Every year Professor Hilary Walrod assigns a special project to an upper-level Graphic Design class – to design the Colby-Sawyer holiday card. Professor Walrod says, “The task is to design a holiday card for Colby-Sawyer. A jury of college administrators and staff, including President Stuebner, select a winning design from our class to send to the college community.”

This year, the winner of the holiday card contest was senior graphic design major Colin Ketcham. “The assignment was very open-ended.  We basically could do anything we wanted in any medium, as long as it included one handmade object,” Colin said.  When asked about his handmade object in the assignment, he says, “I created the imagery of the background due to what I was doing in my printmaking class. It was a screen printing process that included light blue, dark blue, purple and white. I did the process five different times to get different patterns and variations until I had one that I liked.” Colin then added geometrical snowflakes (of all different sizes) and the cupola of Colgate Hall.

Colin is no stranger to the graphic design world. He took an introductory class when he was required to take an art course during his freshman year of high school. Colin says, “I had no interest in taking art at all.  My mom suggested I take graphic design and I loved it.” That class introduced him to Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, which he says gave him a basic knowledge of the world of graphic design. While looking at colleges, Colin visited Colby-Sawyer and knew this was the right fit for him.  “I took one look at the campus and fell in love. Then, I spoke with Professor Walrod and she had explained what she had done in her career and what she has done for the design department here at Colby-Sawyer and I knew it was a really good program,” says Colin.

With a major in graphic design and thoughts of declaring a minor in printmaking, Colin hopes to find a job after graduation working as an in-house designer or for a graphic design company in the New England area. Professor Walrod believes that he will have no problem attaining this goal.  “In his time at Colby-Sawyer, Colin has grown to be a skilled designer with a keen eye and a systematic approach to design. His holiday card design demonstrates his ability to integrate his passion for printmaking processes into his graphic design work, combining analog and digital techniques,” says Professor Walrod.

Best wishes to you, Colin, as you finish your senior year at Colby-Sawyer and congratulations on your winning holiday card entry!

Colin Ketcham ’19