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Designboom is looking for an intern! (it’s in Milan, Italy)

kellyludwig @ October 7, 2014
OK everybody - thank Ashton Shechtor for this find!


do you want to work at designboom?
then we would like to hear from you!

provided that you are:
- good at what you do
– knowledgeable about and have an interest in architecture, technology, design or graphics / video editing
– ready to work hard with a team of other enthusiastic types who aren’t bad at what they do either
– passionate about contemporary culture
– somebody with initiative and the ability to perform under deadline pressure
– fluent english speaker
– a nice person who’s easy to get along with

as an intern at designboom, you will given responsibilities that are essential to the management and success of our publication. during your time with us you will learn a lot (!!!) and quickly become knowledgeable in a variety of creative topics, processes and materials.

there never is a dull moment at designboom. we are continuously on the go, and as an active member of our team, you will have the opportunity to travel and visit different exhibitions and events; and of course living in milan, one of the global epicenters of design, you will be in a city full of established ateliers, surrounded by a strong creative history, as well as contemporary style!

we are currently seeking a candidate to fulfill an internship with a focus on SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION

with over 900,000 facebook followers, more than 240,000 on twitter, and surpassing 2.56 million google-plussers, designboom is seeking someone to not only listen, respond, and engage with our international audience, but also expand the community participation and outreach throughout our various platforms. we are looking for a creative and enthusiastic individual who lives and breathes in the social stratosphere. with a background in communications, and/or marketing — and a strong interest in art, architecture and design — you will work on our presence through various networks. you will create and edit all content for platforms such as facebook, twitter, google+, pinterest, tumblr, instagram and similar sites. delivering a consistent voice to our readers is essential, and you will build on our rapidly growing group of social media followers. you should also have an interest in keeping up to date on the various trends and applications related to social media, and have a keen eye for detail.

the internship would be 8 months long in duration.

the details:

you will work in designboom’s office in milan, italy, where you will be an essential member of a small international team of smart people focused on solving design and communication challenges. you will report directly to designboom’s executives and will be co-responsible for developing the social media content on designboom. working hours are monday to friday, 9am – 6pm (except in circumstances where we may have to work extra to meet deadlines). you will receive a monthly stipend to help cover the cost of your living and work-travel expenses. as part of your internship you will experience the life and culture of milan.

how to apply:

applications must be submitted via email to: <contact@designboom.com> and should include:

- a statement of interest & brief strategy of the vision you would want to adopt for designboom’s social media
– a portrait picture
– resume (CV)
– links to examples of your own social media outlets
– subject line : ‘internship in social media communication’
*emails should be no heavier than 2MB.

please send your applications ASAP as we are currently selecting candidates.

*** the designboom internship program is based on a tradition of mentorship.
in the past, we have had many talented interns from all across the world. interns from countries outside of the EU (european union) would need to prepare the necessary paperwork enabling them to stay in italy for 8 months. designboom will provide a letter stating its offer of internship and consult with you on different strategies related to your country of provenience in obtaining a student / holiday working VISA.

Firebelly Design is looking for designers

kellyludwig @

Are you looking for:
• the design projects you've dreamt of?
• a small studio that encourages growth?
• a truly collaborative team?
• the ability to impact good organizations and people?

If so, we are looking for senior level print/digital designers to apply for an opening on our team.

If this describes you, send us note and include some recent projects: work@firebellydesign.com

Attention Graphic Design Students and Recent Grads: KCADC is Hiring

kellyludwig @
Kansas City Area Development Council
Graphic Design Internship
Description:As an integral part of the Kansas City Area Development Council’s marketing department, the graphic design intern works to create graphic elements and tools utilized by the KCADC team, and the top 250 companies in Kansas City. The graphic design intern will assist the creative services team with the creation of custom materials for print and online presentation.
Duties include:
  • Assisting with web layout design
  • Photo editing and retouching
  • Creating custom designed documents for clients
  • Supporting the design team with large projects
Length of Internship: Present through December 2014
Time Commitment: Full-Time
Compensation: Paid
Applications accepted via: Email
Qualifications:Candidate must be pursuing or recently graduated with a degree in graphic design, or a related fine-arts field. In addition, the following attributes are essential:
  • Hands on knowledge in designing with the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to follow style guides, instructions and critique feedback.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize and complete multi­ple projects and assignments to meet deadlines.
  • Attentive to detail and quality conscious.
Please send cover letter, résumé and portfolio via email to the following:
Kaitlin Xouris
Coordinator, Talent Recruitment Initiative 
Kansas City Area Development Council
For more information about KCADC, please visit www.thinkkc.com.

Packaging Challenge with H & M

kellyludwig @



H&M Germany






Find innovative ways to reduce waste and increase recycling along the transport routes of the fashion retailer H&M Germany.


Worldwide transport represents a quarter of total CO2 emissions, so improving packaging and transport can significantly reduce our environmental footprint. Every day H&M sends large amounts of goods to its stores all across the world, 11% of CO2 produced in an H&M product’s life cycle are attributed to packaging and transport.

We challenge you to create an innovative packaging system for one of H&M Germany’s product lines. The goal is to minimize waste and energy, optimize the handling process and create maximum recycling and upcycling opportunities along the way. The solution should aim to be globally scalable and economically viable. By taking a complete look at the supply chain, from shipping, to warehouse storage, to reaching the consumer market, this Challenge is an opportunity to develop a more efficient and environmentally friendly process that can be scaled for significant environmental impact.

Over ten weeks, you will create a prototype for a new packaging system and process that will be tested in deliveries between H&M’s distribution center for Germany and individual stores. This process is supported by our Challenge Lab, a course which offers knowledge, skills and tools necessary to successfully solve the Challenge. Furthermore, you will gain an in-depth look into a multi-national company.

You will have the chance to interact with leading experts in the fields of packaging, reverse logistics, and sustainability, as well as meet H&M experts from those fields. You will conduct research to identify and understand the status quo of H&M, and its vision of sustainability in the context of available best-practices regarding transport and logistics. Based on these learning experiences, you will brainstorm, identify, and test ideas for a packaging prototype. The focus will lie on finding a feasible solution that is innovative, scalable, economical and more sustainable.

The impact of your solution will be measured during a one-week testing phase at the end of the ten-week Incubation Phase in Hamburg, delivering goods from the central German warehouse to H&M stores in Hamburg. Although the testing will take place in Germany, the solution should be one that can be scaled to suppliers worldwide for maximum impact.

Solving the Challenge as a group is only one part of the start-up program. During the ten weeks on campus you will also work intensively on turning your own venture idea into a viable social venture plan that is ready for implementation during the following ten-month Implementation Phase

Alvin Ailey Project

mgillespie0123 @ October 2, 2014

Recently, the entire Fiber Department worked together on creating some fabric for an upcoming Alvin Ailey production. The students were encouraged to submit design plans for a stage backdrop, curtain, and leotards. Sophomore Becca Gemeinhardt’s design was chosen. Congratulations Becca!

ailey winner

We had a fun day, all working together!




Photos by Rochelle Brickner and Kadie Nugent

Home Base for NCECA Conference 2016

kcaiceramicsdept @

We are excited to have Kansas City as the host for the 2016 NCECA Conference, and proud to have KCAI Ceramics assistant professor Paul Donnelly as the on-site liaison providing communication between the national board local professionals and venues. This will be the 50th annual NCECA Conference, and it will be held at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

Structure, Story and Flow – group exhibition

labcake @ September 28, 2014

My new prints are featured in a group exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City.

Heather Lustfeldt of the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art curated Structure, Story and Flow, a group exhibition of works by Pele Prints artists.

Umbra RM19 and Umbra RM21, monoprints, 30″ x 30″, 2014. Published by Pele Prints, St. Louis.


Structure, Story & Flow

In Collaboration with

Pele Prints

Curated by Heather Lustfeldt

Featured Artists
Laura Berman
Sarah Hinckley
Benjamin Pierce
Jessie Van der Laan
Amanda Verbeck
Ken Wood

Opie Gallery
September 5 – November 1, 2014

Printer’s Statement

Pele Prints is a collaborative fine art printmaking studio dedicated to creating limited edition prints and original works of art. At Pele Prints, we take a non-traditional approach to each project and encourage experimentation. Here artists are free to explore their ideas in the studio, using multiple print processes as a jumping-off point. While the print medium is the primary focus, finished pieces may also include three-dimensional components, collage, handwork, and/or various other elements. The goal is to create a unique body of work that displays the curiosity, learning, and constant discovery exemplified in the collaborative process at its best.

In addition to being an artist, Amanda Verbeck is the collaborative printer and publisher at Pele Prints. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has 14 years of experience as a printmaker. After working with several presses in the St. Louis area, Amanda started Pele Prints in 2006.

Exhibition Statement

Featuring a selection of new and recent work created at Pele Prints by a range of artists, these exhibitions will explore related themes of design, structure and narrative inspired by organic forms, nature and humanity.

Structure, Story & Flow presents imagery inspired by nature, form, and human fantasy. Opulent, large-scale prints invoking waves, wings, landscapes and atmosphere juxtapose intimate, textural works reminiscent of cell structures and light. These formal, more abstract adventures of color and gesture complement fantastical narratives merging aspects of human, animal and architecture within psychologically charged vignettes.

This exhibition is curated by Heather Lustfeldt, a curator, writer, educator and collection consultant in Kansas City. Heather is currently Curator at Epsten Gallery Foundation in Overland Park, KS.




Poiesis – Song of Nishida

Michael Wickerson @
For all the foundation students at KCAI who attended the Friday lecture


Well On Our Way

kcaiceramicsdept @ September 25, 2014

As the week roll by, the ceramics department is becoming increasingly active. In progress critiques for the seniors have just passed, and with new suggestions and advice under their belts the elsehwhere projects are taking off! The sophomore class is refining the features on their self portrait heads–done in terracotta this year–and proceeding to experiment with glaze and colors. Meanwhile, the juniors are whipping out some fantastic place settings and tiles. It’s full speed ahead at KCAI Ceramics!


Donut Goshorn and Melanie Johnson, juniors; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath



Jasmine Dorau, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath


Maddie Scott, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath

Kendall Hammond, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath

Kendall Hammond, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath

Reclaiming the Forgotten

kcaiceramicsdept @ September 18, 2014

Maret Miller, KCAI Ceramics Alumni, worked with three students over the summer to help the department reclaim glazes and clays that were forgotten or left behind. Hiromi Kanada, Allison King and Nathan Neufeld helped sort through all of the ceramic waste and mystery glazes, reclaimed it into categories based on ingredients and color, and began testing! They were successful in creating some interesting clays that can now be used and experimented with by current students. We are all excited to see the fruits of their efforts, and watch this new program grow as it helps us help the environment!


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