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February 21, 2012

York Tech’s Ward Wins National Poster Competition

ROCK HILLYork Technical College Digital Design Instructor Steve Ward was recently named the winner of the Democratic National Convention poster design competition. Ward’s design becomes the official poster for the convention, to be held in Charlotte later this year.

Ward said his design, which he calls "Urban Unity," combines his love of Charlotte—the poster features the city’s skylinewith images of clasping hands to show the importance of people coming together for a common cause.

The convention committee put out a call to artists and designers last year to create a poster to be selected as the convention’s official poster. The response was overwhelming, with nearly 400 designs submitted and more than 26,000 votes cast. From those votes, Ward's powerful design was selected.

"The idea," Ward said, "was to create something that had a distinctly positive message and says something about unity, even in what is a political setting, which can be so divisive."

Click here to see a video of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx announcing the winner.

Ward, who lives in Charlotte, has been teaching Digital Design at York Technical College since the fall of 2008.

In its few short years of existence, York Technical College’s Digital Design program has developed into one of the region’s best in large part thanks to quality instructors like Ward, who combine real-world experience with cutting-edge instruction and innovation.

"There is real energy in our classes and a hunger among our students to learn," Ward said about the college's Digital Design program. "We're running at near-capacity, and there's a sense that something exciting is happening."

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