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  • Annual Picnic, Annual Project

    Posted July 18, 2011 in Classes & PresentationsCompetitions
      Professor Ron Riksen has been teaching graphic design at Kendall for 40 years, and for 25 of them, his graphic design classes have participated in a rite of spring: Designing the annual picnic poster for law firm Varnum Riddering Schmidt & Howlett. The poster’s requirements are fairly simple. It needs to include the date and location of the picnic, the firm’s name (recently shortened to the single word “Varnum”) and measure 12 inches by 18 inches. “In some years, the poster has reflected the picnic’s theme, in others, the poster mirrors the location,” says Riksen. “I always like to take students up to the second floor hallway near the atrium where all the past posters are displayed, so they can see how the different themes and locations have been graphically represented over the years,” says Riksen. As we toured the gallery together, Ricksen pointed to the first poster, which was composed of torn strips of blue paper. “Many of the early ones were hand-done,” he said. “We didn’t have computers when we first started. In a way, this gallery is a mini-timeline Read More…
  • Dual Enrollment Students Jump Start their Kendall Experience

    Posted July 4, 2011 in Events
    If I recall correctly, the last project I made in high school art class was an ugly, mushroom-shaped ashtray. (My dad was a smoker.) But Rick Brunson remembers his high school Read More…
  • See. Say. Do.

    Posted June 20, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Our third speaker Tuesday at NeoCon was Justin Ahrens, founder and principal of Rule29. Rule29 is not your typical Chicago advertising agency. For one thing, Read More…
  • The Dirt on DIRTT

    Posted June 16, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
     Our second speaker Tuesday (remember, there were three) was Geoff Gosling, Environmental Designer at DIRTT. The name, DIRTT, can be a little deceptive. DIRTT is an acronym Read More…
  • 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 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…
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