Access Agency and ECSU's Eastern Design Group project

CAFCA | January 07, 2019 |

Ten graphic design students at Eastern Connecticut State University recently concluded a major project with the Access Agency, the Community Action Agency serving limited income people in northeastern Connecticut. As part of Professor Terry Lennox’s capstone course “Eastern Design Group,” the students created 13 posters that graphically represent the agency’s 13 community programs.

After receiving design input from Access program directors, each student designed 13 posters – one for each program – as well as numerous drafts and revisions. In the end, Access selected a poster from each student, with some students receiving multiple selections. The posters will live in the agency’s conference room as official representations of Access’ services, which include assistance programs for energy, food, housing and employment. The posters will also be used externally for fundraising and outreach events.

Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) invites local nonprofits and charities to apply for service projects with Eastern students. Each year, a new cohort of graduating seniors takes on a design-related project to serve an area community organization. This was Lennox’s 10th year bringing students into the community for such a project, and her first with AccessAccess held an “Art Reveal” for the posters and gave the Students a chance to meet with the Access program directors to discuss the intersection between programmatic work and artistic design. To find out more about the programs and services offered at Access, click here.