Three Graphic Design III students at LCCC have put their training to the test by designing annual report posters for the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.
Mark Chambers, Meghan Groh, Ryan McNulty and Matt Pierro worked with the Lorain County Board of Mental Health to develop annual report posters for 2005 and 2006. The 2006 design was printed in local newspapers as well as distributed to a list of local and statewide stakeholders. Framed versions are hanging at the Lorain County Board of Mental Health offices.
Matt Pierro created the poster design chosen for the 2005 annual report and Mark Chambers created the design for 2006 annual report.
Students incorporated artwork from members of Gathering Hope House, an agency funded by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health. Gathering Hope House is a consumer-run mental health recovery center that partners with the community and families to help individuals with mental illness by providing programs that emphasize acquisition of life skills, education and advocacy. Gathering Hope House encourages mental health consumers to join together as members, inspiring and supporting one another’s personal growth and recovery. Together, members promote awareness in combating stigma and encourage acceptance of all. The facility includes a fitness center, computer lab, commercial kitchen, art studio and meeting rooms.
“What I would like students to take with them from this experience is that it’s not just about designing visually appealing art. It’s also about developing interpersonal skills, defining target audiences and creating effective approaches to best meet client needs. I am proud of the students that worked on this project and feel they worked hard and came up with some creative yet tangible solutions,” LCCC Professor of Graphic Design, Dennis Ryan said.
According to Marcia Ballinger, Vice President of Strategic and Institutional Development, Lorain College Community College, “ What we provide at the college is a practical approach to education. Many courses at the college, including Graphic Design III incorporate opportunities for students to experience first-hand real life job situations.”
Bill Harper, Executive Director of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health commented, “The hardest part of this process was choosing which design we would use because they were all so good. I commend the students for an outstanding job and the college for their progressive and practical approaches to education.”
The Lorain County Board of Mental Health oversees a network of 15 mental health providers that serve 9,000 Lorain County residents with mental illness each year. The Mental Health Network is an association of caring organizations that are committed to providing consumer-centered, culturally competent mental health services that are accessible and affordable to all Lorain County residents. They provide comprehensive, evidence-based programs for all ages that promote health, resiliency, and recovery, supporting consumers and their families to live a more fulfilling life. For more information on mental health services available in Lorain County, visit their website at www.lorain.oh.networkofcare.org.