Connecticut Art Directors Club Awards SASD Seniors; Griffith Wins Five

Thu 23 Jun 2016 — The 41st CADC Annual Awards Show brought together work by graphic designers from all over Connecticut to compete for awards from the Connecticut Art Directors Club.

One of those designers was SASD’s own Terrell Griffith, graduating senior in graphic design. Terrell swept the categories with his senior thesis work, “Practice Makes Better” book and website, taking back to the studio a Gold for his project process book, a Judge’s Choice for the Practice project process book, a Silver for the Practice website, and the Richard Hess Spirit of Creativity Award for both combined. The thesis is about the necessity to work and rework at life’s challenges, especially as they apply to graphic designers.



Terrell Griffith — Practice Makes Better, senior thesis project. Top: process book for Practice Makes Better, Gold Award and Best in Show Award; ABOVE: Website for Practice Makes Better, Silver Award. Together, the pieces comprised a project that won a Judge’s Choice Award.

Practice Makes Better was chosen as his Judge’s Choice by Todd LeMieux, who said, “The Practice Makes Better project stuck with me from the moment I saw it—both the printed piece as well as the website. Such a well thought out project—gorgeous design, restrained, clean use of type and a color palette well-suited for the intended audience.”

Griffith also took Gold for his poster made for the UB English Department program, “Necessary Voices” for a talk about environmentalism.

Terrell Griffith — The Awakened Eye, poster for a lecture on environmentalism.

Fellow senior Michael Christiano also took a Gold, for his thesis book, “Small Business Re-Design” where he reworked the graphic look and feel of ten Connecticut businesses.

Mike Christiano — Small Business Re-Design, senior thesis project.

And, the entire senior class, led by Professors Emily Larned and Karl Heine, took Gold for their magazine, Document: Time, where 30 seniors researched, wrote, and designed spreads about their perception of time and its meaning.


SASD GD Seniors — Document: Time, a collective magazine.

That’s not all. Professor Larned, Chair of SASD Graphic Design, won Silver for her new Alder & Frankia imprint, “Beauty in Transition: Portraits”.


Emily Larned — “Beauty in Transition: Portraits”

Is there more? Yes!
Melissa Matos (UB-SASD ’13) as in-house designer for ASSA ABLOY won Excellence for her Healthcare Continuum Brochure.



Former SASD fave adjunct professor Brian Miller’s firm, MillerSmith took gold for their brochure set for, yes, SASD.



Lastly, but never leastly, Deb Kline, former (and we hope, returning) SASD GD adjunct and brand consultant won the CADC Service Award for her dedication to resolving challenges with design processes and fresh solutions in branding, packaging, and education.

The jury of the 41st CADC awards show were national designers:

  • Matt Caspari, of Caspari McCormick, Wilmington DE;
  • Mike Eaton, of DigitasLBI, Boston;
  • Patrick Tubach, of Industrial Light and Magic, San Francisco CA;
  • Thom Long, of Idea Collective, Easthampton MA;
  • Todd LeMieux, of Westfield State University, MA.

The CADC website for the competition awards has more information about the competition and the awards.
Congratulations to all the entrants and winners!


L to R: Joe Giampaoli, Terrell Griffith, Michael Christiano, with professors Emily Larned and Karl Heine


Written by sasd