HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 25, 2010 – Allan Beaver, artist-in-residence at High Point University, recently gave a unique challenge to students in his graphic design class ? decorate the walls at the Great Day Bakery in the University Center. The challenge was part of the “Incredible Bagel Project.”
“When I heard ‘bakery,’ my mind flashed to my favorite repast ? the bagel,” Beaver says. “It is, I believe, a logical graphic symbol for the bakery. It also became an interesting and challenging graphic design assignment.”
Beaver approached his students ? Emily Erdman, Ann-Marie Furr, Elyse Miller, Amber Myers, Ned Nicholson, Adriene Sperry and Amber Ward ? and asked them to use the bagel to graphically create a totally new personality for the breakfast item. Chad Christian, university photographer, shot photos of the bagels and the students worked with those photos to create unique bagel images.
“He really shot some great bagel photos for the class to work with, and interesting work developed,” Beaver says. “Since I preach that ‘design is a thinking process,’ it challenged the class to be both creative and imaginative. ? Students ended up submitting 21 bagel personalities.”
The results? Fresh, cool, mind-bending, unique and fun, Beaver says. The images ? including the likes of the “Devil Bagel,” the “Moon Bagel” and the “Skiing Bagel” ? will be digitally printed to a 30-inch-by-30-inch format, then individually framed. Installation is scheduled for June 2010.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.
Vice President for Administration