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Two MSU design students win New York City internships

August 6, 2012 -- Carol Schmidt, MSU News Service


Dominique Fultz was one of two MSU graphic design students to intern at Time, Inc. magazines as a result of submitting winning entries for the Society of Publication Designers 2012 Student Design Contest. Fultz, who won third place, interned at People magazine. Brian Abbott, who won honorable mention, interned at Money magazine.   High-Res Available

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Dominique Fultz of Boise, Idaho, and Brian Abbott of Billings, both graphic design students at Montana State University, interned at New York City-based Time Inc. magazines this summer by placing in the Society of Publication Designers 2012 Student Design Contest.

Fultz won third place in the contest and an internship at People magazine. Fultz' winning entry, "How to grow a splendid beard like a pro," was entered in the "how-to" category and incorporated letterpress print with vintage wood type and hand-carved linoleum cuts. An interview with Fultz was featured on the SPD contest website: http://www.spd.org/student-outreach/2012/04/our-2012-student-design-compet-2.php.

Abbott won honorable mention for "Torstein Horgmo: King of Air Style," a snowboard layout in the sports-adventure category. Abbott interned this summer at Money magazine.

Both of the winning entries may be viewed at http://www.spd.org/student-outreach/2012/05/our-2012-student-design-compet-3.php

The students were the latest of a series of MSU graphic design students who have placed and won internships through the annual national design contest.

"Over the past seven years, we have been fortunate to have had seven MSU graphic design seniors place in the top 10 of this prestigious national student competition," said Jeffrey Conger, MSU professor of graphic design. "Their accomplishments say a lot about the tenacity of our students and the quality of education."

Fultz, who graduated from MSU in the spring with a degree in graphic design, said she had no idea that her entry would do so well in the contest when she submitted it last year.

"I wanted to create an article that reflected who I am as a designer and that I would have fun working on and put a lot of love into," Fultz said. She said her "sweetheart" was her model and she shot the beard montage series in reverse, from full beard to bare face. Fultz, who said she loves hands-on design applications, also wrote the article for her submission.

Fultz said MSU funded her attendance at the SPD gala, which was held on Wall Street and was attended by some of the top publication designers in the business.

"I think it was a great opportunity for people to hear where I attended school and what I thought of the design program (at MSU)," she said. She said many of the student winners were from design specific schools, such as Parsons School of Design. "People were surprised to learn that I studied at Montana State and that the design program is so strong."

This is the second major award for Fultz. In 2011 she became the first MSU design student to win a national Addy when she won a silver Addy for her snowboard advertisement illustration. Fultz is also a glassblower and has launched Pollinate, an art collective. More of Fultz' work can be seen at: http://dominiquefultz.com/

Abbott said his winning entry reflected his personality and interests. One of Abbott's design interests is manipulating images through the software Photoshop. Examples of his work can be found on his website: http://brianabbottdesign.com/.

Abbott, who will graduate in December with a degree in graphic design, said his internship opened the door to a freelance job with Money magazine after graduation.

"One of my goals during this internship was to demonstrate my design talents and learn from my mentors," Abbott said. "Working with Money magazine has allowed me to network and engage with professionals."

Abbott is also the recipient of a silver Montana Addy award for interactive design.

For more information about the graphic design major in the MSU School of Art, go to: http://www.msuschoolofart.com/?area-of-study=graphic-design.

Jeffrey Conger (406) 994-2292, jconger@montana.edu