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Esko Donates Studio and ArtiosCAD Software to Art Center College of Design

(August 2012) posted on Wed Aug 29, 2012

Students benefit from using advanced technology for package and brand design.

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Demonstrating its steadfast commitment to promoting education in the graphic arts industry, Esko has donated multiple seats of industry-leading Studio and ArtiosCAD technology to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. This donation, marking Esko's first gift to a design college, underscores the pivotal role graphic designers play in package and brand development.

Art Center College of Design, which offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Science degrees, is consistently ranked among the world's top design schools by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and DesignIntelligence.

Founded 82 years ago by Edward A. "Tink" Adams, the College enjoys an international reputation for its rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design. Art Center's alumni include many of the world's leading designers, contemporary filmmakers, ad makers, concept illustrators, artists, automotive and product designers and others who have shaped culture with their talents and vision.

Esko's technology is a perfect complement to the curriculum within the graphic design track, as students are challenged to develop design solutions for product packaging and branding while experimenting with a wide range of media.

"While Esko is more widely known for packaging production tools, we also have a critical understanding of new challenges facing the design community -- particularly when designing complex shapes," notes Larry Moore, Esko Director Software Services, North America. "Our commitment to education is as strong for the design community as it is for the core packaging community."

Since joining the College in 2007, Gerardo Herrera, Art Center's Director of Packaging, was intent on bringing Esko technology to the campus. Well-versed with Esko's products from his previous job as Design Director/Brand Experience Designer for Nokia, he understood how critical it was that students gain hands-on experience using advanced technology to create package and brand design.

"Esko is the global industry leader in the area of packaging product software, visualizing and CAD," says Herrera." Late in 2011, he began a dialogue with Esko on the virtues of bringing its technology to the College.

Students began using the software in spring of 2012. "The true value of this donation is that the students will develop skills working with the leading industry software in the packaging world," says Herrera. "They will develop a comprehensive understanding of the workflow from start to finish."


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