MARQUETTE — There are many ways to get a message to someone. On Wednesday, students and others worked on creative ways to communicate.

The Northern Michigan School of Art and Design hosted Patagonia graphic designer Geoffrey Holstad for a workshop called “Cutting Through the Static.” The workshop gave leaders of local nonprofits a chance to share ideas on how to make the city of Marquette more sustainable.

“It would be really cool if he was able to work with a group of students, and we connected them with some of our local non–profit environmental organizations and do an actual workshop where they work through some of those ideas on how to create effective messaging in a world that is so oversaturated with a lot of information.”

Students broke into groups to brainstorm ideas, coming together collaboratively to expose problems and come up with solutions. Thursday, Holstad will host a presentation. The event is free and open to the public.