Graphic Design Student Paul Molina Designs Poster for 2013 Academic Festival
Graphic Design student Paul Molina designed the poster for the 2013 NCC Academic Festival Journeys: Paths from the Past to the Future. The winning selection was chosen from more than fifteen submissions in Cara Kacin’s Graphic Design II class.
Paul Molina graduated with an Associate in General Studies from NCC in 2010. He realized his passion for graphic design soon after creating flyers for a production company that specialized in DJ events. Paul returned to NCC, enrolled in the Graphic Design Certificate Program, and is expected to graduate in May 2013.
“When I sought to create my design for the Academic Festival poster, I spent a lot of time thinking about what the word “Journey” meant to me. I thought of something adventurous, an exploration with no exact beginning or end. The idea of the air balloon came while brainstorming. An air balloon’s destination is partially up to the person in control, but also to the whim of the wind. Metaphorically, the balloon represents the lifelong journey for knowledge, spirituality and personal fulfillment. I felt giving the poster a vintage look along with an old typeface would best visually represent the “past” part of the festival’s tagline and I left it to the viewer how to choose their perception of the sun rays regarding the “future.” Is it a sunrise or sunset? Or both? This is a sublime choice, a way of looking at life, but ultimately a great truth of timelessness itself—mainly that past, present and future all intersect and coexist simultaneously and the only possible illuminating moment is the present journey.
The goal of the Academic Festival is to explore the sources of creativity and new ideas, as well as how those ideas transform into innovations that can change individual lives and the world as a whole. The keynote speaker this year will be Roya Hakakian. Hakakian is an Iranian writer and journalist who works in film and print. She is the author of two collections of poetry in Persian and two memoirs, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran and The Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, about Tehran’s terror campaign against exiled Iranians. More than 30 presentations, displays, and poster sessions by faculty and students will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by the keynote address at 2:30 p.m., with a reception and book signing afterward.
The day–long festival, which takes place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, is a celebration of interdisciplinary study and the thriving intellectual life of our college and community.