December 9, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, students worked intensely on their final portfolio development in preparation for their final interviews with 15 panelists from the design industry (which begins next Monday). Students will present their online portfolios, paper portfolios, resume, business card, personal brand, and leave behind object at the interview. These artifacts will help them answer questions in their final interviews from a visual perspective. If you would like to visit our student portfolios they are now live. Click on the student names below:
We look forward to hearing your feedback on our class Facebook page.
December 2, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, students prepared for their final Project Reviews. We had eight industry professionals here from the areas of branding, user experience, graphic design, photography, web design, game design, marketing, and animation. These panelists included:
Ryan Hembree – Indicia Design
Mark Simpson – Perceptive Software
Tim and Jean LeMunyon – Capture It USA
Rick Lucas – Lucas Design
Jim Saladin – Ferrellgas
Beth Moore – iModules
Jeff Byers – Johnson County Community College
Our latest work can be viewed on Facebook under CAPS Interactive Design.
Next week is our last design work week. After that, students will be engaged in internship interviews from December 12th to 15th.
November 18, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, students were fully immersed in a resume and interviewing workshop. Barbara Karchin, a national expert in College and Career Planning flew in from Detroit, Michigan to facilitate a 3-day workshop in these career preparation areas. The students spent the first day identifying their accomplishments and skills in the areas of design, extra-curricular activities, community service, and more. On the second day, those statements were transformed into a first draft of a professional resume. On the third day, students used the resume as a tool to conduct themselves through a professional interview. Students took turns interviewing each other. This exercise will be repeated as the semester draws to a close in preparation for the final Interactive Design Interview and Portfolio Review.
On Monday we visited the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas. The students’ work and the advice professors shared with us was highly inspiring. Not only is the KU School of Design one of the most competitive in the country, it is also supported by energized professors who have extensive experience in the industries of Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Illustration and Animation, Photo Media, and Interior Design.
On Tuesday, we conducted our last All CAPS Share-Out of the semester. Members of Aerospace Science, Bioscience, and Interactive Design gave presentations about their cutting edge industry work and research. Students elevated the presentations with questions and discussion supporting the presented material.
Next week will be a sprint to get work ready for our third and final Project Reviews after Thanksgiving Break. Stay tuned!
November 11, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, students had the chance to work exclusively on their client projects. We held client meetings with Cerner, Propaganda3, Hildy Ann Photography, Healthy Heart and Mind, Kansas Small Business Development Center, Level Five, and Heavy Weather Films. Work from these projects can now be viewed on our Facebook page.
Next week we will visit the KU School of Design and have a resume and interviewing workshop with Barbara Karchin of Karchin & Associates.
November 4, 2011
This week in Interactive Design we visited Just Right Banners in Lenexa. We learned all about large-scale printing and how it can be applied as wraps for cars, windows, large banners, and much more. They even printed our students’ personal branding logos on vinyl for us. You can view pictures from our visit on our Facebook Like It page now.
Next week we will have our very first strand-wide staff meeting so students from all of the business related classes, technology, film, and design can truly meet to plan and collaborate on their dynamic projects.
On Friday we will have the opportunity to visit Kem Studio, an industrial design company in downtown Kansas City that makes everything from skateboards to microscopes.
October 28, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, we held our second project review. We hosted 13 panelists from all different areas of design. These panelists included:
Nathan Graves – Hallmark
Matt Haun – IBM
Ryan Hembree – Indicia Designs
Bob Houston – C3
Zack Shubkagel – Willoughy Design
Leah Allen – VML
Mike Grundvig- Electrotank
Rick Lucas – Lucas Design
Chris Chapin – Kansas City Art Institute
Scott Oppliger – Social Volt
Liz Nord – JCCC
Bill Johnston – Quantum Creative
James Hopper – JCCC
You can see the latest of our creative updates on our CAPS Interactive Design Facebook Like It page. Next week will kick off with a field trip to Just Right Banners, a large scale printing company. Stay tuned to learn more!
October 21, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, we visited Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for a tour of the Graphic Design and Interactive Media departments. The tour was highly energizing and inspiring. Students had no idea how competitive these design programs were compared to other in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Many top design and advertising agencies hire students directly out of the JCCC programs to positions at VML, Bernstein Rein, and many others.
On Tuesday, CAPS hosted its second All CAPS Share-Out. Students from Interactive Design showed a branding campaign for the Kansas City Music Teacher’s Association (KCMTA) which included a logo for t-shirts, email blasts, and the front of their Multi-Piano Concert booklet, a theme design for the concert event: Destination Musique, and video clips for transitions between performances. In the afternoon, the Interactive Design students shared updates about their 3D models and landscape designs for their Joan Dark video game to help promote a film for Heavy Weather Films, an independent film company.
Next week we will have our second project review with panelists from Hallmark, VML, Electrotank, Lucas Designs, Social Volt, JCCC, the Kansas City Art Institute, Quantum Marketing, Willoughby Design, IBM, C3 Brand Marketing, and Indicia Design.
October 14, 2011
This week in Interactive Design, students had an entire week to work and meet with clients for revisions without field trip or speaker interruptions! We kicked the week off with a focus group for a new start-up company called: Notes to Self. The students gave input to Laura Schmidt, the business owner and founder, regarding her unique line of socks that done self-affirmations such as: “I am...strong,” “I am...confident,” “I am...awesome,” “I am...cool,” and “I am...blessed.” Students had a chance to test the product, produce new ideas for marketing and give input regarding future iterations of the product. If you would like to see the kids in action (having a total blast), please visit the Notes to Self Facebook page here
Next week we will be visiting the Johnson County Community College Graphic Design and Interactive Design departments for a tour. Stay tuned to hear and see more!