Wednesday, December 7, 2011

graduate school scholarship opportunity

current kcai graphic design seniors and recent graduates from 2007 to 2011 who are considering graduate school are eligible for possible nomination as a kcai nominee for the jack kent cooke graduate arts award. the award is for (up to) $50,000 per year for up to three years, given to 15 students nationally. our own molly hawthorne ('05) was a kcai nominee several years ago, but alas, did not win the big money.

- email a letter of intent to interim chair tyler galloway by thursday january 5, 2012.
- the GD department submits up to three nominations to the faculty committee managing the process

- the faculty committee will make two final selections, allowing those individuals to apply for the scholarship.

Minimum Eligibility/requirementsTo be eligible to compete for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award, the Candidate must at a minimum:

Be nominated by his or her undergraduate institution.

Be a current student at an accredited US college or University with senior status by December 31st 2011, or be a recent graduate within the last 5 years (2007).

Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.20 or better. The GPA must include all college level courses.

Plan to begin his or her first graduate degree program full time in the fall 2012 in the fields of performing arts, visual arts and creative writing.

Have significant unmet financial needs.

For further information for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award go to

barkley paid internship

barkley is currently looking for another intern to replace kcai alum lance flores, who was recently hired on full time (yay!). ideally, this student would be available over the winter break, so applying now would definitely be appropriate. 

the internship is paid, so this would be a great opportunity for you to not have to look for another job over the break. each student will of course have to apply through the process of providing cover letter, resume, and pieces of work. you can submit them to theresa thornhill at

If you have any questions about the position, lance welcomes your email, and is happy to share his experiences.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

indicia looking for a web designer / developer

indicia design in k.c. has an immediate opening for a web designer / developer. contact principal ryan hembree for details.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Make your portfolio into an app

Wigoo is a revolutionary online smartphone & tablet digital publishing service for independent and professional publishers or just for creative people.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Innovative local eLearning company seeks part time contract graphic artists for online course projects. (projects waiting)

This is an opportunity to apply your creative eye to the web learning experience. We want to raise the bar and break the traditions of online learning to make it simple, fun, compelling, intuitive and exciting. We give you a course storyboard with mixed media content and turn you loose to create the visual delivery. Courses are built applying multi-media over Power Point and wrapped in Articulate, Captivate or Lectora.
We are looking for graphic designers who are innovative with experience in all aspects of design including technical illustrations, web design, social media, interactive media, user interface design and 3D animation. Salary will vary with project, virtual office work environment.
web site design, technical illustration, graphic design, instructional design, animation,

Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, CorelDraw, Power Point, Visio, HTML5, other tools


Please send your resume with contact information to:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

coffee bean packaging project

thomas mcintyre is starting a local outreach project that sells small batch roasted coffee beans in the kansas city area with 100% of the profit going to local charities and organizations. he would love for the coffee bags to have a kansas city touch and thinks it would be great if the students at the art institute produced a few designs for the bags.

if you're into coffee, (and i know you are) contact thomas at

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Design*Sponge Scholarship is intended to assist art and design students in the pursuit of their creative endeavors through financial support. Because D*S understands that a students needs don’t always fit into the categories of tuition and housing, this will remain a no-strings-attached award. These funds may be spent in any way the winners feel best suits their creative needs. Whether that’s paying for an un-paid internship abroad, expensive supplies to test a new medium or financing a dream project- we’re here to help. The 2011 Scholarship is now open and accepting applications.

2011 Scholarship Details:

Undergraduate Student Awards: 1st Place ($2,500), 2nd Place ($1,500), 3rd Place ($750), and 4th Place ($250)

TO ENTER: all entrants must complete the The 2011 Scholarship Application Here.

DEADLINE: All applications must be completed (including any proof of enrollment requirements and portfolio links/attachments) by Monday, November 28th at 6PM EST.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Indicia hiring full-time web designer

Indicia is looking to add a full-time web designer to their team. They're looking for an all around websmith…including design, development, and maintenance of client websites. A knowledge of print design is recommended, however, web is primary.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

sporting innovations: internship

Sporting Innovations, is seeking a graphic design intern to assist with brand and business development. Most responsibilities will entail working with the existing brand guidelines to create business collateral that presents the vision and mission of Sporting Innovations to a professional audience. This is a first-hand opportunity to experience the leading edge in sports technology and fan experience; with the possibility of work being presented to top sports executives around the world.

— work well in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
— most work will consist of digital presentations and information graphics
— attentive to detail and quality craft
— design knowledge of print and digital space; typography, layout
— formal knowledge of design software and best practices
— must have own laptop/macbook with proper tools/software

Bonus Points
— Web design (html, css)
— Motion experience (Flash, Flash Catalyst, After Effects)

The internship is open to recent-graduates or Junior/Senior-level students pursuing a degree in graphic design or equivalent; expected to work 2–3 day/week with hours being flexible according to class schedules. Although the position is unpaid it is available for class credit. In addition, we hope to help you build valuable connections and experience a truly innovative culture that’s revolutionizing the sports industry.

Start date of late-November/early December timeframe
Submit your resume and 3–4 samples of your work to

For more information visit:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Internship at CHCA

They are interviewing as soon as possible for start date late November/early December.

See description for details.

They are looking for:
• solid print and basic html knowledge
• the ability to assist with a lot of production and small one off projects
• ability to work quickly
• solid software and formal skills

Thursday, October 20, 2011

creating artwork for the kauffman center


for the right graphic artist(s) to have some fun, earn some money, and have his/her work seen at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and at the Bolender Center!

My company is providing Andy Warhol style artwork, which is being sold at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts gift shop as well as the Bolender Center for Dance gift shop.  The artwork consists of personal photographs retouched or treated in the Warhol style, printed on canvas and gallery wrapped for a unique, personalized look.

If you are interested in doing the artwork for these fun pieces, I am interested in talking with you.  I am willing to pay $75.00 per piece to the right people.

To apply, please contact Rebecca Edlund at the following:

816-753-5587 phone
816-456-5859 cell

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

O&H Brand Design in Dallas, TX is hiring

As posted on their facebook:

"O&H Brand Design is looking to add a talented art director with strong design/typography skills and interactive design experience to our team. If you fit that description - or know someone that might - please email us at Thanks!"

O&H Brand Design

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Design Kitchen in Chicago is looking for designers.

As posted on the Design Kitchen facebook page, "DK is looking for designers and copywriters. Contact" 
Check out their fantastic work. 

bonus: KCAI graduates Morgan Ashley Daniel and Monina Velarde work there too!

Monday, October 10, 2011

alumni: engineering production artist position available

Garmin is looking for a new Engineering Production Artist. This is the position that KCAI alums Jacquetta Charles, Justin Shulte, Adam McBride, and Dean Johnson  all currently hold. Garmin likes our grads! One of the most essential requirements is a good knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. check the position out at under the Company>Careers tab. Garmin offers some excellent benefits that can be found under the Career tabs as well. Direct questions about the position to dean johnson ( otherwise, apply soon, as the company is actively interviewing already!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Alumni: there is a Creative Developer Opening at Diamond Merckens Hogan

Creative Developer will lead or assist in the development and implementation of online creative for agency-client relationships through participation in each phase of development including strategic position, research, usability evaluation, layout, development and implementation.

If you’re interested and qualified send your resume, along with a letter telling why you’re a good fit to

Paul Diamond is a principle at Diamond Merckens Hogan and also a Lecturer, teaching the Professional Practice studio, at KCAI's graphic design department.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Graphic Designer Position Available at Fossil

hey recent grads (with 0-2 years of experience):

You might be interested to hear there's a Graphic Designer Position Available at Fossil (in TX). Check this posting and others on grain edit's job board.

Friday, September 30, 2011

summer apprenticeship at GOOD magazine

Do you want to work at GOOD?

This past summer a former KCAI grad, Alicia Rosas, worked at GOOD magazine as a design apprentice (a fancy name for internship). She applied in May and the internship ran June – August.

It was a very hands on experience in which she worked directly with developers and had full ownership over design responsibilities (incl. research, protoyping, wireframing, look/feel and brand specifications) in the creation of GOOD's mobile site.

Congrats to Alicia, because after the apprenticeship was over they offered her a full-time gig as UI designer and that's where she currently works.

Alicia says:
“if any KCAI students are interested in flying out to LA for a summer, I highly recommend it! The group I worked with was GOOD's first shot at the apprenticeship program, but they really liked it and seem to be on the look out to do it again in the future....
In case you were curious, everyone here really liked and responded to my degree project as well as the project we did for MX--so I'm really thankful for all the work we put into those semester long projects.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

K.C. Chalk and Walk web internship

The Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival, a not for profit, 501C3, is looking for an intern to help us with minor changes to our web site,

Changes would be as follows: updating of photographs, festival date change for 2012, uploading volunteer, sponsor, artist forms, and insert music (if possible).

This is a non-paid internship, however, a hefty letter of recommendation for the student’s portfolio will be one of the perks. (and the thought that he/she helped an organization whose mission is to give back to the community via free arts programs).

contact: Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern, Executive Director/President


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Skylab Letterpress Intern

Skylab Letterpress is currently seeking an intern. See the website for contact information.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Internship at Reactor

Do you want to work in a small, hands-on studio that has made its mark specializing in unique printed materials and production techniques?

Reactor design studio is looking for a fall intern. Contact Marty or Jamie for contact information. We are also happy to review your portfolio and help prepare you for the interview.

Monday, September 19, 2011

seeking designer for 2012 adoption calendar

Fuling Kids International is seeking a designer for their 2012 calendar. Fuling Kids International is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the Chongqing Fuling 1st Social Welfare Institute in Fuling, China. All members are parents who have adopted children from the orphanage

One of their yearly fundraisers is to produce a calendar with photos of all their children. Sales of the calendar support programs such as foster care, an infant nurture program and equipment for the special needs kids.

small stipend available

Requirements: great communication with our liaison and hitting the deadline (we shoot to get the calendar to the printer around the first week of November).

past copies of the calendar are available to give the designer an idea of past efforts.

contact: Jenoys Usher, member of board of directors, Fuling Kids International

design volunteer opportunity with phoenix family housing

from tanesh goshon at phoenix: "Phoenix Family Housing empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.

"We would like a student who has experience in Graphic Design working with InDesign to become a possible volunteer for our organization. Here at Phoenix Family Housing we pride ourselves on treating our volunteers as staff members and having them work as a integral part of the team to help accomplish the mission.

"This would be a virtual opportunity and the volunteer would only need to meet with staff members once a month to design our monthly newsletter, help design marketing material and other duties as assigned. This is an unpaid position, however we will greatly appreciate the time and effort that will be put into this project."

To learn more about Phoenix Family Housing please visit
contact: tanesha goshon,|

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hiring a full-time graphic designer

Recent Grads:

Using existing and emerging Museum identity and branding philosophy, strategize, design and manage the production of Museum and exhibition-related communications in three areas: traditional media, digital media and the visitor experience.

Friday, September 9, 2011

KCAI Pro Practice Lecture Series

KCAI Career Services offers a series of Professional Practice Lectures. If there is a topic you are interested in, you are encouraged to attend. Several of the lectures are highly applicable to designers: working with a bank, copyright laws, financial issues and taxes, pr basics, interview etiquette, grant writing, preparing for graduate school… The more you know.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

work for design army!

Design Army is looking for a Senior designer or designer. A former alum, Molly Hawthorne, currently works there. This is a small firm that does a lot of cultural and pro bono projects and is well recognized and awarded by the design community. Last year one of their principles was a juror for A6.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Design Ranch Internship

In case you missed the awesome posters hanging around, Design Ranch is looking for interns. Check it.

User Experience Designer positions at Garmin

Recent Grads: Garmin has openings for F/T User Experience Designers.

Position Summary: 
A Garmin user experience designer is a passionate designer who understands fundamental usability and user centered design principals to guide software user interface development for various products with different specifications. The designer will work closely with software engineers, graphics artists, and product managers of the assigned project. 

Details on the Garmin site, search job number 11000H0

Fall Internship at The Kemper Museum

Design Intern
Position Summary
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art seeks a student or recent graduate in graphic design to design and participate in production of the following printed materials for the Museum’s development department:
• The Kemper Museum’s inaugural annual report
• Membership brochure
• Promotional membership materials associated with the Museum’s Corporate Council program
(With the possibility for additional printed and electronic projects, if time allows)

Position Requirements
• Coursework or experience in graphic design (preference will be given to those applicants who have or are in the process of obtaining a degree in graphic design)
• Willingness to work a flexible schedule to meet deadlines for simultaneous projects.
• Strong organizational skills.
• The internship may or may not be taken for credit. Intern schedules are flexible, but require a minimum of 90 contact hours between September and December 2011. (Approximately 6 hours per week for 15 weeks).
• Proficient in design software; InDesign is preferred and access to the software would be provided at the Kemper Museum.

To apply
Send a letter of interest, résumé, and list of three references to
Amy Duke, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer 2011 Internships & Experiences

Jessi Wilson: Quixotic Fusion, KC
Taylor Pruitt: Gensler, Chicago
Bethany Ediger: Floc5, KC
Ivan Alonso: Vahalla Studios, KC
Patrick Drake: Vahalla Studios, KC
Matthew Jacobs: BiKlops design, Lawrence
Brandon Lyon: Westport Center for the Arts, KC
Ian Arthur Spaeth: VML, KC
Janna Johnsrud: American Century Investments
McKenzie Marston: Study Abroad, Paris
Samantha Kearns: Wonder Fair, Lawrence
Michael Armstrong: Rock of KC
Vi Pham: Gear for Sports, Lenexa KS
Eli Brumbaugh: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, KC

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Now on FB

Be sure to follow the KCAI Graphic Design Department on Facebook!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

design salary data

AIGA and Aquent just posted their national salary survey here. It also includes typical hourly freelance rates. There are also a lot of helpful job related resources here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Congratulations to Tammy Shell (graphic design '11). She has accepted a Fall graphic design internship with MoMA in NY.

Monday, July 11, 2011

new design blog from AIGA

Design Envy

"Design Envy is a daily blog featuring the best in design today as chosen by a new curator each week. AIGA, the professional association for design, selects the curators, who are encouraged to discover and share examples of design that’s so good, they wish they had done it themselves.

Ultimately, Design Envy aims to inspire and inform in equal measures—through strong use of imagery, compelling descriptions about why selections were made, and attributions given to the creative minds behind the work."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

if you are a jayhawks fan

Below is the link to a job posting in the Kansas Athletics department for a graphic designer.*26CD7B30947EA431

Thursday, June 30, 2011

This first friday

For those of you that follow the blog in the summer, come down to this First Friday and see my gallery exhibit, "Dead Modern" at the Gallery at 19 Below. – Jamie

Monday, June 27, 2011

Gerg Kaufman's degree project recently published

Gerg's senior degree project (KCAI, graphic design '10) continues to inspire. Check out the nice spread of his multi-touch screen interface in A Touch of Code: Interactive Installations and Experiences. He blogs about it here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

summer internship

Internship position available in KC with an internet start-up called

$10 per hour, up to 40 hours per week.

You will be working on print and digital production.

Contact Mel Hogan (, and include a personal portfolio.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

AIGA membership discounts

Did you know AIGA members get discounts on Blurb, Apple products, Adobe, shutterstock, fedex and

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

two socially minded design competitions

There are plenty of ways to make your mark as a designer. Some of us count our contribution by the number of awards they’ve won. Others like to check off the number of big named designers they know. But for a select group, making their mark means making a contribution — to their clients, to the design community, to those in greater need. The trouble is, doing work for good causes often slips under the radar. So we’ve come up with a way to help you make your mark — the cause/affect competition.
cause/affect is a biennial, international design competition that celebrates the work of designers and organizations who set out to positively impact our society. Deadline for submission is June 24, 2011.

aiga (re)design awards
All designers and creative professionals, art and design students, educators, and business and/or organizations of design throughout the world are encouraged to enter. Entrants need not be members of AIGA.

All design work entered in the competition should communicate the importance of social responsibility or sustainability for our planet. We are looking for excellence in design solutions that actively engage in enriching our lives. This could be, for example, raising awareness about a cause or condition, celebrating an arts institution or event, or even harnessing innovations in production and materials that are better for our environment. Contest begins June 15, 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Alumni newsletter wins design award

"The fall issue of Alumni News, designed by Molly Hawthorne (’05 graphic design), has won an American Inhouse Design Award. The awards are given to recognize outstanding work by inhouse designers. It is a unique opportunity for inhouse design, marketing and communications departments — within corporations, nonprofits, publishers and media companies, associations, government, education and other institutions — to be recognized for their talent, for the special challenges they face and for their contributions to their businesses and institutions."

Congrats Molly!

Monday, May 16, 2011

congrats to our 2011 graphic design achievement award winners!

The Weingart Award: Awarded for superb achievement in formalism.
Samantha Mak

The Kalman Award: Awarded for imbuing work with conceptual depth and meaning.
Patrick Drake

The Hofmann Award: Awarded for outstanding rigor and diligent process.
Jessica Meurer

The Lausen Award: Awarded for outstanding social/ethical awareness and advocacy through design.
Tom Morse-Brown

The Tschichold Award: Awarded for significant growth and transformation.
Luke Babb

The Bierut Award: Awarded to the most articulate in oral and written communication.
Amanda Laffoon

The Emigre Award: Awarded for a fearless and exploratory approach.
Tammy Shell

The Poyner Award: Awarded for insightful contribution in critique.
Taylor Pruitt

The Cooper Award: Awarded for boldly embracing designing for emerging technology.
Ian Spaeth

The Lupton Award: Awarded for outstanding participation in KCAI's graphic design studio community.
Micah Barta

The McCoy Award: Awarded for an exemplary design research approach.
Kelsey Anderson

Thursday, May 12, 2011

graduates: job postings

Hey seniors! Don't forget to browse through all of these job boards as you enter the job search:

graduate in the news

Laura Berglund, graphic design '10, is featured on Black Eiffel design blog. They showcase two projects that she completed while a student at KCAI.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mapping project for the Nelson

This semester the junior user experience design students have been working on a wayfinding project for the Nelson-Atkins museum. One project goal is to get young kids and their families to explore the park and the newest acquisition, Ferment. After many weeks of concepting, user testing and iterating the students presented their final projects.

A big congratulations goes to Ian Spaeth because the Nelson has selected his design to actually produce for the summer family event. Ian's design concept includes a blank canvas on the back of the map. At five key sculptures the kids get a stamp that correlates to the sculpture. They can use these stamps to create their own work of art on the back (see before and after).

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The 2011 Adobe® Design Achievement Awards gives higher education students and faculty from around the world the shortcut to brilliance to propel their careers in the future. Cash prizes will be awarded in Taipei during the 2011 IDA Congress.

Submissions close June 24th, 2011.

Participants may submit up to 2 times in 15 different categories

Free to enter
Submit now!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


WordCamps are community organized meetings for users of WordPress, the blogging platform and content management system that is sweeping the online world.

Come to WordCamp and learn from one another, network, and celebrate the global phenomenon that is WordPress.

Where: Johnson County Community College
When: June 11-12, 2011
Cost: $40 for students
Register NOW!

Let me know if you are planning on attending (if there is a group of you registering at once, I might be able to snag a free ticket or two).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Local scholarship winner

Congrats to sophomore graphic design student, Eli Brumbaugh, and junior, Bethany Ediger, for winning the 2011 AAF-KC Foundation Scholarships. A well deserved honor.

sprint internship

Sprint's UXD group is hiring a visual design intern for the summer. Online job description and application form for Req# 108906BR at KCAI students certainly should meet their list of "requirements". Link directly to position.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Summer Internship in San Francisco!

UX | Research Summer Intern
gotomedia is a global leader in creating people-friendly, connected experiences. Our approach combines research, strategy and design into digital solutions. gotomedia is looking for an intern interested in multiple areas of UX design and research to work in our fast-paced, real-world environment. We currently have an open position for a paid internship at our office in San Francisco for a talented and motivated applicant.

Note: Though our ideal is a mixed-experience internship, we will consider applicants interested exclusively in UX design OR research.

• Are personable, proactive and self-running, with a desire to learn and a passion for user experience and research
• Are completing or have finished a bachelor’s or master’s degree in HCI, digital design or related fields
• Take a problem and figure it out yourself—in unique and creative ways
• Have a strong portfolio and can demonstrate your style of visual thinking
• Have excellent verbal and written skills—and can type really fast!
May have experience in human factors, cognitive psychology, or other
May have coding or other technical experience

Our working environment
gotomedia is located in San Francisco’s eclectic Mission District. Our loft space is casual, inviting collaboration and creativity. We revel in our flexible environment and ability to work in the manner and location that yields the best outcome. We welcome you to visit!

What you will be doing
The UX side of things demands attention to detail and a focus on real user experience strategies. You will learn task and behavior-oriented mapping and information architecture. Depending on your aptitude, you will participate in design reviews, working sessions and project meetings. Applicants who are more technically focused will have a chance to get deeper into the specifications and coding side of the solution. Design-focused applicants will participate in brand sessions, product and interaction deliverables, and more.

In the research portion of the internship, you will focus directly on projects ranging from usability to remote and in-person (contextual) studies. You will be asked to help with recruiting, testing, note taking, report writing and integration into results.

Please send a cover letter to go2work (at) gotomedia (dot) com in email format. Attach a current resume and link to online portfolio. (Exceptions can be made if you do not currently have an online portfolio.) We will prioritize applications received on or before May 1, 2011.

Please let me know if you are interested or have questions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A very good deal for purchasing type!

House Industries allows you to purchase single settings for $7 each or less through a subscription program. This allows for a cheap purchase when you just need to set a few words.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

nine-day intensive experimental book workshop
Faculty: Denise Gonzales Crisp and Christopher Baker
Dates: July 29-August 6, 2011
Cost: $700

Over the last two decades, there have been a number of essays—and, ironically, books—that predict the demise of traditional books in the wake of digital media. Defining the term “book” loosely, as a vehicle for visual or verbal content that is organized into “sections,” this intensive nine-day workshop will challenge overly simplistic ideas about the demise of physical books by stressing instead the ways novel renditions of physical and digital and hybrid “books” carry meaning. The objective is to encourage participants to explore unconventional forms that books may take and to create an artwork/designed object that challenges ideas of what books can be.

The nine-day intensive workshop is organized by Eastern Michigan University faculty Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy. It will be led by Denise Gonzales Crisp and Christopher Baker. While the instructors will guide the direction of and lead discussions at the workshop, participants will be asked to contribute their particular knowledge and skill sets and contribute to the topic through presentations of their ideas and their creative work or research. The workshop is open to students, educators, and professionals from all disciplines.

Application due date: May 15, 2011

Notification of admission: May 30, 2011

Down payment due date: June 15, 2011

Dates of workshop: July 29-August 6, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

local graphic designer wins MasterMind award

Here's an inspiring article about local graphic designer, Sarah Nelson. Sarah works at Barkley ad agency and is also becoming a prominent fashion designer in KC. Sarah recently won the Pitch's 2011 MasterMind Awards.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

AIGA spotlight: Luke Babb

Check out this nice write-up for AIGA's member spotlight for graphic design senior, Luke Babb.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Summer internship in KC

Do you want to work in a small, hands-on studio that has made its mark specializing in unique printed materials and production techniques?

Reactor design studio is looking for a summer intern. Contact Clifton Alexander (a former KCAI graduate himself) at

Micah Barta (senior) is currently working there so if you want more info you can also talk to him.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Meet Your Fellow Designers: Studio Chain Interview 01

Designer: Ivan Anthony Alonso
Grade: Sophomore
Age: 20

Meet Ivan Anthony Alonso, a sophomore in the KCAI Graphic Design Department. He enjoys his grandma's tacos and the color purple (not talking about the movie). He comes to us from a fine art background, and although he came out of high school thinking about majoring in printmaking, his interest in design became much more clearer once he came to KCAI. He said, "I thought I had a good understanding about graphic design, but I was pretty much blown away at the Senior Show last year."

Ivan is a pretty eclectic kid with inspirations spawning primarily from nature and found objects. If you haven't seen his desk, I would suggest you all check it out. What you'll find are things like sharp geometric rocks on string, letterpress samples and even plants growing in whiskey bottles. As far as design goes, he likes his clean and to the point, so that means no mumbo jumbo is allowed. He also enjoys design that's organic with very free flowing compositions. When asked about his favorite typeface, he responded with Univers 49 Ultra Condensed! or anything sans serif.

So what's in store for Ivan's future? Well, he'd like to someday work for a small house firm rather than in a big corporate environment, some place that's multidisciplinary would be nice. He's also thought about becoming an art teacher. All he knows is he's really excited and really nervous, but ready to learn!

Interviewed By: Lance Flores

Thanks Lance for kicking off our Interview Chain!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Brief History of Title Design from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.

this was ffffound: visual metaphors.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

a graphic design job at hallmark.

detailed announcement here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Break: Austin, Texas 2011

Good food, good times, good memories. We were in Austin for 4 days, 3 nights, and we were just in time for SXSW. We were able to hit flatstock 2011 while we were there, and it was fantastic. We toured at the Livestrong headquaters, Pentagram's Austin branch, and Sanders/Wingo. It was a very inspiring trip. You should be able to view more photos by visiting the album I made on facebook.

AIGA is really ramping up spring events

Don't miss out on these upcoming events:
1. Register now for Portfolio workshop 4/1-4/2. It fills up fast.

2. Enter your eye catching work in the A7 design awards by 4/11.

3. DIY by design will be lots of fun on 4/1.

4. Learn about designing for the web in Intro-Active session 3 on 3/24.

summer workshop with massimo vignelli

two different week-long "Dialogues in Design Summer Master designer Workshops" are being offered this summer. the first is a photography and design workshop in provence, france with armando milani. the second is a typography+graphic design and advertising design workshop with massimo vignelli and george lois in rochester, ny. both are pretty amazing opportunities and worth checking out.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

year long fellowship at Gravity Tank in Chicago

Gravity Tank in Chicago is currently looking for students or recent grads for their year long fellowship program. This is a great innovative firm, with super smart people.

Fellowship Details

Questions? Let me know.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

pt internship at Housing Works in NYC

Part-time internship opportunity at Housing Works, a non-profit in NYC. Due to the part-time status, you'd need to get creative about how to get to NYC for the summer. Perhaps another part-time internship at another firm? Sharing an apartment with other KCAI students for the summer?

About Housing Works:
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and self-sustaining entrepreneurial ventures.

Through advocacy Housing Works fights to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, and HIV prevention. We have provided an array of services to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS since 1990. Those services include: housing, healthcare, meals and nutritional counseling, mental health and substance use treatment, job training, and legal assistance. Housing Works pioneered the concept of social enterprise–self-sustaining business ventures whose profits fund the mission of a parent not-for-profit organization. Our acclaimed Housing Works Thrift Shops, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and The Works Catering account for approximately 25% of our $43 million annual operating budget.

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The design director at Housing Works is Silas Munro, a very talented designer. Would be a great experience to work with him for a summer.

Let me know if you have questions.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

summer internship at procter & gamble in cincinatti

from p&g:
Experience Design at P&G

P&G’s purpose is to touch and improve the lives of people around the world, now and for generations to come. Design at P&G plays an important role in fulfilling this purpose. Design helps us focus on the people we serve and inspire empathy for them. Design helps us identify the tensions in people’s lives that we help resolve with our branded products and services. And Design helps us connect with our consumers through iconic brand equities, meaningful innovation, and delightful in-store experiences.

Why P&G?
A Graphic Design Management Cooperative [internship] at P&G allows for the opportunity to collaborate with Global Design Managers, Marketers and Research & Development team members on a variety of creative projects.

Global: The P&G global community consists of over 90 countries. While located in the US, you may collaborate with 5 design studios worldwide.

Innovative: You’ll have the exciting opportunity of infusing Design thinking into some of the most recognizable brands in the world. We use a highly collaborative approach that works within multifunctional teams, is intuitive, and helps bring emotion and the consumer experience to the innovation process.

Sustainability Driven: Design should improve life. We think sustainable design is a very simple idea. Incorporating sustainability into the rhythm of our work allows us to better integrate economic progress, social development, and environmental concerns into everything we do.

P&G Careers
Procter and Gamble

This is a highly competitive paid position with the possibility of additional money to assist with the summer move to Cincy. If you are interested in applying or hearing more, let me know.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

vml summer internship

VML is looking to hire Design interns for the 2011 summer program. It’s a 10-week program in KC (and perhaps in their NY office).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.

To get the ball rolling, submit your resume, cover letter and work samples to Farrah McGuire (, Talent Manager, by next Monday. If you need an extension I recommend emailing Farrah personally and asking if that would be possible. UPDATE: they will accept applications to the end of March. An online portfolio is ideal, but they’ll look at work samples or your entire portfolio PDF through email, too.

Talk to me if you have questions!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This should be a not-to-miss event featuring Peggy Nolan (fashion designer), Rush Wade (photographers) and Egg (set designers).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm rw/2

2010 McGee Street

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