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PATRICK DOOLEY // 2014 AIGA KANSAS CITY FELLOW AWARD 09.09.2014

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a professor that makes such a lasting impression on your life, but both of us just happen to be in that category. While attending design school at The University of Kansas, we had the pleasure of having Professor Patrick Dooley starting in our early design years. Starting with early classes, he taught us the very basic foundations of typography and graphic design and let us discover what successful visual communication really meant. His dry sense of humor, calm demeanor (even while sometimes delivering harsh criticism), and endless passion for passing on his knowledge, while at the same time letting each student’s design sense show through, was truly one of a kind. His classes made us fall in love with design!! We owe much of our success in the design industry to what we learned from Patrick. We’d like to personally thank him for all he has done and we are thrilled to help share this news!!

Drumroll please…AIGA Kansas City announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City.

With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley’s  awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few.

Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date.

Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students,  developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

A bit about the AIGA Fellow Award: The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration.

A bit about AIGA Kansas City: AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

If you are local and would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Professor Patrick Dooley, make sure you attend the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City!

 

we heart kansas city: KC Fashion Week 03.19.2014

The Kansas City Fashion Week can rival the best! We’re so proud that such a well put together event happens right here in KC!

This year, Morgan & Carrie missed it, but the newest Ampersandee, Kathy, represented on Saturday night and was blown away!

Did any of you get to go? Tell us, what was your favorite part!?

(Images via @kc_fashionweek)

  1. Jessica Zimlich

    I went for the first time to the Saturday show! I really loved the photo bus, can I say that was my favorite part?!

    Actually, I really enjoyed the pieces I saw come down the runway that were wearable. I’m all about the practical.

    March 19, 2014 4:34 pm
    • ampersand

      The photo bus is the best! We’re so sad we missed the show. It sounds like it was such a good one. We love the wearable pieces also. Really, we love all of it! Can’t wait for next year!

      March 19, 2014 7:42 pm

Panera 2013 Holiday campaign 12.11.2013

We’re pretty proud of our city, that goes without saying, and we tend to think that Kansas City has a pretty talented group of creatives all living here right smack in the middle of the country! The Panera Bread Holiday 2013 campaign struck our eye and we loved discovering that it was designed right here in Kansas City by our famously talented, Willoughby Design! The mix of holiday critters, combined with pattern and letterpress-inspired typography, all in this unique color palette is leaving us speechless! Its nostalgic and new all at the same time! Is it wrong that we want to head over to Panera and say that our order is “to go” just so we can get one of these brown bags?

{all photos from Willoughby Design’s blog}

pattern box 09.04.2013

We are simply dying to get our hands on this!!! This is the box form of a coffee table book. We want to proudly leave this out for guests to flip through and banter about which is their favorite design. It’s a discussion piece in and of itself. The Pattern Box is full of 100 postcards with nothing other than pattern from ten international designers, all curated by New York City’s celebrated Textile Arts Center. The only thing we would change is to have ourselves included….maybe in the second edition? Girls can dream, right?

Leanne Shapton

Eskayel

Helen Dealtry

Anna Niestroj

Leah Reena Goren

Hannah Schultz

We’ve read that there is even a little booklet inside that includes questions posed to each designer, such as, “What patterns do you remember from your childhood?”….we’re dying to read what inspired all these talented designers at a young age!

Order your own Pattern Box from Princeton Architectural Press right here!

{thanks for the lovely images of the postcards from Sight Unseen}

  1. Richele

    Oh those are just the cutest! I need to get my hands on one of those boxes- I die over this type of stuff :)

    September 9, 2013 6:09 pm

a fashion-loving graphic designer’s dream 08.12.2013

For two graphic designers (who met in Typography class), that happen to love fashion as well, this little team-up couldn’t be any more exciting for us. UNIQLO and House Industries have partnered together to make some pretty eye-catching, typographic fashion statements! Check it out here!