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Department of Design Students win 30 AIGA KC Awards

October 2, 2012
KU Design of Department students wore out the red carpet at the recent American Institute of Graphic Arts’ Kansas City Chapter’s 2102 Design Awards.

They won 30 out of the 49 student awards given at the September 22 gala, including two Juror’s Choice awards. Jing Jian, Olathe, received the $1,000 AIGA Kansas City scholarship for 2012. Erin Zingre, Fort Scott, took home five awards.

Three nationally acclaimed designers judged the entries. They were Kit Hinrichs, of Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco; John Bielenberg of Project M, San Francisco, and Robynne Raye, of Modern Dog Design Co., Seattle.

They waded through hundreds of entries to find and recognize exceptional works created by students, recent graduates, and design professionals in the greater Kansas City area.

“When a design competition includes a student category, often you find art school clichés or pretty images with naive thinking. The student work presented in Kansas City was anything but that,” said Hinrichs.

Two out of three Juror’s Choice Awards given went to KU students, Kenzie Tubbs and Maggie Hirschi, both of St. Louis. Their projects were completed in a Department of Design course called Designing for Change, taught by Jeremy Shellhorn, associate professor.

The Design for Change course is an intensive studio where students analyze an actual business, and develop a new branding and visual identity program for it.

Juror John Bielenberg gave his Juror’s Choice award to Tubbs for the program she developed for a non-profit organization called Leftovers, etc. The organization distributes unused art supplies to schools.

"The Leftovers, etc. campaign was so thought-through and well executed that I wondered if it was entered into the student category when it was really professionally done,” said Bielenberg. “There’s no way I could have conceived this project when I was a student.”

Juror Kit Hinriches gave Hirschi his Juror’s Choice Award for her complete rebranding of Amtrak. Her project included a new logo, and designs for tickets, posters, websites, mobile devices, even luggage tags.

“This was not just design by the pound,” Hinrichs said of the Amtrak program. The function of each piece had been considered and executed effectively. Accolades to the student, teacher and school."

The American Institute of Graphic Artists is a professional association created to stimulate thinking about design through ideas and information, and the promotion of critical analysis and research

The Kansas City awards program was created in 2004 to follow the Institute’s mission to advance and promote the power of design.

All of the KU Department of Design student work that won 2102 AIGA Kansas City Chapter awards can be viewed at the following link:

Maggie Hirschi’s Amtrak Campaign can be viewed at:

Kenzie Tubb’s Leftovers, etc. campaign can be viewed at:

All of the Department of Design Award winners are:
Danielle Aldrich, ’12, Wichita
Justin Bell, ’12, Gardner
Jared Bergeron, ’12, Lenexa
Anna DeFazio, ’13, Wichita
Claire Dooley, ’12, Lawrence
Sam Fine, ’12, Chicago
Daniel Held, ’13,Seattle
Maggie Hirschi, ‘12, St. Louis
Jing Jian, ’13,Olathe
Audrie Lathrop, ’13, Bentonville, Ark.
Jessica Marak, ’12, Kansas City, Mo.
Emily Mullett, ’13,Leawood
Lauren Schimming, ’12 Wichita
Andrew Spalding, ’12 Louisville, Ky.
Kenzie Tubbs, ’12, St. Louis
Erin Zingre, ’13,Fort Scott

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