Students in Media Entrepreneurship course win 'Graphic Design USA' magazine's 2023 American Digital Design Award


Update 4/26/2024: Congratulations to the students who created Roomiversity for winning a combined total of $750 in the Cozad New Venture Challenge campuswide competition in Spring 2024! 

Four students in the Spring 2023 ADV 409: Media Entrepreneurship course have won 2023 American Digital Design Awards presented by Graphic Design USA magazine. Congratulations to Caroline Azzo, Hope Fowler, and Lillie Ostarello, all juniors in advertising, as well as to Simran Shah, a master’s student in urban planning.

The four students teamed up to create a comprehensive pitch deck for a new mobile app they conceptualized called Roomiversity. Their Tinder-style app (@roomiversity on Instagram) would help college students meet and match with like-minded roommates. Terry Kasdan, adjunct lecturer in advertising who teaches ADV 409, encouraged the team to submit the brand identity they created for their business to Graphic Design USA magazine’s 23rd annual Digital Design Awards competition, and they won in the student work category.

The winners will be published this summer on GDUSA's website, with select winners featured in their print magazine and annual awards issue in July. More than 2,000 entries were submitted this year, according to Graphic Design USA magazine’s publisher Gordon Kaye. The students’ work will be published alongside entries by Adobe, Molson/Coors, the NBA, Pepsi, and several other student entries from different universities that also won.

Learn more about ADV 409: Media Entrepreneurship.

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