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This campaign ended on Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013.
There is a $5.00 gift minimum.



Who We Are
The Graphic Design Student Association (GDSA) for Arizona State University is a large campus organization that represents the Graphic Design community as a whole.  

What do We Do
We provide students with countless networking opportunities, intentional programming, and a means to connect with each other and ASU through volunteer, fundraising, and exciting events. To see specific events we host as an organization, visit our Facebook page by searching “ASU GDSA” or following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ASU-GDSA/111699588938850

Keep a lookout for consistent updates posted at the bottom of this campaign page.

Our Annual Graphic Design Trip
Another significant purpose of the GDSA is to raise money to promote these events and also help students attend our Annual Graphic Design Trip to a major city in the United States, this year being Seattle, Washington. In previous years, students visited the many professional design firms located in New York and San Francisco. See photographs below for more information from these wonderful past adventures.  

Why Seattle?
After researching many other large U.S. cities, our entire class decided that Seattle, Washington, would give us the most valuable experience. Seattle is Washington’s largest city and serves as the region’s major economic, cultural, and educational center, with a particularly supportive community for art and design. The city and its many nationally and internationally acclaimed design firms are constantly developing along with the graphic design profession, keeping up-to-date as technology moves forward. Keep an eye out for updates to our campaign page as we confirm studios that will be hosting visits for our student group.

What We Will Learn
During these trips students have the opportunity to connect with Creative Directors, design professionals, and people in the creative community. These connections lead to internships, job opportunities, and an overall better understanding of the Graphic Design field and all that it has to offer. Students will further strengthen and develop their career path.

Students are exposed to real-world experience, gaining a better understanding as to the various types of design, the differences between small studios and larger corporate firms, and, ultimately, what it means to be a full-fledged, paid, working professional.

Pertinent information students learn from each firm will be passed down to future generations of ASU Graphic Designers and shared with the Phoenix Design Community. By supporting current students, we are giving our home the opportunity to continue to grow stronger.

Why We Need Your Help
As you can understand, traveling to another city has some major expenses. You can help support us through your generous donations that will cover student costs. The final proceeds may help cover lodging and transportation for all attendees. Typically, these students represent the high achievers in our program who want to further develop their educational experience. We will also be considering giving scholarships to a few students who have the most financial need through a formal application process. Please share our page over email, social media, or any other communication methods. We thank you for your support!



Some Graphic Design Students visiting the "Hatch" Design Firm in San Francisco during last year's trip (http://hatchsf.com/)





Graphic Design Students during the 2013-2014 first Annual Studio Night showing their work to family and design professionals in the community. See more photos by searching "ASU GDSA" on Facebook.

You're Invited to our Studio Night!    

Published on Monday, Dec. 02, 2013 at 07:59 PM (MST)
The ASU Graphic Designers made this wonderful video to promote the last week of our "Send Design Students to Seattle" campaign and our final studio night of the semester, from 6 - 8 p.m. on December 6 at the ASU Design School, College of Design North Room 355 and College of Design South Room 340. You can see work done by our outstanding students, and learn about more ways to support our trip to Seattle. Everyone is invited, and the event is free — come see our work, mingle with design students, professionals, and ASU faculty, and enjoy food & refreshments!

We look forward to your continued support with our fundraiser — we have almost reached our $8,500 goal!



THANK YOU    

Published on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM (MST)
On behalf of the entire ASU Graphic Design Student Association– THANK YOU!  We have been inspired by the response we have received to this campaign so far. In just four days, our group has surpassed our original goal of $5,000. The opportunity this has provided to the graphic design students in attendance is outstanding. 

As of now, we are able to cover hotel accommodations for 29 out of 40 students– an amazing feat in itself! After extensive research and careful consideration, our team has decided to raise our campaign goal from $5000 to $8500. This will ensure that our entire group will be able to take part in this exciting experience to further develop our career paths, while also providing full scholarships to two students with financial need.
 

We are grateful for everything you have done thus far in support of our fundraiser because none of it would have been possible without YOU. With this renewed effort, I hope that you can help through your generous support, continued belief in our cause, and enthusiasm to share our campaign with as many of your friends and family as possible.
 

Together, we can include more students on this educational adventure! Thank you for those who have supported us in reaching our initial goal, and we look forward to your persistent efforts to send students to Seattle.
 

Why is design so important?    

Published on Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM (MST)
While in studio, every now and then we all distract ourselves with inspiration. Luckily for us, the design community has an infinite amount of inspiring authors and designers. 

Cheryl Heller is the founder of Heller Communication Design and an advisor to PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change. She is a pioneering communication designer and business strategist, and has twice been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design.

"Designing change in our societies requires new skills and craft. It requires deep understanding of human nature, of change models and systems of every type. It requires skills in leading conversations and facilitating co-creation. It demands broadly curious people, not narrow experts." 

(Article by Cheryl Heller April 25, 2013) 

Traveling inspires us    

Published on Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM (MST)
While getting things ready for the campaign, I sat down with Associate Professor Jose Bernardi to talk about his thoughts on the matter. I met Professor Bernardi on a Summer Abroad program in which not only did I learn plenty but also got to know myself and why I want to be a designer. 

This is what he had to say about our project:
We live in a globalized society, and the understanding of diversity and variety is crucial to any designer. Traditionally, all designers and artists travel as an opportunity for new ways of seeing the world. New environments have the power to inspire and help us grow as designers and as individuals. 

Every summer, Professor Bernardi guides students from any creative field throughout a 2-week program, in which they explore different cities in Western Europe. I got to see how design evolves according to its context in Barcelona, Paris, and Basel; I believe going on that trip made me gain confidence in my craft, and have no doubt that visiting design firms in Seattle, WA will do the same for my class. 

Can You "Say Hi to Alumni"? GDSA brings Back ASU Graphic Design Graduates to Give Lectures!    

Published on Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM (MST)
Since the summer before school, GDSA has been planning a semester-long lecture series bringing ASU Alumni back to the Design School in order to educate the future of designers. We are already past our fifth lecturer, Michael Kichler, who did an outstanding job!

Michael Kichler is both a businessman and a graphic designer. Michael has collaborated on projects varying from design and production of the American Express website to working with F-18 aircrafts for Goodrich Aerospace. He will be discussing how business is applied to design.

Lecturers like these help students better understand their career field, and the future that is in store for them after college.



An extra hand    

Published on Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM (MST)
Thanks so much for keeping up with on our road to Seattle!
We just wanted to let everyone know about another opportunity to help us even more. Many large businesses might have programs that match gifts to non-profit organizations. What this means is that they'll double up whatever gift their employees make. To look up your employer and learn more on whether this applies to you, please go on http://www.asufoundation.org/matchinggifts, and let us know so we can make this happen!

Another way companies can help us out is if they are interested in providing a sizable match grant. This works in a way that they will match whatever donation we get from anyone during our campaign. They are featured on our page, and it will help drive our cause to a larger extent. For an example of this, you can check out https://uva.useed.net/projects/80/home for a matched grant on a previous USEED Campaign.

Thanks for all of your support throughout this, and let's get to the finish line!

A Shoutout For Supporting Graphic Design Students    

Published on Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013 at 05:49 PM (MST)
Some of the many ASU graphic design students came together to express their thanks for all that you are doing to support us. We appreciate it all, and will continue to work towards are goal of $5000. Please share our video and campaign page with your own networks so we can get the word out. Keep a lookout on our page for consistent updates throughout our 30 day campaign. We look forward to sharing all of our experiences that you helped make possible.


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Student Inspirer

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Any amount will help inspire students to follow their dreams and make a difference in their life.



Feelin' Sketchy

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Sketchbooks are an important part of a graphic designer's daily life so they can jot down their ideas and inspirations. Typically, $10 can compensate students with a sketchbook. Help promote sketching today!



Bus Buddy

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Now a student can purchase a bus pass to ride around Seattle and get to and from each firm. Lead the way to their future!



Community Explorer

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Students will have the money to explore and be inspired by the Seattle design community. By doing this we can take what we learn from the city and better the Phoenix Design Community.



Connection Maker

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You are helping a student connect with two different Design firms during this day of travel, where they will form strong relationships with the best studios in Seattle.



The Perfect Host

Give $250

With this, you will cover the cost of a student's five day stay in a Seattle hotel. No student wants to be sleepless in Seattle! As a gift for your donation we will send you a hand-bound notebook signed by the officer team and stamped with our specially-designed Seattle Trip crest. This is a limited edition booklet, so donate today!



City Traveler

Give $500

This amount will open a student's eyes to a new environment where they may choose to work in the future. These fresh ideas will be brought back to the community and build a better Design presence at home. As a gift for your generous donation we will send you a Seattle-themed poster made by one of our talented students. You don't want to miss out on this opportunity!



Creative Genius

Give $1000

Donating this amount will show that you support creative individuals everywhere. The ultimate donation, this will pay in full for two students to go on this trip. These two students will learn valuable knowledge and become inspired to be the best future Graphic Designers they can be. As a gift for your generous donation we will send you a Designer Package filled with wonderful designs made entirely by students! Included will be a Seattle-themed poster made by one of our talented students, a hand-bound notebook signed by the officer team and stamped with our specially-designed Seattle Trip crest, a hard-bound 48 page sketchbook, and so much more!