Based on the Adobe Pathfinder tool, the main function of the tool is to easily create different shapes using two or more shapes. The main focus on the brand is the emphasis on “uniting” and demonstrating the “intersection” of shapes, which relates to the capstone event itself by showing the overlap and intersection of each student coming together. The name itself was separated into two words because many students will be connected to professionals through the event. Ultimately, each of us will have the potential to find our path. The capstone is the students’ Path Finder.
Each person had a unique experience with how they handled the changes that happened during the Stay-At-Home order to combat the spread of COVID-19. These are some of the experiences that they wanted to share.
The last day I met with my capstone students in person it was photo day. Little did I know our amazing timing - any later and there would be no portraits for the website, social media, book, and so on. While everyone was waiting for their turn in front of the camera I was fielding questions about the virus.
For years I knew exactly what I was going to do for part of my capstone: I’ve had to work a retail job to pay for college and it was incredibly difficult, so when I graduated I wanted to leave with a comic book depicting all the weird and unbelievable things that have happened at this store; to turn all the hardships into good content.
If someone were to tell me that I would be finishing up my capstone class entirely online, I’m not sure I would have believed it a few months ago. It feels easy to imagine graphic design classes working online; after all, our entire workspace is stored on our computers so it shouldn’t be too hard, right? Yet, transitioning to online classes still took some time getting used to.
As a busy and social person, the transition from in-person classes to completely online has been one of the most difficult transitions that I’ve experienced throughout my college career. Since it is also my final semester of the most significant years of my life, the current situation and the transition has also been one of the most emotional for me because there was so much opportunity within this semester and many things to look forward to that ended up being cancelled.
Spring 2020 has been the strangest semester. As this is the last semester of my undergrad years, I had numerous plans, events I wanted to go to, trips I was looking forward to, and was excited for what these last few months of school had in store for me. With the recent COVID-19 events, all these plans were snuffed. Trips I had planned with friends were canceled, events I had been looking forward to were closed, and we were forced into isolation for our safety, and the health of those around us.
When everything started to change, we all thought we would be able to have our capstone event. A few days later, we found out it was cancelled, and we wouldn’t be able to go to campus. A few days after that, I found out my work was closing. I lost motivation to do anything. I didn’t know what we were going to do for classes, and I started to see things getting worse.
Hello all! I am Paige Talbott and I am one of 30 students in the graphic design program here at UNLV. We are completing our capstone projects but, as you know, this spring was a bit different as far as classes go. Due to Covid-19, all of our classes were switched to an online platform starting Mid-March. This was a bit stressful for all of us, seeing as we had an event that we were halfway through planning in order to present our final thesis projects to the graphic design world here in Las Vegas.
The finish line was in my vision until I stumbled to the ground. Four years of working towards the final goals of my college career just seemed to disappear from my grasp. It all happened too suddenly, and the lifestyle that came was something I was not prepared for. For weeks I lost the motivation to focus on my classes and complete my projects. My capstone project was heavily reliant on the topic of Las Vegas tourism, and I had planned to visit many places around the city to take pictures and document my experience.
My capstone experience was the equivalent of a roller coaster. I started the semester at a high, super excited about the possibilities of what my project could end up like and what our event would be like, working long hours on my capstone project every day each week. Sometime I would stay in coffee shops past midnight with other students.
The month of May, was a month of celebrations that I was eager to attend. Starting the month with my 3yr anniversary to my wonderful boyfriend on May 5th, next the capstone event, then graduation and finally ending a month of celebrations on my birthday May 30th. All these dates were marked on the calendar, and I envisioned each event vividly.