Posted on Nov 12, 2016 by elupton
GD MFA Blog
Posted on Sep 20, 2015 by elupton
Benedikt Reichenbach received his MA in philosophy and history with a thesis about the ban on images in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and editor in Berlin and New York, for JRP Ringier, Sternberg Press, Birkhaeuser, Phaidon Press, and Aperture Foundation. This year, he is a visual artist in the esteemed Whitney Program at Whitney Museum of American Art.
Posted on Sep 17, 2015 by Jason M. Gottlieb
For the fifth consecutive year, MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program welcomed Silas Munro to campus as a visiting designer, September 11-13, 2015. In a three-day weekend workshop, Silas launched our “Alter Ego” project, challenging MFA designers to create a new, imaginary design psyche. This year’s workshop included improvisation exercises and video interviews exploring each persona’s dreams and aspirations. In the weeks to come, MFA designers will use their “Alter Egos” as points of departure in an extended project (directed by Jennifer Cole Phillips and Jason M. Gottlieb). Each designer will author a new work from a new point of view.
Silas Munro makes and teaches graphic design that is beautiful and smart, with empathy for humanity. He is Faculty for the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was recently appointed full-time faculty of graphic design at Miami University of Ohio. He holds a MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts and a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD.
Posted on May 20, 2015 by elupton
Congratulations to Chen Yu for winning MICA’s 2015 Graphic Design Thesis Prize. awarded each year by the graduate faculty and guest critics to an outstanding thesis project. Critic Abbott Miller commented on Chen Yu’s work, “The attention to subtlety of detail, materials, installation, and execution makes this a stand-out project. The project is restrained yet dramatic.” You can see other amazing work by MICA’s Class of 2015 at http://thesis2015.micadesign.org/
Posted on Mar 15, 2014 by elupton
Designers in MICA’s GD MFA Studio II created posters for an international competition held in Breda, The Netherlands, in connection with the city’s Graphic Design Festival. 2,100 designers competed from 69 countries. Out of 50 winners, two are from MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program: Katrina Keane and Shiva Nallaperumal.
Some designers chose to comment on global issues such as human trafficking, income inequality, and privacy, while others focused on topics from within the world of visual communication and media, such as body image and the economics of white space. See more MICA student entries!
Posted on Mar 14, 2014 by elupton
An outstanding team of MICA MFA designers (Amanda Buck, Nate Gulledge, Sally Maier, Chen Yu) placed in the Grand Prize top-tier of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Records for Life Competition. The Records for Life contest challenged the global community to re-design the health record in order to better meet the needs of providers and caregivers, with a focus on immunization information.
, a Gates Foundation blog linked below, includes more details, but in a nutshell there were over 300 submissions from 41 countries. The top 40 semifinalists (we had two) were tested by focus groups for their potential and narrowed to 10, which were then judged by, among others, Melinda Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization; Robert Fabricant, Vice President of Creative for Frog Design; and Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org. The $10,000 award was announced at the culmination and finale of the international Interaction Design Association conference in Amsterdam.
A second GD MFA team (Alex Jacque, Iris Sprague, Wenjie Lu, and Yushi Luo) placed in the top forty entries. All entries in the top forty were user-tested by the Gates Foundation.
The project was led by Jennifer Cole Phillips, Director, Graphic Design MFA Program, with guest advisors Islam Elsedoudi, IDEO; Doug Storey and Manish Arora, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Lee Davis, MASD.
Posted on Oct 5, 2013 by elupton
“Bullshit in the Sky” (Michele Champagne) and “Design at IDEO” (Islam Elsedoudi)
Friday, October 11, noon, Brown 320
Open to all MICA students, faculty, and staff
On October 11 – 13, Michèle Champagne and Islam Elsedoudi will conduct workshops and lectures with MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program. All MICA students are invited to a joint lecture; graduate workshops to follow.
Michèle Champagne is a designer and writer who works in branding and editorial across media. She is the founding editor of the print and online magazine That New Design Smell. Her branding projects include Mediamatic Travel, a social network pinned to an open source platform. Champagne recently spent four years in Amsterdam completing a Masters degree at Rietveld Academy’s Sandberg Institute; she has worked with Droog, Metahaven, Strelka Institute, Mediamatic Foundation, and VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster. Her essays and work have been published with Print in NYC, Volume in Amsterdam and OpenCity Projects in Toronto.
Islam Elsedoudi is a Senior Communication Designer based in the Boston office of the renowned international design firm IDEO. More than any other firm on the planet, IDEO has been responsible for developing and disseminating “design thinking” as a human-centered design methodology, creating products, systems, and services focused on the needs of users. Islam Elsedoudi has worked across the US and India, with work ranging from brand strategy thinking to packaging design systems and online service platforms. His work represents the expanding role of the designer as thinker, maker, and strategist in the twenty-first century.
Posted on Nov 17, 2012 by elupton
Posted on Jul 31, 2012 by elupton
Core77 awards recognized the Real Food Farm Campaign, designed by Lauren Adams (MFA11), Kailie Parrish (11), and Aura Seltzer (MFA12)
Interview with Aura Seltzer (MFA12) about her thesis project, typeconnection, on HOW magazine. Another interview in Above the Fold, where Aura was Best in Show Winner. Typekit summarized her ideas for quick learning on TypeKit.
Jessica Heltzel and Tim Hoover (both MFA12) were recognized in Metropolis magazine in a feature about life after design school (“Exit the Classroom,” by Lara Kristin Herndon). As well, Kern and Burn was recognized in the Education Initiative category in the Core77 Design Awards. Their project Kern and Burn was funded on kickstarter and received lots of press: Under Consideration’s Quipsologies, and eight hour day.
Andrew Shea’s (MFA10) amazing book Designing for Social Change, which he initiated as a thesis project, was released last year and continues to get great reviews. The book has been featured on featured on Fast Co | Co.Design, on Core77, on Design Observer, and Living Principles. Andrew is teaching and working in NYC and continuing to write; see this great piece on Design Observer.
Jenny Kutnow (MFA12) was selected as a Public Access Design Fellow for the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Rolando G. Alcantara (MFA12) was recognized on Print’s blog with an interview about his life and work, “The Education of a Typographic Innovator.” Rolando represented MICA in AIGA NY’s Fresh Blood 3 event in NYC on June 5, 2012.
Eric Mortensen (MFA12) was interviewed on One Minute With.
The People’s Pennant is a very cool project by Eric Mortensen, Tim Hoover, and Jessica Karle Heltzel (all GDMFA12). Celebrate the everyday with limited-edition felt pennants, by your favorite designers. The project has received lots of press on losttype, icons on dribble, and felt and wire.
Thesis, Inc. awarded Cameron Zotter and Jenny Kutnow (both MFA12) grant funds for completing their MFA thesis projects in 2012. This marks the second year in a row that MICAns have received this prestigious award.
Print magazine’s March 2012 issue featured the thesis of Christina Beard (MFA11). Check out the Grids + Guides section for reproductions of her posters, and description of her time at MICA.
US News and World Report has ranked MICA’s MFA in graphic design as one of the nation’s best.
Special thanks to Brockett Horne, Chair, Graphic Design BFA program, for collecting this great info.
Posted on Sep 8, 2011 by elupton
Congratulations to all the 2011 winners of Sappi Paper’s “Ideas That Matter” grants.
Andrew Shea (GD MFA 2010)
Project for the Children’s Tumor Foundation
Mike Weikert (Director, MICA’s MA in Social Design, GD MFA 2005)
Project for MICA’s Center for Design Practice
Silas Munro (MICA faculty)
Project for Housing Works
Posted on Sep 7, 2011 by elupton
Posted on May 6, 2011 by elupton
Out of 126 submissions, two MICA GD MFA students, Noel Cunningham and Cameron Zotter, won top prizes in this prestigious competition, organized by Autism Speaks (the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization) in partnership with Core77 (the leading international information source and advocate for product design). Both students will travel to San Diego, May 12-14, 2011, to present their design concepts at the annual IMFAR Technology Demonstration session sponsored by Autism Speaks.
- Second-Place Winner: Noel Cunningham/weSYNC
- Third-Place Winner: Cameron Zotter/Visual Watch
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects many different people in many different ways. Because the spectrum is so broad, it is important to evaluate each person’s needs on an individual basis as we determine their care options. It is common for a child with an ASD to have a rigid schedule and work with several different people on a daily basis. Doctors, therapists, and teachers may communicative with the child’s parent regarding their care, but not necessarily with one another.
Visual Watch is a time management and picture exchange communication system (PECS) tool designed specifically for people with Autism. The concept tackles two complex issues: Sense/Management of Time and the need for portability of the picture exchange communication system (PECS). With this product, my goal is to increase autistic children’s communication abilities and ultimately to ensure better inclusion into society.
Posted on Mar 11, 2011 by elupton
The GD MFA program is launching our latest book project: a practical and theoretical guide to digital typography called Type on Screen. The book will be published by MICA and Princeton Architectural Press in both a print and an electronic edition. Over the coming two years, GD MFA candidates will produce a variety of studies and exercises in the areas of screen typography and digital book design.
To begin our research, MICA has created four 8-week research fellowships, employing a team of top graduate students in guided research during summer 2011. Fellowship recipients are Chris Clark, Noel Cunningham, Jin Hwan Kim, Cameron Zotter, and Alice Hom. Each research fellow will pursue visual and technical research on one of the book’s core topics: CSS Type, Animated Type, Logotype, or Type + Code. Each fellow is responsible for thoroughly researching a topic; we will hold weekly group meetings to share and critique results. Fellowships supported by MICA’s Center for Design Thinking.
Posted on Mar 11, 2011 by elupton
GD MFA candidate Chris McCampbell 2011 has won a $1,000 award in a national competition for his thesis work. The grant was awarded by a design firm fittingly called Thesis. “Thesis recognizes the inherent challenge of being a student with ideas bigger than your wallet, so we created a grant program to help make finances less of a barrier to brilliance.”
Thank you Thesis, and congrats to Chris!
Posted on Nov 13, 2010 by elupton
Twenty teams from eight design schools were challenged to visualize the impact of humanity’s footprint on Spaceship Earth at the inaugural Visualizing Marathon: a 24-hour student data visualization competition. MICA sent fourteen students to New York City to compete in the event. MICA swept the competition, winning first place and honorable mention.
MICA’s winning visualization, “One Day Cause + Effect,” was lauded for its personal narrative and striking design and received the Jury’s top score for ‘understanding’ – the ability to help the reader better understand the impact of humanity’s footprint on Earth. An honorable mention was awarded to MICA’s Team #3 for its coherent analysis of data and effective storytelling in “What Kind of World Do You Want?”
Honorable Mention: Melissa Barat, Bryan Connor, Ann Liu, Isabel Uria.
Posted on Aug 26, 2010 by elupton
Posted on Aug 22, 2010 by elupton
A variety of work produced in MICA’s GD MFA studio will be featured in the forthcoming book FINGERPRINT, available for pre-order on Amazon. Thank you Joe Galbreath for helping get our name out there.
Posted on Jul 28, 2010 by elupton
Baltimore’s Daily Business Record reported today on a public-service ad campaign created by a team of Graphic Design MFA students and alumni. Read the whole story at Daily Business Record.
The ads are displayed on 14 bus shelters and 90 bus interiors. They promote Baltimore HealthCare Access Inc., which helps citizens get access to health care and to understand what is available to them.
“We used to only get a handful of calls a week,” said Kathy Westcoat, president of BHCA. “Now, we get about 20 calls a day.”
The campaign was generated by MICA’s Center for Design Practice, directed by Mike Weikert (GD MFA 2005) with Joe Galbreath (2009) and Christina Beard (2011), Beth Taylor (2011), and Supisa Wattanasansanee (2011). The team came up with the slogan “My health is important because I care about my _______. It’s your health. It’s your call,” paired with five different images, representing family, career, baby, future and community.
“The process is research heavy,” said student Christina Beard, 28, who was the photographer on the project. “We were spending a lot of time with the clients and [learning about] what speaks to them.”
“Trying to figure out what language — verbal and visual — would best convey [how they felt],” said Taylor. “We needed to steer away from being heavy handed, condescending or cheesy.”
The campaign also features 716 radio slots. MICA developed the script.
Posted on Apr 6, 2010 by elupton
Lauren Adams (GD MFA 2011) has published an essay about the life and times of the typeface Archer on AIGA Voice. She began the piece in Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson’s fall , and now it’s real!
Posted on Mar 27, 2010 by elupton
Ryan Shelley (GD MFA 2011) has published a Q&A with designer Rodrigo Corral on metropolis.com. This piece started in Elizabeth Dickinson’s . Shelley has delved into how the designer thinks.
Posted on Feb 13, 2010 by elupton
Posted on Jan 4, 2010 by elupton
Posted on Dec 10, 2009 by elupton
The first-year students in MICA’s GD MFA program created a public exhibition at the Maryland Art Place in Fall 2009 on the theme of Instant Messages. The project features a 75-foot-long installation in MAP’s hallway as well as over a dozen works of art and design created by individual students.
MAP exhibition featured on Radar.
>> Read more
Posted on Dec 4, 2009 by elupton
Andrew Shea, GD MFA 2010, is now a “clogger” or contributing blogger on Core77.com, the industrial design supersite. Shea, who came to MICA with a background in creative nonfiction as well as design and visual arts, has been actively developing his craft as a writer. His posts for Core77 focus on social design and sustainability initiatives. Recent posts address topics such mobile furniture for farmers markets and grassroots fundraising strategies.
Posted on Nov 25, 2009 by elupton
GD MFA had a great workshop with Peter Buchanan-Smith last weekend. A whirlwind of productivity struck the studio for 54 hours. We’ll continue to develop the results over the coming weeks.
See more on Flickr photos by Ann Liu.
Posted on Nov 16, 2009 by elupton
GD MFA student Virginia Sasser has published a review of Green Graphic Design on Designers Review of Books. This piece was written in conjunction with Elizabeth Dickinson’s Design/Writing/Research course. Sasser concludes, “With Green Graphic Design designers will not only be well equipped to make more sustainable decisions on their future projects, but they will also know how to convey that conscientiousness to their clients and audiences. Dougherty successfully disentangles much of the abstract eco-information floating around today and reinvigorates a weary discussion with excellent, concrete examples.”
Posted on Oct 5, 2009 by elupton
MICA’s Center for Design Practice pursues real-world projects with not-for-profit clients in Baltimore and beyond. The CDP is directed by Mike Weikert (GD MFA ’06). Here, a team of graduate and undergraduate students, including Ryan Clifford, GD MFA ’09, is at work in Hale County, Alabama with Project M. The Center’s work is discussed in the current issue of Urbanite magazine. Read the full article by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson.
Posted on Sep 23, 2009 by elupton
Inventive Typographic Brand Identities
A brand is not just a logo. Although a word mark or symbol may be at the center of a visual brand identity, designers build systems that extend the visual language to print, the Web, packaging, and environmental applications.
The Express Local packaging, by Haik Avanian
Kunstvermittlung identity, by Lorenzo Geiger
Utrecht City Theater, designed by Edenspiekermann
Gil Vicente identity, designed by Martino and Jaña Design
Thymes packaging, by Duffy and Partners; one brand, many packages
IBM, “Smarter Planet” campaign
Posted on Sep 23, 2009 by isabeluria
Go check it out. It’s worth a look and a read. -Isabel.
Posted on Sep 15, 2009 by isabeluria
Ann, you were talking about typography and words, and it made me think of this artist’s work I saw in a book called Vitamin D. I found the artist’s name: Dominic McGill. Here’s one of his pieces.
His work is here.
Supisa, you were talking about blotches and splatters that sort of form into shapes. You are also interested in typography. This might not be precisely what you were thinking, but it’s a fun mix of elements, the splatter paint/blood and the word.
This was made by Lippa Pearce Design, in London. I don’t know if it helps, but it came to mind as you were talking about your project.
Lauren, the video I mentioned of the short stop-action animation is here. It’s called Western Spaghetti. PES is the company or group that makes them. There are a bunch of them here worth looking at. Some cater to product advertising and branding too.
Finally, I would like to mention, if anyone is interested, Veer is having daily and weekly contests, giving away subscriptions, money, etc. They’re also having one large contest at the end for a Mac laptop I believe. If interested, go check it out: http://ideas.veer.com/skinny.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009 by elupton
This is an interesting example of how to exhibit graphic design.
Posted on Aug 31, 2009 by elupton
Posted on Aug 17, 2009 by justinkropp
Virginia Sasser, Andrew Shea, and Mark Alcasabas were invited to present their paper, “Designing for Social Change in the Baltimore Community,” in May 2009, at the National UCDA Design Education Summit. This annual conference is in its fifth year, and it provides a platform for dialog among design educators around the country. This year’s theme was “Designing for the Common Good” and it was hosted at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
Posted on Aug 8, 2009 by justinkropp
At the end of last semester our last visiting artist Mike Perry came for a long weekend to lead us in our first independently published project. We decided on the theme of Science. What resulted was a 36-page, tabloid format zine print in 3 beautiful colors.
If you would like to purchase a copy you can get it directly from us on-line at : MICA GD MFA PROJECTS
To our advertisers, we will be getting your complimentary copies out very soon. We could not have done it without you.
Posted on Aug 8, 2009 by justinkropp
Banner installed at the Walters Art Museum for the upcoming exhibition Beyond the Compass Beyond the Square, designed for the EDS class. Designed by John P Corrigan, spring 2008.
View ongoing work of the MICA GD MFA program.
Helen Armstrong just got back from the CAA conference, a professional conference for college-level educators in studio art and art history. Some schools who are hiring new faculty conduct interviews at CAA. Most interviews are set up in advance, but there is some spontaneous networking as well. Here are Helen’s notes:
The head of Hatch Show Print, Jim Sherraden, had a few hours to kill before his AIGA Baltimore lecture and stopped by to check out Joe Galbreath’s thesis exhibition about Globe Poster Printing.
Our conference web site is live, thanks to the hard work of the whole first-year team (okay, especially Kristian). Check it out at www.socialstudiesconference.org. Logo designed by Tony Venne.
Posted on Aug 4, 2009 by elupton
Joe, Tony and Ryan received greetings from the small island nation of Mauritius from our friend Michele who we met at the Option Shift Control conference at North Carolina State University. Thanks Michele for the lovely postcard. We can’t wait to visit. — Tony
Posted on Aug 4, 2009 by elupton
Here’s a gorgeous group shot of us with Laurie, and our work! — Kelley
A few photos from our workshop with Laurie Rosenwald.
Here is the Michael Bierut interview by the Atlantic, shot at MICA before the end of the semester critiques.
Well, I never finished any cardboard tables that were worth anything, but I did build this cardboard tree. Hurray! Decorated with several of Joe’s robot creations! A little late for direct holiday wishes, but belated are better than none at all. Happy new year! — Kristian
This motion piece is about places that I had been visited or stayed for a period during my life.
Please review at http://student.mica.edu/ytuo/my_path.
The Letterpress and Book Arts class took a trip to the Walters Art Museum with the instructor Kevin Auer. He is a conservator at the Walters and got us the back room tour of the manuscripts and conservation lab. Thanks Kevin.
If you like what you see then come and purchase these beautifully designed chairs at the MICA ART MARKET, December 5th-8th. An edition of four were exclusive built for this sale. Designed by Michael Grider and MICA GD MFA Candidate, Tony Venne.
Excerpt from an interview of Paul Rand by Steven Heller. Filmed at the Fitzgerald Theater (formerly known as The World Theater) in downtown St Paul, Minnesota, 1994. Presented by the AIGA, organized by John DuFresne and Sharon Werner.
This is a face called Granite from Formatt that I’m using for my robot packaging. Since the experimental type folks have been talking numerals of late, I thought it would be of interest. I also really like the exclamation point. — Joe
Different color option for the piranha leaves. I think I’ll include both versions in the entry proposal. — Kim
Here’s my tentative sketch for the Urban Forest project. I’m still playing with the type, but the birds make me happy. — Kelley
Hey all, Kim and I have been hard at work on our trees-as-CO2-cutter ideas, and this is the final I’ve brought to the table… look for more to come from team KB2. — Kristian (and Kim, kindof)
Posted on Aug 2, 2009 by elupton
Here’s my submission for the Urban Forest project. It’s a painting of a tree, reproduced at life size. — Ellen Lupton
Case bound books created in Letterpress class tonight. If you look closely, you can see some of the colorful endpapers we used inside the books.
The GD MFA class meets up Edgar Allen Poe to discuss thesis and BUY*PRODUCT ideas at Pulp, Ink and Hops 2007.
Posted on Aug 2, 2009 by elupton
My modular type from Experimental Type class, cut out of dough and baked into cookies. I used an xacto knife to cut the dough and filled it with crushed jolly ranchers which melted really nicely.
Posted on Aug 1, 2009 by justinkropp
Adam Palmer, GD MFA 05, published yet another illustration in the NY Times yesterday, in the Sunday Book Review. Palmer began doing freelance illustrations for the Times when he was a grad student at MICA. (He met NY Times art director Nicholas Blechman when Blechman was a visiting artist to our program. Palmer has freelanced for the Times ever since.)
Posted on Aug 1, 2009 by justinkropp
After 6 different rounds of designs and dozens of individual iterations, the authors, editors, and publishers of Graphic Design: The New Basics have agreed on a cover. It features art work by Yeohyun Ahn, GD MFA ’07.
Posted on Jul 20, 2009 by justinkropp
As part of Joe Galbreath’s thesis research, Globe Poster Printing of Baltimore designed and printed a poster commemorating the GD / MFA thesis exhibition. Supplied only with a column of text and a single instruction, “GD/MFA—make this big,” Globe laid out the poster using their trademark color palette. Like most of their work, these posters lived in the streets for a few days until they were torn down, blown away or covered up.