You'd think a college-class project on alternative transportation would come from a group of city-planning majors. But the recent launch of howirichmond.com was the product of a graphic-design course taught by artist Noah Scalin at Virginia Commonwealth University. Assigned the task of using graphic design to elevate a public issue, a group of Scalin's students created the site to get people thinking about their often-car-dependent lives. Recent topics: The zero-pollution car, a bike-minded Q&A with Richmond's mayor-elect and a bike commuter's testimonial. Though it was just a fall-semester project, several of the students plan to keep the site going.