UTA Teams Sweep AICC Design Contest

UT Arlington students from the Department of Art & Art History took five of six awards in the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) 2015 Student Design Competition this summer.

The 12 students, part of the department’s visual communication design program, were organized into three teams for the competition. This year, the project requirement was to develop a shipping box that was themed to an event (i.e., a university homecoming celebration) and could safely transport salsa, bottled drinks and chips. Sixteen collegiate teams from across the nation competed.

“Although the packaging structure and design curriculum at UTA is still in its infancy, our students have had an immediate impact on the quality of work being produced by up-and-coming packaging designers,” said Assistant Professor Ben Dolezal, area coordinator of the packaging curriculum.

UTA students have participated in the AICC competition for three consecutive years, winning three awards in 2013, one in 2014 and five in 2015. Two of the student teams will now move on to compete in the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) “Best of the Best” National packaging competition in February 2016. Since the inception of the department’s Corrugated Prototype Design and CAD Production Lab, UTA has earned high praise for its entries in the ICPF competition each year.

“Clearly our CorrPro Design program within the Department of Art and Art History leads the nation in packaging design that is focused on structural integrity, dynamic design and the use of recyclable materials,” said Professor and Department Chair Robert Hower. “The faculty, staff and students will continue to enhance the program and participate in international and national collaborative industry activities.”

Industry partners are also impressed with how quickly UTA is gaining attention.

“For the last three years, UTA has successfully competed against colleges that have packaging as a degree. But to win five out of the six awards this year is extremely impressive and speaks to the continued level of excellence that is coming out of this young program,” said Jana Harris, CEO of Harris Packaging Company in Fort Worth. “Paper packaging is a large industry with vast opportunities for emerging professionals. The fact that UTA recognizes this and supports this program is huge for local packaging manufacturers.”

In addition to winning, students will have their work on display in September at the AICC National Conference in Fort Worth. Dolezal said the display is “a great way to show a national audience the high quality of creative work our students are capable of producing.”

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AICC 2015 Student Design Competition Winners

Design to an Opportunity – Structural Challenge

  • First Place: “Party Pack,” The University of Texas at Arlington (Andrew Vo, Allison Herbst, Benjamin Kim and Kiersten Heflin)
  • Second Place: “Maverick Adventure Pack,” The University of Texas at Arlington (Elena Chudoba, Andrea Norcross, Andrew Czap and Cali Stewart)
  • Third Place: “Countless Mavericks; One Spirit,” The University of Texas at Arlington (Amanda Turnage, Samantha Clarke, Marissa Rogers and Karen Juarez)

Design to an Opportunity – Graphics Challenge

  • First Place: “Party Pack,” The University of Texas at Arlington (Andrew Vo, Allison Herbst, Benjamin Kim and Kiersten Heflin)
  • Second Place: “When in Doubt – Luau at Stout, ” University of Wisconsin-Stout (Brandon Hokanson)
  • Third Place: “Maverick Adventure Pack,” The University of Texas at Arlington (Elena Chudoba, Andrea Norcross, Andrew Czap and Cali Stewart)

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