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Pictured are Joe Sullivan (Society for History and Graphics) and VCD senior Alex Pak Pictured are Joe Sullivan (Society for History and Graphics) and VCD senior Alex Pak.


Pictured are Mark Figueredo (Black and Decker) reviewing VCD junior Caitlin McCall’s conference program layout.


Pictured are Leah Matthews (Leah Rianne Photography) reviewing VCD junior Ashleigh Kilgore’s portfolio.


Pictured are Ebondy Kenney (Ripe Fruit Creative) reviewing VCD senior Kia Dawkins’s portfolio.

Congratulations to AVCD juniors and seniors who presented their portfolios to the AVCD advisory board. Eleven reviewers provided feedback to 34 students on December 10, 2014.

This annual event provides crucial feedback to AVCD design students as they develop their design expertise and strategically plan for their employment in graphic, motion and interactive design studios.

Printer’s ink that is. When the Art & Visual Communication Design department wanted to create a poster to attract new students and promote all of the options available to students including graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics, and photography, they called upon Christopher Jaeger ’14 to put his illustration talents to work.

For several weeks, Department Chair Amanda Hostalka and Chris worked together—she as the art director and he as the designer—developing many ideas and iterations before settling on the “tree of design.” The tree is a metaphor for the way the Visual Communication Design fields of study branch out into many possible directions, and the items growing from the tree are the tools students use to bring life to their projects. The lively nature of the tree reflects the energy and vitality of the program, while the individual illustrations of fun objects, like the origami bird, reflect the fun and creative side of design.  The tree is also a pencil, and collectively, the sum of students’ experiences and skills gained at Stevenson allow them to draw their own destiny and design their own career based on what they love to do.

The poster, pictured above, was mailed to over 3000 prospective students and high school art teachers. How is that for a great portfolio piece? Chris Jaeger ’14 landed his first full-time job shortly after graduation at Tenable Network Security, where he designs graphics for print, web, and motion media. Chris was recently featured in an interview on our Career Services web site.

Students from the Relationship of Design and Business class visited Stanley Black & Decker University, Fabrication Lab, and Dewalt design studio.

Jim Watson, the Director of DEWALT Cordless Expansion Product Marketing, gave students a presentation about the design process. Presentation was followed by a student led discussion about the role of design and research in the new product development. 




This last weekend, the Visual Communication Design majors traveled to New York City for the day. It was a cold rainy day, but we still had a fabulous time! We checked out the artist books at Printed Matter, the many galleries in Chelsea Gallery District, saw Tom Geismar visiting his own exhibition at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, struck speechless by the characters in Time Square (including the famous Naked Cowboy), and we also had a great time at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Here some photos of our students having fun at MAD!...

Heather Sarkissian, a Corporate Innovation Manager at DAP, visited students in their Relationship of Design and Business class last week. Ms. Sarkissian presented the process by which her corporation outsources design to smaller design companies and what they look for when collaborating with creative people.  Afterwards, students led a discussion informed by the questions they had to research before her visit. Some challenging questions were about corporations creating innovative solutions, the role of failure in design, and importance of end user research in design.

Above is an example of the design exercises we did that day before she arrived.

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