A Visual Experience in support of the National Park Service

A Visual Experience in support of the National Park Service



Kaitlyn B. Acra, Marya Nabil Khamis Al Zadjali, Balkis Mohammed Alhalal, Sydney N. Eldridge, Anna Caroline Gorman, Trent Ryan Howell, Jack H. Kargl, Carlene R. Landers, Kasidi Lynn Meyers, Grace E. Reilly, Joseph S. Swisher, William Baran Symank, Kelsey M. Vonderhaar


Presentation: 11:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m., Kennedy Union 312

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: VAD 415



Students enrolled in VAD415 Graphic Design III were tasked with creating a meaningful, effective, and engaging experience using aspects of visual identity, branding, and environmental graphics to guide visitors in their navigation to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park located in the historic Wright Dunbar neighborhood. The students began by meeting with several National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) partners and making several site visits to the National Park, located just .3 miles from the intersection of the newly renovated W. Third St. Bridge and Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Students worked collaboratively to gather resources, research the park’s content and history, and manage communications with members of NAHA and the National Park Service (NPS). Four student teams then each designed a creative visual package including a directional way-finding system and corresponding environmental graphics. Teams are presenting their design proposals to NAHA leadership and community partners with the potential for a team’s design to move into production and implementation. Working with a local non-profit organization on this community-driven project has been a tremendous experiential learning opportunity for the students. Special thanks to Mackensie Wittmer, Executive Director, NAHA, for proposing this project. Documentation of team research and project development are on display in the Department of Art and Design in Fitz Hall during the closing evening of the Stander Symposium and closing reception for the annual student Horvath Exhibition.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Jayne Matlack Whitaker

Primary Advisor's Department

Art and Design


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

A Visual Experience in support of the National Park Service