Each year, Colby-Sawyer selects one student’s design to be used for the holiday card sent out by the college. This year, Jordan Pollard, a senior majoring in graphic design and minoring in studio art, was selected as the winner of the holiday card competition.
The winning design features the cupola of Colgate surrounded by a wreath in blue and white. Pollard got the idea after a friend flew a drone over campus. Pollard said, “He took some really cool pictures of the cupola with it, and I really wanted to use them in some way, shape or form, and I thought that the holiday card would be the way to incorporate that.” The addition of the wreath came from wanting to portray a holiday spirit without being too centered on Christmas.
Pollard used the program Adobe Illustrator to make the card; the most difficult aspect was recreating the cupola in the program since she had to trace the full image, alter the shading and lighting and make all the shapes match up. Finishing the wreath also provided some challenges for Pollard. “There’s so many variations that I had of the wreath that nobody really liked, so that was hard,” she said. “And then I finally got one that I liked and in critique they told me that it was too small.”
Pollard hopes that when people receive the card, they see it as a powerful image because of the cupola’s meaning to the campus and its strong design. The best part of the process for her was getting selected. “It was nice that other people were as confident in my work as I was,” Pollard said.