SHC alumnus wins Jesuit Volunteer Corps T-shirt design contest

Thu, 06/30/2011 - 2:00pm

By Kate Imwalle '12

Dom Palumbo ’10, an art-business and graphic design graduate from St. Louis, created the most innovative design to win the Jesuit Volunteer Corps T-shirt contest.

“I saw the contest as an opportunity to honor JVC and the influence that they and the Jesuits have had on my life, and also to recognize how much the graphic design department at SHC has grown over the last few years,” he said.

Palumbo entered the JVC T-shirt design contest after encouragement from his cousin. Palumbo was immediately attracted to the opportunity because of his background in Jesuit education. Having attended a Jesuit high school in St. Louis as well as a Jesuit college, he was very familiar with JVC. “I was taught by JVC volunteers while I was in high school, and even contemplated entering JVC to become an art teacher and baseball coach,” he said.

In the JVC, young men and women commit to serving the poor directly through teaching as well as working in the health and legal fields. They commit to one or two years of service to live among the poor and marginalized integrating their Christian faith.

The theme of the contest was “All People Matter. No One is Disposable.” Palumbo believed with such an inspiring message a simple design would speak the loudest. He found a way to uniquely display the text as well as incorporate the four-square portion of the JVC logo. “The design is strong enough to communicate its message, yet still vague enough to create buzz about what exactly the theme stands for, thus generating more interest for JVC,” Palumbo said. partnered with JVC to hold the contest. The T-shirt company often works with nonprofit organizations in order to give budding graphic designers the opportunity to have their work displayed. The nonprofit receives up to 50 percent of the proceeds of each shirt sold, and the graphic designer receives 6 percent royalty on each shirt sold.

After struggling to find employment after graduation due to the recession, Palumbo combined his love of acting and comedy with his degree in graphic design. He struck a deal with Improv Trick in St. Louis to receive free improv and comedy classes in exchange for his graphic design work. He also started his own freelance graphic design business called Dom Palumbo Design. Now, Palumbo works for Mitch Murch's Maintenance Management in St. Louis as a marketing assistant.

To purchase the Palumbo-designed JVC T-shirt, visit