Engaged Learning

UGArden Project

As a UGA Service-Learning Fellow in 2012–13, I incorporated a community engagement project into a an existing second-semester graphic design course. My students in ARGD 3060 worked on developing a graphic identity for UGArden, the teaching and student-run community gardens on campus that focus on sustainable food production.

Initially, the UGArden approached us with various design needs to support their branding efforts, including creating graphics for an electric delivery truck. The project has helped UGArden increase awareness in the Athens and UGA communities about their services, as well as promoted UGA’s Local Food Systems Certificate. The students gained valuable experience collaborating in groups, grappling with concrete user needs, and making presentations about their work. They also thought critically about a local community issue while developing a comprehensive design plan spanning various media.

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The class was divided into four groups of four students. Each team collaborated on their design directions, presentation, materials and applications then presented their proposed designs to the clients.