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School of Visual Communication Design

Twelve students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) will travel to Florence, Italy, for Kent State University’s inaugural Photography in Florence program this spring semester.

Prolific playwright Tennessee Williams once said, “America has three great cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

These words served as inspiration to illustrator Christopher Darling as he completed one of many special projects he has worked on in the past year. Darling, assistant professor in the Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design, has recently been nationally recognized for the work he has done both inside and outside the classroom.

Scholar of the Month
Jessica Barness
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design
College of Communication and Information
2012-present

The word “communication” likely makes you think of language, but November’s Scholar of the Month has spent her entire career researching design as a language of its own.

Across various media, Jessica Barness, an assistant professor in Kent State University’s School of Visual Communication Design, creates her own design-based research model that merges the making of artifacts with critical inquiry.

“I’m interested in the multiple facets of design,” she said. “Design is social, and it’s a professional practice as well as a scholarly discipline. We’re designing artifacts and experiences, but we’re also building the new knowledge necessary to inform and lead those activities. Research through design can be used to better understand people, phenomena, theories or technologies. By approaching design as a sort of hybrid practice, our students learn how to adapt to future needs within our society.

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Scholar of the Month
Jessica Barness
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design
College of Communication and Information
2012-present

The word “communication” likely makes you think of language, but November’s Scholar of the Month has spent her entire career researching design as a language of its own.

In the ages of Ferdinand Magellan and Marco Polo, explorers set out to span distances unimaginable to the populous. Whether charting vast oceans or emerging landscape, they carried with them the prospect that, upon their return, the world as they knew it would change. The stories they would tell, the information they would relay and the places they would depict had the potential to expand the realm of possibility. In this spirit, space travel has redefined our contemporary idea of what is possible.

Please join the Kent State University College of Communication and Information as we celebrate our inaugural group of Sichuan Scholars at the “丰(豐)富 Fēngfù: A Time of Abundance” student photography exhibit opening and reception.

Wesley Bedrosian, VCD alumnus, creates a fun Trump portrait for the October 28, 2016 issue of Newsweek.

Photo from Inspire, Kent State's Design AcademyReduced tuition rate available for those who sign up by April 15

Kara Taylor, a senior applied communication major, is interning with the School of Visual Communication Design this spring. As one of their marketing interns, Taylor is responsible for covering VCD events and writing content for the school’s social media platforms, alumni magazine and alumni website.

“I get to do a wide-range of things at work,” Taylor said. “I really enjoy working in the Art Building, too. It’s a great atmosphere to be in.”

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