By Jason Valladares

Morag McKenna, a third year graphic design student, setting up works created by students to sell at the Lieutenant’s Pump. The Walking Dead and Shaun of the Dead are pieces displayed.

Talk of job placements, Photoshop, and classroom memories bounced off the walls at the Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin Street on March 14, as the third-year graphic design students held a fundraiser for their upcoming grad show in May.

“It’s also a great way to celebrate our last day together as a class,” said Reneé Depocas, a third-year graphic design student.

Depocas also said she felt the event was “wonderful” and she was “really touched by (the Lieutenant’s Pump) generosity” in hosting the event for the design students. The Lieutenant’s Pump also offered to donate 10 per cent of all bar sales to the fundraising effort.

Designs which featured text such as “LLAMAS ARE LOVERS”, “Designers are meant to be loved, not understood” and “Be nobody but yourself in world that is doing its best to make you everybody else” were some of the pop-up prints on display which added to the backdrop amidst the dim lighting and bottles clinking in the lower level of the pub.

“I really like the handmade feel to all the pieces. Digital is cool, but it’s always great when people make things with their hands,” said Jaime Muntean, a former professor at Algonquin College, and co-founder of the media collective group Speak Easy.

Besides having a cold beer and bar food, students discussed the future of design, and commented on the funky fonts used on some of the prints designed by the students.

Sam Mason, another third-year graphic design student said his favourite posters included one of women from the television show The Walking Dead, and another of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in a scene from Shaun of The Dead drawn in a caricatured manner.

The event, which was open to all, charged a $5 entry fee which included raffle tickets for door prizes including gift cards various restaurants in the Byward market and Senators’ hockey tickets.