Chagrin Falls High School Students Get Real-World Experience as Graphic Designers

Chagrin Falls High School students in the upper-level computer graphics class had the opportunity to put their design skills to the test for a real client looking to advertise.

Dewey Forward, owner of the Popcorn Shop in Chagrin Falls, and his partner came to the class as clients, described their project, the history of their event, and what they were looking for in a poster to publicize the evening. The event is the ninth annual popcorn ball drop on New Year’s Eve, and Forward was looking to bring some flair to the event after settling for a virtual ball drop in 2020.

Seven students created posters advertising the event including the date, time, location, and sponsors. They had one week to create their designs, which had to include the information while being legible and visually interesting. Forward then had a weekend to review the designs and provided feedback for each. After two days for revision, students received detailed feedback from Art Teacher Dawn Serazin followed by a final proof by Forward and his partner.

The posters were printed and are on display at the Popcorn Shop and Yours Truly restaurant for observation through mid-December. Voting can be done on smartphones or paper ballots from the Popcorn Shop. The winner will be chosen Dec.15 and on Dec. 17, the poster will be distributed. In addition, the art will be used as the label for this year’s special flavor of popcorn created by the Popcorn Shop, just for the event.

The winner will also receive a $50 cash prize. All participating students will receive goodies from the shop. The computer graphics students are sophomore Dylan Babic, juniors Shelby Brett, Logan Holmes and Liam Ratcliffe, and seniors Preston O’Connor, Sam Partain, and Ryan Reid.

“Everyone found it to be a fun and valuable experience and they are super excited to have their work displayed in the community and viewed by many,” said Serazin.


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