CAT graphic design students create posters encouraging masks

Mask up and space out

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, graphic design students at the Centre of Arts and Technology (CAT) decided to put their skills to good use.

Together, they've created a range of posters to help everyone 'mask up, wipe down and space out.' 

CAT student success advisors came up with the tagline, which students could choose to incorporate or leave out of their poster designs. 

Graphic design and web development program manager Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie says the recent spike in cases in the Kelowna area inspired them to take action. 

"With the recent spike in COVID-19, the college took the stand to go full masks everywhere on campus, so when that happened Mika contacted me and she said, "we're going to need signage." It would be a great project for the graphic design students to maybe come up with our posters that we can put around campus."

CAT student success employee Mika Dumont gave the students one week to complete the project, and decided to also make it a competition, with a gift card and candy prizes for the top three designs. 

"I was really surprised and shocked with how beautiful they came out, because I just gave all the ideas to [Deborah] and I was like, let your students run wild with it. There's no rules or anything, I just want to see what their thoughts are on wearing a mask and I was just blown away with how beautiful they all came out." 

Winning student Sydney Zwack says although it took her a while to come up with her concept, she's very proud of her final product - a hand drawn poster with the tagline 'I wear a mask to protect YOU and you wear a mask to protect ME.' 

"Usually I like doing hand drawn stuff because it stands out more. It makes it more unique." 

The keen artist is hoping it will encourage people to be more aware of what's happening and what action they need to take. 

Lampitt-McConnachie says there were multiple aspects to Zwack's design that they loved. 

"We love the illustration, we love the whole concept but we also really loved her little tagline: 'I wear a mask to protect you and you wear a mask to protect me.' We just thought that sentiment was really everything we wanted to convey to students about why they need to be wearing masks on campus."

A variety of posters are available for businesses who wish to put them up. To enquire about this, email [email protected].

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