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Designer Earns Second Award

Wed Jan 20 2010

Image of EdTechCollaborative poster.Cassie Lightfritz, graphic designer for the Center for Educational Technologies®, has been named an American Graphic Design Award winner for the second consecutive year.

The award is presented by Graphic Design USA, which for more than four decades has sponsored national design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. The American Graphic Design Awards is the biggest and broadest of these, open to everyone in the graphic design community—advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporations, institutions, publishers, and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds and across all media: print and collateral, advertising and sales promotion, corporate identity and logos, Internet and interactive design, packaging, broadcast, and motion graphics. Of more than 10,000 entries, only 15 percent are recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

Lightfritz, a 2007 graduate of West Liberty State College, was honored for a 2009 poster and postcard she designed for the former EdTech Collaborative website created by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, which is the space agency's principal research and development center for educational technologies. The site was recently renamed NASATalk and reengineered to feature teacher reflections on their use of NASA products.

Lightfritz used a number of communications-related images to help explain the former EdTech Collaborative website.

She was recognized last year for a flier and poster she designed featuring a drawing of the famous Delta Queen riverboat to promote Challenger Learning Center® on-site missions for passengers aboard Majestic America Line steamboat cruises up the Ohio River.

"The EdTech Collaborative website, now known as NASATalk, is a platform which we see growing in usage by distinct groups," said Shelley Canright, acting manager of NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program and former NASA manager for the EdTech Collaborative. "I am thrilled to learn about Cassie's award. The recognition is well earned."