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Siouxland Blood Bank Picks Dordt Designer

By Jane Ver Steeg

A Dordt College graphic design student has won the Siouxland Community Blood Bank’s annual “Donate 4 Life” t-shirt design contest.

Wearing her award winning t-shirt design, Rachel Clemens (right) was awarded a $200 U.S. Savings Bond by Siouxland Community Blood Bank’s public relations director, Pam Masching (left). Clemens is a graphic design student of Prof. David Versluis.

Wearing her award winning t-shirt design, Rachel Clemens (right) was awarded a $200 U.S. Savings Bond by Siouxland Community Blood Bank’s public relations director, Pam Masching (left). Clemens is a graphic design student of Prof. David Versluis.

Rachel Clemens, a sophomore art major at Dordt, was presented with a $200 U.S. Savings Bond on March 28 at Dordt College during a campus blood drive. Clemens also received the first t-shirt bearing her design.

The Blood Bank gives out thousands of t-shirts each year through its “Donate 4 Life” program, in which donors who give blood four times in a calendar year receive a free t-shirt.

Dordt College and several other schools in the area used the Siouxland Community Blood Bank’s 2007 design contest as a class project. Dordt’s graphic design instructor, David Versluis, said that each year students in his class are assigned a trademark design project. Their objective is to communicate the nature of the chosen organization with a design that appeals to the public.

Students were enthusiastic about the project. It had the added incentive of being actually produced and of providing a valuable service to a worthwhile organization.

“My main advice to students was to keep their designs visually strong, uncluttered, and appropriate.”

Siouxland Blood Bank said the annual design contest gives them the opportunity to showcase designs from talented students and that the t-shirts give blood donors a chance to show their own commitment to regular blood donations when they proudly wear the “Donate 4 Life” t-shirts.