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The SNHU Graphic Design: 8th Annual Student Exhibit to be Featured at SNHU’s McIninch Art Gallery

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Name: The SNHU Graphic Design: 8th Annual Student Exhibit to be Featured at SNHU’s McIninch Art Gallery
Date: 04/10/2014 to 05/03/2014
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Days: Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri
Venue: SNHU McIninch Art Gallery
Address: 2500 North River Road Manchester, NH
Phone: Debbie Disston
Email: m.gallery@snhu.edu
Website: Southern New Hampshire University

The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University will present Graphic Design: 8th Annual Student Exhibit from April 10-May 3 with a reception on April 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The subject of trends comes to mind when considering a student exhibit of graphic design The youth of most cultures become the harbingers of trends. The definition of trend (noun): a general direction of change, a way of behaving, proceeding, which is developing and becoming more common. It also means a current style or fashion; vogue, craze, fad, rage. Considering trends is a significant aspect of teaching young college students about the business of graphic design advertising and communications. Leaders of various industries will mine art departments of universities and colleges to seek the new talent of the time. Often the talent is buoyed into the higher end of culture, making a trend an icon for the time. .The industry and art of graphic design provide outstanding examples of trends, some of which are included in the collections of distinguished institutions such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The decision to include works of design in the MoMA collection has helped make a connection between art and manufacturing, social change and commerce and acknowledged trends which have been influenced by technology as well as art forms such as graffiti and comic book art.

Paola Antonelli, a senior curator and director of research and development at MoMA, understood the need to examine and illustrate important trends when she added videogames such as Tetris and Pac-Man to the museum’s official collection. Antonelli has also included the @ symbol and the Google map pin drop symbol as examples of iconic design.

In an interview for a digital magazine, The Conversation, Antonelli said, “Design has been kind of neglected or misconstrued as decoration or as an embellishment for a really long time. Lately, it’s been reconsidered and I have to say, it’s mostly because of [the late Apple CEO] Steve Jobs. The funny thing is that that’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. It’s a blessing because Apple indeed did a lot to elevate the threshold of popular acceptance of design quality so people have started demanding more. Apple set the bar higher. It’s a curse because this kind of perfection that Jobs was advocating is not easy to achieve and should not be the paragon for design. Also, it concentrates the attention again on objects; [whereas] it’s so important to make people understand that interfaces, the ATM machine, and the interface of your phone, visualization design, are important parts of our time.”

Across the globe, museums are recognizing the need to consider trends. According to the American Alliance of Museums, some of the following trends to watch in 2014 are social entrepreneurship, multisensory experiences, big data, privacy, the “sharing economy” and robots.

Please call Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622, e-mail m.gallery@snhu.edu or visit www.snhu.edu for additional information. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thurs. from 5 to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

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