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UK's Academic Exploration Tool Given Excellence Award at UCDA Design Competition


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2016) — The University of Kentucky and Up&Up have been presented the Award of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) for the design of the UK Academic Exploration Tool (AET).

The 2016 UCDA Design Competition evaluated 224 digital entries with 23 awards given. This year's show will be on display at the UCDA Design Conference, Sept. 24-27, in San Antonio, Texas.

The AET, which launched this past fall, revamps the way students prepare for college classes and their futures, making the process more user friendly and allowing for more creativity when searching and considering forthcoming career possibilities.

The team that worked on the project include the following:Creative Director Mark GerardotSenior Developer Michael OostdykFront-End Developer Ben RobertsonProject Director Grace KingDirector of Marketing and Strategy Matt McFaddenFront-End Developer Jordan BarberDirector of Communication and Technology (University of Kentucky) Tyler Gayheart 

The UCDA Design Competition recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done to promote educational institutions (secondary, vocational or higher education) and supports the exchange of ideas and information relating to the unique role of these designers.

Learn more about the project at:

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