerful visual storytelling and providing the material to be accessible to all open to learn and understand. The project will create an archive of this human experience for future researchers and historians to access an immense record of refugee lives. It will collect and present first-hand visual storytelling of refugees before, during and after their journey. Harrowing cellphone footage has been used before as a narrative structure effectively by many organizations, but never before will it be collected and presented in such a coherent manner and at a large scale. This project will live on as refugee crises will continue to exist as war, economic strife, religious persecution, climate change, and famine force people to move from their homes and seek refuge in countries around the globe.
Over the course of the 48-hour workshop, approximately 40 students will design a logo and brand system, a very mobile-friendly website, promotional and social motion graphics, an augmented-reality app looking to overcome language barriers, as well as a poster campaign. To do this, we divide students into teams, each with different design tasks to work on, and we pair a design coach to help art direct and guide the team to complete its job
This is the fourth year for the Pixels & Print workshop, which started as a passion project by Assistant Professor, Renée Stevens, who teaches Graphic Design in the Multimedia Photography, and Design Department at the Newhouse School.
an independent visual journalist and runs her own design business, Bright Spot Studio
This weekend wouldn’t be made possible without the help of our generous sponsors.