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Oso Bay Biennial XIX Creative Summit Features Best and Brightest in Graphic Design

April 14, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The best and brightest in graphic design from across the country visited Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to inspire and educate the creative professionals of tomorrow as part of the Oso Bay Biennial XIX Creative Summit held from March 30-April.

The three-day event, presented by the Department of Art, featured keynote speakers, creative sessions, workshops, art openings and a juried exhibition. Throughout the Symposium, renowned leaders in the field of graphic design gave presentations. Aaron Draplin, Graphic Designer and Founder of Draplin Design Co., presented a demo to graphic students on what it takes to make a logo for a company and what it is like to be a graphic designer.

“My latest projects consist of what I like to do,” said Draplin. “My long term hobby became my job. Till this day, it guides the way I work, and how I look at the concept of things as I work, I am thankful to get to do what I do.”

Other keynote speakers also included Armin Vit, an Austin-based Graphic Designer and Writer who spoke on “Making Fun Things is Serious Business.” Vit explained why it’s important to treat side projects with the seriousness of a client project. Dana Tanamachi, a Lettering Artist and Designer whose clients include Nike, the United States Postal Service, Penguin Books and Ralph Lauren, showcased her work and spoke about her process.

Participants also had the opportunity to enter their work into a juried show, judged by James Victore, an American Art Director, Designer and Author. The Best of Show winners received a $1,000 cash prize; and the Best of Show student winner received a $500 cash prize. 

Oso Bay Biennial is an inspirational creative conference that aims to invigorate and motivate graphic design and fine arts students, the creative professionals of tomorrow. With the new Graphic Design degree program on the horizon, TAMU-CC will offer more robust graphic design courses and expanded enrichment resources for up-and-coming designers.