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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Monday, February 21, 2011

Studio Tour Monday!

Hey all, we're meeting up at 2:30p in the design gallery on Monday the 28th in order to carpool / caravan to our studio tour with 360 Architecture! Be there or be square!

Don't forget to RSVP on our facebook page :)


AIGA: Behance Workshop Night (2-21)

Luke was kind enough to be our demonstrator this evening at the AIGA Online Portfolio Night. We got a bunch of people signed up on and had some fun while we did it!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

from the spiekerblog

Graphic design can change your life from Edenspiekermann on Vimeo.
i enjoy erik—his energy and true passion for work/life. in this production (not his title), he lucidly expresses many values that i personally share:

  • on originality and inspiration;
  • on the relationship between typography and language;
  • on teamwork and the truth about design superstars;
  • on the potential that design has to influence a culture and country.

very worth the 15 minutes!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

on digital set-up

A thorough article on Frank Chimero's digital set-up. He covers everything from hardware to software to his advise on backing up.

Monday, February 14, 2011

aiga worldstudio scholarships

aiga just announced that the application system for 2011-2012 scholarships is now active. from their web page: "Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying art and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Our primary aims are:

  • To increase diversity in the creative professions
  • To foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers and studios of tomorrow
jessica lyew-ayee (kcai '10) received one, and you can too. please consider applying for this distinguished scholarship.

DIC gets more press

Tom, Tammy and Amanda's "I need a sidewalk" project recently got highlighted by GOOD magazine.

Friday, February 11, 2011

AIGA Blue Ridge poster clash

Last year Brandon Lyon's (junior graphic design) poster was one of the winners.

This year you have just 2 Weeks Left to enter!

Get Started! - Download Templates and Rules

Posters will be accepted until Feb 24th. Download the official CFE here.

RSVP to reserve your spot

Read more entry Guidelines here

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Graphic USA

Ramzy Masri (kcai graphic design '10) and Morgan Allen (kcai graphic design '10) are both contributing designers in a book project by Ziggy Hanaor (illustrator, author and editor) with Cicado Books in London.

They were asked by Ziggy to represent Kansas City for her new book, Graphic USA: An Alternative Guide to 25 US Cities. You can purchase now for $30.

Looks like a great book and what a fantastic opportunity to highlight our fair city!

See more photos and read Morgan's blog post here. Photos by Morgan Allen.

seniors win national "design ignites change" awards

a huge congratulations to amanda laffoon (graphic design KCAI '11), tom morse-brown (graphic design KCAI '11) and tammy shell (graphic design KCAI '11) for winning a $4,700 implementation award and to bryan jones for winning a $500 idea award.

"i need a sidewalk" is an awareness campaign designed to alert city officials of the need to construct a sidewalk and crosswalk that provides access to rosedale park for its citizens. the park is situated across busy mission road and is currently very dangerous for anyone from the immediate neighborhood wishing to use the park facilities. funding will support the production of a billboard and website which will be supported by a press release, web video and other materials.

bryan jones' (graphic design KCAI '11) project, completed with jessica meurer (graphic design KCAI '11) and kate morr (graphic design KCAI '11), is entitled "enlightening individuals". a web-based test and supporting classroom poster series are designed to help fifth-graders understand how they best learn, either through visual, auditory, or kinesthetic means. the idea awards are given for strong concepts and recipients are not obliged to implement their projects.

see the full "design ignites change" press release here for a full list of winners. a special thanks goes out to jane heide, joshua hoffman, heidi holliday, and wendy wilson, our community partners in the rosedale neighborhood, for making this such a great experience for all of our seniors.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

faculty work on exhibit

One Artist - Tyler Galloway
One Critic - Alaska Noyes
One Curator - Michael Schonhoff

A Conversation

come to empire on 1724 wyandotte (around the corner from YJ's) this friday, feb 4, to see two images from my "instructional series" presented as large vinyl adhesive pieces. opening reception is from 5 to 9 pm.

In the news

Check out the January issue of Graphic Design USA. Our own Tammy Shell (graphic design '11) is listed as one of "25 top students to watch in 2011" and her photo is even the featured thumbnail on the homepage.

What a nice interview! See it here:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One inspiring creative sharing one piece of advice, all over video chat.

"Humble Pied originally started as a crowd-sourced AIGA student presentation, with friends and peers alike offering their words of wisdom within the creative industry. This site was created to house all of the great bits of advice, and to stimulate dialogues along the way." Source

the daily for the ipad

barkley summer mentorship program

"As a participant in Barkley's mentorship program, you will be challenged with real–world accounts under the guidance and mentorship of senior agency team members. And you’ll leave with experience that can help you get your foot in the door when the time comes to land a real job."

Accepting applications for 2011 Mentorship Program through February 25.