Graphic design grad's entry chosen as logo by community group
JCC alumnus Justin Matz had the right design for the Jackson Citizens for Economic Growth, winning the new committee’s logo contest.
Matz attended JCC from 2000-2002 and studied graphic design, then transferred to Central Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. He learned about the logo contest through a friend at National City Bank, and decided to enter. The logo features a series of abstracted buildings with the initials JCEG underneath in what looks like a reflection. “I started with a handful of logo designs and narrowed it down to this. I thought it was more modern looking,” Matz said.
“I was really honored to receive the award. It was definitely amazing to get the call,” Matz said. He received a $500 check from National City, and his logo will be used on the group’s marketing materials, including letterhead, envelopes, brochures, web and printed advertisements. The Jackson Citizens for Economic Growth is a grass roots organization formed to help promote development in Jackson.
Matz said he has enjoyed art since his childhood, and chose to study graphic design as a way to incorporate art into his livelihood. “Starting at JCC in graphic design taught me a lot, I learned the fundamentals there, and I don’t regret it a bit,” he said.