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  • 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 have made the journey around the southern tip of Lake Michigan to attend NeoCon. And for the past few years, NeoCon has utilized the overarching theme, “The Big D(esign).” And for the past six years, students in the Publication Design class have had this assignment: Create a two-page, four-color ad promoting the class at NeoCon. The assignment doesn’t end there. It’s also a contest. The top three ads (as determined by outside professionals who serve as judges) are sent to Contract Magazine, and one is chosen for inclusion in the NeoCon issue. This year, graphic design senior Evan Ames parlayed all three into his winning ad. “This project was a double-edged sword,” he told me. “It was a class requirement and a contest.” “I didn’t want to do what others had done in the past—play with the letter ‘D.’ So I spoke with the class instructor, Karen Johnson, and other professors, too. Then I realized that the 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…
  • Industrial Design Career Day features historic Willys Jeep

    Posted April 29, 2011 in Events
      The first clue that the Industrial Design Career Day at Kendall College of Art and Design was going to be a special day was the bright red Willys Jeep parked Read More…
  • Kendall Faculty and Students Sweep UICA golf event awards.

    Posted April 26, 2011 in Award Winners
      When the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts sent out request for proposals for their mini-golf exhibit, Sam Blanchard of the Sculpture and Functional Arts Read More…
  • Mike Carroll Shares Stories and Images with Photography Students

    Posted April 12, 2011 in Events
      Mike Carroll, an accomplished photojournalist, put this photo up on the screen at the beginning of his talk recently at Kendall College of Art  and Design, Read More…
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