Monday, March 29, 2010

aiga operation green office april 1

AIGA KC presents “Operation: Green Office,” a hands-on workshop that will give you the opportunity to help transform a local non-profit office into an example of sustainable design. “Operation: Green Office” will include experts in architecture from Davison Architecture and BNIM, facilities management from Facility Engineering Associates (FEA), graphic design from our very own AIGA Kansas City, as well as many creative-minded designers.

Thursday, April 1
 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM  

Outreach International
129 W. Lexington
Independence, Missouri 64050

poster clash competition

Brandon Lyon is one of 4 winners for AIGA's Poster Clash Competition. This was a nationally voted upon, people's choice competition.

You can see Brandon's poster, along with all the other poster designs by the sophomore type 2 studio, at businesses and shop windows around Kansas City.

The KCAI AIGA student group will be hanging the posters on April 10th.

Animated GIF Paranoia!

I love this! It's an amazing platform for animated GIFs, commissioned by Elisava School of Design, under the creative direction of Soon in Tokyo. It's an entire wall of animations, all around the theme of non-stop design workers! You can even upload your own! GIFs will never, never, never die.

MK12 to lecture at KCAI April 1st. no joke.

MK12 is a Kansas City-based design and filmmaking collective with acclaim in both commercial and artistic arenas. MK12’s work constantly challenges the boundaries between narrative structure and experimental storytelling via juxtapositions of live action, graphic design, nostalgic influence and new technologies. The firm was founded in 2000 by a group comprised primarily of KCAI alumni. MK12 has been sought after to direct numerous commercial and network-based projects and also has provided graphic design and animation for feature films such as “Stranger than Fiction” and “The Kite Runner.” The studio's experimental and short film catalogue has been featured in many international film festivals and has been published in design and trade journals worldwide. Most recently, their short film “Overload” a collaboration with New York-based painter Brian Alfred was inducted into the Guggenheim's permanent collection. MK12 continues to produce original content for television and cinema, and its most recent film, “MK12’s History of America,” proved to be its most ambitious work to date, merging experimental design and traditional storytelling to dramatic effect. More information about this and other projects can be found at

7 p.m. on Thursday April 1st in Epperson Auditorium

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Creative Quarterly Call for Entries

A student show open to all undergraduate & recent graduates in all media. Categories: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography.

Flat $10 per entry. If you enter online, you can pay online. Click to learn how to prepare your entries for online submission. Click here to enter online.

more info here:

CQ20 Deadline: April 30, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring break design field trip

Junior, Tom Morse-Brown gives us some highlights of the Colorado Spring break trip. Read Tom's review and his photos below:

"Sixteen of us from the Graphic Design department went on a four day trip to Boulder and Denver, Colorado to visit CP&B, Vermillion, Moxie Sozo, Ink Lounge and Matter plus a cooperative critique with 7 students and faculty from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. It was an inspirational and fun visit. Here are a few snaps:

First stop - Crispin Porter and Bogusky, a design firm whose employees work around the clock all the time - work is very much a lifestyle for them. They are very creative and have a wonderful space. They grew from 50 employees to 600 in just two years! They do work for many major brands such as Burger King, Coke Zero and Microsoft.

Their space is basically a huge boring looking warehouse on the outside, in the middle of an industrial estate, but on the inside, very cool. Lots of different spaces to be inspired in.

Vermillion was our next stop. A much much smaller firm in Boulder, about 15 employees. One of their managers who spoke to us used to work in the big firms, Pentagram for example and have as many as 100 people under her. Vermillion is now sort of the end of the line for her, a quiet design firm, still doing very solid work of course. They do a lot of the advertising for Izze so, free drinks all round!

Moxie Sozo is about the same size as Vermillion. Quality work, small business, very creative people, quite brilliant I think at what they do.

Some of the crew: from left to right - Dmitri Kozlov, Luke Babb, Andrea Morris, Sean Shockley, Lance Flores and Abby Gallagher.

Ninety percent of Ink Lounge's work is run of the mill design for small businesses around the Denver area. More importantly is the ten percent they keep under wraps: some amazing screen printing of very individual design work.

We spent a few hours with some RMCAD students in the loft of Michael McCoy in downtown Denver. It was good to give and hear feedback in a place other than our own studio. It was also good to be around Michael and his work and work by the other students too. This is Sean presenting his environmental type project.

The last place we saw was Matter. A very cool letterpress studio in Denver. The manager Rick is hilarious. He is a very learned man. Has an amazing library and extensive knowledge in print. He's also from England which makes him even cooler!"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

6 week summer intensive at SVA

Impact! Design for Social Change is a six-week summer intensive co-chaired by Steven Heller and Mark Randall. The program at the School of Visual Arts in New York will introduce educators, professionals and "college seniors who wish to focus in the area of social change" to the growing field of design for social advocacy. To learn more visit here.

You must have completed at minimum your junior year to apply. Completion of the program will give you 6 undergraduate credits.

application deadline april 30th

Matt's in the news

Check out this Pitch article about senior Matt Urlaub's on-going design project. It's a nice overview highlighting the guerrilla design he's been doing throughout the year. Way to put yourself out there!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

printervention poster exhibit

i wanted to share that i have been invited to participate in “printervention”, a poster exhibit in chicago that raises awareness of social and political issues of our day. it will take place on the streets and storefronts of chicago, as well as a more formal exhibit at the chicago cultural center’s tourism building. extra posters will then be sent to the u.s. social forum in detroit, where they will be distributed to activists and educators there.

my poster is in production now and is meant, in a small way, to address issues of homelessness on a personal level. it is an 18" x 24" 2-color silkscreen that perforates into four pieces,with the "spread love" cut out as a stencil.

i'm going to plan a postering session sometime in the near future, so let me know if you are interested in helping me get these out on the street where they belong.

Monday, March 22, 2010

in the news: MOMA acquires the @

MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design has acquired the @ symbol into its collection.


Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek—1985

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Adobe Design Awards

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Call for Entries now open. Now is a good time to review your work from the most recent terms and select your best pieces to enter! There are twelve categories to pick from and you can submit work in more than one category.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Project Projects lecture.

Project Projects speaking at Hallmark Design symposium.

Project Projects is a design studio focusing on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive work with clients in art and architecture.

Mon 3/22
Wescoe Hall, KU

Monday, March 15, 2010

COLABORATORY internship in portland

the portland ad federation is now accepting applications for their national-level internship program. see details below.

  • Ten students will be chosen after an extensive application process
  • Each student will spend two weeks in three different agencies; internship is six weeks in duration
  • Two teams of five will compete to develop a campaign pitch for Tillamook Cheese
  • Students with interests in writing, design, interactive, multimedia, production, strategy and account planning, public relations, and account management are encouraged to apply
register online here.
Those accepted into the program will be notified by APRIL 30, 2010.


a sampling of the portland studios involved:

Monday, March 8, 2010

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

josh lambert's aura brand identity from our design systems class is showcased on motion graphics served: a site dedicated to fresh works from leading design professionals. some great work—love you josh!

Design a tote for your favorite charity

Design really can make a difference: For PRINT magazine's June issue, 12 leading visual artists, including Ed Fella, Christoph Niemann, and büro destruct, are creating a design for tote bags that will be sold on, and one hundred percent of the profits from these bags will go to causes chosen by the artists.

Now you can join these top designers—choose a cause you'd like to support, and create a design for it that can be printed on a tote bag. One winner will have his or her creation turned into a real bag—and will also get to take home one of the designer-made totes in the issue. Do good design—and do good!

Deadline March 15

Sunday, March 7, 2010

off to berlin in April

Hey, I wanted to share that I've been selected to present at the 5th Centre for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design (cltad) International Conference, Challenging the curriculum: exploring discipline boundaries in art, design and media in Novatel, Tiergarten, BERLIN.

The name of my presentation (co-authored with Assistant Professor Lane, Kent State Ohio) is “How Are Design Educators Responding to a Collaborative Culture?” and will show the third project I teach in the junior Visual Language studio as one of the case studies. Here are the other presenters.

Friday, March 5, 2010

lecture Monday March 8: Scott Thares, Wink

Founded by Richard Boynton and Scott Thares in January of 2000, Wink is a multi-disciplinary design firm that aspires to not only impact commerce, but culture. To date, the Minneapolis-based firm has done work for clients such as Target, Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's), Nike, American Eagle Outfitters, Turner Classic Movies, Toys "R" Us, Chronicle Books, The Limited, Daub & Bauble and The New York Times. Their work has received recognition from publications such as Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, ID, HOW, Step Inside Design, the AIGA, New York Art Directors Club, and The Type Directors Club, among various others.

March 8
Free and open to the public.
at 3139 Wescoe, KU
6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Poster clash

The AIGA Blue Ridge Poster clash has 64 Finalists, 5 of which are KCAI students. Congrats to Bethany Ediger, Brandon Lyon, Keaton Reeder, Vi Pham and Taylor Pruitt.

Voting is Open! Vote Now.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

paper typography

beautiful paper typography from Yulia Brodskaya

Monday, March 1, 2010

AIGA studio tour + studio tour

Don't miss out on two upcoming studio tours!

1. Willoughby Design, Wed 3/3. Studio tour starts @ 3pm at their office. 602 Westport Road.
2. Valhalla Studio, Wed 3/10. Studio tour starts @ 3pm at their office. 2111 Washington St.

Talk to Morgan Allen for details.