A Boston-based non-profit has invited a talented group of graphic design students at Framingham State University to create the catalog for its signature annual event.
Students in Professor Stephanie Grey’s Advanced Graphic Design class recently began working on the catalog for the 54th Annual New England Book Show, organized by the Bookbuilders of Boston.
“This high-profile project offers students the unique opportunity to understand what designing for a client entails,” Grey said. “The students are involved in all the details of the project, from creating the initial client brief, to design details, and delivering the final files to the printer in April.”
The students are currently in the process of creating and critiquing different design options for the front cover of the catalog.
“We want to do something that is classic, but incorporates fresh new ideas,” senior Nicole Melone said. “We’re all pretty enthusiastic about the project.”
Senior Jen Perrin said the class has spent a lot of time brainstorming several different ideas for the theme of the design.
“The goal is to come up with something fresh that pays homage to books,” Perrin said.
Grey said the opportunity for the collaboration came about through a connection she has with Bookbuilders of Boston.
“Everyone involved was immediately on board with the idea,” Grey said. “There is so much enthusiasm from the client.”
The group is a non-profit organization founded in 1937 to unite people working in book publishing, design and manufacturing. Their annual New England Book Show highlights the best books in New England. This is the first time in 54 years any school has been involved with the design of the catalog.
Michele Brennan, chair of the New England Book Show, said the group is very excited about collaborating with Framingham State.
“This is our premier event each year,” Brennan said. “The catalog project is something that will look great on a resume for these students.”
The organization provides scholarship funds to six Boston-area schools each year to promote and encourage publishing-related education. Grey said she is hopeful this new collaboration will put Framingham State in a position to be considered for some of those funds in the future.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity for the students,” she said. “It’s really a win-win for both the University and Bookbuilders of Boston.”
The students have until April 12 to get the final design to the printer. Bookbuilders will provide each student with a copy of the printed catalog and tickets to attend the New England Book Show.
For project updates and a look into the students’ design process, visit http://arts431.wordpress.com.