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  • Coming Unstuck

    Posted September 14, 2011 in Classes & PresentationsEvents
    How many of us scramble to get our Powerpoint slides in order before a major presentation—especially one on how design can help jump-start the economy? Not Ralph Caplan. Caplan is the founding editor of I.D. Magazine, author of several books, past director of the International Design Conference in Aspen and the 2010 recipient of the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Caplan was in Grand Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 8, to present “Coming Unstuck: Thinking about Design in a Stalled Economy.” The event was a collaboration of Design West Michigan and Kendall College of Art and Design, which plans this as the inaugural event of the Kendall International Design Colloquium. And he had only two slides. “I don’t have any visuals,” he said apologetically. “I don’t even have any actuals. But designers don’t need slides—they can see it in their heads. It’s the clients who need the slides.” But of his three slides, one was of a sheet of postage stamps, commemorating Pioneers of American Industrial Design. And he raised an interesting question: Read More…
  • Kendall Faculty Create Sculptural Desk for UICA

    Posted September 7, 2011
    As Kendall students and faculty return to classes this fall, they are undoubtably asking each other, “How was your summer? What did you do?” Two faculty members, Sam Read More…
  • SiTE LAB: Art in the Wild

    Posted August 3, 2011 in Events
      I’ve never been to an art installation where I needed to cover myself head to toe with bug spray. And I’ve never been to a show at which I thanked my tour Read More…
  • Upscale Fashion Debuts at Kendall College of Art and Design

    Posted July 20, 2011 in Youth and Adults
        Judy Huyck bounded into the Upstyled Fashion class last week at Kendall College of Art and Design, full of enthusiasm for taking old, unworn or slightly used Read More…
  • 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: 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…
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