Communication Design students fare well at AIGA competition

By Brett Fails
University News Service
November 10, 2009

Students from the MFA Communication Design program at Texas State University-San Marcos received awards at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) BlueRidge fourth annual Flux 09 Competition that was held on Oct. 24.

The Flux 09 Student Competition is a design competition for both undergraduate and graduate design students. They are required to submit design work that was created between Aug. 2008 and Oct. 2009 to be judged in one of the following categories: identity, posters, publications, packaging or web/interactive. Within each divisions a best in category and honorable mention are selected, as well as an overall best in show.

Keo Pierron, a second year communication design graduate student from Ames, Iowa, received honorable mention in the best of identity category for his logo Ponzu Shushi House, and a merit award for having seven pieces accepted to the competition. Pierron completed his undergraduate degree in graphic design at Iowa State University in 2001.

“This program [Texas State MFA Communication Design program] is only three years old, and I think it is pretty strong already,” said Pierron. After his recent success in the AIGA competition, Pierron said, “I think I found my niche, Corporate Identity.”

Once Pierron receives his MFA, he plans to teach at the university level, and practice professionally.

Alongside Pierron, five other Texas State graduate student received awards from the Flux 09 Student Competition. The following students received the Merit Award in their respective category: Sam Kapila, Shawn Meek, Jeremy Honea and Grayson Lawrence.

For the full list of winners visit