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2020 Communication Design Capstone

Showcasing communication design portfolios

Mia Rossi,

Communication Design Project

The Northampton Community College (NCC) graduating communication design majors showcased their creative work during a virtual portfolio review this year. These are the students who would have presented their portfolios to invited field professionals and graphic designers at the end of the semester in Laub Lounge on Bethlehem Campus. This year, NCC held it virtually due to the pandemic. This was made possible by one of the art program adjunct faculty members, Sarah Sterner, who is also on the Board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Ad Club. Sterner worked with the local Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-GLV) and the chapter President, JT Taylor, an NCC Communication Design alum, to promote the student portfolios link through their social media outlets and email newsletters to members and followers. Professionals would have the opportunity to review the student portfolios and contact the students directly about their designs and job opportunities.

NCC communication design alumni have gone on to work for area businesses such as Adams Outdoor Advertising, Crayola, ArtsQuest, City Center Lehigh Valley, and more. They’ve also been scooped up by national and international companies like Apple, Facebook and the Los Angeles, CA, based animation studio that worked on the blockbuster film Black Panther.

“AAF-GLV is honored and proud to support the students of NCC in this incredible opportunity to showcase their hard work. The move to virtual portfolios this year provides an opportunity for the communication design students’ work to reach broader audiences and locations. Congratulations to NCC and the exceptional work of its communication design students and faculty,” said Sterner on behalf of AAF-GLV.

Communication design students learn the principles of editorial design layout, typographic design, photography, web design, 3D computer animation, motion graphics and more during their time at NCC. A portfolio review is the capstone experience in the communication design program. Twenty-one students participated in this year’s virtual portfolio review. To see their capstone work, visit the student gallery here.

“Having a webpage was actually a good way to do it,” said Lila Shokr, communication design student. “I didn’t have a website before, and it’s something I think we should all to have to display our work and it was a great way to market myself. It also helped us refine what work we wanted to display.”

Shokr won numerous ADDY awards in March 2020 and was also the recipient of the Ad Club’s Creative Achievement Award.

“I am very thankful for my professors at NCC for giving us these opportunities, and the opportunity and meeting area professionals in your field. I met some wonderful people at the ADDYs,” says Shokr.

Learn more about communication design and other art programs at NCC.