by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
Cedarville, Ohio—Portfolios were displayed, project proposals were tossed about, professionals were busy networking. It wasn’t a business card trading convention, but it sure seemed like it to Cedarville University senior David Elgena.
Instead it was the 2008 American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Portfolio Review in Cincinnati. Elgena had the opportunity to meet with graphic designers, critically analyze others’ work, and see emerging trends in the graphic design world. He joined other students from top schools like the University of Dayton, the University of Cincinnati, and Miami University.
Elgena took home one of the top three awards given at the convention. Representing his combination of a graphic design and studio art major, his portfolio wasn’t confined to Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator design pieces. Elgena also utilized oil paints, inks, gold foil, etc., to create illustrative pieces for magazine ads, merchandise, logos and stationery.
“It was pretty intimidating … but it was a great chance to receive constructive criticism, and it helped me grow as a designer,” Elgena said. “We have incredibly skilled faculty and I've learned so much from my graphic design and fine arts professors.”