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  • Decorators, Designers and Door Pulls

    Posted June 15, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
    On Monday, we crawled the floors of NeoCon (not literally, of course), seeing great design. Tuesday, our brains were as packed as the showrooms as we had the opportunity to hear from four great speakers. In fact, we learned so much, I’m going to cover just two speakers today, and tell about the others in later blogs.  Our day began with keynote speaker, Amy Wells. If you’ve never heard of her, then you’re obviously not one of the 1.5 million fans (several Kendall faculty and myself included) who are addicted to AMC’s television series, “Mad Men.” I’ll admit it; we rushed to the front of the room, and got seats in the second row. Wells was siting in the front row, waiting to speak, and as soon as we discovered her, we peppered her with questions that ranged from the authenticity of ceiling tiles, to the artwork used in Bert Cooper’s Asian-themed office. In case you aren’t familiar with the series, “Mad Men” is set in the mid-1960s and is truly authentic, from actors’ hairstyles and clothing, to the series’ numerous locations that range from a middle class house in the Read More…
  • NeoCon: A Treat for All The Senses

    Posted June 13, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      NeoCon is a show. To paraphrase Ed Sullivan, a really big show. Celebrating its 43rd year in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, NeoCon is the premier design center for the Read More…
  • Climate Control and Creative Candidates in the Windy City

    Posted June 12, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Have you ever heard of CCID? Neither had I until Sunday, June 12, but more about that later. It was our first day in Chicago for NeoCon. Our first order of business was Read More…
  • Extraordinary Design Wins

    Posted June 9, 2011 in Award WinnersClasses & PresentationsCompetitions
    Traditions can be good things. Kendall College of Art and Design and NeoCon have a few in common. I’ll elaborate. First, 2011 will be the 16th year that Kendall students Read More…
  • Creating Empathy

    Posted June 6, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Last time I blogged, I wrote about the Kendall “Big D” design class that will be attending NeoCon in Chicago June 12–16. NeoCon is North Read More…
  • Getting Ready for NeoCon

    Posted May 31, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      If you live in Grand Rapids, no doubt you’ve heard of NeoCon. And if you have anything at all to do with the world of design, you’ve been to Read More…
  • Kendall Honors Distinguished Alumni in Annual Event

    Posted May 13, 2011 in AlumniAward WinnersEvents
    The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner was held Thursday, May 5 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This Year’sHonorees were Gwen O’Brien, Read More…
  • Congratulations Class of 2011

    Posted May 13, 2011 in Events
    Cheers and whistles greeted the 205 members of the class of 2011 as they entered the majestic sanctuary of Fountain Street Church, for commencement on May 7.  Friends, family, Read More…
  • Presentation Mania!

    Posted May 9, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      As anyone who attended Kendall (or any college for that matter) knows, the last two weeks of the semester are jam-packed putting the last minute touches on Read More…
  • Richard Zeid asks, “What if?”

    Posted May 3, 2011 in Events
          The Graphic Design Career Day was particularly interesting to me, watching the students dash in, juggling coffee, back packs and large Read More…
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