YSU’s Youngstown Design Works provides services to local businesses this week

ydwlogo largeYoungstown Design Works, a design agency run by Youngstown State University graphic and interactive design students, will continue its program of providing design services to the community with an In-House program slated for Oct. 27 through 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oak Hill Collaborative, 507 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown.

The event will assist businesses with a variety of creative needs, from new logos and websites to advertising and branding materials. In-House is a term frequently used by design professionals when a company takes responsibility for design services within their own company instead of contracting with an outside firm. The Youngstown Design Works students will be in residence at Oak Hill Collaborative, providing graphic and interactive design services.

R.J. Thompson, YSU assistant professor of Graphic + Interactive Design and director of YDW, said the success of the first event in June in Warren propelled the student agency to look for additional opportunities.

“The students gain valuable professional experience by learning what the client wants and delivering quality design services,” he said. “Working with each client allows them to build a relationship, which we hope can be ongoing. We are offering practical experience for our students while engaging with the community.”

That community engagement commitment is what led Youngstown Design Works to partner with the Oak Hill Collaborative, a neighborhood revitalization effort in the Oak Hill Avenue corridor on the South Side of Youngstown. In addition to community organizing and neighborhood beautification, the Collaborative has established a small business incubator that provides resources to developing entrepreneurs, including office space, equipment, and consulting services like legal, accounting and business plan advice.

“The In-House program of the Youngstown Design Works is a perfect fit for us – this is exactly what our constituents need,” said Patrick Kerrigan, executive director of the Oak Hill Collaborative. “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with YSU on this valuable initiative that will benefit the entire community.”

Interested companies, non-profits, small businesses, start-ups, community groups and sole proprietors may schedule an appointment for a consultation by visiting www.youngstowndesignworks.com.