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Maine Animal Coalition // Animal Rights Flag Design Contest

Laura Berman @ November 14, 2014
OBJECTIVE: To design a flag to serve as a visual representation of the animal rights movement.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to residents of the United States who have reached the age of majority in their state at the time of entry.

CONTEST DATE: The Contest starts on October 15, 2014 and ends 11:59 p.m. EST February 15, 2015.

HOW TO SUBMIT: The design may be created in any medium and should be in color. Flag designs should be 8.5” x 11” (letter size). Entries may be submitted in the form of a jpg, gif, png or pdf file format by email to mac@maineanimalcoalition.org or sent by mail to Maine Animal Coalition, P.O. Box 6683, Portland, Maine 04101. Three entries are allowed per person. A brief explanation of the symbolism contained in the design is permitted. Entrants must submit their full contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number, email address). SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

All SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ORIGINAL. All submissions must be entrant’s own original design and creation, executed solely by the entrant, and may not have been entered in any other contest or won any other award; may not have been published previously; and may not be subject to any rights of any other parties.

JUDGING: The Board of the Maine Animal Coalition shall select the winning designs. The criteria that will be used to select the winning entries are best visual representations of the animal rights movement, practicality as a flag design, and overall appeal.

HELPFUL HINTS: Learn all you can about the animal rights movement and vexillology –the study (including design) of flags. To learn more about flag design go to nava.org (North American Vexillological Association) and read its guide to flag design, Good Flag, Bad Flag.

The potential winners will be notified on or about March 15, 2015. The potential winners are subject to verification and shall execute an Affidavit of Eligibility/Compliance & Publicity/Liability Release, and W-9. Potential winners must also execute a Copyright Assignment in order to irrevocably transfer all rights, title and interest in the winning designs. Potential winners shall return properly signed documents described herein within ten days of the date of the sending of the notice or the potential winners will forfeit the prizes in their entirety and alternate potential winners may be selected according to the criteria stated herein. Entrants agree that Maine Animal Coalition has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of Maine Animal Coalition are final and binding. After verification, the First, Second and Third Prize winners will be posted on Maine Animal Coalition’s website, www.maineanimalcoalition.org.

PRIZES: The First Prize Winner will receive $1,000,
the Second Prize Winner will receive $500 and
the Third Prize Winner will receive $250.

By entering the contest you are agreeing to all contest rules and you are irrevocably granting Maine Animal Coalition and its assigns, the unconditional, unlimited and perpetual right and permission to use or not use your contest entry or any portion of it, as submitted or as modified in any way in Maine Animal Coalition’s sole discretion without additional compensation, notice to or approval from you. Winners shall transfer all rights, title and interest in the winning designs.

Entry also constitutes permission to use winner’s name and likeness for publicity purposes without further compensation.

Any personally identifiable information collected during an entrant’s participation in the contest will be collected by Maine Animal Coalition and used by it for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the contest.

By entering this contest you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Maine Animal Coalition and its Board of Directors from all claims, losses and damages arising out of your participation in this contest. Use of any website or email involved in this contest is at user’s own risk. Maine Animal Coalition reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the contest, if necessary, due to technical problems. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

2014 E.A.S.T. Guest Artist at Fisterra Studios

calderkamin @ November 5, 2014

More info about other stops at http://east.bigmedium.org/

Free and open to the public:

November 15-16, 11:00am – 6:00pm and again

November 22-23, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Austin visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth hosts her annual Austin party at her home and art studio during the 2014 EAST Austin Studio Tour. Enjoy refreshments and taste Jennifer’s homemade posole as you see her artwork in the context of where she makes the art. Fisterra Studio’s event is unique every year in that a new group of guest artists will be present and their work on display.

The theme for the art and artists this year is “Intimacy.” Any open house tour is fascinating for voyeurs who like to see how others live. This year at least three of the artists will be doing intimate interactive projects with and for visitors, the other artists’ subject matter is intimacy. Katelena offers one-on-one comfort-fetish rituals in an emotional day spa, Comfort Station. Jennifer will be producing drawings indexing the body space of visitors. Lisa will have an installation in the master bedroom about the minutiae of relationships. Wells’ work is about the private mirrored space between two planes. Jason’s work is an intimate study of the objects in our lives that we collect and discard. Aaron’s film documents the fragility of bodies in conversation with a mortician. Lauren’s installation in the bathroom will surprise. Calder’s interactive art projects examines our relationship with nature and the ways humans impact biodiversity.

Aaron Weiss

Calder Kamin

Jason Webb

Katelena Hernandez Cowles

Lauren Klotzman

Lisa Choinacky

Wells Mason

Their collective body of work ranges from 2D, 3D, film/video, installation and performance.  Check out their individual websites listed above.

Thank you Austin Way for the great article!


Cultural Arts Division, City of Austin

Thank you Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for inviting the world!


Thank you Texasian Travels!


Thank you Downtown Austin Alliance!


PAID Internship for Graphic Design student at Kansas City Area Development Council

Laura Berman @ October 28, 2014
The Kansas City Area Development Council is currently looking for an intern. They are trying to fill the position relatively quickly, which will last through the end of this year.

The individual would have the opportunity to create graphic tools and materials for our team and the top 250 companies in Kansas City. The position is full-time and paid.

Please address any questions to:

Kaitlin Xouris
Marketing & Talent Recruitment Initiative
Kansas City Area Development Council
30 w Pershing Road, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64108
cell: 913.424.7776 | direct: 816.374.5634

Pitch Pick 2014: Best South-Flying Artist

calderkamin @

Calder Kamin at Crystal Bridges
Critics’ Choice

We’ve been Calder Kamin fans ever since we saw her ingenious Impact Proof installation, back in 2012. That witty, urban-minded project involved the fabrication of highly convincing bird decals and their placement on the windows of tall buildings to avert avian crashes. This past summer, Kamin was named by curators at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as a participant in a wide-ranging exhibition titled State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. When pilgrims to Arkansas’ art mecca see the Kansas City Art Institute alumna’s work, she will have returned to her roots in Austin, Texas, to resume her studio practice there. But she was here when Alice Walton’s people called, and her art looks great anywhere, so we’re claiming her as our own.



Michael Wickerson @ October 23, 2014

Fundraiser at Potbelly

mgillespie0123 @ October 14, 2014

Mark your calendars for KCAI night at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 4725 Broadway. This Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., 25 percent of sales will go toward’s KCAI’s annual fund, benefiting general scholarships, equipment needs, technology and more.


Nicole Leth will have items for sale at this event from her Sex & Ice Cream clothing line, including avocado t-shirts, watches, baseball hats, and assorted donut dresses!

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

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