Over the past few months, Glyphix students Jamie Lefevre and Michael Reece have worked together on promotional materials, including postcard and posters, for an event at Kent State called “Pop It! Move It! Use It!”. The event, which took place on May 2, featured New York Times Best-Seller Robert Sabuda, a man known for his adept talent in paper engineering and pop-up book artistry.
The event had about 145 registered participants. The posters designed by Glyphix were signed by Robert and given as door prizes, as well as “limited edition” posters. Robert also kept a copy of the poster and postcard for his personal archive.
Sabuda offers over 45 pop-up templates on his website (http://wp.robertsabuda.com/make-your-own-pop-ups/) to try out their pop-up skills. Personally, I had a blast trying my hand at a few of these, and would highly recommend practicing your talents on the rabbit, turkey, and reindeer.

Over the past few months, Glyphix students Jamie Lefevre and Michael Reece have worked together on promotional materials, including postcard and posters, for an event at Kent State called “Pop It! Move It! Use It!”. The event, which took place on May 2, featured New York Times Best-Seller Robert Sabuda, a man known for his adept talent in paper engineering and pop-up book artistry.

The event had about 145 registered participants. The posters designed by Glyphix were signed by Robert and given as door prizes, as well as “limited edition” posters. Robert also kept a copy of the poster and postcard for his personal archive.

Sabuda offers over 45 pop-up templates on his website (http://wp.robertsabuda.com/make-your-own-pop-ups/) to try out their pop-up skills. Personally, I had a blast trying my hand at a few of these, and would highly recommend practicing your talents on the rabbit, turkey, and reindeer.

Since late September Glyphix students have been hard at work on a brochure that will be used to promote IdeaBase, Glyphix, and the students and clients who are involved with the both organizations. After meeting with Stanley Wearden, dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State, the project was completely open with the students free to select all aspects of the project including the form, size, and material of the piece.

It was decided early on that it would take the form of a brochure with a fold out front, 16 page booklet, and a folder in the back. Mood boards were created and students got to work deciding what content would be featured as well as early designs of the sections. In addition to the design of the piece, Glyphix students were also put in charge of all photography. Interviews were held with feature students and IdeaBase students were brought in as copywriters.

"It has been a journey working on this project. From directing copywriters and photographers to designing each spread, we’ve all learned something new about process and production," said Meg Schneider, point person for the project.

As the project nears its completion it is amazing to see how far it has come. From just an idea to a completed book. And what better way to highlight the benefit of the Glyphix and IdeaBase experience than having a piece entirely crafted from the students who work there.

We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the design.

University of Minnesota Design professor and author Steven McCarthy paid a visit to Kent State late last month as part of the School of Visual Communication Design’s [in]Vision speaker series. After a lecture on Thursday evening, McCarthy hosted a workshop in the IdeaBase/Glyphix offices on Friday morning. Because secrecy is key to making the workshop successful, not much information was given to participants prior to arriving. The topic of the workshop was based on personal archaeology where participants created a project that dealt with the topics of identity and representation. “I was a little anxious going in not knowing what to expect, but it was a really interesting and insightful experience,” said workshop participant Joey Kirkpatrick.

University of Minnesota Design professor and author Steven McCarthy paid a visit to Kent State late last month as part of the School of Visual Communication Design’s [in]Vision speaker series. After a lecture on Thursday evening, McCarthy hosted a workshop in the IdeaBase/Glyphix offices on Friday morning. Because secrecy is key to making the workshop successful, not much information was given to participants prior to arriving. The topic of the workshop was based on personal archaeology where participants created a project that dealt with the topics of identity and representation. “I was a little anxious going in not knowing what to expect, but it was a really interesting and insightful experience,” said workshop participant Joey Kirkpatrick.

To become one of the best you must study the best. Character design takes patience, practice, and dedication. David Colman is an illustrator, who has worked countless hours perfecting the skill. He knows the ins and outs of what it takes to be the best. Within his book, The Art of Animal Character Design, Colman explores the methods, philosophies and secrets of the animal character design industry. He shows his process on how to use the knowledge obtained from studying an actual trade craft. The book contains both his professional and personal work for you to study and learn from. I highly recommend looking into his process and this book.

Check out David Colman’s book on Amazon!

To become one of the best you must study the best. Character design takes patience, practice, and dedication. David Colman is an illustrator, who has worked countless hours perfecting the skill. He knows the ins and outs of what it takes to be the best.

Within his book, The Art of Animal Character Design, Colman explores the methods, philosophies and secrets of the animal character design industry. He shows his process on how to use the knowledge obtained from studying an actual trade craft. The book contains both his professional and personal work for you to study and learn from. I highly recommend looking into his process and this book.



Check out David Colman’s book on Amazon!

#ThrowbackThursday #tbt

#ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Over time the role of the graphic designer has continually grown and expanded. Serving originally as hired help providing a professional service, the role of the designer has evolved into more empowering roles of authorship embracing social, cultural, political and economic issues of importance. In his book, “The Designer As…,” Steven McCarthy tells the story of how designers currently seek opportunities to combine form, function content, and meaning in their work and how they’ve taken on different roles as authors and producers. McCarthy, a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, has had creative work published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and in Provocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among many others. His work has also been in over ninety juried and invitational exhibitions. He will be paying a visit to Kent State for a lecture and book signing Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the First Energy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. Steven will also hold a workshop the following day for Visual Communication Design students, Friday, March 21 from 10am to 12:30pm at the Glyphix office, 138 E. Main St. in Downtown Kent. Steven’s book, “The Designer As…: Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating,” will be available for purchase the night of the lecture from the Kent State University Bookstore for $32.

Over time the role of the graphic designer has continually grown and expanded. Serving originally as hired help providing a professional service, the role of the designer has evolved into more empowering roles of authorship embracing social, cultural, political and economic issues of importance. In his book, “The Designer As…,” Steven McCarthy tells the story of how designers currently seek opportunities to combine form, function content, and meaning in their work and how they’ve taken on different roles as authors and producers.

McCarthy, a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, has had creative work published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and in Provocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among many others. His work has also been in over ninety juried and invitational exhibitions. He will be paying a visit to Kent State for a lecture and book signing Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the First Energy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. Steven will also hold a workshop the following day for Visual Communication Design students, Friday, March 21 from 10am to 12:30pm at the Glyphix office, 138 E. Main St. in Downtown Kent.

Steven’s book, “The Designer As…: Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating,” will be available for purchase the night of the lecture from the Kent State University Bookstore for $32.

Glyphix students Joey Kirkpatrick and Jamie Lefevre have been working on a very special project for the past few months, a website and identity design for “@Infinitum (create+lead+learn).” “@Infintum” is an art exchange exhibition that will be hosted in both China by Hebei Normal University and the United States by Kent State University. Thirty-six participants are working together to create a collective art exhibit. The first portion of the exhibit will be opening this may in China. Recently, in the midst of their designing their identity, Jamie and Joey were asked by their contact to attempt creating a Chinese version of their logo. Jamie shares a bit about the process:

“I’m fortunate enough to have a long-time friend, Blythe Worstell, who is trilingual and recently studied abroad in China, so I was able to use her as a consultant with some of my initial research for this logo conversion. Blythe pointed out that Chinese typefaces have a classification, called Gothic, that is similar to sans-serif typefaces. Gothic typefaces are noted for their even stroke weights, minimal curves, and lack of decorative elements. Prior to this conversation, I hadn’t closely examined a Chinese typeface, so it has been a fun learning experiment thus far.”

Glyphix students Joey Kirkpatrick and Jamie Lefevre have been working on a very special project for the past few months, a website and identity design for “@Infinitum (create+lead+learn).” “@Infintum” is an art exchange exhibition that will be hosted in both China by Hebei Normal University and the United States by Kent State University. Thirty-six participants are working together to create a collective art exhibit. The first portion of the exhibit will be opening this may in China.

Recently, in the midst of their designing their identity, Jamie and Joey were asked by their contact to attempt creating a Chinese version of their logo. Jamie shares a bit about the process:

“I’m fortunate enough to have a long-time friend, Blythe Worstell, who is trilingual and recently studied abroad in China, so I was able to use her as a consultant with some of my initial research for this logo conversion. Blythe pointed out that Chinese typefaces have a classification, called Gothic, that is similar to sans-serif typefaces. Gothic typefaces are noted for their even stroke weights, minimal curves, and lack of decorative elements. Prior to this conversation, I hadn’t closely examined a Chinese typeface, so it has been a fun learning experiment thus far.”
Our #throwbackthursday this week takes us back 23 years to February ‘91!

Our #throwbackthursday this week takes us back 23 years to February ‘91!

At some point in our lives, we become sorted into one of two categories: “creatives” or “practical people”. During this sorting, someone convinced these “practical people” that they’re unable to thrive in the creative realm. However, innovation doesn’t discriminate between the two.

If we keep letting fears deter us from trying something new, we will continue to hinder the process of creating something great. All it takes is turning fear into familiarity, as David Kelley points out in his TED Talk, “How to build your creative confidence”. Take the 12 minutes out of your day to watch this video, and if you like what you hear, check out the book “Creative Confidence” written by David and his brother, Tom.