The Kiosk is the Art & Literary magazine that has been produced by Morningside College for over 75 years. Graphic Design professor John Kolbo has been overseeing the project and directing the design and construction of the piece for quite sometime. Last year I had the pleasure of being the Visual Editor for the 2015 Kiosk. This involves leading the advertising for getting art submissions from students, faculty, and staff, working with the literary editor to collect the copy, and collaborating with John to put the piece together! A celebration event closes the publication in late April. Here is the cover of last year's publication
I'm blessed with the chance to be the Visual Editor once again for the 2016 Kiosk! We're welcoming art submissions now through the end of February and then the fun really begins. Stay tuned friends.
Part of being a happy, well-rounded designer comes from the natural intuition to create all the time and make ordinary communication into a more relatable, attractive piece. Seeing opportunities to go the extra mile in order to make communication more impactful and effective will open doors for more meaningful work. What do I mean by 'meaningful work'? These are the kind of projects that not only send fire through your veins, but help build the skeleton of your career. You will forever be proud of them and they will define what you stand for as a designer.
When presented with a free-range project in my Video Production class in the early winter of 2015, my mind couldn't help but soar with ideas of a dance video. Dark, raw, and emotional dance with an intense beat. Harsh, deeply casted shadows and sharp motions that ooze with drama and lust... My natural creativity not only inspires my graphic design work, but also the 15 years I have spent as a competitive dancer.
Enjoy this video I directed, filmed, and edited using my Canon Rebel 5200 and iMovie on my Macbrook Pro. A big special thanks to my talented friend, Erin Oliver for dancing for me!
Meet Hayley Hochstetler of Studio H2 Photo & Design.
Hayley and I worked hand in hand throughout high school on a few yearbooks/newspaper collaborations... and here we are again! Studio H2 is Hayley's photography business she has started in the heart of Council Bluffs. She provides amazing photo services at a realistic price without the extra photo fudging and retouching, for a naturally gorgeous finish. I'm so proud of her hard work and dedication to the craft. Together, we brainstormed her company name and branding identity. I believe the combination both suites her bold and spunky personality, and also compliments her creative edge as a photo journalist. Creative projects for startups always make me feel all kinds of feelings. Love her! Check her out at studioh2photoanddesign.com
In the fall of 2015, I was enrolled in a Graphic Design Studio course at Morningside College with adjunct professor Jeff Gordon (principal of JD Gordon Creative Labs in Sioux City). Our second project of the course was to develop of public service campaign that would bring awareness to an issue or cause of our choice. I tend to take a light interest in all sorts of current social issues. So my initial thought was; how can I help the animals, women's rights, unborn babies, police officers, people struggling with addiction, human trafficking in America, hungry people in Africa... the list goes on. What I didn't realize was that this was a moment of a much deeper kind of learning. So often for advertising students, I think we lose our way in the sea of opportunities, (that is for those who truly hunger for the opportunity). We try to please too many people, wear too many hats right away and forget that we need to settle into our craft, fall in love with it, and master it if we are going to actually make a difference. That being said, as I was trying to decide on my focus for the project, it took some time before I realized exactly where I wanted to put my effort and passion.
Another thing about students in advertising and graphic design: you either have the confidence or you don't. I certainly was not gifted with it, but here I am fighting my darn hardest to find it somewhere. So in my mess of self-doubt over this precious project, I did a 180 and found this fire within myself of finding my self-confidence, I wanted to be 100% crazy about my work and my idea. So I quickly began concepting for a self-esteem campaign, and not only that, but one that advocates for children. I called my campaign, The Empowered Kids Campaign.
The class project included:
Although the campaign itself is about the children, it targets parents, guardians, teachers, mentors, and coaches, as these people have the greatest affect on developing minds. Join the stand for healthier young minds, and enjoy some of the pieces from my project!