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Design professor receives Judges’ Choice Award in state competition
3/29/12

Judy Livingston, associate professor of design in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, has received a Judges’ Choice Award for her entry "YessireeBOB" in the New York State of Design Exhibit at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Awards were announced during an opening reception March 23 and presented by Chris Goldan, president of Upstate New York Chapter of the AIGA, the professional association of design.

Livingston’s winning entry is a whimsical exposition of the popularity of the name "Bob" in our American vernacular. Her hypothesis is that "Bob’s" popularity is rooted in the evolution of the sounds and symbols of our Western European alphabet. Livingston also had six other designs in the exhibit.

The 2012 New York State of Design was a juried competition. The judges were: Dona Bagley, senior art director for the Rochester General Health System; Jim Forward, president and chief creative officer, Forward Branding & Identity; and Pete Vonderlinn, creative director and vice president, Partners + Napier.

According to the exhibition announcement, "The New York State of Design strives to produce more than a collection of beautiful work. Our aim is to illuminate the junctions between business and design, asking all entrants, ‘Why is this an example of excellent design?’"

Livingston joined the faculty of the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 2001, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007.

Livingston received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has also studied at the Basel School of Design (Basel, Switzerland), Kyoto Seiko University (Kyoto, Japan), and the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI). She is the principal of "Good Work Good Cause," a design studio dedicated to design as a catalyst for positive societal change. Clients include cultural and educational institutions, social entrepreneurs, and not-for-profit organizations.

Livingston is a member of the AIGA national organization and AIGA Upstate New York chapter. She is a volunteer for the Ad Council of Rochester.