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Students create deck sketches explore graphic design

on Monday,December 13,2010 21:12

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Graphic design classes do not always grasp the attention of students, but one Central York High School teacher in Pennsylvania has found an innovative way to keep adolescents interested. Jim Howard is known for holding a project for his students involving an unlikely medium: a skateboard deck.

The idea began when Howard had his graphic design students create ideas on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, according to the York Dispatch. Now, Howard allows students to print their designs onto decks for a fee of $30 as a regular part of his teaching curriculum. The Central York High School teacher believes that the project is opening students' eyes to the industry of graphic design and allowing them to begin building portfolios.

"I like having something out of [the project] that's not a piece of paper," student Brandon Schofield told the news source.

A handful of Howard's students were recently featured in Concrete Wave Magazine for their designs. This is the second time that the school has been mentioned in the skateboarding publication.

Employment in the graphic design industry is predicted to increase by 13 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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