A Verona senior's design for a class project was chosen by Snapchat to be a geofilter on the popular social media app. Olivia Haveron designed a filter for Verona High School as part of Chrissy Sciacchitano's digital illustration class.
Photo courtesy of Olivia Haveron
Snapchat selected two of Olivia Haveron's designs to use as geofilters on the app. Haveron created a geofilter for Verona High School, pictured above, and one of her favorite vacation spots in the Catskills.
"We had to create our own Snapchat filters for almost anything we wanted," Haveron said. "We had to submit that to Snapchat. A few days ago I got an email saying that the two that I had made had been selected."
photo courtesy of olivia haveron
If using the app in Verona High School, Haveron's design will be available to enhance a photo.
"It's pretty weird," she said. "I know people in the past who have had their filters on there and I always wondered how do I get one on there. It's cool to know that I actually made something that's on there."
In addition to creating the filter for Verona High School, Haveron created another for one of her favorite vacation spots in the Catskills.
Both were selected by Snapchat to be used on the app, according to Sciacchitano.
"The students were required to upload their designs to Snapchat and they decided," she said. "It wasn't me, it was all them."
Sciacchitano said the idea for the project was conceived by a student who thought it would be a good idea to create a new filter for the high school. She agreed and the project was born.
Haveron said there weren't too many guidelines given by her teacher and she pretty much had a blank slate when deciding how to go about creating her filters.
"The template had to be a certain size and the design could only take up a quarter of the template," Haveron said.
The other guidelines for the project came straight from Snapchat, according to Sciacchitano.
"All the graphics have to be 100 percent original," she said. "There can't be any logos or trademarks, photographs or hashtags. You can't cover up too much of the screen because then it would block the pictures. Another guideline is that is has to be relevant to the location. Those are the guidelines Snapchat has."
Haveron followed the parameters and began working on her design. She was required to use Adobe Illustrator, a program she had little experience with before taking the digital illustration class at the beginning of the semester. Choosing how to proceed was easy for Haveron, who had a plan.
"I wanted to incorporate the school colors and I pretty much took a look at some of the other school filters we have and tried to make it my own," she said.
Sciacchianto said she was very pleased with Haveron's project, which met all of Snapchat's guidelines.
"She was extremely creative with it," she said. "It was original, it was simple and to the point."
Haveron said outside of the digital illustration class, she does have a bit of experience working with graphic design that dates back to her freshman year at Verona High School. She enjoys working in the field for classwork and even in some of her free time.
"I'm not very artistic, so I feel like with graphics I can kind of be artistic and make something that looks nice," Haveron said. "I can express myself more with graphics than I can with drawings or paintings.
Haveron may be able to use her graphic design skills in the future. She will be attending Manhattan College in the fall as a secondary education major with a concentration in English and believes the skills may come in handy as a teacher.
"I could possibly use them later," Haveron said. "I could possibly give an assignment like that. I don't know right now, but there's a possibility that I could do something like that."
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