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Mark My Words—A Graphic Design/Writing Student Collaboration

January 16, 2014
The 'Mark My Words" Journal
The 'Mark My Words" Journal

Last fall, Melissa DiPalma, a lecturer who teaches a course in book and magazine design in the Graphic Design program, approached English Department Chair Kirsti Sandy and asked if Dr. Sandy's writing students would be willing to submit pieces of short fiction or nonfiction for a journal the graphic design students were creating.

Dr. Sandy enlisted the help of Associate Professors of English Kate Tirabassi and Brinda Charry, and they offered students in their upper-level fiction and nonfiction classes the opportunity to submit work. Out of many submissions, 13 were selected to appear in the journal. "Each author was paired with a graphic designer, and they worked as a team to explore the themes and content within each piece," DiPalma explained.

"What made the collaboration particularly exciting was that most of the writers and graphic designers had a chance to meet and discuss the work and the process. In one instance, the graphic design student used the writing student’s photographs as part of the finished piece. Another used one of the graphic design student's original watercolor paintings," Dr. Sandy said.

The finished product, Mark My Words, is now online and open for enjoyment.