BY BRENDA KAI
THESE EDSF SCHOLARS ARE READY TO GO
The Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF) traces its roots to 1994. Originally formed as the Xplor Foundation with Xplor International as the founding organization, the Foundation was restructured in 1996.
EDSF supports the industry’s future by granting scholarships to students in support of their academic careers, by providing research grants to colleges and universities, by building awareness about industry careers and by recognizing innovative educators and educational programs. We also serve vendors and users who design and implement document solutions for business applications.
Over the past 18 years, EDSF has awarded almost 400 scholarships in 13 countries. We recently caught up with three EDSF scholars who are doing great things in design, brand management and digital rights management. We look forward to vicariously sharing in their success!
ART CENTER OF DESIGN
MFA IN MEDIA DESIGN
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2012
Elizabeth anticipates completing her Master’s program in August 2013. Her MFA program intertwines printing, publishing, web, interactive, graphic, typographic and other aspects of design. “The program challenges us to push design in new directions while focusing on how the graphic communications industry can use design to approach and solve social dilemmas,” says Elizabeth.
As part of the program, she will be spending 10 weeks in Uganda collaborating with UNICEF’s Innovation Lab. According to a recent TIME magazine article, UNICEF’s mHealth initiatives include M-Trac , an SMS-based disease surveillance and medicine tracking system, as well as uReport, which uses free SMS (texting) to facilitate contact with young people in remote areas.
“The functionality of new technology and software revolves around the goal of unprecedented interaction, connection and sharing of information,” Elizabeth explains. “One tool that makes this possible is Github, a code-sharing platform. More than one million people use Github to share code with friends, coworkers, classmates and complete strangers. It enables individuals and teams to write better code, faster. By creating a code-sharing network, Github is improving web standards and software for everyone.”
Citing a March 2012 article from web developer Louis Lazaris, Elizabeth says she is proud “to
publish what I am learning.” Working in Uganda with UNICEF will provide a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary experience. “We will approach design from within a real-world context where social issues, media infrastructures and communication technology intersect,” says Elizabeth.
Scholarship Recipient 2011, 2012
Josh is in his final year of Clemson University’s graphic communications program. Upon his graduation in May 2013, he would like to work in brand management, helping companies invent and maintain their visual appearance in a controlled and consistent way across multiple channels.
Josh says he’s prepared to deal with today’s quick-turn consumers. “Printers have had to bring their operations to a new level to meet consumer demands,” he says. “This includes a focus on digital print with shorter runs, variable data and personalization and very short turnaround times. They also need a proactive web-to-print strategy that supplements their current services and helps streamline their processes.”
On the document management side, Josh says software—particularly cloud-based solutions—is helping satisfy the growing consumer demand for an increasingly fast paced digital lifestyle.
Graphic Communications Management
Scholarship Recipient 2012
Sommer is a senior and is working to integrate her knowledge of business law with her studies in graphic communications to focus on digital rights management and copyright issues as they apply to the document management and graphic communications industries.
According to Sommer, the digital reading and sharing phenomenon has created unique implications for the legal framework and regulation of digital materials and file sharing. “In Canada, specific Digital Rights Management (DRM) laws have been legislated to ensure protection of intellectual property while preserving the integrity of original documents in regards to ebooks,” she reports. “It is interesting to see how the law and digital reading, along with file sharing, interact while keeping in mind that this area of law is continually developing and changing.”