Saturday, October 31, 2009

April Greiman Q&A

Josh E has set up quite the opportunity for us.

Renown KCAI alumn, April Greiman will do a special evening q&a session in the design building.

Wed. Nov.4, 7pm

Her formal lecture is at the Nelson, Thur. 6pm.

Made in Space

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

noted without comment

well, okay, one comment: here's what we do when we're not teaching you.

Toward Design Literacy:

Essential Graphics Literature

the biggest methane makers?

"In a 2006 report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) concluded that worldwide livestock farming generates 18% of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions. By comparison, it said, all the world's cars, trains, planes and boats accounted for a combined 13% of greenhouse gas emissions." Check the whole story at the BBC site.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

live surface

live surface is a web-based company that has a wide range of stock photos on which you can place your design work for a photo-realistic mock-up. pics are $29 each and come as a layered tif file with all of the masking, lighting, and angles set up for you, making it very easy to drop in your artwork, do a couple of moves, and have a great looking image.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ffffound for typography

Mrs. Eaves has two new companions!

will she choose Mr Eaves Sans or Mr Eaves Modern?

A Discussion with Monina Velarde, Winner of AIGA's Command X

This post is a part of AIGA KC's weekly series of articles and interviews focusing on current issues in today's design industry.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Motion Graphics and Live-Action: AIGA KC EVENT

Guaranteed to grab your attention, cutting edge motion graphics are spotlighted in AIGA KC's program with Jakob Trollb├Ąck. A New York City designer, Jakob is known for his work with HBO, ESPN, Nike, TED, AIGA and The New York Times Magazine.

Ron Berg Photo
1525 Grand Blvd.

Event October 27, 2009
5:30-6:00 - Registration and reception

6:00-7:00 - Presentation


Non-Members: $12 online | $15 door

Student Members: $5 online | $7 door

Register now!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

AIGA Costume Party!

This year, we're hosting the first-ever AIGA Student Group Halloween Party!

It's happening on October 30, starting at 7pm in the Design Building- wear your best costume! There will be a costume contest, bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving, and more. Join us!
For more information, visit the Facebook Event

Friday, October 16, 2009

A few words with Monina

Monina Velarde Competing at Command X at Make/Think in memphis.

Monina is a recent graduate from our very own KCAI design department, and last week she competed in the AIGA conference "reality show" Command X. After winning, she was nice enough to sit down with me to share her experience and inspiration.

Q: Wow, I get the first official interview… lets start with the application process. What did you have to do?
A: The application process was pretty simple. All the contestants had to turn in 5 samples of our best work accompanied by a short essay of about 150 words.

Q: Can you explain your design process once you've received the assignments?
A: For the first assignment (redesign the Graceland logo), all the contestants had about six days to work on it. With that time, I had the chance to really do some research on Graceland and Elvis Presley and to create multiple variations of my logo. With the second and final assignments, the time frame was a lot tighter. We had less than 24 hrs. to provide a design solution, so I had to quickly think of a concept and visual direction and just go with it.

Monina and her design for round 2.

Q: What was it like presenting your work in front of 1,500 people?
A: It was really terrifying for me at first. Mostly because the judges and the people in the audience are designers that I really look up to and admire. I just wanted to do my best.

Q: So, I have to ask. What was the very first thing you thought when you won?
A: I couldn't believe it. I thought "is this really happening?" My whole body went numb. I haven't felt that kind of numbness in my life. It was so weird. It was also probably because I was really tired.

Q:Alright... so everyone wants to know. What was Chip Kidd like behind the scenes?
A: He was nice! All the judges were extremely supportive and encouraging. They really helped us to feel comfortable before going on stage and presenting our work.

Q: What will you take from this experience?
A: Knowing that anything is possible. This experience was very challenging and I wasn't really sure if it was something I could do. I'm really thankful for the education that I got, though. Everything I learned in school came in handy in terms of concepting, executing and presenting.

Q: Do you have any advice to design students?
A: To work really hard, read, experiment, ask questions and to find something that you are really passionate about. With Command X, I was lucky enough to be compete with 6 incredibly talented young designers. It's really inspiring to know that there are so many talented young designers out there. It makes me excited for the future of design.

Monina's winning concept!

Monina winning Command X!

and you can read more about Monina and Command X with felt and wire.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

congrats to Ian Tirone (graphic design) & Luke McKinney (photo)

Ian and Luke created a video together, as part of the Fall 08 Martin Venezky workshop. The video has been accepted for a show at the Everson Museum in Syracuse NY. Oct 13th, 2009.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

congratulations to AIGA our scholarship winner

Morgan Allen (senior) won this year's AIGA KC student scholarship.

Each year area schools (KCAI, KU, JCCC, UMKC) submit two student portfolios and essays for consideration. A committee of design professionals judge and determine the winner.

Congrats Morgan!

Sketchbook of AIGA conference speakers

Check out this flickr set. It is a sketchbook of notes and doodles for the speakers at the recent AIGA make/think conference in Memphis.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

so electric

i'm in the "market" for a car. sadly, this little guy won't be in the showroom around the corner any time soon. intrigued?

AAF Career Day Discount Ends Next Monday, October 19

Registration is open for AAF - Kansas City's annual Career Day for college students, faculty and those seeking career insights. Save money on the registration fee by signing up now.

WHEN: Monday, November 2. Check-in table & walk-up registration at 8 am. Opening session at 9 am. Breakout sessions conclude at 3:45 pm. Optional portfolio review, career coaching and agency networking tables until 5 pm.

WHERE: The Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway in Midtown Kansas City, Missouri

REGISTRATION: $25 for members, $30 for non-members through next Monday, October 19; $30 for members, $35 for non-members through 12 noon on October 30. Walk-up registration at event will be $40. Full-time faculty may register for $15 in advance or $20 at event; call (816) 822-0300 to register in advance.
Register online at or email to request a copy of the registration form.

Ann Willoughby, President of Willoughby Design, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. Confirmed breakout panelists represent 50 different companies from across the greater Kansas City area.

The optional portfolio review is for students with books to have them reviewed by creative professionals. New this year, attendees in need of career coaching should bring their resumes for an optional brief one-on-one with an HR professional. They should come prepared with questions and an objective in mind of the advice they are seeking. Open agency networking tables will also be open after the breakout sessions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to five panel presentations this year. The Career Day registration form with panel descriptions is available by emailing Students can also register online at

Sunday, October 11, 2009

AIGA NEXT: Rapid-fire Presentations from the Creative Community

Tuesday, October 13
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

1512 Grand Boulevard

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• rapid-fire presentations on what's coming next in design and how it's going to affect our creative community - including a presentation by me about the future of design education at KCAI.
• announcing the AIGA student scholarship winner
• seeing the results of AIGA national design competition Command X
• sneak peak at events calendar
• learn benefits of being a member


Thursday, October 8, 2009

josef hoflehner photography

check out these amazing images of jet airliners from photographer josef hoflehner. very surreal. link via defgrip.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

love the smell of books?

i wish i was about to graduate because this 6 month gig in SanFran sounds interesting: "Chronicle Books is excited to accept submissions for the Winter-Spring 2010 session for four fellowships in our Publishing Design, Industrial Design, and Children’s Design groups. These fellowships will provide six-months of hands-on experience to graduates interested in embarking on a career in either book, publication, package, or product design. More..."