Dordt College News

Graphics students redesign library signs

May 10, 2009

The signs in the John and Louise Hulst Library are getting an aesthetic overhaul, thanks to the Advanced Graphic Design III students.

The library staff commissioned the thirty graphic design students to create an array of sign designs for them to consider.

“We thought it was time to update the language and make it more user-friendly,” said Sheryl Taylor, director of library services. 

Taylor also asked the graphic design students to think of better descriptors for the different signs. For example, many students do not know what the sign “Bound Journals” means. A sign marked “Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers” will give them a better idea of what they can find in that section.

The whole class met with Taylor in the library, who gave each of them blue, maroon, and gold-colored carpet and paint samples so the designs they created would go with the décor.

After three weeks of work, the students presented their designs to the library staff. 

“There was a lot of creativity in the projects,” said graphic design professor David Versluis.  “I am very pleased that the students were disciplined, dedicated, and serious about the work.”

Taylor found it difficult to choose only one design because there were so many good options. In the end, the library staff chose junior Amanda Brouwer’s design, which features the silhouette of an open book in the background. 

A sign company in Sheldon, Iowa, is currently creating a test sign from the selected design. Versluis expects the new signs to be installed by this summer.

Taylor and her staff are grateful for the work done by the graphic design students and look forward to the installation of the new signs.

“They had never done a sign project before, but it caused them to stretch their abilities,” said Taylor. “It was a win-win for both groups.”


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