Design students’ win streak continues at Regional ADDY Awards competition

Travis Carlson's campaign

Travis Carlson's campaign "Unplug" highlights the societal impacts of being too plugged in and the damaging consequences of the behavior.

A recent Troy University graduate’s creative work recently represented the University’s Graphic Design program at the regional American Advertising Federation Award Competition.

An awareness poster campaign by John Carbone won a Silver Regional ADDY award and will continue on to compete at the national level.

“Having the opportunity to highlight pressing world issues through my art has been an exceptional experience,” Carbone said. “I’m incredibly thankful to my professors and peers for pushing me to strive for success and can’t wait to see where this growth takes me.”

John Carbone’s awareness poster campaign won a Silver Regional ADDY and will continue to compete at the national level.

Design student Travis Carlson will also be featured for his campaign “Unplug,” which highlights societal impacts of being too plugged in and the damaging consequences that can result from the behavior. Carlson was recognized with five regional Gold ADDY’s from a variety of categories including Integrated Brand Identity Campaign, Social Media Campaign and Logo Design.

“I feel so honored to have won these awards through Troy University,” Carlson said. “I’m very thankful to the staff of the Design Department for guiding me through my education, and through this process. It feels so great to see hard work pay off and be celebrated. Looking forward to representing my school at Nationals.”

Associate Professor Chris Stagl will attend the live presentation of the National ADDY Awards with the students in mid-May remotely.

“I look forward to joining John and Travis online for the event and believe other faculty will join in the festivities as well,” Stagl said. “John now lives in the Mobile area where he has an incredibly creative job using high-end photo and video tech in the real estate industry, and Travis is working for a very creative firm in Greenville, S.C., called Brains On Fire. We truly couldn’t be happier for these students and their accomplishments.”

Department Chair Greg Skaggs echoed Stagl’s pride in their accomplishments.

“Both John and Travis are incredibly creative students and their contributions to this program and ultimately the design industry will be felt by many,” Skaggs said. “We are so very proud of them both.”