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Each year the President’s Writing Awards works with a graphic design student to create posters, fliers, and banners to market the awards. Malena Darden designed the poster for the 2019 President’s Writing Awards.

About Malena

Originally from Oregon, Malena Darden grew up in Kyrgyzstan, moving to Boise with her family in 2010. Although she has always loved art, she first started to consider following a creative career path near the end of high school when she took several art classes and started doing commissioned artwork for friends and family. She’s now in her final semester of the graphic design program at Boise State, and is excited to see where life will take her after graduation.

Learn more about Malena and her work on her portfolio website, Melena Darden Graphic Designer.

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2019 Poster Design


Designers must fit all required content into a poster sized 4.25 x 5.5 inches with readable text, high contrast colors, and some graphical elements.

The flier needs to include all of the following:

  • President’s Writing Awards.
  • Boise State University.
  • [Contest categories and text]
  • [submission instructions]
  • [Year].
  • Submission Deadline [month and day].
  • URL:
  • Email address:

The posters are printed and distributed to faculty, students, and department main offices to advertise the event.

Final Poster Design

Digital Banner Version of 2019 poster
President’s Writing Awards 2019 Digital Banner Design by Malena Darden. Select to view full image in a new window.
President's 2019 Writing Awards design with various writing instruments as design elements
President’s Writing Awards 2019 Poster Design by Malena Darden. Select to view full image in a new window.