Students looking to live off campus have a new roadmap to guide their search thanks to the hard work of two of TAD’s finest— Kerianne Condon and Julie Moores. The graphic design duo completed an overhaul of the Off Campus Life Housing Guide, updating it and making it easier to use. The project required the two designers to collaborate in ways that student designers don’t often get the opportunity to do.
The designers had to carefully consider the organization of the essential information to be included in the Housing Guide. Kerianne and Julie came up with several additions that help to simplify the guide, making it easier to understand at a glance. The new Housing Guide includes an icon based list of amenities, making it much easier to compare facilities. The map on the new guide now includes the shape of the complexes on the map. “You can now clearly tell ‘that’s a big complex,’ or ‘that’s a small complex,’ just from looking at it,” Julie says.
Perhaps the biggest improvement though, was to the actual size and feel of the guide. “It’s now the size that a brochure should be,” Julie says. The new and improved guide is much easier to carry around, and a great deal of thought was put into making the brochure unfold in a natural way. The colors and type also received some upgrading which improved the overall look and readability.
It took a lot of hard work, long nights, and pizza dinners to finally finish the project.
“Group design can be hard,” Kerianne says. “We were on the same page for the most part though,” Julie adds. Both designers conclude that they couldn’t have done this project alone. It was a learning experience that taught them about client relationships, time and project management, and working together as a team. The new Off Campus Housing Guide is a great example of the kind of work TAD is capable of. Students will be using it to help make their housing search easier for years to come.
Stop by the OCL office in Festival for a printed copy of the Housing Guide, or use this link to download the 2012 Housing Guide (PDF).