Sanko designs logo for Pratt Public Library
In hopes of updating its logo and website, Pratt Public Library sought assistance from the Pratt High School, and Pratt Community College.
Rochelle Westerhaus, Pratt Public Library Director, contacted Jennifer Barten, PCC graphic design instructor, to see if she had any students interested in submitting a design. Barten made the logo a project she assigned to her Micro Computer Applications class.
“Many of my students in the Micro Computer Applications class are planning on going into graphic design so I like to have a couple of assignments for them to help give them that real world experience,” Barten said. “Having projects like this allows the students to be creative, while giving them guidelines like they would have if they were in the industry.”
The library board and staff reviewed the designs submitted and decided on the logo Jessica Sanko, Pratt sophomore, designed.
“When I sent the logos to the library I wasn’t sure which one they would pick because all of them were unique in their own way and had their own strengths,” Barten said. “Jessica’s logo was very well designed and I was happy when I found out hers was picked.”
Sanko said she was honored to have her logo selected.
“I’ve been working on graphic design since my sophomore year of high school,” Sanko said. “Seeing my work out in the community is nice.”
The logo is going to be used on the Pratt Public Library’s website, printed materials and brochures they hand out.
“I knew there were people, probably students, who had the skills to do this,” Westerhaus said. “This was a good opportunity to cooperate within the community and find someone with the skills to create a logo. I like the idea of cooperating and not duplicating services around the town for a lot of things. Schools and library can work together. Just like local collaboration.”
Pratt Community College’s art major offers a foundation program for students who want to transfer to a four-year school in art education, studio art or design.
Small class sizes allow students to get personal attention from instructors with industry experience. While at PCC, students build a portfolio and have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Delmar Riney Art Gallery on campus.