By Evan Lybrand 

CLEMSON — Students from Clemson University’s graphic communications department won the Helmut Kippan Cup for overall best student journal publication at the 64th annual conference of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts.

Students Jessie Thompson, a senior from Ooletewah, Tenn.; Mary Vaughn Williford, a senior from Rock Hill; and Josh Boland, a senior from Lexington, represented the Clemson team of graphic communications students that produced the journal. The Clemson team put together a bound book featuring undergraduate and graduate research; among the papers presented, packaging science graduate student Alexandra Hartman was recognized with the Dusty Rhodes Graduate Paper Award.

The Helmut Kippan Cup is given for the school that displays technical prowess, content, design and production quality in a field of schools from across the U.S., Canada and France.

The journal the Clemson team created was made through several processes including flexography, offset lithography and digital printing. The team also created an analog animation to showcase their creativity and skill. 

“The conference presents an outstanding opportunity for students to network with leading industry professionals and students from peer institutions around the U.S. and abroad,” said Liam O’Hara, the adviser to the Clemson chapter. “The journal competition is friendly but fierce, with many worthy publications presented by the competing schools. This was the first time in many years that Clemson has won the journal competition.”

The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts is an international conference that exhibits the latest studies and experiments in graphic art technologies.