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