Local student designs winning logo for vice presidential debate

Landon Cooper designed Longwood University's logo for the 2016 vice presidential debate. (Courtesy of longwood.edu)
Landon Cooper designed Longwood University’s logo for the 2016 vice presidential debate. (Courtesy of longwood.edu)

VIRGINIA BEACH – The sole vice presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season will feature a logo created by a college student from Virginia Beach.

The debate, scheduled for Oct. 4 at Longwood University, is being promoted across campus with a graphic designed by Landon Cooper, a 2012 Ocean Lakes High graduate who completed his undergraduate degree in studio art at Longwood in May.

Cooper won a design competition for the honor. A committee of university staff involved in planning the debate made the final decision.

A banner with Cooper's graphic flies on the Longwood campus.
A banner with Cooper’s logo flies on the Longwood campus.

“I’m proud to see something I created be the graphic mark for a timeless moment in Longwood’s history,” he said in a release from the university.

Banners displaying his graphic have already been raised across the Farmville campus.

Victoria Kindon, vice president for strategic operations at the university and a member of the Longwood Debate Steering Committee, said in the release that Cooper’s design “captured a sense of the event best.”

Cooper was one of five art directors from Longwood’s Design Lab selected to submit concepts for the competition. Design Lab, formed six years ago as a research project, has evolved into a student-run design agency that serves the university and commercial customers.

“Creating something that would be a part of an event this huge was a very big deal to me,” Cooper said. “I tried to mix my own style with the already established library created for the debate to both celebrate and commemorate the event for Longwood.”

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