Art & Design Alumna Selected for Publication

NMU Illustration Graduate Alanna Stapleton’s comic “I’m Not Usually Talkative on Planes” was recently selected into the Society of Illustrators (NY) Comic and Cartoon Annual for 2016. The prestigious publication features the work of professional illustrators, and the annual is a showcase of the most outstanding works created in this genre throughout each year.  Link to the entire comic on her portfolio web site.

" I am not usually talkative on planes " - excerpt
” I am not usually talkative on planes ” – excerpt

Alanna’s Description of the acceptance
A little stunned and very excited to share that my comic “I’m Not Usually Talkative on Planes” was selected for the Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual 2016. I made this comic about a conversation I had on a plane leaving Bermuda because I learned it’s not always bad to talk to strangers, in fact it can be just what you need. Writing it was cathartic, drawing it felt necessary, and sharing it was impulse. Part apology, part travel diary, part thank you note.

View Alanna’s Web Site

NMU Illustration Program

Art & Design Student Receives Technology Innovation Award

Augmented Reality Application

Amy Peterson, a Senior Art & Design Graphic Communication student, received the Technology Innovation Award at the Celebration of Student Research on the Northern Michigan University Campus. Professor Keith Ellis was her faculty advisor on the project where Amy combined skills developed in Illustration, Graphic Communications, and Computer Art. This is the third year in a row an Art & Design student has received this award.

Brief Description of the Project

This research project is an extensive exploration on the technologies of Augmented Reality (AR). This art collection uses smart devices to work in conjunction with traditional art in order to create an interactive art experience. The process for this piece includes using a variety of computer software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Unity. Products of this project includes a 20+ page illustrated comic, a poster size cover print, and an AR iPad app, all of which will be exhibited in the Devos Art Museum here at NMU.

NMU Graphics Students Design Luge Logo

Northern Michigan University Senior Graphic Communications students have been participating in an Academic Service Learning Project which involved the creation of logos for the upcoming Luge World Cup at Lucy Hill in Negaunee, Michigan.

Its a great opportunity for the students to work on a real client project and a great opportunity as the winning logo will be seen in over fifty countries. Professor Jane Milkie advised the students on the projects part of her 400 Level Graphic Communication Seminar.

News Coverage:

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Learn More about the Graphic Communication program at Northern Michigan University and the Academic Service Learning Program.