Category Archives: Graphic Design

Adjunct Faculty Highlight Creative Work

Earlier this month, 14 adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota's College of Design took five minutes to present their current creative work and answer the question: "What is it you do when you're not teaching?" Adjunct faculty are vital to the mission of the College; they provide curricular flexibility and bring their diverse experiences into the academic realm. During their presentations, they highlighted their work outside of the University and not part of the classes they teach. The event helps develop a broader understanding of the talents and practice-based efforts of the College of Design adjunct faculty. First place in the Adjunct Faculty Slam went to Architecture Adjunct Assistant Professor Gayla Lindt for her presentation of current projects,…

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Graphic Design Student Project in Mailboxes Now

As Give to the Max kicks-off this morning, alumni may have noticed a project by a graphic design student appear in their mailbox in recent days. This year, Adjunct Professor Ange Wang's section of GDes 2351: GD1-Text & Image, partnered with the U's Foundation to create designs for their annual fall alumni fundraising appeal. Eighteen students worked individually to create designs for the envelope and letterhead, and then presented their projects to representatives from the Foundation. All of the designs were also reviewed by classmates, alumni, and staff, and third-year graphic design student Bailey Sears had her design chosen to be sent to the 260,000 alumni throughout the country, and around the world, from each University of Minnesota campus….

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THERE Journal of Design Receives Award of Excellence

The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) has recognized the College of Design's student-run journal THERE with its award of excellence for the 2010 issue titled Craft. Craft will be exhibited at the 41st annual UCDA Design Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, from October 15-18, 2011. "The Craft issue is the result of tireless teamwork, from writing and editing to design and production," said Jessica Barness (MFA, Graphic Design), creative director & designer for the award-winning issue of THERE. "We are pleased to be part of the UCDA exhibition, and it is an honor to receive an award for the work we are doing as part of the College of Design." The 2010 edition of THERE brought together an international group…

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UMNews Features DHA Department Head, Professor Missy Bye – "A good fit for design"

As Professor Missy Bye takes over the helm at DHA (Graphic Design, Apparel Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Housing Studies and Retail Merchandising), the University profiled her for one of their latest features. Read more about Missy Bye here.

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Graphic Design student Kyril Negoda maps hometown of Shakhtinsk, Kazakhstan

Negoda.jpgIn an effort to reconnect to his hometown of Shakhtinsk, Kazakhstan, Kyril Negoda (Graphic Design) “set out on a two-year map-making frenzy from his home in St. Paul using a tool called Google Map Maker.” The 23 year old student noted that his entire home country – considered the ninth largest in the world – had very little detail on its online map when he first checked it two years ago.

Negoda has spent part of the summer taking part in workshops with peer cartographers, exploring mapping in disaster zones. He has received international attention for his Kazakhstan project. Read more about his work at the links below.

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Shifting Gears: 2011 Graphic Design Senior Show

Graduating seniors in the College of Design’s Graphic Design program will present their work in Shifting Gears: 2011 Graphic Design Senior Show. Twenty three students will participate in the exhibition on May 15, 2011, 12-3 pm at Clockwork, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Students invite guests to “come enjoy cold drinks, tasty snacks, and fine-tuned portfolios all afternoon.” For more information on the designers and examples of their work, visit the Shifting Gears website.

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Carlson receives Larsen Design Scholarship in AIGA MN's Portfolio 1-on-1

Kate Carlson (Graphic Design) has received the 2011 Larsen Design Scholarship through AIGA Minnesota’s Portfolio 1-on-1. Thirty four students from twelve different schools submitted their portfolios for the Larsen Design Scholarship as well as the AIGA Minnesota Scholarship. Examples of Carlson’s design work can be viewed on her website at

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Boyd Brent intaglio prints and screenprint on display

James Boyd Brend (Graphic Design) has a series of intaglio prints in Stop the Presses: Graphic Art in a New Light, which opened October 1, 2010 in the lobby gallery of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on St. Thomas University’s Saint Paul campus. The exhibit runs through Thursday, November 11, 2010.

Additionally, Boyd Brent has a new screenprint in Poster Offensive 5, running October 29-November 7, 2010 at GALLEY, 1224 Second Street NE, Minneapolis. An opening party will be held Friday, October 29, 2010, 7 p.m.

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Graphic Design faculty participate in UCDA conference

Several Graphic Design faculty members participated in the University and College Designers Association’s (UCDA) fortieth anniversary conference, held in Minneapolis October 2-5, 2010. Daniel Jasper was on a regional design education panel; Carol Waldron, James Boyd Brent, and Steven McCarthy led a “University of Minnesota Day” with workshops in letterpress, silk screen, and graphic design authorship history, respectively; and McCarthy gave a lecture, “Twenty-five Years of Design Authorship: Expression, Communication and Activism” (scroll down to item 26).

Carol Waldron, left, with a UCDA designer using a Vandercook letterpress
Carol Waldron, left, with a UCDA designer using a Vandercook letterpress.

James Boyd Brent, second from left, demonstrates screenprinting with UCDA designers
James Boyd Brent, second from left, demonstrates screenprinting with UCDA designers.

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Larson captains Canstruction team

Josh Larson (BS Architecture 2008) captained one of four teams competing in Canstruction 2010 at the Mall of America on Saturday, September 25, 2010. canstruction.JPGThe annual Canstruction event puts thousands of non-perishable food items in the hands of local architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students to see who can design the most creative food sculpture using stacks of food.

Larson’s team, which included fellow College of Design alumnus Laura Oestreich (BS Interior Design 2006), assembled a Viking ship set atop a football field in honor of the Minnesota Viking’s 50th anniversary. Their design required 4,150 cans of food to construct and approximately 6 hours to assemble the 8’x10’x10′ structure.

The team raised $5,000 for the project and spent $3,200 on cans for their design. They donated the reminder of their funds, as well as all of the cans from the project, to Second Harvest Heartland at the end of the competition.

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