A group of students at the University of Southern Mississippi are putting their graphic design skills to the test as part of a class project created to benefit the local Habitat for Humanity.
Linh Nguyen, assistant professor of design in the Art and Design Department, points out that 22 students in her class have been working since the fall semester started in August to help redesign the group’s website.
“The redesign website project is a service-learning activity designed to teach the students how to implement design for social good and how it could be used to give back to their community,” Nguyen said. “The project also provides the students an opportunity to do an outreach project with one of their community nonprofit organizations. By working and collaborating with Habitat, the students learn how to provide a design service to the nonprofit group and gain real-world experience.”
Nguyen says that the project contains multiple learning objectives, but a primary one is for the students to implement the web design skills they have learned at the beginning of the semester and develop a working site by the end of the term later this month. Before the semester ends, a select number of students will deliver an oral client presentation to showcase their redesign site.
Habitat will judge the designs and provide the students with feedback about their site design development. At the end of the presentations, Habitat will select one to become its new website design.