Muncie Neighborhood Visual Identity Design
Student Team: Samantha Robbins, Ashlyn Sterling, Katie Strader, Valerie Francis, Angel Winchester, Hanna Boggs, Mariah Drake, Cameo Smith, Kate Hamilton, Ashley Allegretti, Sylvia Marbach, Nikki Abel, Dominic Zelli, Erin Mawhorter, Jared Carter, Joel Hall, Jake Gesick, Aubrey Hayden, Xander Crawley, Kimberly Holbrook, James Ong Jakob Rosenberger, and Mariah Jester
The City of Muncie has diverse communities with friendly people, exciting pasts, and outstanding cultural amenities that make it a desired place to live, do business, and visit. Starting in Spring 2019, Studio 165+, an immersive design studio in the School of Art, began working with neighborhood committees to develop their visual identity, elevate their image and evoke a sense of pride in residents. The students researched each neighborhood determining unique key aspects, characteristics, challenges, and opportunities. After developing a neighborhood identity, they created designs to captured those characteristics and established style guides to help the neighborhoods illustrate graphic standards and rules to ensure consistency and continuity across applications and platforms. The neighborhoods done so far include Halteman Village, Robinwood Estates, Westbrier, Whitely, Old West End, Forest Park, Southside, and Riverside Normal City. Designs for Old West End and Whitey have won multiple ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation - East Central Indiana chapter and an American Graphic Design Award. Visit the Studio 165+ website to learn more about the project and see more designs.
Faculty Mentor: Shantanu Suman, School of Art
Community Partners: Building Better Neighborhoods, Muncie Action Plan
Junior Producers Club
Student Team: Kyler Altenhof, Emma, Boyd-Ryan, Malik Brown, Chase Carter, Tessa Chason, Aaron Holloway, Max Lawson, Morgan Satterfield, and Makieya Street
In the fall and spring semesters, Ball State’s Music Media Production faculty and students collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club in Muncie’s Whitley Neighborhood to install a recording studio at the Buley Community Center. The room is equipped with higher-end recording equipment to allow youth to record and produce music and develop new skills. Ball State students became problem solvers and communicators while learning to be empathetic to their young clients’ needs. The youth gained technical skills not only in music production but also in computers and digital media.
Faculty Mentor: Christoph Thompson, School of Music
Community Partners: Boys and Girls Club, Buley Community Center
Sustainable Muncie Project
Student Team: Lauren Bouslog, Sydney Fawcett, Dylan Gehring, Hannah Jones, Riley Jones, Andrew Kanwit, Laiha Lane, Will Snyder, Jeffery Tompkins, and Brett Willaman
This spring, the Sustainable Muncie Project was implemented in Urban Planning’s Regional Analysis and Design Studio class. The students inventoried, assessed, analyzed, and mapped the social, environmental, and economic factors for Muncie, Indiana, to promote a more sustainable community and identify its vulnerable populations and areas. The students partnered with the Muncie Action Plan’s Task Force 2, which focuses on strengthening neighborhoods through organizing associations, building leadership, and fostering collaborations. The project produced a location-specific inventory and analysis of indicators for the City of Muncie.
Faculty Mentor: Sanglim Yoo, Department of Urban Planning
Community Partner: Muncie Action Plan, Task Force 2