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COD Graphic Design Students and Biology Faculty Create Prairie Triptych

Prairie Triptych Image

By Mike McKissack

Students enrolled in the Graphic Design program at College of DuPage collaborated with faculty from the Biology program to create a triptych (tri-fold panel) detailing information about prairielands on the College’s campus and throughout the Midwest. Click here to view photos of the permanent display, which is located in the Health and Science Center lobby.

Designed to bring attention to the natural area in which COD is located, the display includes photographs and illustrations labeled with descriptions of native biological organisms and highlights of the ecological importance of the prairie as a habitat.

Originating from an idea had by Biology Professor Lynda Randa, a team of students from a spring 2012 Graphic Design IV class designed the layout and illustrations for the panels. According to Randa, the project was a collaborative effort between students and faculty.

“I met with the students starting in early part of the term to provide them with the themes, text and some images for the three panels,” Randa said. “Biology Professors Barb Anderson and Peter Chen, as well as COD photographers and the College’s archives also contributed photos for the panels.”

Naming themselves Giant Squid Design, students Libby Chappel, Fatema Cutlerywalla, Christopher Marrs and Eric Small completed the work in 2012 but several roadblocks prevented the project from reaching fruition. After three years, through the dedication of COD Professor of Biology Beth Kirkpatrick and the support of Vice President of Academic Affairs Jean Kartje, the triptych was recently installed in its permanent location in the HSC lobby.

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