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.