Honored and delighted to be named in GD USA (Graphic Design USA) as one of the People to Watch in 2018. As my primary function is a design educator, this recognition is a meaningful acknowledgement of my relevancy as a design practitioner and model for my students. This accolade would not be possible without the amazing creative community I get to work with like BGSU, AIGA Toledo, The Arts Commission, Hanson Inc. Communica, MTS Seating, CGS Imaging, Madhouse, and the incredibly talented artists and designers from Northwest Ohio. No pressure in the coming year… ;)
The BGSUGD Hallway is an active place in the School of Art. I know I personally walk down it every single day, but on December 2, 2017 it was an especially busy time. The School of Art and BGSU hosted the annual ArtsX Celebration, which includes the launch of the faculty show, performances by students in all of the arts, and opportunities to purchase art objects like glass, prints and jewelry. The School has a mass of visitors through the building that evening. Thinking of our long hallway and the need to underscore to visitors the value of design, I created nine (9) three foot x five foot posters sharing well said quotes, such as "If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design." Ralf Speth. Many of the background images come from my series, "finding my balance" and the posters were created on the fly in about 4 hours, so reserve your haste judgment. ;) These works were intended for delight, visual punch and to be thought provoking. For cost effective purposes, Eastern Engineering was able to print each of these off for only 18 dollars a piece on their inkjet plotter. Not too shabby for some impromptu making!
Well done AIGA on producing another top notch conference, perhaps it was those great BGSU GD volunteers? Many congratulations to Amy (Fidler) as she officially stepped into her role as Co-Chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee. I am so proud of her and the excellent way she is representing BGSU in the Design community. It was nice to see BGSU alums: Benjie Wilhelm '17, Caroline Ellingboe '16 and Amanda Hovest '08 (president of the LA chapter of AIGA.) Roman Mars, you have a voice like butter and I could probably even find joy listening to you recite "45's" dumb tweets. Ashley C Ford, I want to be your friend. You were amazing. Meredith Davis, thank you for your wisdom and leadership in design pedagogy. I am grateful to have been at your roundtable. If you haven't been to an AIGA conference, I highly recommend you attend, good stuff!
Along with my BGSU GD colleague and Associate Professor Lori Young (see upper left), we attended UnderConsideration's Brand New Conference in Chicago at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park. Wow! Do they know how to put on a conference! I was especially appreciative of Armin and Bryony giving us a behind the scenes look at their process for creating the graphics for the conference and and to know my conference badge was personally touched by the two of them through the silkscreening process. As Lori and I are both teaching the System-Based Graphic Design course this Fall, we were grateful for the swag to share with our students as well as our conference notes and experiences. While we heard from many great speakers, one of my favorites was Jennifer Kinon from Hillary for America who shared her challenges in designing for such an icon. She was humble and apologetic for not being able to help bring Hillary to the Oval office, but I am impressed by her courage, talent and grace in tackling this incredible design challenge. She has nothing to apologize for as the candidate had many cards stacked against her, including the woman card. :( Lastly, as I am in training for the Detroit Free Press Marathon in October, I was thankful to squeeze in a sunrise run along Lake Shore Drive. Thank you Chicago and UnderConsideration!
It was an honor to present at a third UCDA Design Education Conference in a row. This year's was at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. What a beautiful campus and great people to share the work we do at BGSU. I presented the "I You / You Me" exercise from GD Theory. It is a powerful exercise that reconnects students with hand crafted work, developing a series and assigning meaning with objects and gesture. Conferences are also great for exploring my unknowns, I was able to get in first time visits to Philly and Gettysburg.
I am pleased to announce I recently received BGSU's Outstanding Early Career Award by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for scholarly achievement. I am the first recipient for BGSU's School of Art (SoA) since the awards inception in 1996 and I am deeply honored to be part of bringing recognition to scholarly activity in the arts. Thank you very much to my SoA director, Katerina Ruedi Ray, for nominating me for this honor. I am deeply grateful and thank you to my GD colleagues and students who inspire me everyday!
The Sit&Tell Project has been selected as a platinum winner in the 46th Creativity International Print & Packaging Design Awards.
Entries came from 40 countries, 2 Canadian Provinces and 25 U.S. States. 60% of this year's entries won an award reflecting the excellent design submitted this year. The awards break down like this - Platinum - 3%, Gold - 4%, Silver - 24%, Bronze - 27%.
The AIGA Design Conference Revival hosted in New Orleans Oct. 8-10 came and went in a blink of an eye. I have been attending AIGA's biennial conferences since the 2009 conference in Memphis. The conferences never fail to deliver inspirational, delightful and thought-provoking content. This year I was left in awe by the work of David Delgado and Dan Goods from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Designers in NASA! So cool and something I never really gave thought to prior. From amazing sculptures to "Hi Juno," I can't wait to see the Museum of Awe capture their amazing work.
My travels to the AIGA conference went beyond capturing the latest of design practice. First, I was there to present at the conference on Teaching 101 : How to trade clients for curriculum with my colleague Amy Fidler and fellow design educators, Annabelle Gould and Karen Zimmermann. We had a great session.
My other purpose for attending was to support BGSUGD 2013 alum, Jacob Parr in his quest to win the Command X competition. This live design competition allowed seven up-and-coming designers to face off head-to-head for the chance to break into the industry in front of 2,000 peers, heroes, and potential employers. Plus, the winner received $1,000 in cash and a treasure chest of sweet prizes. From a pool of 1000+ brave submitters, Jacob was selected as one this year's participants. Jacob sailed through the first round and was barely edged out in the second round. It was a joy to see such a talented and brave individual take on this tough challenge.
Along with being an awesome grad, Jacob is a past winner of AIGA Toledo's Pixels of Fury competition and an entrepreneur who recently launched his game Master Thief. He just kicked off his kickstarter campaign. He is happily looking for funders…
My time to New Orleans was packed with the discovery of delicious food at Johnny Sanchez, Commander's Palace and Bittersweet Confections, followed by three mile runs to the Mississippi River and down St. James street to work off those delectable calories! My travels through the city were met with sites of Southern architecture mixed with crazy Halloween decor. On the last part of my journey I stumbled upon Candy Chang's Before I Die installation and was pleased to see what I had seen online and in textbooks was more powerful in person.
Thank you to Cynthia Clabough and the SUNY Oswego Graphic Design program for inviting me to speak last week. I was delighted to share my experiences with creating community based work and I look forward to seeing the development of your own community projects. It was a pleasure to learn about your program and to experience a gorgeous Owsego sunset at our dinner.
I am very honored and excited to be visiting the SUNY - Oswego campus to present my experiences with creating community based projects like the You Are Here Toledo Project. I will post more when I get back! :) The "latest & greatest" side bar there highlights some of the work to be featured in my talks.