Design student winning streak continues at regional ADDY Awards competition

The creative work of a recent graduate from the University of Troy recently represented the University’s graphic design program in the regional competition for the American Federation of Advertising awards.

An awareness poster campaign by John Carbone won a silver regional ADDY award and will continue to compete nationally.

“Having the opportunity to shine a light on pressing global issues through my art has been an exceptional experience,” said Carbone. “I am extremely grateful to my teachers and peers for pushing me to strive for success and I look forward to seeing where this growth will take me.”

John Carbone’s awareness poster campaign won a Silver Regional ADDY and will continue to compete nationally.

Design student Travis Carlson will also be featured for his “Unplug” campaign, which highlights the societal impacts of being too plugged in and the harmful consequences that can result from this behavior. Carlson received five regional Gold ADDYs in various categories including Integrated Brand Identity Campaign, Social Media Campaign and Logo Design.

“I feel so honored to have won these awards thanks to the University of Troy,” said Carlson. “I am very grateful to the staff in the design department for guiding me through my training and this process. It’s so nice to see the hard work pay off and be celebrated. I can’t wait to represent my school at the national championships.

Associate Professor Chris Stagl will attend the National ADDY Awards live presentation with students remotely in mid-May.

“I look forward to joining John and Travis online for the event and I think other teachers will join in the festivities as well,” Stagl said. “John now lives in the Mobile area where he has incredibly creative work using high end photo and video technology in the real estate industry, and Travis works for a very creative company in Greenville, SC called Brains On Fire We really couldn’t be happier for these students and their accomplishments.

Department Chairman Greg Skaggs echoed Stagl’s pride in their accomplishments.

“Both John and Travis are incredibly creative students and their contributions to this program and ultimately to the design industry will be felt by many,” Skaggs said. “We are so proud of them both.”

Abdul J. Gaspar