The work of SHSU Graphic Design student Cristal Zuniga has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 AIGA Flux competition. Cristal was asked to design a brochure, booklet, or magazine for one of the programs in SHSU’s School of Fine Arts & Mass Communication, and selected the Department of Dance for her work.
Jurors Niki Blaker, Oen Hammonds, and Brian Singer selected 119 of 628 entries for the 2016 competition, including work from Parsons School Of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, James Madison University, the University of South Florida, and others. Flux is a nationwide student design competition presented annually by AIGA Blue Ridge. Established in 2006, Flux celebrates the best creative work produced each year by undergraduate and graduate students from across the country.
Q: What was your reaction when you found out your work had been accepted into the competition?
I didn’t think I was going be accepted because I know there are many talented student designers across the country. I was extremely excited and overwhelmed because my entry was chosen.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you decided to approach the project?
I experimented with a copy machine by manipulating typography and photography. The dance booklet needed to a express freeform, vivacious, and dynamic attitude. To do so I needed to rearrange the visual textures.
Q: What was the most challenging part of your assignment?
By creating this dance booklet and expressing the freeform I had to distort the typography. I needed to find the balance between the original typography and its distortion.
Q: What do you have in the works now?
I’ve been given the opportunity to redesign the Musical Living Academy Recital Program. It has been an exciting and different experience because of my interaction with multiple clients. By keeping the design clean and expressive I have been able to merge the different ideas received from all parties.