Feb. 9 race benefits Rape Crisis Center

As publicity kicks in for the annual Together with Love 10K race, colorful posters are popping up around the local area.

2014 Together with Love race logo The artwork was done by CSU Monterey Bay student Devin Tanner as part of a project in Professor Bobbi Long’s Digital Graphic Design class.

This is the fourth year the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, sponsor of the annual race that is held near Valentine’s Day, has worked with CSUMB to develop the art that is used in marketing materials and on the T-shirt given to race participants.

Students in Professor Long’s foundation-level design class get experience working on a “real” project and the MCRCC gets high-caliber art that helps define its theme.

Clare Mounteer, the agency’s director, made several visits to the class to introduce the project and work with the students. A variety of designs were presented to the MCRCC’s board of directors; the board chose Tanner’s work for this year’s logo.

For more than 25 years, the race has been the biggest annual fundraising event for the Rape Crisis Center, a nonprofit agency that advocates for and provides support for victims and survivors of sexual assault. It also works to prevent sexual violence through education.

The MCRCC isn’t the only community organization to benefit from the talents of Professor Long’s students.

Members of her Publications Design course have been designing the poster and marketing materials for First Night Monterey since 2003.

“These projects give students real-world experience of working with a client,” Professor Long said. “They learn business design practices, project management and acquire advanced digital production skills while creating professional quality print and e-publications for community clients.”

Learn more about the design program at CSUMB.

Designing race logos isn’t the only way CSUMB students have supported the MCRCC. It also enlisted the help of a class in designing the center’s website.