TCC graphic design program works with StarMetro to beautify bus

January 10, 2017

Students who participated in contestTallahassee, Fla. (January 10, 2017) — Creativity and art will transport riders who board StarMetro thanks to students from Tallahassee Community College. The City of Tallahassee recently partnered with TCC to provide students with an opportunity to create the attractive design that now adorns the interior ceiling of a StarMetro bus providing transportation for TCC students and residents living and working in the area.

Graphic design students from TCC’s Business, Industry and Technology Division submitted potential designs, and a panel of judges selected the final design. The theme of the contest, “A History of TCC,” showcases the College through the years, with memories that will inspire both locals and out-of-town visitors riding the bus. The winning design was created by TCC student Hannah Cummings.

“We are thrilled with how this program turned out, and the winning student's design will enhance the many public art offerings throughout our community,” Mayor Andrew Gillum said. “Partnerships like this one with TCC not only underscore our continued efforts to ready our students for a competitive job market once out of college, but also highlight the immense talent living right here in Tallahassee."

The project was led by Roopali Kambo, TCC associate professor of graphic design, and was intended to simulate a real world client experience—allowing students to work on a real project with a real client, StarMetro. Students were challenged to push themselves creatively and technically to highlight the accomplishments of TCC in the community.

"One of the many things I appreciate about this project is that it gives our students a chance to really be part of this community, to be engaged and, perhaps, to come up with their own innovative ideas for how to make Tallahassee an even better place to live,” TCC President Jim Murdaugh said.

A video about the project has been posted on the City’s YouTube page. Community members may also view the design and share thoughts about this project by liking and commenting on the City of Tallahassee and StarMetro Facebook pages.

For information about StarMetro, visit, like StarMetro’s official Facebook page at or follow @RideStarMetro on Twitter.

For information about TCC’s graphic design and other career programs, contact the Business, Industry and Technology Division at (850) 201-8352 or


Photos courtesy of City of Tallahassee.