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UHD Graphic Design Research Initiative Wins AIGA Houston Design Award

AIGA awardsThe "Open the Door" story book, designed by UHD's Graphic Design Research Initiative (GDRI) team in collabration with the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) last year, was named second place finalist in the Book and Publication category in the AIGA Houston Design Awards 2015.

The AIGA Houston Design Awards recognizes the most noteworthy creative works produced in the greater Houston area, with special attention to design that is not only aesthetic, but is culturally relevant and clearly communicates the client's message. The judging panel includes highly respected industry professionals from across the country.

The "Open the Door" document narrates the steps taken to coordinate the city-wide art project of the same name organized by TFAA. Designed by the team comprising students Daniel Jaramillo, Gabriel Morales, Claudia Olivares and director Gaby Hernandez, the book uses visual storytelling, using photographic essays, maps, textual narrative and excerpts of testimonies and interviews for support. As a finalist of the AIGA competition, the book is currently on display as part of the "Design Now: Houston" exhibition at the Printing Museum.

GDRI is an initiative by the Department of Arts and Humanities focused on design research, socially relevant design and information design through local, national and international projects. The team focuses on innovative design solutions for real-world problems, offering the students practical experience in a competitive industry.

The GDRI team attended the awards event and exhibition opening last week, where they had the opportunity to share their work with top designers in the Houston area.

"Undoubtedly, it was a wonderful professional development experience for my GDRI student-designers," said Hernandez.