Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I know you guys can make your own, but I thought this was a fun idea for anyone who is sketching ideas for iPhone apps!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

AAF Career Day

November 2, 2009
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Prices: AAF-KC member: $25.00, non-member: $30.00

College students, faculty and those searching for career direction have a unique opportunity to learn about advertising and related fields from current professionals. The good, the bad, the inspirational - not to be missed. Break-out sessions and five panel presentations form the day. From 3:45 to 5:00 pm, students may attend an optional Portfolio Review, Career Coaching or visit with professionals at agency open networking tables. Registration includes light breakfast items and lunch.

All registration rates increase $5 on October 20. Advance registration will end at 12 noon on Friday, October 30. Walk-up registration at the event will be $40 for students and $20 for faculty.
Sessions are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The Career Day registration form with panel descriptions is available by emailing rachel@aafkc.com. Students can also register online at http://www.kcadclub.com/events/index.asp?startday=11/2/2009.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

give your pic to sagmeister

New York designer Stefan Sagmeister is collecting portraits for his upcoming "Happy" film. They can be uploaded at RedBubble"

(thanks Dustin for sharing)

enter your posters in:



You DEFINITELY don't want to miss this one.

Monday, September 14, 2009

sneak peek: jamie's home

Check out pics of my loft posted now on design*sponge! Yay!

Portfolio Workshop: Call for Designs!

Remember the posters for Portfolio Day last year? Here's your chance to develop this year's design! Email submissions to laurakberglund@gmail.com no later than October 2.

wanna check out your classmate's blogs?

I've compiled a list containing all graphic design student's blog urls. You can download a copy for your own reference at CAS > faculty > jgray > Public > 2009_Student_Blogs.docx

Saturday, September 12, 2009


So, Quirky has been catching my attention lately, but I haven't quite investigated its purpose until now. Basically, you can submit a design idea, and if accepted, it'll be added to the site as a concept! If enough people "pledge" or "commit" to the idea, they'll actually produce it! I just committed to this beautiful charger wrapper.

Register for AIGA!

Be sure to register for AIGA this year before September 18! You can talk to either Meredith Adams (in the senior studio) or Dustin Maberry (in the junior studio) to get signed up.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

COLOR BRIDGE SET (now with uncoated selector)

Whether ultimately printing on coated or uncoated stock, you can now match PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® Colors in process and RGB with the new value–priced PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE SET.
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Special Price: $119.00
Regular Price: $179.00
SAVE: $60.00


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How Should We Define "Design"?

Gardi Amit writes an article for Fast Company that poses these questions:

1. Is there truly a “new design” phenomenon?
2. Is any idea, whether it’s an initiative for social progress or a clever way to market movies, enough to be declared a work of design?
3. Can a construct such as a “process,” “business plan” or a “system” be work of design?
4. Lastly, are these metaphysical constructs always design or is there a threshold of beauty, a rigorous process, or another quality standard that must be met for something to be considered a design? In other words, is a ‘business plan’ always a form of “new design” or does it have to involve some level of good, “old fashioned” design to be considered more than an ordinary business plan? And, if the latter, what are the requisite elements that would distinguish one from the other?

What do you think?

Streams of Modernism Curated by Katherine McCoy

This looks like a great exhibit on modernism, curated by Kathy McCoy, on display now at the Kirkland Museum in Denver.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Advertising Documentary at the Tivoli

Interesting documentary about advertising, and will be showed at the Tivoli on Fri Sept. 25-Thurs Oct. 1st.

(from Greg Gentry - thanks Gentry!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Enter this student design competition

The fourth annual student design competition deadline is Friday, September 25, 2009.

Work can be submitted in the following categories: Posters (PST), Packaging (PKG), Publications (PUB), Identity (ID), Web & Interactive (WEB). You can visit flux.aigablueridge.org for a gallery of selected work from last year.

Entry fee is $5 per submission, or a flat $20 fee for students entering four or more pieces. All work must be received by 11:59 pm EST Friday, September 25, 2009 to be eligible.

To find out more about Flux 09, the panel of judges, or entry submission, visit www.flux.aigablueridge.org.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

freelance opportunity -- web design

"arts alive" is an organization that organizes studio/gallery visits, attends arts performances and other enriching social events for those interested in the visual arts. they are currently seeking a designer to re-vamp their website as a paid freelance opportunity. you must submit an application to be considered. contact tyler for the application.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Full time students may attend at no charge with a valid school ID.

At 23, an age when most designers are just starting out in the business, Schimmel launched And Partners, a full service ad agency servicing some of the world's biggest clients. He is now considered one of the top designers in the country. Now he is sharing his knowledge and experience with Art+Copy Club on the present and future of our industry. His groundbreaking approach is sure to fuel your creative drive, helping you embrace, and indeed even shape, the future of the industry. http://www.andpartnersny.com

WHAT: Art+Copy Club presents
David Schimmel, President & Creative Director of And Partners, New York
WHEN: Next
Thursday, September 10.
Doors open at 5:30 pm for networking, appetizers, cash bar. Presentation begins at 6:30 pm.
WHERE: Bark Productions, 905 Broadway, 3rd floor, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Discount For David Schimmel Program Ends Tomorrow

REGISTRATION: $10 for AAF-KC, Art+Copy Club and ad2 members; $20 for non-members. Rates increase $5 on September 4. All walk-up registration will be at the non-member rate.
Full time students may attend at no charge with a valid school ID. Paid advance reservations due by 12 noon on September 10. No refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of event. Register online at http://www.kcadclub.com/events/index.asp?startday=9/10/2009
or call 816.822.0300 to make multiple reservations.

freelance opportunity -- medical / technical illustration

Abby Freeman, HR director at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, is looking for a student who could provide artwork on a freelance basis for scientific journals. This would be a great opportunity if you are interested in technical image making, or just like to draw diseases and stuff (joking of course). e-mail anne canfield at acanfield [at] kcai.edu for more info.

some simple steps to take when you are sick

With flu symptoms, you should not be in studio or classes until you are fever free for 24 hours.

The Walgreens at 39th and Broadway has a walk-in clinic with a nurse practitioner. The nurse will give you a form that says you were seen and treated. You will bring that to Kathy Keller in the ARC. Kathy will notify the department that your absence is excused.

This Walgreen's takes our student insurance, which every KCAI student has. If you do not know this you can get your ID# from Nancy Noble in the student life office. Of course, you can also go to your own doctor too.