Graphic design student earns Minnesota award for ad campaign

A UW-Stout senior has good reason to update her resume and consider a career in the advertising industry.
November 3, 2017
An ad featuring singer Taylor Swift is part of a campaign created by UW-Stout student Hannah Kuisle.
An ad featuring singer Taylor Swift is part of a campaign created by UW-Stout student Hannah Kuisle. / UW-Stout

Hannah Kuisle, from Rochester, Minn., created an advertising campaign that took Best in Show in the student division of the recent Minnesota Ad Fed contest in Minneapolis. She also received a Gold Award.

Kuisle, majoring in graphic design and interactive media, created the campaign in a fall Advertising Design class taught by Professor Nagesh Shinde.

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“I was super pumped to win the award. It's a pretty big deal in the advertising community. It was humbling to see my name next to a bunch of top-notch advertising agencies in the Twin Cities. It also is reassuring to know this is a niche in the graphic design world I could potentially be good at,” she said.

Kuisle created a concept advertising campaign, including indoor, outdoor and social media ads, for an existing company, Next Big Sound. The company provides analytics for online music providers, such as Pandora and Spotify.

“My intent with the campaign is to bring insight to the connection between music and social media and to the impact that it has on society and the future of an artist,” Kuisle said.

Many of her ads from the campaign feature well-known singers. One print ad shows Taylor Swift with the wording, “The music industry isn’t dying. The old way of doing things is.”

A video ad created by Kuisle, using Internet clips, features various people lip-synching to the Swift song, “Shake it Off.” To see the video and other aspects of the ad campaign, go to her <>website.

“The concept of the video was to show how the song became even more popular when people started making their own videos to the song — the power of streaming and sharing, basically,” Kuisle said.

Kuisle is thankful for the guidance provided by Shinde. “I couldn’t have done it without him. He really pushed me and this campaign to where it is today,” she said.

The Advertising Federation of Minnesota, or Ad Fed, is a professional trade association. It was founded in 1906. The contest was judged by regional advertising professionals.

 


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