Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

Urban Revitalization

In Faculty, Students on August 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm


By Charmaine Banach, Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Design

Six Graphic Design students from Youngstown State University, with the help of Assistant Professor Charmaine Banach from Quinnipiac University, installed a vinyl mural in May in Youngstown, OH.

Last year Charmaine Banach led a successful Kickstarter campaign to help raise just under $7,500 for a student based mural targeting urban revitalization efforts. The vinyl mural will span the windows of multiple downtown facades of Youngstown OH. The student-designed mural will highlight Youngstown’s Metamorphosis from prosperous steel-city, to a collapsed economy, and now to a city that is finding new hopes in technological businesses and culture. This is a unique project because it demonstrates how graphic design can be used as public art to help inspire people to come to come downtown and patronize local businesses. Banach hopes to bring similar projects to urban sites in New Haven.

The mural design blends urban skyline of Youngstown with industrial steel scenes and technology plus nature to show the growth and change of the city from an industrial mecca to that of a technological and soon a cultural one. Because the mural is designed to span an entire city block, each student is responsible for a “piece” with integrates with the whole. The project started by choosing one word, “metamorphosis”, to describe the city, as well as one color scheme that fully described the concept of “change and growth”. The students individually designed each of their sections on the computer and then came together several times to discuss how their parts integrated to tell an entire visual story. By borrowing image from one-another, the design flows seamlessly for passers-by, or from a greater distance across the street. You can watch the video and find out more about the project on the Kickstarter website here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/241639606/urban-revitalization-window-mural-4-downtown-young

Banach will be in Youngstown this week to help install the mural.  You can see the design of the full mural here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/wf9im5ldctqfabg/YBIMural.png


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