When the school year ended in May, Emily Ebert ’15 (Communication Design) planned to update her portfolio over the summer to include her most recent semester’s worth of work. An incentive to do so came swiftly in the form of the AIGA Wisconsin Student Excellence Awards, which identify chapter’s student members who exude “excellence in design ability and commitment to the design community.”
The deadline was June 5 – one short month after classes ended. “It gave me a reason to stay on top of my portfolio and reflect on my accomplishments and contributions in the past few years,” said Ebert, “regardless if I won or not.”
Ebert was awarded First Place by AIGA Wisconsin jurors Peter M. Bell, Brad Nellis and Amy Soquet.
For Ebert, the process of going through her work and reflecting was a driving factor behind submitting to the Excellence Awards. Being named the First Place winner was a bonus.
“I learned more about myself as a designer. During the submission process, and even after receiving the award, I tried to look at myself and my work from a third party perspective.”
Part of the submission process – an essay – allowed Ebert to reflect on her contributions to the design community as President of the AIGA MIAD Student Chapter, for which she is planning on returning as president for her senior year.
Ebert said the feedback she received from her peers, faculty and internship mentors while making her work helped contribute to her comprehensive portfolio. “I feel very fortunate to have such a strong support system doing what I love. I’m surrounded by people who are just as passionate as I am about what we do.”
Images courtesy of Emily Ebert ’15