Career and Technical Education Center

CTE Graphic Design Student Rebrands LLS Fundraiser

Mar 06, 2015

LLS LogoFrisco ISD graphic design students are developing a strong relationship with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) of North Texas.

Abbie Soloman has become the second FISD graphic design student to have major exposure of her work through LLS.

Soloman designed the winning logo and rebranding of the annual Saint Valentine’s Luncheon and Fashion Show, which is a fundraiser hosted by the North Texas LLS office. This year the event was at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on February 17. The event raised more than $500,000 that directly funds new cancer therapies, research and patient services. 

Soloman’s design was used on the LLS website, on printed materials including magazines, newspapers and invitations and internal/external documents highlighting the 2015 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show.

In the spring of 2014, four advanced graphic design students that attend the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center submitted design concepts, but Soloman’s was the winner. She is currently in the third-year internship course under teacher Dianna Bacon. She is interning at Frisco Style Magazine working under Leah Ratliffe, art director.

Soloman’s opportunity was a direct result of the work of CTEC student Alicia Parham, who won the 2014 LLS Light the Night national shirt design contest in May 2014.

The link between LLS and these design students is their instructor Dianna Bacon, who is a dedicated volunteer and supporter of LLS. Her involvement and awareness of this non-profit organization has provided opportunities for students to participate in design experiences at a level not usually open to high school students. After Parham won the contest, Bacon was approached about having her students participate in the rebranding of the luncheon logo.

Bacon says that though teachers must be cautious when introducing their personal interests into the classroom, in this case it has been very beneficial for the students.

“These opportunities are directly related to our graphic design program and have so much impact on our students when they win, especially for potential internships and college applications," Bacon said. "These students are creating professional-level designs that are being displayed and utilized throughout the District, City of Frisco and even North Texas and in Alicia’s case nationally.”