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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!

 

featured in Spaces Magazine 12.11.2013

We are BEYOND thrilled to see our Melamine Ampersand Pattern Platter show up in one of our absolute FAVORITE magazines!!! Spaces Kansas City always highlights the best of the best in Kansas City and beyond! The photography is beautiful, the writing is fascinating, the trend predictions are right on target and we always get to learn more about the interesting people that make up our fine little city! Thank you so much for including us in your “Seeing Things in Black & White” round-up! We LOVE it all!

(Grab a platter for yourself here)

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!

8 Days a Week Fabric collection sneak peak 07.19.2013

Ahh! We’re so excited to give you a little sneak peak of our second fabric collection, called 8 Days a Week, with Windham Fabrics! We just received a glorious fedex envelope filled with what are called “strike-offs” or proofs of our patterns on actual fabric! This is such a fun part of the process. We love seeing the designs come to life with paint and paper and then on the computer, but nothing compares to the excitement of seeing them on actual fabric! This is our chance to check the color and make sure everything looks good to go for printing bolts and bolts of it at the mill! We even get to see our logo on the selvedge (the extra double-bonus fun part). It never gets old! The days of hard work pulling a collection together really feel worth it on these mail days! We can’t wait to share more pictures with you of the group. We hope you’re starting to think of fun projects you might be able to create with our days of the week, months, dots, stripes and numbers. We sure are! Time to dust off the sewing machines!

  1. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Beautiful! Congrats Morgan & Carrie.

    July 21, 2013 7:21 pm
  2. The Office Stylist

    The fabrics are fab!

    –Sayeh, The Office Stylist

    July 22, 2013 9:44 pm
  3. Richele

    Oooh how fun! Looks so great! I cannot wait to see more pictures :)

    July 23, 2013 5:55 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thank you all so much :)!!!! We can’t wait for these to hit stores!

    July 25, 2013 3:52 am

Playing with Type book 03.20.2013

Look mom, we’ve been published!!!!!

Our set of ampersand prints have been featured in the book, Playing with Type by Lara McCormick!!! Ahhhhh. We were literally squealing when we got this in the mail!! We’re honored to be a part of a such a cool book and highly recommend you guys all check it out! Here’s a little description from Rockport Publishing:

Playing with Type is a hands-on, playful approach to learning type application and principles. This engaging guide begins with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play. Along with a series of experimental design projects with an emphasis on type, the author provides designers with a “toolkit” of ideas and skills developed through the process of play. The awareness and sensitivity to type styles, forms, and type choices gained through these visual experiments will increase the designer’s confidence in their personal and professional work. This book can be used in the classroom or independently, and readers can go directly to exercises that appeal to them.”

Pick up a copy and look for us on pg. 31!

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