More than 30 SCAD Atlanta students participated in the annual AIGA Chili-Cook Off at ACA Residence Hall Feb. 11.

The event challenged students to form teams of up to five people and to incorporate graphic design and branding into the presentation of homemade chili. Teams competed for four different awards: Best Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili, Best Design and People’s Choice.

A panel of judges included faculty from the graphic design department, staff from print store Creative Approach and a local chef to assess the different teams. “Pirates of the Chilibean” won Best Chili, “To Bean or Not to Bean” won Best Vegetarian, “Grizzly Chili” won Best Design and “Chillionaires” won People’s Choice. Prizes included gift cards to Sam Flax and Creative Approach.

For students who attended the cook-off, the event offered an opportunity to see how design carries over from the classroom into real-world applications. Emily Jones, a second-year graphic design student, said she enjoyed seeing everyone’s presentations.

“It was really cool to see the different logos and branding,” said Jones. “I liked seeing how everyone incorporated things they’d learned in classes into their designs.”

Jones also said that the event was a fun way to connect with other graphic designers and faculty.

“I’m only just starting to take my graphic design classes,” said Jones. “I got to meet professors at the cook-off that I know I’ll have classes with in the future which is really cool. I definitely feel more connected with the department as a whole now.”

The event was sponsored by the SCAD Atlanta chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design and the oldest and largest organization of designers in the country. Founded in 1914, AIGA currently has more than 70 chapters across the United States with more than 25,000 members.

For more information about AIGA SCAD Atlanta, visit www.facebook.com/aigascadatlanta.