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24-hour design competition “Sleep When You’re Dead” launches Jan. 25

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Four students, seated, work with an advisor from Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center during last year's 24-hour design competition as art department chair Ross McClain, right, looks on.

The Furman Department of Art, in conjunction with Atlanta-based Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, will kick off the second annual “Sleep When You’re Dead” 24-hour student design competition with a networking social on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Roe Art Building. The social is open to the public.

For the competition, teams of four or five students and an advisor from Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center will work together over approximately 24 hours to solve and submit solutions for the design project, which will be revealed following a talk by leading designer and brand strategist David Butler.

Butler’s CLP talk, which is open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Roe Art Building. Butler, informed by his work with Coca-Cola, will discuss the importance of design as it relates to the cultures and societies around the world. His talk will serve as the kickoff to the 24-hour marathon, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

After projects are designed and prototypes are created, teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Roe Art Building. Prizes will be awarded at 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about “Sleep When You’re Dead.” Or contact Marta Lanier in the Department of Art at 864-294-2995 and

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