TUESDAY, october 22, 2019
Our First Exhibition
I AM COM DES, TOP THIS!
Meet our Faculty
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the University.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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