MACON — Two senior graphic design majors from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been named among the 2022 Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) Students to Watch.
Savannah Duringer is a graphic designer and illustrator, specializing in digital media. She is expected to receive her bachelor’s degree in May with a major in graphic design and minors in marketing communications and fine arts.
Pendant was the recipient of the Gilman Fellowship, which she used to intern at Andina, a high-end jewelry company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last summer. She also worked at Fiserv as an intern in global branding and communications creative services.
She is the chief layout editor for Cluster student newspaper and is a designer for Mercer’s McEachern Art Center and freelance clients in web design, branding and custom illustration. She also creates commissioned fine art in both acrylic and mixed media. Additionally, Pendanter volunteers to create digital and print materials for a non-profit organization that serves the disabled senior population.
Landon Miller is a digital artist about to receive his bachelor’s degree in May with a major in graphic design and a minor in business administration.
Last fall, he wrapped up his four-year college football career during which he served as a receiver and punt returner for the Bears.
Miller grew up collecting sneakers, inspired by the composite photos major shoe brands used to advertise new shoe releases. Combining his love of athletics and design, he recently completed an internship for Mercer’s athletics department, where he was able to further his passion for photo composition.
With the help of many of America’s leading art and design schools, GDUSA identifies the best undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students each year ready to explode onto the design scene. Profiles of this year’s Students to Watch are available online and will be featured in an upcoming issue of GD Magazine USA.
“As dedicated students in Mercer’s graphic design program, Savannah and Landon deserve this honor,” said Tennille Shuster, associate professor of graphic design. “Not only are they both incredibly talented, but their strong work ethic combined with their confidence and creative conviction will ensure a smooth transition to the ‘real world’ as their current creative output is already up to scratch. professional-level design work.”
Since 1963, GDUSA has been a business-to-business source of information for graphic design professionals. GDUSA covers news, people, projects, trends, technology, products and services through its brand which includes a website with 100,000 visitors per month, a monthly e-newsletter, a digital version of the magazine formatted for desktop, tablet and phones, and several national design competitions that showcase the best in graphic design, in-house design, web design, packaging design, healthcare design and digital design.
About the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the academic cornerstone of one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning. The oldest and largest of Mercer’s 12 schools and colleges, it is a diverse and vibrant community, with more than 1,900 students, dedicated to learning and service through the practice of intellectual curiosity, respectful dialogue and responsible citizenship. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers majors in more than 30 fields of study, including more than a dozen pre-professional academic streams, with courses taught by an exceptional faculty. In 2015, Mercer received a chapter from the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society that recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences. For more information, visit liberalarts.mercer.edu.