2017 Students n’ Design provides “real-world” experience for high school students

Students n' Design cover

The 2017 Students n’ Design publication is included in this week’s DeForest Times-Tribune (April 27, 2017). The piece features ad designs from Chris Smith’s Desktop Publishing class, as well as high school student artwork.

DTT staff matched students with local advertisers to provide the young designers with a “real-world” experience in ad design.  The advertisers agreed to have their ads created by the students, based on their specifications. The students then took the specs, did research on the businsses, and went to work creating their ad. Each advertising business chose which of the several student-designed ads best represented their organization. The results are featured in this special pull-out supplement to the DTT newspaper.

DTT staff vote, and give prizes, for the top three ads.  This year the winners are:

  • First Place – Xavier Accola (ad for DeForest Dental Services)
  • Second Place – Bailey Schwartz (ad for Kobussen Buses Ltd)
  • Third Place – Emily Cone (ad for DeForest Area Public Library)

Students in the Desktop Publishing class use programs such as Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to create the ads. Students in the class learn about the important elements of contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity while creating brochures, newsletters, flyers, logos, business cards, and more.

Also highlighted in the publication are art pieces created by DeForest Area High School students. The work of Miya Bauer was chosen for the cover.

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