Every year at the Children's Halloween Parade, NYU volunteers hand out approximately 1,500 free trick-or-treat bags with goodies ranging from pieces of candy to coupons for local museums – but what about the bag itself? Each eco-friendly, reusable cotton tote bag features an original design by one NYU student, selected through a design contest held by the Office of Government and Community Affairs.
This year's winner is Jourdan Enriquez, a senior studying graphic design, new media, and marketing at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. "Halloween is my favorite holiday," says Enriquez. "I was studying abroad and really missing New York, so when I saw the contest announcement I had to enter. I also usually have to work pretty hard for good ideas on design projects, but inspiration hit me almost immediately for this project and I got too excited about it not to design something."
For her winning design, Enriquez took home a $500 gift certificate to be used at the NYU Bookstore or Computer Store. She says she's going to spend it on a long-awaited tech upgrade. "I really need a new computer since mine is about 4.5 years old and dying but I want to take my time figuring out which one since it is going to be an investment. The prize is going to be really well-spent."
Enriquez's design will be featured for two years. Come to the Children's Halloween Parade on October 31 to see it in person.