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Graphic designers connect to raise COVID-19 funds

Posted on August 4, 2020


VCC’s first-ever Connected by Design event turned out to be a big hit.

Despite not being able to network in person, the graphic design industry got behind the July 22 event resulting in 109 tickets sold and raising more than $1,000 for VCC’s COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.

“Overall, the event was a great success and a nice spinoff from all the new work we've been doing with online learning in our department,” says Anne Emberline, department head of VCC Digital Media Design, which hosted the two-hour educational and social event on Zoom.

“We were happy to give our design community such a beautiful opportunity to connect and we’re looking forward to building the event with future iterations.”

The post-event survey confirms there should be a future for Connected by Design. Eighty-eight percent replied that they would attend the event again.

Attendees praised the event for its group discussions, digital painting demo, and speakers, including keynote Amy Balliett, founder of Killer Visual Strategies, an award-winning visual communication agency located in Seattle.


Read more about our student bursary and award recipients, and the donors who are helping them reach their goals.