Charles Linn
School of Architecture, Design & Planning

Department of Design students win regional awards

Thu, 10/10/2013

LAWRENCE — Last month the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts announced its annual A9 Awards. Department of Design students won 23 out of the 31 the student awards, including the 2013 AIGA Kansas City Scholarship and two Juror’s Choice awards.

Claire Pedersen, Lawrence, received the 2013 AIGA Kansas City Scholarship. It is intended to help transform young design talent into design leaders. The scholarship may be used toward tuition, books, computer equipment and software, or other educational expenses.

The Kansas City AIGA chapter offered the scholarship for the first time in 2006, and a KU student has earned the award six of the last eight years. Each school and nominate two students from their program. The students submit a portfolio, essay and resume, which are judged by three local professionals.

"I am thrilled for Claire. She is a talented, motivated and involved student. It is terrific that she was awarded a scholarship," said Andrea Herstowski, associate professor and interim chair of the Design Department.

Pederson’s work can be viewed here.

KU students also won two AIGA Kansas City Juror's Choice awards.  

The first award was for Kiosk 46. Kiosk is a biannual publication featuring student art and literature. It is managed, designed and published by Department of Design students, and it is available free of charge to members of the KU community.

Kiosk 46 was designed by Danielle Aldrich, Wichita; Maggie Hirschi, Baldwin, Mo.; Jessica Marak, Kansas City, Mo.; Caitlin Workman, St. Charles, Mo.; and Erin Zingré, Fort Scott.

Juror Dawn Hancock, owner and founder of Firebelly Design, Chicago, said of the students who produced Kiosk 46, “You can see each designer's thumbprints throughout, but nowhere are they expressed so loudly that they interfere with the overall chemistry. An impressive feat for any group effort, but especially admirable for a student endeavor.” A collection of images from Kiosk 46 can be seen here.

The second Juror’s Choice award went to Sally Carmichael, Lenexa. She won for Porter, a mobile app that helps travelers document, navigate and share their experiences with friends and family while on the road. Integration of location, journaling, maps, reviews and helpful hints allows users to document their daily travel experiences without having to so by hand.

“Beautifully designed and thoughtfully implemented, this travel journal app is everything Fodor's should be," said Joe Stitzlien, global creative director of Google Brand Studio, Mountain View, Calif. I am especially fond of the integration of the photos … it is hard to argue with its simplicity and elegance.”

Images of Porter can be seen here.

"It's wonderful to see our students being acknowledged for their hard work in the classroom,” said Jeremy Shellhorn, associate professor of design. “The fact that it is praise from the top professionals in our industry makes it even more valuable and rewarding.

“The most important part of awards like Sally's is that it gives our students confidence in their design ability, reinforces what we think is an innovative curriculum. These successes continue to establish the KU Design Department as a flagship institution for design excellence,” he said. The work of each KU Design Department student who won an AIGA Kansas City A9 award can be seen here.

Other area schools whose students enter the competition include Avila University, Johnson County Community College, the Kansas City Art Institute, Park University and University of Missouri at Kansas City.

The AIGA is a professional association for designers. It is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly defined discipline, strategic tool for business and a vital cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research, and advance education and the ethical practice of design.

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Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening.

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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.

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