Sunday, February 28, 2010


Congratulations to Luke Babb on his recent volunteer and design opportunity for the LIVESTRONG Army of Kansas City. He'll be working with designers at the award winning KC agency, Muller, Bressler, + Brown. You can read about his experiences on his blog.

The rich world of K

Not Kafka, black!
Great informative article on black in print and web.

Friday, February 26, 2010

summer internship at VML

VML is looking to hire Design interns for the 2010 summer program. It’s a 10-week program in either the New York or Kansas City offices – both of which are pretty rockin’ places. Wear jeans, hang out in a creative environment and get your foot in the door of a top-rated digital agency with a pretty stellar list of clients. And don’t expect your hard work to go unrewarded – you'll be payed for your time.

You’ll get extra bonus points for having design skills in Flash, so make sure to let them know your level of expertise.

To get the ball rolling, submit your resume, cover letter and work samples to Farrah McGuire (, Talent Manager, by March 19th. An online portfolio is ideal, but they’ll look at work samples or your entire portfolio PDF through email, too.

Talk to Jamie or Michael if you have questions.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

folly accolades

I'm happy to announce that the Folly Theater wants to continue the poster design project with KCAI for the 2010-2011 seasons.

This ongoing relationship is certainly a testament to the excellent work the juniors did last fall.

I also heard that ticket sales went up 20% since using the posters and many patrons asked about purchasing posters. Now, that's a testament to the power of design.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

website accolades

The KC Ad Club awarded a Gold Addy to VML for the website.

Hmmmm... but no kcai student award winners? That's because you have to enter to win things.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

kcai designers win national awards

seniors ramzy masri and logan smith have been awarded grants from Design Ignites Change for their social change projects from "visual advocacy" class last term. ramzy received a second place designation for "A Book by its Cover: Reading Stereotypes" and logan recieved a third place designation for "Freewall: Making Space for Diversity". the grants they received will allow them to actually implement their projects in the kansas city community, moving them beyond the classroom to make a real change for real people.

three kcai graphic design students also received honorable mentions -- morgan allen (view project), laura berglund (view project), and ian tirone (view project). kcai students numbered five out of a total of eight projects recognized for excellence in this national level grant competition.

check out the press release on the DIC website here

the Design Ignites Change Implementation Award is granted twice a year to student initiatives that exhibit a powerful and provocative solution to a pressing social problem. Design Ignites Change engages high school and college students in multidisciplinary design and architecture projects that address pressing social issues. participants are encouraged to apply design thinking—the combination of unleashed creativity and executable actions—to problems that exist in their own communities.

a huge congratulations to everyone for making our department shine!

Monday, February 15, 2010

summer internship at BR

download the application form and get more info here. deadline feb 19th.

Friday, February 12, 2010

go to for all the details on applying to the program:

what's in it for the interns: positions available across capabilities; a chance to work and live in one of our 6 US locations including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Detroit, and New York; a 10-week program commitment starting June 7–August 13; 100% dedicated to their capability supporting real client work; a fun day/outing to give them an opportunity to get intimate with their new city and peers; a summer project which is their chance to pitch their work to us; and, finally, weekly training sessions to give them exposure to other capabilities

overcoming creative block

interviews with artists and designers on where they get ideas.

A few of my favorites are

Nicolas Feltron says: "In odd-numbered years (eg, 2009) I travel more and concentrate on personal projects and initiatives, while in even-numbered years (eg, 2008), I try to do more work and make more of a profit."

Mark Weaver says: "To achieve full creative potential I must sit in the woods, watch Mad Men, and listen to Boards of Canada simultaneously."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

international platform for students in design...

more info here:
any questions please email:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

freelance opportunity

"I am a small business owner and am interested in working with a student on logo/branding (business card, letterhead, postcard, brochure) for my video production/photography business."

If you are interested pursuing a freelance opportunity contact:
Antisha Gaitan
Bluvision Media

tyler's in the news

Tonight, turn on channel 41 for the 10pm news.

Our very own tyler galloway will be interviewed about the billboard project from his 2008 visual advocacy class.

submit to the adobe achievement awards

more info at: ADAA.ADOBE.COM

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

kc job posting

Design Ranch is hiring a junior level designer for packaging and web design.

kyle huber's advocacy project receives more press

graphic design senior kyle huber has received more local press for his aids awareness project "spread the truth, not the disease" that he began in visual advocacy class. he was interviewed saturday feb 6 as part of the kkfi 90.1 radio show "tenth voice, a program that addresses LGBT issues. check out the mp3 from the program below, and tell kyle congrats when you see him. way to go, kyle! keep up the good work.

Kyle Huber Interview - Spread the Truth Not the Disease Feb06-2010 by tgalloway

Friday, February 5, 2010

haiti poster project

brought to you by Moxie Sozo (a design firm in boulder CO)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

going to NY soon?

check out the new typography exhibit at the moma.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

union station design internship

The design team for Union Station is looking for interns. The have both print and interactive possibilities, openings during the school or summer.

If you're interested come see me for the internship application form.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

design week challenge winners

Congrats to Josh Eithun and his team. Last night, the team (composed of all student graphic designers, architects and planners from around KC) won the first annual KC design week challenge. Here is what Josh had to say about the concept:

The challenge was to design a more efficient storage system for Harvesters extra barrels. We asked the question, why do they have so many extra barrels in the first place? The best way to save space in their warehouse, we thought, was for the barrels to be out of harvesters and in the world collecting food.

so we designed an event, Take Away the Hunger. This is a social event in a warehouse or some open space that is filled with empty Harvesters barrels. Local corporations, organizations, retailers, grocery stores, ext are invited to mingle among these empty barrels that symbolize empty bellies in KC and are expected to take a barrel with them when they leave.

These empty barrels are not just randomly placed in the space, but they spell out the word "hunger." Throughout the night there is a camera filming the event from the ceiling and as the guests take away their barrels the camera captures "hunger" being taken away as well. This video can later be used for promotional purposes to symbolize how Harvesters is helping to take away hunger in KC by filling their barrels, one at at time.

a question

what do peter max, kcai and the kc auto show have in common? hmmmmm, perhaps our own jessica abigail lyew-ayee can answer? congratulations jessica on your BIG project—a mural for the kc auto show in march. yes!

you can't win if you don't enter

Win an Exclusive Eames House Sunset Tour
Date: March 11, 2010 
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The 3 winners will be notified by Feb. 23 2010. Contest does not include travel costs to the Eames House in Pacific Palisades.

AIGA Hallmark Tour

Register for a student tour of Hallmark (or what Kidwell calls "the card factory"). Space is limited so register soon!

three-week study program at London College of Communication in London, England.

May 19th -June 4th, 2010
Eastern Michigan University’s Art Department, in cooperation with the 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 provide students from EMU and other institutions an opportunity to learn more about British and European graphic design and typographic practices. This is delivered through interaction with current London College of Communication faculty and students and British design professionals, studio, office and museum visits, studio projects, and a lecture program in order to contextualize the contemporary cultural and social landscape.

All participants must be at least 18 years of age and must enroll at Eastern Michigan University as regular or guest students. Students from other institutions and professionals may easily register by contacting EMU Academic Programs Abroad.

Program fee
Approximately $2,559 (+ approx. $1,014 tuition= $3,573)

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2010.
Download non-EMU application at: