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Springbox Employee Goes Back to School to Award Graduates

by Denise Smith, June 1, 2017

Sometimes graduating from college isn’t just about passing all of your classes. At the School of Art and Design at Texas State University, students are also required to create a senior portfolio —  a body of work that may include branding, art direction, integrated campaigns, UX and UI design, video, typography, illustration and responsive design to name a few. Undergrads compile these works throughout their college careers to prove that they have the skills that will take them into the next chapter of their lives.

A handful of employees here at Springbox know all about the rigorous requirement, having also graduated from Texas State. And now, they find themselves on the other side of the coin, helping evaluate the portfolios of graduating students.Aline Forastieri, Associate Creative Director at Springbox, was recently asked to return to her alma mater to help judge this year’s student portfolios and award the best at the ComDes Exit Review on May 4, 2017, in Austin. One of three judges, she had about one week to go through all 48 books and choose her winner.

Aline Forastieri, Springbox Employee

“I was looking for a portfolio that showcased a combination of strong pieces,” said Forastieri. “I wanted to see big ideas, conceptual thinking, integrated campaigns and, of course, beautiful and meaningful design.”

Forastieri found her champion in Anya Surnina. “She really showcased the same creativity and finesse I would look for on my own team,” Forastieri said. In addition to taking home the Special Judge’s Award and the title of Best Graduating Portfolio, the senior also received $500. She was one of six students to be awarded prizes.

“It’s a huge honor for me to go back to Texas State and play a small part in helping the future designers of the world,” said Forastieri. “I hope to be able to do it again someday!”

Courtesy: Facebook (TX State ComDes)


Courtesy: Facebook (TX State ComDes)


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Topics: Springbox, UX Design, portfolio, graduates, texas state, UI Design, ComDes