Monday, January 24, 2011

Reach Out and Read Poster Reception

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 4:30 - 6:00 The Simpson House
4509 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64111

"You're invited to the Reach Out and Read® Kansas City poster exhibition. Join us in celebrating all the wonderful poster designs submitted to our call for entries last year. Our four esteemed jurors, including AIGA President Debbie Millman and local design superstar Clifton Alexander, each picked their favorite poster and now those four are being printed for wide distribution all over Kansas City. See them hot off the presses at the exhibit.

People's Choice

In addition, all submitted poster designs will be on display and any attendee to the event will get the chance to vote on their favorite. The winner of the public voting will receive a handsome assortment of prizes including a $50 dollar gift certificate to the delicious Grand Street Cafe, $50 in xpedx retail items, and a selection of awesome screen printed posters donated by Tad Carpenter of Valhalla studios. Holla! The votes will be tallied and the winner announced at 6:00."

Come out and support our sophomores who submitted!

RSVP by Feb 4.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In the news

Check out the current issue of HOW magazine. It features our very own Laura Berglund (design '10) as one of 17 new international designers.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More on the Hallmark Internships

from Hallmark:

Learn what it’s like to do exactly what you love while working for one of the largest employers of creative professionals. Problem solving, designing, innovating; crafting, writing, collaborating—creating. You can fulfill your artistic passions, start building a career, and get paid (yes, paid) during an internship. Students do just that every summer at Hallmark, one of the largest employers of creative professionals. Learn what it’s like to be part of one of our many creative studios and departments. You will do exactly what you love while making a genuine difference in every life, every day.

There are a variety of Creative Summer Internship opportunities available, including:

Industrial Designer – Platform Team
Industrial Designer – Design Engineering
Industrial Designer – Prototype Studio
Web and Multimedia Experience Designer – Multimedia Studio
Web Designer – Marketing Design Studio
Graphic Designer / Lettering Artist – Lettering Studio
Graphic Designer / Illustrator – Greeting Card Design Studio
Graphic Designer – Marketing Design Studio
Stylist / Photographer – Photography Studio
Copywriter – Marketing Studio
Writers – Creative Writing Studio
Editors – Greeting Card Studio

A resume, cover letter and a portfolio of your work are required for all positions.
To learn more about each position and its portfolio requirements and to apply, please visit and click on “College Students.”

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Submissions are now open
2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

"The Adobe Design Achievement Awards recognize innovative students and faculty members who AMAZE the world. Finalists will receive Adobe software and a trip to Taipei, Taiwan, where they will be honored in an awards ceremony during the 2011 IDA Congress set for October, 24-26, 2011. Category winners also will receive a cash award of US$3,000.

Competition is FREE to enter and open to all students, faculty and staff of higher education institutions around the world. Participants may submit up to 2 times in 15 different categories and 3 faculty categories. All student categories except for Web Analytics and Mobile Analytics* will be judged throughout the competition year. Students are able to submit in three judging sessions and semifinalists will be selected during each judging session. Students are advised to submit their projects for every academic term from May 2010 through June 2011.

*Web Analytics and Mobile Analytics categories require advanced registration and development kit download in order to participate. The Web Analytics category registration deadline is February 27, 2011, and the Mobile Analytics category registration deadline is January 28, 2011."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Design Challenge: Feed the City

Be part of the 2nd annual Kansas City Design Week / DESIGN CHALLENGE! This year’s challenge: FEED THE CITY, will benefit the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. If you are up to it, you will work collaboratively with designers from other disciplines including architecture, landscape design, industrial designers, interior design, interactive design, urban planning and graphic designers to help solve real problems facing a local KC non-profit.

To participate you will need permission to donate your time on Monday, February 7th from 12-5 for the Design Challenge, and from 5-8 for the Design on Stage portion where each team presents its Design Solution. We can take up to five teams of eight designers so sign up quick! This is a great opportunity to meet other designers, show-off your mad design method, AND help a great local organization. The following Design on Stage event will showcase your team's solution in a 10 minute presentation, as our panel of judges determine who has the best solution.

Please send your name to Zack Shubkagel at along with the organization that you are representing (i.e., AIA, AIGA, APA, IDSA, PGSLA, ASID, IIDA, KCAI, UMKC, KU, etc.) Please submit names by January 26th. We will send out further instruction closer to the event.

Last year a handful of KCAI graphic design students participated including Cassie King, Ian Tirone and Morgan Allen and Josh Eithun. Josh (graphic design '10) was on the winning team. Let's continue the tradition! Sign up to participate.

* If you participated in the first Design Challenge in 2010, you are not eligible. However please encourage others to participate by sharing your experience last year!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Intro-Active: Session 1

I'm very excited to announce a lecture series I am developing for AIGA KC. Session 1 is already filling up so register online to save your spot!

Intro-Active is a topical lecture series and moderated discussion specially developed for traditional print designers, new professionals and students interested in transitioning to or gaining a foundational knowledge of web design.

A strategic view of web design will be introduced over the course of 4 sessions. At each session selected speakers — from social media and usability experts to interactive designers and developers — will give their points of view as experienced industry professionals and arm attendees with resources, vocabulary, inspiration and confidence on relevant web design topics.

Intro-Active 1: The expanding culture of the web
Our first session will address the current paradigms of online culture, social media and highlight ways of leveraging these trends for client and project needs.

Guest Speakers
Joe Grigsby, Director of Emerging Media at VML
Lisa Qualls, CEO at Fresh ID and President of Social Media Club Kansas City

Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Kansas City Art Institute Design Building, Main Gallery (location may change - so keep tuned!)


$5 AIGA members
$15 Non-members

Seats are limited and will likely fill up prior to the event. Register early to save your seat.

Attend all four sessions for a well-rounded perspective on the state of web design practice today. To find out about the following sessions visit

Adobe After Effects Workshop

Saturday, February 12 · 9:00am - 4:00pm

208 W. 19th St.
Kansas City, MO

This one day Workshop to learn After Effects is only $25, including lunch. A full day of After Effects with some of the major motion design gurus in the Midwest. While you're there, get a tour through the StagePort photography, video and film production studio.

This Workshop is sponsored by the Midwest Association of Professional Animators, StagePort, KC Design Core, KC Video Core and of course, Adobe!

Register Now!

For more info:
Contact, Dylan Dietz
Midwest Association of Professional Animators
(816) 267-0719

Friday, January 7, 2011

AAF-KC Foundation Scholarship

The American Advertising Federation of Kansas City Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization established specifically to promote and provide for advertising education.

Every year, the Foundation awards scholarships to those college student applicants who show an intense and earnest desire to empower themselves with knowledge of the advertising, communications, marketing or graphic arts industries.

Last year our very own Johnna Pasch (senior, graphic design) won!

The Foundation Scholarship includes:
* Financial assistance of $750 per semester
* The support and counsel of a mentor from the membership of the AAF-KC
* One-year membership in the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City
* Invitations to attend all regular program activities of the AAF-KC at no cost while in school (excludes annual ADDY Awards show)
* All event and other mailings from AAF-KC
* Membership in the American Advertising Federation

The application will take you 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Please contact Sarah Pikul, AAF-KC director, at 816-822-0300 if you have questions.

Enter the KC Addy's

The KC Addy's are the awards show for the Kansas City Ad Club. The Ad Club has a huge membership in KC with LOTS of eyes looking at the work.

In the past few years I've seen lots of JCCC and KU projects win but no KCAI. Why? Because KCAI student's haven't been entering. But you can fix this!

The deadline for student work is Jan 15th so be sure to submit your eye catching work. Show the Ad Club KC just what they're missing!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

CMYK Top New Creatives 50

Show The Industry You Are Out There

CMYK magazine's high-profile design contest is open to all emerging and aspiring creatives in the following categories: copywriting, art direction, graphic and Web design, illustration and photography.


Validation, respect, confidence and kudos


Max Projects/Entries:

Advertising (Copywriting), Illustration, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Copywriting, Photography

Students, current graduates and self-taught. Domestic and International.

January 10, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fast Company's list of the year's 12 best

Congrats to Gerg Kaufman (graphic design alum 2010) for making Fast Company's list of the year's 12 best ideas in interface design!

He is getting well deserved kudos for his great senior degree project - a concept for a Multi Touch Light Table.

Gerg shares the spotlight with some very cool designs as well. See the slideshow here: