January 2, 2019 / VU student designs Indiana’s new First Responder
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VINCENNES, Ind. - As of January 1, Hoosiers may purchase a
newly redesigned First Responder license plate. The design, which
prominently recognizes the importance of public safety officials in
“Saving Lives,” was created by Vincennes University student Dartanyan
“Dart” Abney of Walton, Indiana. Abney is a 2016 graduate of Lewis
Cass High School and is majoring in Occupational Graphic Design at VU.
The design and selection process began in Spring 2018 when
Brian Langley, executive director of the Indiana Department of
Homeland Security, spoke with Lou Caprino, chair of VU’s Homeland
Security program, to see if VU students would be interested in
designing an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license plate to honor
and recognize Indiana’s first responder community.
Working with Karen O’Connor, assistant professor of pharmacy
technology, and Ron Wise, assistant professor of graphic design, the
graphic art students rose to the challenge and created various
prototype license plates for the BMV's review. Abney’s design was selected.
Abney submitted several different designs, finding inspiration
in the fact that divisions of first responders are represented by
specific colors. “I did a lot of research and found out they have a
thin red line, a thin orange line, a thin green line,” Abney said.
Through the use of those colors, and unique division emblems, Abney is
pleased that the plate “recognizes all first responders.”
Abney has been doing design work for the past seven years with
Gifts and Gadgets of Kokomo, Indiana. He also spent a semester serving
as a design intern with the VU Marketing Department.
At VU he also works as an assistant residence hall coordinator
and does graphic work for VU student clubs as well as individual
programs such as Eta Sigma Iota, the Campus Activity Board, and the
Humanities Film and Lecture Series. Abney has also been a finalist in
the VU design contest in both 2017 and 2018.
Upon his spring 2019 graduation from VU, Abney plans to work in
the field of brand identification development. He has his own t-shirt
brand known as Promised Land apparel. His work can be found at
https://promisedland.threadless.com/ or Facebook and Instagram @PromisedLand1776.
According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security,
revenue from First Responder license plate sales will fund the IDHS
Foundation. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the Foundation
offers financial support for critical public safety needs across
Indiana. Information is available at https://www.in.gov/dhs/2363.htm.
ABOUT THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOUNDATION
The Foundation funds public safety projects at the local level.
Local public safety organizations are eligible to apply for projects
such as equipping emergency responders with personal protective
equipment, acquiring equipment for use by emergency responders, and
training for emergency responders.
In order to promote the importance of careers in public safety,
the Foundation recently established the Secure Indiana Scholarship
Program for Indiana residents. Eligible applicants are students
interested in pursuing a higher education degree and volunteer with a
local public safety organization. Hoosier Safety Scholarships at
$2,000 for full-time students and $1,000 for part-time students can be
awarded to applicants enrolled in an accredited Indiana college.
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