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.

Download job description here.

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.