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Library Partners with ETSU Graphic Designers

Library Partners with ETSU Graphic Designers

Your Library partnered with ETSU graphic design students to create original, visually stunning posters featuring books with movie adaptations. The posters are on display in our Media Center.

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Hannah Kiger

Your Library partnered with ETSU graphic design students to create new artwork for our Media Center. Three students—Saydee Nye-Fox, Toni Matheson, and Mackenzie Hooven—created eight posters featuring books with movie adaptations. The finished posters, on display now in the DVD section on the second floor, are visually stunning.

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Misery by Stephen King

Saydee, Toni, and Mackenzie each brought their own unique abilities to the project and worked together to create designs for classic stories like The Great GatsbyThe Color Purple, and Jurassic Park.

Saydee, a junior graphic designer at ETSU and a Johnson City native, used simple color blocking and rigid color schemes to illustrate complex images. She said, “This work is very different from my usual style, as I tend to work with heavy lineart and more naturalistic forms. But the exploration of this new style was super enjoyable!”

Mackenzie is an ETSU graphic design major with an advertising minor from Maryville, Tennessee. She said, “My focus is on typography work and branding designs. My goal with this project was to personalize the type design for each poster to pair with Saydee’s illustration work. I wanted to make the type unique for each story.”

As an ETSU junior pursuing an art history major, Toni brought her knowledge of typography and composition to the design process.

Not only did the students work together, but they also worked collaboratively with our Library staff.

The students pitched multiple options with prototype designs. Once we settled on an overall approach, we met regularly to finesse things. We are so pleased with the results, which are totally unique to the Library.

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The partnership came about from a conversation with Kelly Porter, an ETSU graphic design professor. Kelly mentioned that in some of her classes students do case studies with community organizations at no charge. “It’s a way for students to gain real world experience working with clients, meeting timelines, creating deliverables, and adding to their own portfolios.”

This partnership was a great experience and benefitted everyone involved. The Library is a particularly attractive place in the community to have work displayed because so many people visit every day.

The stories chosen for the eight posters were picked collaboratively and thoughtfully. We asked the students, as emerging professional designers, to use their designs to help us solve a particular challenge.

New releases tend to circulate most in the DVD collection, so we’re always looking for ways to highlight the wider range of classic movies we have.

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Until Library users can get their turn with the newest items, we want them to browse and discover the wealth of other movies we have that they’d enjoy. Movie posters have been a traditional way to draw people in, but we needed something that would be more permanent and intrigue people on a deeper level.

The posters created by Saydee, Toni, and Mackenzie fit what we were looking for exactly. They highlight a diverse range of classic stories and genres, from Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, to True Grit by Charles Portis, to Stephen King’s Misery.

Stop by the second-floor Media Center to enjoy these beautiful posters and see if you can identify the book that each represents. And while you’re at it, browse our large collection of movies and TV shows!

All Ages