Graphic Design Student Says “Being a Good Human” Was the Secret to Her Win in the Design Arts Utah ’20 Exhibition

For Graphic Design student Bronwyn Haws, the secret to happiness boils down to three simple rules:

  1. Do what’s right.
  2. Do your best.
  3. Treat others the way you want to be treated. 

Haws believes those rules have helped her find success as a student and, more importantly, as a human being. “Not only do they bring happiness, they bring success and are the keys to being a good human,” Haws said.  

Haws believes that if everyone were to follow those three simple rules, the world would be a happier place inside and out.  

Within the School of the Arts at UVU, there are four pillars of Student Success: 

  • Be a dedicated student 
  • Be a compelling artist 
  • Be a good human 
  • Be a successful professional 

Haws’ focus on being a good human has proven to be an effective way of achieving artistic and personal success. She just won the student award in the Design Arts Utah ’20 competition. This annual exhibit sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums is “dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah.” This year’s exhibition was judged by Jason Schupbach, Director of the Design School at Arizona State University, the largest design school in the country. 

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Three of Haws’ pieces were accepted into the exhibition: Of Monsters and Men: Fever Dream Event Posters, Kinetic Type, and Vulnerability Exchange Website.

Haws’ souvenir poster designs for the Of Monsters and Men’s Fever Dream Tour won the juror’s award. “I wanted each image to display the abstract and organic feeling this album includes,” Haws said. “I played with the integration of waved lines to portray the feeling of musical sound waves flowing through and around you.”

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For Kinetic Type, Haws was inspired by one of her favorite scenes from the movie, Dumb and Dumber. She animated the dialogue using moving text to portray the personalities of the characters and their argument. “The challenge was to do all of that while keeping the video easily readable, yet eccentric.” 

Her final piece in the exhibition directly links into Haws’ belief in being a good human. I wanted to create a website where people could submit hidden secrets, hopes, and fears anonymously.” She invited family and friends to answer five prompts. As answers were submitted, Haws was touched by the incredibly vulnerable nature of the replies. Haws feels, “we grow more love for each other when we are vulnerable.” Her moving experience with these tender responses inspired her to design a potential vulnerability exchange website. 

All of Haws’ work can be seen now through October 16th at the Design Arts Utah ’20 Virtual Exhibit.

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