Art Alumna Receives International Recognition for Design

Following the death of her fiance’s father, NMU School of Art & Design alumna Mia Cinelli (BFA in Graphic Communications in 2011) was searching for a way to deal with her grief. In missing his physical presence, she sewed hands to hold and became interested in the weight of these objects against her body. Researching weighted blankets and their use in therapeutic practices to treat anxiety and inability to focus, she designed “The Weight” A six-pound weighted blanket used to soothe the grieving. Reminiscent of a hug from behind, the object is both practical and poetic, lessening anxiety while becoming a metaphor for the heaviness of grief.

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Graphic Design Students and Faculty attend the AIGA National Conference 

Graphic Design students from the special topics course Design Thinking instructed by Professor Keith Ellis, attended the AIGA National Conference “Head, Heart, Hand” in Minneapolis. The AIGA is the largest national organization for Graphic Design in the country and presents this major biennial event.

This conference was an amazing experience for the graphic design students as they had an opportunity to exchange ideas and be reviewed by some of the most prominent graphic designers in the field, such as George Lois (whom the character Don Draper in Mad Men is partially based) and Michael Beirut (Pentagram Design) as well as being exposed to some of their favorite designers whose work they were familiar with but had never met. They also had the opportunity to network while having their portfolios reviewed by professionals representing Adobe, Google, IBM, Etsy, Saks 5th Ave, IDEO and many other smaller firms.

The students who attended this conference provided a first hand accounting through their blogs which are available at the link below.

AIGA National Conference Student Blog
nmu2013aiga.wordpress.com/

Graphic Communication
art.nmu.edu/department/graphic_comm.html

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Professor Rajagopal Presents Workshop Featuring Grant Funded Letterpress

The coming together of tradition (letterpress) and modern technology (platemaking facility) has provided students in the School of Art and Design with the opportunity to experiment with alternative methods of production. The letterpress was added to the graphics program by Professor Shravan Rajagopal in 2011 and has been in active use for more than a year. A photopolymer platemaker was added to the letterpress facility and was inaugurated this winter semester in a workshop instructed by Professor Rajagopal with over 15 participants. The platemaker enables students to transfer their digital artwork on to photopolymer plates. The process begins with exposing the photopolymer plate for a programmed duration using a digital negative of the artwork. The plate is then placed in a washer unit that helps rinse away areas that are unexposed. Once the plate is dry, it can be easily mounted on to an aluminum base and printed using the letterpress. The letterpress and platemaking facility was funded by the Wildcat Innovation Fund grant award. (Photograph by Dennis Staffne)

Graphic Communication
art.nmu.edu/department/graphic_comm.html

Printmaking
art.nmu.edu/department/print.html

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Professor Rajagopal Receives Wildcat Innovation Fund Grant

Professor Shravan Rajagopal, an instructor of Graphic Communication and Electronic Imaging, was awarded the Wildcat Innovation Fund grant of $25,000. The grant will be used to procure a Vandercook press, wood type, metal type, type ornaments and a photopolymer platemaker. Professor Rajagopal states that “The letterpress facility will help promote a broad understanding of typographic history and practice by enabling students to master theircraft. Exposing students to setting type by hand, letter by letter, helpsbuild discipline, attention to detail and an acute sensibility to all things typographic. The platemaker in particular, will allow experimentation with alternative processes. Students will now be able to combine digital production methods with traditional printing. Students will also be able to utilize resources such as the Hamilton Wood Type museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin which houses one of the largest collection of wood type in the world.” Plans are in place for a study trip and printing workshop at Hamilton.

Graphic Communication
art.nmu.edu/department/graphic_comm.html

Hamilton Wood Type Museum
www.woodtype.org/

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School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2010

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on March 19, 2010. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants.

The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Erin Wiljanen. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two or three participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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SEED Program Produces Brochure for Huron County Economic Development Corporation

The first project completed for Huron County Economic Development Corporation by the Studio for Experimental and Eco Design (SEED) was a brochure featuring a map of area farms in the Huron County region of Michigan. The Food and Farm Trail brochure guides visitors through the farming communities of Michigan’s Thumb featuring the counties of Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, and Tuscola. The brochure highlights the location of locally grown foods, community supported agriculture, farmers markets, orchards, you-pick operations and county stores. Brianna Bader, a recent graduate of the school’s new art history program, created the brochure in a graphic communication course taught by Professor Jane Milkie. The brochure is distributed throughout northeastern Michigan and will later be expanded to a web resource.

Huron County Economic Development Corporation
www.huroncounty.com/

The Studio for Experimental and Eco Design (SEED)
art.nmu.edu/department/seed_news.shtml

Graphic Communication
art.nmu.edu/department/graphic_comm.html

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School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2009

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on March 20, 2009. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants. The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Melissa Miron. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two or three participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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Social Structures Students Visit Arketype

Pictured at right (standing center) is Paul Meinke (A+D Graphic Design,1984) who is Principal and President of Arketype, a national, award-winning design and advertising firm located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mr. Meinke and his staff graciously hosted a visit by two Social Structures classes traveling to Chicago in March. Students were provided with a tour of the firm’s new headquarters and a presentation that featured examples of Arketype’s services that include print, packaging, new media, and television. Arketype’s client base is a broad mix of consumer product and business-to-business companies, from Fortune 500’s to small businesses.

Arketype
www.arketypeinc.com/index.html

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School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2008

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on April 4, 2008. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants. The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Chris Paluch. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two to four participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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