Friday, December 19, 2008

Prince wants you! come to Minneapolis!
All this wintry weather transports my thoughts to Spring Break, and while we won't be sunning on the beaches of Cancun, we will be visiting one of the most design oriented cities you're likely to find in this country.

Trip dates are March 16–19.
Group limit is set at 15.
Follow (or better yet become a part of) the planning on the blog.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Adobe Design Acheivement Awards

The 2009 Adobe® Design Achievement Awards gives higher education students from around the world the shortcut to brilliance to propel their careers in the future. Enter in 12 categories in 3 media areas endorsed by the industry, cash prizes will be awarded in Beijing during the Icograda World Design Congress.

Win a trip to Beijing and cash!
Submissions close June 5, 2009. But submission is open now, so you can start working on this over winter break!

Ready to submit, click here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Llama Creator

Make a llama with the holiday card I designed for my company.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

January call for entires

Sustainable Wood Competition and Challenge DESIGN 21 is pleased to announce a new set of environmentally conscious initiatives for The Nature Conservancy and FSC-US.

Wood, Paper, Checkmark
Design an awareness campaign for sustainable forestry
Prize Pool: $10,000
Deadline: January 13, 2009

Going With the Grain
Design an object using one sheet of sustainable wood
Prize: 2 prototypes made - one for you, one for auction to benefit TNC's Forestry Program
Deadline: June 2, 2009

Visit for details

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Webby Awards

Webby Final Entry Deadline is December 19th!

Be part of the only award show the NY Times calls "The Internet's Highest Honor." With more categories and brand new judges. Enter Now!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

artist as citizen postcard contest

the deadline is short (wed dec 10), but worth considering if you are interested in design for social issues. $200 prize. check it out here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


A Design-Oriented National Endowment for the Arts?

An interesting proposal from William Drenttel to the Obama Administration. Read on Design Observer.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Grids Grids Grids

Check out The Grid System. The designer, Antonio Carusone, goal is to make this site a resource for all designers to learn everything about grids, and how to use grids.

And there is also a grid system flickr pool.

AIGA Knowledge share: Final Reviews

FRIDAY @ 2:45, Futura.

AIGA is hosting a Q&A about final reviews. All sophomores are invited.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

pick up A5 work

Please pick up your submissions to A5 after studio on M/W/F this week. Jessica Bayer, Ian Tirone and myself will help distribute work. Thanks, Jamie

Lecture :: One Laptop Per Child

Howdy!  I'll be giving a talk to the multimedia class about the One Laptop Per Child project, but Eppelheimer and I would like to extend an invitation to everyone!  I'll be showing the laptop that I purchased, and all of the amazing things that are being done with it!  It'll be a great break from your last week of finishing up projects!

Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:15 pm
Futura room


Monday, November 24, 2008

Film Premiere: Beautiful Losers

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 8:00 pm

Tivoli Theatre in Manor Square

AIGA Kansas City is proud to present the local premiere of a great new film, Beautiful Losers. The film celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation, featuring inspirational outsider artists like Shepard Fairey, Geoff McFetridge, Mike Mills, Harmony Korine and many more.

The film screening will take place at the Tivoli in historic Westport, but please join us before the film at a fun mixer, jointly sponsored with the KC Ad Club, benefiting Boys and Girls Club of KC.

Congratulations to the A5 student winners!

This was a very competitive judging with 25 winners selected from well over 200 entries from KCAI, KU and JCCC. I was told that the juror's were highly-highly impressed with the quality of student work entered.

Josh Eithun: vote poster
Morgan Allen: aalto poster
Morgan Allen: seven sins
Monina Velarde: visiting artists lecture poster
Matt Urlaub: emigre poster
Greg Kaufman: rave act information graphic
Nik Smith: moon pendant lamp poster
Josh Lambert: tizio richard sapper poster
Ramzy Masri: modesty vote poster
Kristy Tilman: converse internship project

One Laptop Per Child!!!

The One Laptop Per Child G1G1 program just launched on Amazon last week. Donate a $200 laptop to a child in the world, and also receive one for $200! Pentagram branded the project, with Yves Béhar behind the industrial design.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

studio hours

thanksgiving holiday (nov 26-30)

9:00 am-1:00 am every day. no late passes.

dec 1-11 (end of term)
8:00 am-3:00 am every day. 

5:00 pm friday dec 12 
studios close for winter break.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All are invited!

Multimedia Experience with Michael & Garrett
Senior Project 2 Presentations...

Tues & Thurs
November 18th & 20th, 6pm
Univers / room 102

After many weeks of backbreaking work, the seniors will be presenting their Collaborative Community Systems and everyone is invited! Teams of two researched self-chosen activities from both individual and collective user perspectives, mapping needs, wants, physical boundaries, etc. They then devised hypothetical interactive systems and 3-d data-gathering objects to facilitate communication and interaction within the communities. Goals were to create systems that both served the current needs of their audience as well as introducing tools and interactions that added value to the activities.

Come enjoy the multimedia extravaganza!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Web 2.0 Lecture this Thursday

Lars Trieloff, a colleague of mine from Day Software and a specialist in all things Web 2.0, will give a presentation this Thursday at 3pm in Futura. Lars is a product manager at Day and his specialty is social collaboration and how it can be used to transform business practices. Lars is one of the founders of Mindquarry, Open Source collaborative software. Anyone interested in web collaboration, interface design, and the future of the web should attend, the more the merrier!

Thursday / November 13 / 3pm / Futura, room 101

Friday, November 7, 2008

Emmett Byrne from the Walker Art Center speaks at KU

Hallmark Design Symposium Series:
Emmett Byrne
November 17 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
3139 Wescoe Hall, KU

Emmet Byrne is a senior designer at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where he has worked for 5 years. He teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 2005. With Alex DeArmond and Jon Sueda he edits and designs the Task Newsletter, a journal of graphic design. His work has been published in various magazines such as I.D., Step, Metropolis, Idea, Grafik, and has received numerous awards for his book designs for Kiki Smith and Kara Walker. He is currently co-editing and designing a book about the Art Shanty Projects, an exhibition that takes place every winter on a frozen lake in Minnesota. Among other things, Emmet will discuss the wonders and horrors of working for an in-house design studio with overly-competent creative types.


Greg Gentry's "great wave" poster won the Get out the Vote poster competition. He was kindly recognized at a recent AIGA event with a signed copy of Stefan Sagmeister's book.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


book design bad boy chip kidd will once again visit our beloved city, this time speaking about "the secret history of batman in japan" on wednesday nov 19 at 6:30 pm in the truman forum at the plaza branch library, 4801 main st.

Admission is free, free, free! Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.

Monday, November 3, 2008

new pics up on flickr

a few images of of parent's day and

Photos from the martin venezky workshop are now up on the KCAI GD flickr account. check 'em out, folks.

The Typical Day of a Design Student wants to know what your typical day is like as a design student.  You can even view others' comments. That way, you can continue to partake in the infinite battle of comparing sleep schedules. 

Friday, October 31, 2008

Your voices on the radio! NPR interview

Kyle, Veronica and Greg were interviewed by NPR for the Get out the Vote campaign.

The audio is scheduled to run over the weekend on KC Currents (Sundays at 5 pm) and also on Monday morning as a local insert during Morning Edition at 6/8:30 AM. It's also posted on the website.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

On November 04, Where do I vote?

Got your voter registration card? Vote at the polling site indicated on the card. Don’t have it yet, visit: – if you live in Jackson County, Missouri OR – if you live in Johnson County, Kansas.
You can verify your voter registration and polling site at each of these websites.
For information on voting via absentee ballot, visit for more information.

If your address is the Living Center and/or very close to campus, your voting site is more than likely across the street at the All Souls Church at 45th and Warwick/Walnut. If for some reason this is not your site, the individuals working at the election site will direct you to the correct voting location.

What do I need to bring with me when I go to vote?
The most common types of identification used on Election Day are listed below. Please bring ONE of the following forms of ID. If you are a first time voter, bring one form of ID and an official document that verifies your local address (bank statement, utility bill, paycheck).

· Identification issued by the state you are voting in, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
· Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof
· Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state you are voting in
· A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter
· Drivers license or state identification card issued by another state
· If you do not possess any of these forms of id, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you.

Meet the A5 Jurors

Stanley Hainsworth, Pum Lefebure, and Alan Leusink will give brief presentations of their own work and life of creativity, but most importantly this is where you can ask them the burning questions about what really appeals to them as a juror of a design competition.

Thursday, November 6, 2008. 6:00 - 8:00 PM

HOK Grandstand
300 Wyandotte, KCMO 64105
Enter at front door and take elevator to second floor.

Paid in advance online: Coming Soon
$5 student members
$10 student non-members

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Retro Type

Flickrfolio: Create an instant portfolio from your flickr account

Flickrfolio is a soon to be launched service that takes a Flickr account and automagically turns it into a portfolio website. You can read more and sign up for project updates at Flickrfolio.

Monday, October 27, 2008

sign up for the online course!

"type design for the screen" is an online elective i'm teaching over the winter intersession. it will be our first foray into an entirely virtual learning experience, allowing you to make awesome typefaces and related projects in your p.j.s at home. i'm looking for more interested individuals to register for this exciting course. here's the description:
This course will examine issues of designing and using typefaces for screen use, including text-sized faces (pixel fonts) and display faces, history of screen-based fonts, legibility issues, modular letterforms built from the online “fontstruct” application, and interactive/behavioral/motion-based typefaces enabled by the screen and user input. a font development application will be required, costing around $60.

talk on obama poster collection tues oct 28

Hal Wert will speak tonight at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St., about his collection of Obama posters, currently on display in the second floor studio space at the Artspace. check here for more info from artspace.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Design Lecture Series Online

The last 4 years of the Walker Art Center's Insights design lectures are available to watch online!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get out the vote Exhibit and Reception

UPDATE: The posters are on view at the library's main hall (by the computers) until the election.

Come the the poster exhibit and reception tonight. Bring your friends.

Tuesday October 21st 6:00pm 5:30pm
Downtown Library
Kansas City Public Library PLAZA BRANCH

There will be light refreshments and awards given.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Submission Deadline:
Friday, October 17
Friday, October 24th, after studio, to Jamie.

Pack-a-thon has moved to Mon. Oct. 20th @ 7:00 pm, in Futura.


Event #1.
Exhibit and Reception
Tuesday October 21st 6:00pm
Downtown Library

Event #2.
Poster Hanging
Saturday October 25th 11:00am

AIGA'S Mission: To use design to take this message directly to the people of Kansas City and beyond.

The Target: Cafes, Streets, Alleyways, Shops, Corners, Colleges--anywhere that intersects with peoples lives.

You bring: Whatever it takes to hang a poster! a.k.a. Staple guns, Tape, Wheat paste, Rollers

AIGA brings: Bagels & coffee and lots of posters

Contact an AIGA student officer if you're interested in volunteering.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Advertising Club of Kansas City Career Day

November 3, 2008.

"Career Day is not a career fair, but a day for advertising, design, marketing, media, and public relations students, faculty and recent graduates to see what opportunities and challenges exist in the “real world” of the industry. Attendees are invited to sign up for breakout sessions on industry topics led by Kansas City advertising professionals. Close to 100 advertising professionals will be on-hand participating as panelists, moderators and volunteers. Sessions are assigned on a first come/first serve basis; early registration is encouraged. Breakout sessions cover industry topics including Agency Creative Direction, Account Management and Interactive Marketing, with 18 industry topics from which to choose."
details & registration

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Book Design Review

Check out The Book Design Review - a blog that regularly features book covers.

new design team members

the kcai design team would like to extend a big welcome to our new members adam tramposh and josh eithun. they join seniors kristy tillman and monina velarde in producing work for the school such as visiting artist lecture posters, exhibit postcards, continuing ed catalog covers and a host of other internal and external projects. congratulations, guys!

type in space and time

The Chicago ISpace Gallery invites submissions of current experimental, unfinished, unpublished or applied work within the sphere of dimensional typography. Artists and designers are encouraged to submit works which explore type and typography in spatial or temporal form in any medium. Unpublished and experimental work is strongly encouraged.

To enter...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Make Your Project Shots Look Great: 3 Essential Photoshop Tricks


There is nothing more boring than a picture of a design in the middle of a gray background. Don't do that. Instead, consider a tighter crop of the object, maybe bleeding it off the edge of the frame.

Many people go up to the "Image" menu in Photoshop and try to optimize using the "Brightness/Contrast" and "Hue/Saturation" tools. But, the most startlingly useful—and underused—filter is the "Shadow/Highlight" filter. Set it at 25 and hit OK. Then do it again and see if it's even better. If not, back it off with undo.

There is an encyclopedia to be written about how to master Levels, but a quick way to get big results is to simply "trim the ends" on the histogram. If you've got flat lines on the left and right, move the two outer arrows in toward the center. The darks will get richer, the lights will get brighter, and it will take you about 2 seconds. Play with the middle arrow if you like, but really, you could save-for-web right about now.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Posters of Discontent

The Posters of Discontent is a political poster art exhibit running from August 27th to October 9th at the University Gallery on the Eastern Michigan University campus.

Tyler has two posters as part of this exhibit.

Galloway comes before Glasur.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

People's Design Award

Every year, the Cooper-Hewitt Nat'l design museum gives out design awards chosen by a jury of distinguished designers.

Now you can make your design voice heard by voting for the 2008 People's Design Award.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Garrett is blog

Check out Garrett's new blog.


Test your own design senses and join your design community by entering in A5, the Fifth Annual Design Competition and Exhibition.

Download your entry form & instructions.

STUDENT ENTRIES: turn into Jamie by Fri Oct 17th.

Note: for 3d objects, submit the actual object. Your pieces will be returned after the show. Students only need to submit 1 for each entry (vs. the requirement that professionals submit 2 samples for each entry). Entries must be completed in Fall 07, Spring 08, Summer, or this Fall semesters.

All works will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of nationally recognized design jurors:
Stanley Hainsworth, Tether
Pum Lefebure, Design Army
Alan Leusink, Duffy and Partners

Winners will receive local and national exposure through AIGA KC's on-line gallery, A4 Design Annual, and will be honored at an upcoming awards reception and exhibition January 2009.

Fore more information talk to any of these knowledgeable AIGA officers: Monina, Kristy, Ian, Morgan, Mark.

ID Student Design Review

Click here to view this year's winners.

Then, click here to enter your own work online for the 2009 competition.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Upcoming Studio Tour: BARKLEY

Studio tour is open to all KCAI AIGA student group members.

Barkley is the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the U.S. Ownership has its advantages. It allows Barkley to attract national talent, retain that talent and increase every partner’s passion because they have a financial stake in client and agency success. 

Clients include:
Sonic Drive-In
Blue Bunny Ice Cream
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Helzberg Diamonds
Lee Jeans

Monday, October 6, 2008
3:05pm - 5:05pm
Barkley Headquarters
1740 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Internship Discussion Panel

Come find out the answers to these questions and more from your fellow design classmates:

How did you get the internship?
What did you learn?
What projects did you work?
What didn't you like?
How was the interview process?
Would you work there?

Friday, September 26, 2008
3:15pm - 4:30pm
Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Studio Tour: Blacktop Creative

Open to all student group members. See and experience the new Blacktop Creative studio. Get the tour, see the work and meet your fellow students in programs around the Kansas City Area.

Time and Place
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
4:30am - 6:30pm
Blacktop Creative
Kansas City, MO

Gallery Talk: Political Persuasion

There's an exhibit of political posters at Artspace Sept 27-Dec 13th

The gallery talk w/ KCAI Professor Hal Wert on the exhibition: Political Persuasion
Tues Oct 28th 7pm

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Summer study abroad in Prague

North Carolina State University's college of design (Tyler and my alma matter) has a program called "The NC State PRAGUE INSTITUTE"

EVERY semester they offer courses and THIS summer there will be a graphic design studio taught by Santiago Piedrafita.

Santiago is one of the most inspirational design educators I personally know and if any one gets the opportunity to learn from him... while in Prague... I say go for it!

I believe the course is called "GD 400: Will Travel: Design in Context, the Traveler, the Familiar and the New Studio (6 CRS)"

They also offer general education classes during this session (e.g. english, gender studies, philosophy).

KCAI students can participate in most NCSU abroad programs, especially the one in Prague. If you need more info, let me know.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

David Carson lecture

Thursday, October 2nd at 4 pm
Wood Auditorium on the UCM campus.

It is free and open to the public.

addendum: does anyone want to carpool to this event? could be a fun evening if we get a crew together to go. post interest to the comments -- tyler

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Paul's in the papers

Check out this week's PITCH. The front page article is about Shatto Milk Company and it talks in length about the unique branding and bottle design, by our very own Paul Diamond.

Monday, September 15, 2008

homegrown: AIGA

More info here.

Enter this design competition!

what: UCM AIGA Student Design Juried Competition
when: October 2nd - October 17th
where: UCM Art Center Gallery 115
Cost of entry: $5 AIGA members / $10 non-members
Additional entries: $3 AIGA members / $5 non-members
The top 3 winners will receive cash prizes ($100, $75, and $50).

All works must be mounted on black artboard.
All works must have been created within the last year.
All works should be at UCM by September 19th.

Fill out the entry form to submit.

David Carson's lecture is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 2nd at 4 pm in Wood Auditorium on the UCM campus. It is free and open to the public. His exhibition will be opening following his lecture, and a reception will be held for both his opening and the student competition.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bowling Update

Bowling was a BLAST!!! We will definitely do it again soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


"School of Design Ice Breakers"

What: Group Trip
Host: KCAI AIGA Student Group
Start Time: Friday, September 12 at 3:30pm
End Time: Friday, September 12 at 5:00pm
Where: Ward Parkway Lanes

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
or talk to one of the AIGA officers

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Meal Plan

Post your requests in the comments section:

1. Would you consider purchasing a lunch onsite between classes every other Friday. Yes No

2. Would you consider purchasing a lunch onsite more frequently than every other Friday. Yes No

3. Would you consider purchasing a Pasta Bar or Taco Bar lunch once a month.Yes No

Sunday, September 7, 2008

bathroom people

Our bathroom doors are now appearing on Speak-up. Scroll down to the Sept 7 post.

Friday, September 5, 2008

ArtSounds: Listen: A Grammar of Being

Date: 9 September 2008
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Epperson Auditorium

Description: This free performance will feature poetry by Tim Pettet and Victor Allan Smith, music by Daniel Eichenbaum, graphic design by Jamie Gray and Robb Smigielski, Brendan Kinsella on piano and Steve Schob on percussions. ArtSounds is a collaboration between the Kansas City Art Institute and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Faculty partners from each institution join together to produce provocative events that explore a maximum breadth of means, methods, media and music: art sounds and music sees. For more information, call 816-802-3423.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Adam Tramposh designed "Stelazine" while at RISD last semester. He's generously offering the open type font for all to download.

If you use it, let Adam [] know what you think b/c he's still seeking feedback to improve the design before distribution.

Big Congratulations to Monina

Monina Velarde has won this year's Kansas City AIGA scholarship! Monina was nominated by the faculty last spring and her portfolio was selected by a panel of judges from the local AIGA board this summer.

letterpress by Dylan

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New, Three: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty

Opening: Friday, August 29, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Artspace presents a biennial exhibition introducing work by faculty at the Kansas City Art Institute. New, Three will introduce recent work by artists who have joined KCAI‚s faculty in the past 3 years.

The artists featured in the exhibition will include: Brian Collier (Interdisciplinary Arts), Kim Eichler-Messmer (Fiber), Julie Farstad (Painting), Jessie Fisher (Painting), Jamie Gray (Design), Diana Heise (Photography and Digital Filmmaking), Tracy Krumm (Fiber), Tom Lewis (Photo and Digital Filmmaking), Daniel Reneau (Painting), Miguel Rivera (Printmaking), Steven Roberts (Foundation), and James Woodfill (Painting).

H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute
16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Monday, August 25, 2008

Note Taking To The Extreme

Mike Rohde takes note-taking to the next level at SXSWinteractive 2008. View it here.

Lecture: AIGA Nat'l President & top-notch speaker Sean Adams returns to KC

Current Logo Trends

Post from the New Guy. High all, I found this article useful.
Great article on current Logo Design Trends:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Welcome to our new instructors for Fall 08!

Mel Hogan is an adjunct instructor for the senior studio: Design Systems

Mel is a '00 graduate of KCAI.

During his career Mel has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world's largest brands, including Yahoo!, Microsoft, Hilton Hotels and Harley Davidson Motorcycles, just to name a few. Mel has used his experience to gain solid understanding of large brand strategy as it applies to online and advertising.

Mel's focus and passion has always been a hybrid of design and technology, with the end user always at the forefront. Design is not, as some would believe, subjective. There are definitive rules and techniques that serve to help communicate a message, and promote ease of use. Mel strives to ensure all his projects serve client goals and user needs first.

If Mel were invisible for a day he would more than likely sneak into the TED Conference and, using a voice modifier, influence the recipients of the TED awards in a godlike fashion.
Carrie Kish is an adjunct instructor and is team teaching both the senior's Vis. Language studio with Jamie and the junior's Vis. Language studio with Tyler
Carrie Kish Art Director/Bungalow Creative
Carrie is a multi-disciplinary designer whose 15 years of experience began in Washington DC, studying at the Corcoran School of Art and working as a freelance-designer.
After school, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to began working as an art director/designer for a small studio whose notable clients included Coca-Cola, UPS and Heery International. After relocating to Kansas City six years ago, she gained a strong skillset in brand building and marketing communications while working for a small marketing design firm. Carrie’s passion to work for smaller studios that make a big impact, led her to Bungalow where she and the collaborative team work closely
with their clients to consistently create effective and award-winning work.

AIGA KC Design Awards, Printer Awards, Philanthropy Award
Print Magazine, Rockport Books: Best of Business Card Design,
Rockport Books: Best of Brochure Design, Step Magazine,
Dynamic Graphics: Lo-fi Design

Antiques, flea markets, world fairs, Bauhaus, Bette Davis films,
Swiss design, Hungary, vintage cars
Garrett Fuselier is the teaching assistant for Eppelheimer's Multi-media studio
A freshly squeezed graphic designer from the Kansas City Art Institute, Garrett Fuselier has "slip-and-slided" into the design world through a job at Ontarget Interactive. There, he continues to keep his hands digitally active with media such as web, eNewsletter, TV spots, and Flash integration.

Alongside, he and Rhianna Weilert (also a recent design graduate) have formed a freelance collaborative under the name "the Weisler House of Design." Through this, he's keeping active in his community, and also continues to hold his membership with the AIGA and now the Ad Club of Kansas City.

Justin Ruggieri

Check out recent graphic design graduate, Justin Ruggieri's new site!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Designalogue goes "more" public

The communications department has recently linked to our departmental blog on the main KCAI site. The ceramics dept. has a nice blog going too.

AGI Student Conference

Here's a unique opportunity to attend an international student design conference in nearby Chicago. Speakers include: paul sahre, michael vanderbyl, michael bierut, paula scher, rick valicenti, seymour chwast, deborah sussman, et al.

September 23-24, Chicago

Over 1000 of the world’s top designers, students, educators and graphic arts professionals will converge for the Alliance Graphique Internationale Congress and AGI Student Conference. The event will present lectures, exhibitions, and a host of unique interactions with the world’s most notable leaders from the design profession.

$100 (register online by Sept 5th)

Monday, August 11, 2008

spurse art collective is looking for a graphic design intern!

contact Julia Cole: jcole [at] kcai [dot] edu

Spurse came to KCAI to teach a summer class and had students (including our own Meredith Adams from GD) helping them design shelter and clothing systems for an arctic expedition, connected with all kinds of thinking including refugee status/nomadism/the Inuit/ and deep time/rapid time. They are going to be having a show at Grand Arts in 2009, at which all the work from the project will be featured.

Spurse is really keen to get some Graphic Design students involved on an internship basis. The students who worked with them over the summer seem to have had an amazing experience. They are looking for students (Meredith, hint hint) who might start even before school starts, or ASAP. the ARC said that students can sign up for a fall semester internship and then start work early. They are also looking for another couple of GD students who could work later September through December, generating vector diagrams, maps and other presentation documents.

Spurse is an international Artist collective that has been involved in some fascinating and expansive projects ( Sounds like the students involved would get a lot out of this. Please email Julia Cole, head of Interdisciplinary Arts, for more info: jcole [at] kcai [dot] edu

Friday, August 8, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Explore the greatness that is PICLENS!

Go here ( and install piclens.
Thanks for the tip Garrett!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Worldstudio AIGA scholarship winner - Jessica Lyew-Ayee

cruising through an AIGA newsletter today, i noticed that jessica lyew-ayee has been named a recipient of the worldstudio aiga scholarship, a nationwide award for minority and economically disadvantaged students. jessica was one of only 22 recipients from schools across the country. way to go jessica, we're very proud! read more here.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The One Flag

Adbusters has launched a competition to design "The One Flag".

"We invite you to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clichés – that embodies the idea of global citizenship."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Z stands for intern

Geniya is interning at Interbrand in Moscow. She's sharing her thoughts on her blog.

Monday, June 30, 2008

spring formal wins national design award!

the 2007 issue of spring formal, designed by this year's graduating seniors in type IV, was just announced as the winner for design by the "Association of Writers and Writing Programs". way to go seniors! the design was originally proposed by callie england and garrett fuselier, and the rest of the class joined in on refinements and production, so it was a great group effort. the judge's comments are very flattering, and exemplify what type of design work we are trying to foster in our program. check out the announcement and judge's remarks here.

Monday, June 23, 2008

inside the tank

Ramzy has taken up the intern blog with "inside the tank", enjoy!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Steven Heller's latest book

The course syllabi and projects for the Sound + Motion Junior studio are included in Teaching Motion Design (2008). Congrats Jeff. This is the most recent book in Steven Heller's Teaching Graphic Design series published by Allworth Press.

KCAI has a strong presence alongside School of Visual Arts, Ohio State, Rochester Institute of Technology and many other schools.

Friday, June 6, 2008

the sneaker intern

Follow Kristy's experiences as a summer intern for Converse on her blog.

If anyone else would like to do the same, start one up, & send me the link to share!!

Friday, May 23, 2008


my oh my, check this out!
an incredibly clever pop-up alphabet book.

Kudos to Tyler

Tyler has been invited to participate in a political poster exhibit at Eastern Michigan University called "the posters of discontent" this coming August. Tyler's work will hang along other design greats such as Milton Glaser and Marcia Lausen. Stay tuned for more information come August.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

KCAI Graphic Design Student Awards

The Weingart Award: Awarded for superb achievement in formalism.
1. Rhianna Weilert 2. Laura Berglund

The Kalman Award: Awarded for imbuing work with conceptual depth and meaning.
1. Grant Nitsch 2. Josh Lambert

The Hofmann Award: Awarded for outstanding rigor and diligent process.
1. Ian Tirone 2. Garrett Fuselier 3. Monina Velarde

The Lausen Award: Awarded for outstanding social/ethical awareness and advocacy through design.
1. Callalily England 2. Jessica Bayer

The Tschichold Award: Awarded for significant transformation since last semester.
1. Sheila Wong 2. Kyle Huber

The Bierut Award: Awarded to the most articulate in oral and written communication.
1. Kelly Flaherty 2. Ramzy Masri

The Emigre Award: Awarded for a fearless and exploratory approach.
1. Matt Urlaub 2. Morgan Allen

The Poyner Award: Awarded for insightful contribution in critique.
1. Matt Judge 2. Tezz Walker

The Cooper Award: Awarded for boldly embracing technology in design.
1. Garrett Fuselier 2. Matt Takach

The Lupton Award: Awarded for outstanding participation in KCAI's graphic design studio community and a willingness to help others.
1. Garrett Fuselier 2. Tim Griffin

Monday, May 19, 2008

Send us your photos!

The department has a flickr account here:

Please send any photos of studio or campus life and events to Michael at

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Power & Light art contest

SD2 new media and IT consulting is sponsoring a design/art contest in the power and light district. artwork will go either on banners throughout the district, or on a large lcd screen for motion-based work. $1500 in prize money will be split among the winners. deadline is may 30. you can get more info and submit on-line here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Kristy Tillman and Sheila Wong. Both had projects selected by the judging panel for further review in the semifinal round in New York City. Each will be sent to Adobe's regional offices for exhibits and further publicity and published online. Search...

Friday, May 9, 2008

All-department end of semester celebration

The end of semester is upon us and to celebrate our year, we will be having our departmental farewell party next Friday, May 16th. It is at the senior exhibit in the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut. Festivities begin at 7pm and end at 9pm.

Awards will be given out, for ALL grades, along with prizes. And of course, there will be food!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Interested in seeing other local student work?

KU is having its Department of Design Senior Show this Thursday.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 8th, 2008, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Californos (in Westport)

Johnson County Community College Senior Exhibition
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Liberty Memorial

Monday, May 5, 2008


Howdy, all! We'll be teleporting to the fantastic VML on Monday May 5th for a tour of their facilities! VML is doing some great things in pushing how we view technology. It's quite a large firm, and will be a great contrast to some of the smaller firms we've visited thus far! We'll be leaving at 2:30 from the design building.

It's at 250 Richards Road

Sunday, May 4, 2008

AIGA officer nominations

Submit names for consideration Monday 5/5. Nominate yourself or a peer. I will appoint positions this week!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Winterhouse Writing Awards

deadline is June 2

AIGA and the Winterhouse Institute are seeking submissions for the third annual Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing & Criticism.

Further information, guidelines and selections from the past two years can be found at:

Monday, April 28, 2008

AIGA leadership nominations

Calling for peer- or self- nominations for AIGA student officer positions for Fall 2008. Eligible students have an active AIGA membership.

Submit nominations or self-nominations to Jamie via email by Monday 5/5. As was done last year, the faculty adviser (me) will appoint the position from this pool.

List the following:
• Student name
• A few words why
• Desired position

Communications: In charge of studio communication and promotion of student group events, as well as the internal promotion of local AIGA events. Produces and/or oversees the production of promotional materials (such as posters, email communications, blog, etc).

Programming: Proposes events as well as coordinates and helps facilitate events and activities proposed by and for student members. Past events include but are not limited to: studio tours, knowledge shares, speakers, contests, trips.

Membership: Promotes AIGA membership across all studios. Oversees membership, renewal and specifically generating new members in the incoming sophomore class. Also, helps coordinate volunteers for school based or local chapter programming events.

'Get out the Vote' Poster Compeition

More info here. Submit your design by May 1 to be considered for the juried selection of posters that will be professionally printed and distributed nationally.

Logo Design & Naming Competition

The Kansas City, Mo. Citywide Trails Plan project team is challenging the creative minds of Kansas City to a trails logo and naming competition.  The winning logo and name may appear on trail signage, trail promotional materials and mile markers and serve as the new brand for Kansas City's trail system.  First prize is a Gary Fisher hybrid bike donated by Cycle City of Kansas City, MO.  

Deadline to enter is May 30.  For details, visit

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

eisterhold internship

Internship Opportunity for a Graphic Designer with Eisterhold Associates.

Eisterhold Associates is an Exhibit Design and Planning firm in Kansas City that specializes in museum and exhibition design. We have designed several world-class museums across the country, including: The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, AL; The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN; and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center in Orlando, FL.

We are currently seeking a Graphic Design intern to help with the final production phase of several current projects. Interns will be exposed to the design, fabrication, and installation stages of large, unique projects, assisting where needed.

Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator are a must.

Interns will be working directly with Kelly Furlong (KCAI alum), esteemed Graphic Designer for Eisterhold Associates, Inc. Please direct all questions to her at (816) 330-3276 or

Payless Internship

Still interested in the Payless Internship but not sure how to pay for those summer credits?
Good News.
To lighten the load, the VPAA office has granted that 3 of the 6 credits earned during the summer internship can apply to the Fall Term.

Please see Terri about the Internship Intent Form and get the ball rolling.
Portfolios due April 30th.

Meet Mary Lou Brous: Designer of KCAI Identity

Ever wonder who designed KCAI's Identity?

Ever wonder how to use it?
Ever wonder what it all means?

Join me in welcoming Mary Lous Brous, KCAI alum and designer of the school's Visual Identity.

Thursday April 24
2:00 Futura Rm

Take a few moments to hear a little about your school's visual history. 

Friday, April 18, 2008

Collective : 08

Hi, everyone! The seniors would like to announce that we just finished composing the Collective:08 site for our senior exhibition. Check it out! Tell the world!

We would also like to see you at the Belger Art Gallery for our opening reception from 6–9 on the first friday in May!

T-Shirt Design Content to a Close

Finally! The first ever AIGA t-shirt design competition is in its final stages. The employees of the art store have actually chosen two designs from the finals.

In first place:

Designer: Tina Gordzica!
Tina's shirt will hit the shelves at the beginning on the next school year!

In second place:

Designer: Lindsey Southwood!
Lindsey's patterning will actually be reformatted to fit new aprons that the art store will be selling!

These two lucky individuals have also received gift cards from the art store!
Everyone give them a pat on the back for helping bring design to the rest of the student body!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gravity Tank internship

ahoy mateys!
those of you who went on the chicago trip had the priviledge of visiting gravity tank, our new favorite research-based design studios. they have a very collaborative working environment, teaming ethnographers/analysts with graphic and industrial designers. well, they're looking for a summer intern! check the job board outside the faculty offices for more details. also, ask mister takach about his experiences there last summer.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Study Abroad: The Hague

Summer and winter design courses at The Hague in the Netherlands. More info here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Jamie & Tyler Present in Boston

Both Jamie and Tyler represented KCAI recently at the AIGA's massaging media2 education conference in Boston. Jamie presented her very intuitive tools for trolling through, sorting and displaying digital "collections" in multimedia and Tyler presented his ideas for a web-based teaching tool that demonstrates the persuasive qualities of time-based media.
Here they are in action!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

7 habits of highly effective junior designers

This is a great article outlining 7 desired traits for a designer entering the workplace. No need to wait til you get the job though - hone these habits while in school.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Job Boards

Check the side bar on this blog to see a must bookmark list of links to online job boards. These sites are commonly used in the industry to post and seek jobs, interships and freelance. Will be good to keep your eye on these as you start your searches. A few of these have great portfolio features that you can easily take advantage of.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards gives higher education students from around the world the creative license to propel their careers in the future.

I saw Adobe promote this over the weekend. It looks like an amazing opportunity and worth considering.

There are a range of categories and cash prices, plus the experience of going to NY to participate in the awards with the other winners.

Submissions close May 2, 2008.

Monday, March 31, 2008


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crossroads gallery submissions

as a member of the educational outreach and exhibitions committee, i am happy to tip off our beloved design department to the call for entries for new 08-09 exhibits at the kcai crossroads student gallery. i would love love love to see some group design show in there, like a type or poster show or something. we could show the fine art world what we're made of. here is the "call for entries" flyer and the submission criteria. please let me know if you have questions or need input.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

make my logo bigger

a hilarious and well-designed/poorly-designed send up of common client requests. check it out. this easy-to-apply cream works on both print AND on-line designs! sign me up!

trajan is the movie font

the hard evidence is here, along with a tiny shot of history on the typeface.

Monday, March 24, 2008

adobe offers student font set on cd

we educators have been complaining about this for a long time, and it's finally here -- a decent collection of usable type families at an affordable price. for $150 you can get a very respectable range of very usable typefaces in all major categories. check out the adobe page for more info, and download a pdf of their complete font list. i'll just whet your appetite by saying there are 27 weights of univers alone, and a total of 500 fonts -- all for $150! crazy.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Chicago trip recap

So folks, how was it? The studio tours, Gravity Tank, the UIC crit, the museums, the bus?

AIGA: sustainability

Sundance Channel's "The Green" will have a panel on the green redesign of tornado devastated Greensburg, KS.

Thursday, April 17th. More info and register here.

Kinda like Threadless - only stationery

Minted is a new online store offering modern custom stationery and invitations. Hosting themed design challenges where designers can submit designs into a competition and customers and a special jury will select winners. Winning designs will be printed by us and sold on Prize winners will be awarded cash prizes and be featured prominently on our site.

First contest: Save-the-Date Cards

Post in the comments here if you are submitting!!!!

Diesel Contest

Diesel Wall is an international art contest that aims to bring intriguing/inspiring/insightful/inciting contemporary ideas to giant urban canvases in city centres around the world.

From March 3rd until May 12th 2008 anyone from any country in the world can apply online and submit his/her designs for the chance to feature in this project.

Friday, March 21, 2008

hallmark contest

Hallmark is trying to find the funniest card creator in America with their "Your Funny*ness" contest. Send Hallmark a card, any card, as long as it's funny and original. Eighteen finalists will have their 15 minutes of fame when their cards are printed and sold to the public -- both at and in more than 3,500 participating Hallmark Gold Crown stores! They also will win $250.

Deadline is March 23, students can go to to upload the card design. Finalists will be selected and announced on April 14. America's choice for the Grand Prize winner gets another $1,000 cash and a trip to Chicago to spend a weekend with Second City! Free tickets, a walking tour, a private workshop...and of course their concept on a Hallmark card sold in more than 3,500 participating Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Guerilla Girls free workshop in Kansas City

UMKC, Sat. 3/29, 2-4pm. Call 816.235.1638 to reserve. who?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage.”
Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore (graphic designer), The Medium is the Massage.

Know What?
Tyler and Jamie have both been awarded acceptance by the AIGA Educators Conference Massaging Message:2 to present in Boston, April 4-6.
Impressed? We are. Big congrat's!!!! Can't wait to see the video on our home turf.

things i have learned...

many of you attended the lecture by stefan sagmeister, which was quite inspiring and entertaining. he mentioned the fact that his book is being expanded into a contribution-based website, called "things i have learned in my life so far". well, our own tyler tate has already posted an amazing contribution to that site here. check it out! nice work, tyler.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Willoughby Tour

Studio Tours are here again! Next monday we'll be bookin' it to the highly esteemed Willoughby Design Group for a tour of their facilities and work process! We'll be leaving the school at 2:35 so we get there for a 3:00 appointment. I really hope every single one of you can come! Willoughby has a lot of great national connectivity, especially in the realm of branding.

In the meantime, check out their site.