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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Reminder: Monday Sagmeister

Monday, March 10
6-6:30 Reception, 6:30-8 Lecture followed by Q&A
Unity Temple
Student members $10, Non-member Students $15