Friday, August 7, 2015

MISD Students Create Logo and Website for New Local Business

Students and employees at the ribbon cutting of Bark Out Loud.
When you walk into the Bark Out Loud Doggie Boutique and Café in Mansfield, you don’t have to look far to see the impact of a determined group of Mansfield ISD high School students.

About 35 students in the graphic design club at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy are the masterminds behind the company’s branding.

The Team of Animation and Graphic Design (TAGD) was contacted in February to tackle the logo and website. It was a mission that the first-year club was excited to take on.

“It’s one thing to be teaching it in the classroom, but having an actual client gives the students real-world feedback. They can add this on their resume rather than just getting a grade," said Brandon Buckner, graphics design teacher at Ben Barber.

The students worked on the project for a few hours every week, and were able to see the fruits of their labor at the company’s ribbon-cutting on August 4.

Connie Romano excited to open shop with
the help of MISD students.

“It was fun, and everyone had a hand in it,” said Connie Romano, owner of Bark Out Loud. “I would definitely recommend them. They did a great job, and I was glad to be able to support them.”

Buckner hopes his TAGD students will continue to get opportunities that will add to their portfolio while helping local businesses.

“I encourage them to think global, but act local,” said Buckner. “We would love more clients so that we can get involved in the community as much as possible.”

For more information about Ben Barber’s TAGD club, visit the campus webpage.