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'Project C' nominated for 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Award

Alex Koumas | Sep 13, 2011

‘Project C’ nominated for 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Award

By Alex Koumas,

Project C screenshotATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 13, 2011) – Project C, a Web site and fundraiser conceptualized and executed by four visual communication students and recent graduates of Ohio University, has been nominated for a 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Award. The awards ceremony will be held in Taipei, Taiwan in October 2011.

During winter 2010, Annette Drapac, Tony Guglielmi, Kyle Ackley and Heather Germann created a multimedia initiative that brings awareness and funds to Athens-area non-profit organizations and encourages its audience to take away new information, volunteer and share the stories that were presented.

As part of the project, students raised money for four local non-profit organizations in Athens and created multimedia pieces describing each and how they better the local community. Viewers to the site were able to learn more about these organizations through their stories and then voted for the cause that they wanted to support. Funds were then divided and given to each non-profit accordingly.

After Project C was executed, it was nominated for the Adobe Design Achievement Award. This award celebrates student and faculty achievement and allows teams to showcase their projects that were created with Adobe creative software. Project C has been entered into the student competition and is being compared to other group and individual student projects around the world.

Drapac, the project’s co-creator and co-executive director, and Guglielmi, co-director, both believe that the project exceeded their expectations and that Athens community members became involved in the project in positive ways.

While the team is thrilled to receive this nomination, Guglielmi, who is slated to travel to Taiwan to represent the group next month, explains, “We did not do this project with the end goal of winning any competitions. Last spring, we were lucky enough to have 30 people who wanted to give back to their community and Project C is the result of that. This is what is truly important to us, and this value is what pushes us to want to continue improving the project.”

Given the success of Project C and its international recognition, the group plans to expand the project throughout this coming year and to eventually showcase the “good” in Athens and to gather enough support to spread into other cities.

“We will be setting up a nomination process so community members and students can suggest, or 'nominate' an organization for the Project C team to showcase,” Drapac stated. “Production will commence during winter quarter, and we hope to launch our next collection of stories in the spring of 2012.”

If you would like to get involved in Project C, contact them or experience Project C