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.