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TUESDAY, october 22, 2019

Our First Exhibition

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I AM COM DES, TOP THIS!

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IT’S ALL ABOUT OUR STUDENTS

The Adjudicated Work

WHAT IS TOP COM DES?

TOP COM DES is a bi-annual exhibition to celebrate and highlight the adjudicated work produced by Communication Design students from The School of Art and Design at Texas State University.

The first exhibition took place in the fall of 2019 and highlighted work from 2017 to the summer of 2019. There were a total of 130 adjudicated pieces from 77 undergraduate and 6 graduate students. The awards were distributed among the following main categories: 74 in identity, 27 in branding systems, 10 in interactive, 9 in advertising, 5 in book and illustration, and 5 in packaging.

A special thank you to the students whose talent and effort have represented Texas State University at the highest level and to all faculty for their mentorship. Go Bobcats!

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I was reluctant to enter competitions when my time came, because I didn't think my projects were good enough. I’m so glad my professors encouraged me to, because my work has been awarded, recognized, and published with not only students, but professionals in the field of design. It has given me the validation I needed to feel confident transitioning from student to designer in a couple months!
Samantha Chapman
Class of Spring 2021
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Competitions give me a platform to showcase my work, and allows me to have a glimpse of others work in the field. My competitive nature enables me to build confidence and pushes me to achieve more.
Gabriel Salas
Class of Fall 2020
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Design competitions build up your endurance to just take a chance, put yourself out there, and continue doing so over and over again. The time and effort spent entering competitions always pays off. They’ve helped me more effortlessly explain and prepare my work, thus equipping me for all the opportunities that lay ahead.
Jazmine Beatty
Class of Spring 2020
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Seeing the TOP COM DES exhibition was a great eye opener for the level of work I needed to aspire to. I walked away from the gallery thinking: “If they could do it, I can do it too.” A year later and I have been published, won awards and gained confidence in my skills that I didn't have before competitions.
Nathanael T. Loden
Class of Spring 2021
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Entering competitions and putting my work out into the world has changed how I approach my projects. It has made me realize that my work should represent who I am as a designer—whether I’m submitting it for a grade or to a judge.
Abigail Teets
Class of Fall 2020
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Submitting your work to competitions can indeed be scary, but once I got over that initial fear, the feeling of being published is so rewarding. It made me more confident as a designer, and it pushed me to be better. I wanted to do better and better each year.
Seth N. Jones
Class of Spring 2021
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Having my work published has opened up a lot more doors to different careers and opportunities. It feels awesome getting recognition from designers outside of Texas State University. 
Carina Umana
Class of Spring 2020
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For me personally, competitions are really fun, exciting, and at the end, super validating! I like the idea of putting good work against each other and letting a judge decide. Competitions have turned into a wonderful investment, with many payouts!
Thanks for making them a part of ComDes.
Robert Warrix
Class of Fall 2020
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Being able to enter design competitions validates that I chose the right career path. It’s an awesome feeling being able to see your designs published alongside other designers.
Carolina Martinez
Class of Spring 2020
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Competitions are like the icing on the cake. It’s validation for all of the hard work that you’ve done, and makes you feel a part of something greater. Plus, it’s pretty dope when you kick butt against some really great designers.
Stephan Tynes
Class of Spring 2019
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Competitions are so important! They get your name and work out there, and for me, it was a way to step outside of my comfort zone. Plus, the feeling of seeing your work published for the first time is unreal!
Mia Rendon
Class of Fall 2019
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I felt ecstatic when I found out I was published, and it reassured me that I am headed in the right direction in terms of my career and that I can really make it in the field of design. It’s also reaffirming that the messages I'm trying to convey in my designs are coming across as I intend them to.
Chantal Lesley
Class of Fall 2019
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The ability to participate in competitions is an opportunity of having your work viewed and appreciated in a real-world environment. Having seen my own work in the TOP COMDES Exhibition was eye-opening in that even a small personal project, as leisurely as the process was, turned out to be more rewarding than possibly anticipated. It reinforced my interests, gaining further confidence in the path I have chosen in my future career.
Tristan Jasso III
Class of Fall 2019
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Seeing my work published gave me a sense of validation that the work I’m creating in class is meaningful. The whole competition process makes all the time and hard work that we spend on projects worth it, especially when you are awarded by respected professionals.
Chesea Wechsler
Class of Fall 2021
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