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Dordt College yearbook wins design award

March 29, 2012

Not only does the 2011 Dordt College Signet yearbook contain a year’s worth of memories, it is also an award-winning example of great design. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artist) Nebraska has honored the production staff with a bronze award for the Dordt College 2011 Signet, a largely student-directed book.

“The Signet is a great example of student design teamwork and collaboration for a complex project,” said David Versluis, Dordt College professor of art. “This was an opportunity for students to develop a creative approach to a very practical and serviceable product.”

The yearbook team consisted of designers and photographers Rindy De Nooy (Sioux Center, Iowa), Ellie Dykstra (Bozeman, Mont.), Jordan Edens (Kennewick, Wash.), Kaitlyn Hekstra (Caledonia, Mich.), Andrew Hornor (Houston, Texas), Joel Pasma (Ripon, Calif.), and Scott Vande Kraats (Sioux Center, Iowa). Edens also served as visual editor, and Alyssa Hoogendoorn (Rock Valley, Iowa) as content editor. Dordt College Marketing and Public Relations Director Sonya Jongsma Knauss oversaw the project, with assistance from Graphic Designer Jamin Ver Velde and Public Relations Assistant Sarah Vander Plaats.

“The students involved in this effort really took ownership of the yearbook. Their work was stellar, and they certainly deserved recognition,” said Vander Plaats.

The design for the book “was based partly on a piece that Willi Kunz deconstructed and discussed in Typography: Formation and Transformation,” said Vande Kraats, who created the template. The grid system allowed for flexibility while keeping the pages clean and consistent.

Unique elements include the vibrant colors, the series of photos running along the bottom of each spread, and the humorous Facebook and Twitter post excerpts from students.

AIGA is a professional association committed to stimulating thinking about design through the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis, and research and the advancement of education and ethical practice.

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