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Woodbury Wins Big at GDUSA Magazine’s American Graphic Design Awards

It is almost the collegiate graphic design equivalent of the World Series. Seems that whenever Woodbury students come up to bat in one competition or another, they come home winners.

That was certainly the case this fall, when three Graphic Design students won American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA Magazine. Since 2012, Woodbury Graphic Design students have received a remarkable 119 international and national design awards.

This year’s winners include:

  • Alexia Cortez – Starlight Music Series Poster; Typography 3 with professor Rebekah Albrecht
  • Sam Peralta – National Parks Service (NPS) App Design; User Experience Design with professor Rolando Bojorquez
  • Nya Walker– Cacao Identity Design; Logo & Identity Design with professor Behnoush McKay

“This year, our heartiest congratulations go to Alexia, Sam and Nya for their achievement, and to Graphic Design faculty for their invaluable role in supporting our students and advancing the department,” says Behnoush McKay, M.F.A., the Chair of the Graphic Design program in the School of Media, Culture & Design. “Competitions such as this one attest to the proven ability of Woodbury students and grads to compete for top jobs in the graphic design field. This high-level recognition provides further evidence of the caliber of students who are attracted to our Graphic Design program.”

“For 56 years, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals,” the organization says.“GDUSA’s American Graphic Design Awards is the original and the flagship, open to everyone in the community and honoring outstanding work of all kinds and across all media.” Woodbury is one of just 25 educational institutions nationwide to make the cut.

This year’s showcase of 600 pieces (winnowed from more than 12,000 entries) reflects the myriad ways that graphic design shapes business and society, products and services, commerce and culture and causes.  Winners run the gamut from print and packaging to internet and interactive, from dream assignments to bread and butter endeavors, from established stars to rising newcomers, from red states to blue.


See the winning designs below:

Title: Starlight Music Series Poster Designer: Alexia Cortez; Professor: Rebekah Albrecht
Title: Starlight Music Series Poster Designer: Alexia Cortez; Professor: Rebekah Albrecht
Title: Cacao Identity Designer: Nya Walker; Professor: Behnoush McKay
Title: Cacao Identity Designer: Nya Walker; Professor: Behnoush McKay
Title: NPS (National Parks Service) App Design Designer: Sam Peralta; Professor: Rolando Bojorquez
Title: NPS (National Parks Service) App Design Designer: Sam Peralta; Professor: Rolando Bojorquez

Learn more about the Graphic Design program