Wednesday, January 28, 2009

50 useful web typography tools from Smashing Magazine

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


ScreenToaster is great for creating demos of interactive sites. It's free. It doesn't require software. Check out the demo!

Excellent Brand Site

Boston University Brand Site

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"intro to letterpress" class registration

cody langford, kcai design alum, is teaching an intro to letterpress class. students can now register online. go here to register and pay, and for more detailed info on the class, see this previous post.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Creative Collaboration: Ideas and Strategies class at umkc

mara gibson, one of the creators of ArtSounds, and a teacher over at the umkc conservatory of music, is looking for kcai students to participate in the above titled class. it sounds like a great experience, and will culminate in an artsounds performace in april. there is no need for a musical background. you need to enroll very very soon (now-ish). contact mara directly at gibsonmb [at]

here's the course description:
The goal of the class will be form groups of artists who work in
various media. Each group will work together to create a large-scale
multidiscipline work.
Traditionally, western music is a collaborative art that has divided
the act of performance from the action of creativity and invention.
Unsurprisingly, when you multiply the factors to include new genres in
collaboration, roles shift and expand often bleeding into
unconventional crossovers. The complexity and definition of these
factors becomes all the more important given these new developments.
This class will investigate the history of collaboration since the
turn of the century culminating with communicative and informed class
collaborations. Thinking outside the box is required.

Calling for new banners!

Submit your designs to Jamie. See right column for size requirements. Check out the archive of all designalogue banners here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ampersand in the blogosphere

Ampersand makes DesignObserver's Observed list! Fantastic. Kudos to the entire Ampersand staff.

Paula Scher says be serious, not solemn!

Friday, January 16, 2009


Get your start in the industry in our new design internship section for openings around the country. No charge for internships postings!


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View award-winning books selected from some of the nation’s scholarly presses.

A traveling exhibit featuring winners of the 2008 Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show will be on display. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

University Press of Kansas
2502 Westbrooke Circle
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Monday, 1/26 -- Friday, 2/6

Jurors were William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand of Winterhouse Studio, Susan Colberg associate professor University of Alberta, and Kent Lew freelance book and type designer.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Print Cover Design | Student competitions

PRINT STUDENT COVER COMPETITION, started in 1964, is a unique opportunity for students to have their work featured in an award-winning design publication. All submissions must be mounted and in comprehensive, finished form, along with an entry form and a digital version on a disc. Please send to:
Print's Student Cover Competition
38 East 29th St 3rd Fl
NYC 10016


2010 deadline is May 15, 2009. Download an entry form and specs, and logo.

FYI: The typeface, size, and position (upper left-hand corner of the cover) of the Print logo cannot be changed. Trim size should be 9" X 10 7/8."

If you have additional questions, email studentcover [at] printmag [dot] com. Be sure to take a look at finalists from past competitions. Or better yet, check out this guy's advice.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Wordle is a neat app for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. Enter your blog url to see what you say the most (need RSS).

Here's a screengrab of designalogue. Who knew that "photopolymer" would be such a popular word?!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What is Mutual Design Playground?

Mutual Design Playground is a community of designers, graphic artists and illustrators who share the common goal of growth. It is a place for everyone to experiment and grow without having to please a client. It is also a great way to connect with some new people.

Every two weeks a new word is selected and you submit a design inspired by this word. You can submit as many times as you would like as long as you are submitting work that is inspired by the current word. The words are chosen by voting on the polls page.


Saturday, January 24, 2009
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Club 1000

$35 student AIGA members
Register Now

Who is attending?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"intro to letterpress" class

cody langford, kcai GD alum and wearer of short, clown-like neckties, is teaching a lettepress class. should be quite cool, as he will actually have a nice range of workable type and equipment. here's the info:

February 21 & 28 8AM - 1PM
$165 for KCCIPA members ($180 for Non-members)
6 Participants

This workshop will explore the lure of letterpress printing from its history to the planning and production of hands-on projects. We'll cover all the basics of the letterpress process--type setting, lock-up, platen press make-ready, press operation, clean up, hand mixing ink, the use of linoleum blocks and photopolymer plates. You will print a small run (25 impressions) of your own typography as well as a copy to exchange with each of the other class participants.

Time outside of class may be needed by students wanting to print linoleum or photopolymer. Introduction to these 2 mediums will be discussed but design and/or creating the lino or photopolymer plate is up to each participant. Additional cost for materials is the sole responsibility of the student.

Bring a lunch or something to snack on in case you get hungry.

CONTACT cody langford for more information. 816.392.0079
info at

Friday, January 9, 2009

AIGA Gala to Celebrate the Brightest Stars in KC Design

Sample the best in hot food, cool drinks and creativity! The Kansas City chapter of AIGA will hold its annual Awards Gala and Exhibition from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at Club 1000, 1000 Broadway.

At the gala, awards will be presented to the professional and student winners of AIGA’s annual design competition. This year the awards highlight the five senses of design and how they influence the vibrant work of Kansas City’s creative community. Contest categories include corporate communication, editorial design, illustration, package design, photography and typeface design. More than 600 entries were received; the 93 winners, including works by some of Kansas City’s top designers and firms, will be on display at the gala.

Tickets cost $35 for student members and $40 for student non-members. Ticket price includes heavy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a copy of the full-color, 112-page awards booklet ($15 value).

Tickets can be purchased in advance from or at the door.

For more information on the gala talk to Jamie.

Some good resume and portfolio advice

Here's a thorough article listing tips for resume building and advice on making portfolios. Click on the left column under "tips and tricks". >>>>>>

And another article that talks a bit more about the layout.

Study Art and Design at London College of Communication

May 15th -June 2nd, 2009

Eastern Michigan University's Art Department in cooperation with the EMU Office of Academic Programs Abroad, is pleased to offer a three-week study program at London College of Communication in London, England. The intent of the program is to give students from EMU and other institutions an opportunity to learn more about British and European graphic design and typographic practices

This three-credit hour course, entitled Type and Image, will be taught by current London College of Communication ( faculty in conjunction with EMU faculty. Course work will include a letterpress component and an image-making component. The course will also include museum and studio visits and a possible lecture program.

Projects will be based around students gaining an understanding of the historical, technological and contemporary context of graphic design in Britain. Issues of contemporary art and design practice will be addressed through class projects.

Early applications are due Feb. 16, 2009. Final application deadline is March 15, 2009.

Download applications at:
or contact: Office of Academic Programs Abroad, 103 Boone Hall, Eastern Michigan
University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197,,
734. 487.2424, 800.777.3541

Eligibility: Students from other institutions and professionals may easily register by contacting EMU Academic Programs Abroad.

Program fee Approximately $3,280

Costs include Accommodation at University dorms, Travel Card, International student ID card, insurance. Costs do not include Airfare, EMU tuition, transportation between airport and LCC, meals, personal expenses, entrance charges into museums, optional side trips. Students from other institutions must apply for financial aid or course credit through their home institutions.

For more information, please contact Professor Leslie Atzmon,, Professor Amy Sacksteder, or Professor Jennifer Locke by email or at 734 487 1268.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

First post of the New Year!

The list of spring break participants is available in the sidebar of the blog. There's currently 7 8 9 there, leaving 8 7 6 spots open.