Dakota Transporter
Volume 18, Issue 2Spring 2006

Graphic Design Students Partner with Cities Area Transit

Roger D. Foster, Superintendent
Grand Forks, ND

Picture of the bus shelterWaiting for the bus just got a little more interesting in Grand Forks. Starting in mid-April, seven bus stop shelters will house the work of University of North Dakota graphic design students. Under the direction of Professor Lucy Ganje, UND Art Department, graphic design students have put their talents to work creating public art.

Students in Ganje's typography class worked with Superintendent Roger Foster of Cities Area Transit to design posters that will hang in various bus shelters around the city. When students were assigned this project they were told to create a "typographic portrait of the architecture, geography or events that highlight the individuality of Grand Forks while presenting information that will engage people as they wait for their bus to arrive." Each poster was created using individual letters or type, words and phrases to form images associated with Grand Forks.

Each student conducted research that included the history of the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks public transit system, the demographics of patrons at particular bus stops, and an investigation of public transit art in other cities. After doing their research, each student developed two ideas which were critiqued by professional graphic designers. Each student's best design was submitted to Cities Area Transit for consideration. Cities Area Transit decided to use each submitted design for seven shelters.

This project allowed students to partner with local government to create high quality art for public display, and to build their professional portfolios while at the same time benefiting the community. Graphic design students participating in the project are Scott Ahler, Robby Anderson, Rebecca Ball, Jena Bracht, Jeffrey Dick, Joshua Marthe and Bree Stoltman.

This project also serves to inaugurate the UND Art Department's new major, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and New Art Media, recently approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. This program will provide students with the opportunity to receive a professional degree in graphic design and new media through a department accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The posters were unveiled on Wed., April 12, at 1:00 pm at the Grand Forks City Hall. An open house to celebrate the event and the Art Department's new degree program, along with its newly refurbished Digital Studio, was held at 4:00 pm in the Hughes Fine Arts Center on campus.

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