Two Forsyth Central High School graphic design students created winning designs in a contest held by the school and In-Depth Wraps to create a car wrap design for the Forsyth County Humane Society Thrift Store.
The designs of freshman Jennifer Bautista and senior Jacy Shepard were the final ones chosen for the thrift store. Their designs were selected out of 79 entries by Central students who entered the contest.
“We loved many of the 79 designs the students submitted, and the quality of the designs definitely made it tough to choose,” Humane Society Thrift Store Executive Director Debbie Bertsch said. “We enjoyed working with In-Depth through this process and appreciate being in a community that works together.”
The winners received prize money as well as the display of their designs and names on a box truck advertising the thrift store.
The box truck featured a combination of the designs by Bautista and Shepard. Bautista chose a typeface for her design that was coupled with an image created by Shepard to compose the wrap.
“Being able to have this opportunity so early in my design career was the biggest blessing
I could have received,” Shepard said. “Many designers don’t come in contact with a car wrap until the senior stages of their career or perhaps never, so having this experience under my belt is invaluable.”
For the past eight years, In-Depth wraps has partnered with Central’s graphic arts program to offer the Stick2It program. This is the first year that Stick2It students have designed a wrap for a non-profit.
Heather Hanline, a fine arts instructor at Central, leads the program, whose goal is to encourage students to consider vehicle wraps as art mediums, teach information on designing wraps and showcase career opportunities available to students in graphic design.
“We want these students to recognize their talent and what they have to offer the business community,” said Toni Westmoreland, co-owner of In-Depth. “We want to piggyback on the momentum that Heather has started in the class and keep them in the industry long-term.”