Communication Design Students Awarded Prizes in Competition

June 6, 2006

California State University, Chico students Lucy Redoglia and Daisuke Nozaki have won prizes for publishing excellence in the 2006 Bookbuilders West book design competition.

Bookbuilders West, a nonprofit association founded in San Francisco in 1969, supports book publishing in the 13 states west of the Mississippi. The organization is an educational and professional resource for book publishers throughout the West.

Redoglia was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her design of "Books Grow with Us." The book celebrates how the seeds of learning sown in childhood and nurtured throughout young lives blossom with maturity. The pages of this book get progressively larger to emphasize this growth. Redoglia interviewed readers from three distinct age groups to determine the changes in their reading habits.

Nozaki is the recipient of the $500 Steve Renick Memorial Award for his project, "Soul." Nozaki's concept for the book uses the strong ethical code of the Japanese bushido or samurai warriors as a metaphor for understanding how the physical book serves to honor and protect an author's idea. Merging digital and print media, the book includes electronically generated Japanese calligraphy that represents the seven virtues: honesty, compassion, courtesy, justice, honor, courage and loyalty.

The books were designed and produced in the Publication Design class taught by Barbara Sudick, associate professor in the Department of Communication Design. The course focuses on the design, typography, production and manufacture of books. The projects were judged in terms of creativity, meeting defined design objectives, and presentation of material. "Both books are exceptional," said Sudick. "These students are outstanding and have very promising careers in publishing ahead of them."

Both books can be seen in the Digital Dialog Show at the Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., Chico, through June 10. Other projects from Sudick's class can be seen on Adobe's Design and Film School Connection Web site, http://www.adobe.com/education/designschools/spotlights/chico.html.

Other schools winning awards in this year's Bookbuilders West competition are Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Seattle Central Community College. The awards will be presented at the 2006 Bookbuilders Awards Ceremony in San Francisco on June 28.

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