School of Visual Communication Design

A Kent State Visual Communication Design (VCD) class is stepping outside the box this semester. VCD students from Assistant Professor Jessica Barness’ Interaction Design class have teamed up with a group of students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to reimagine the Akron Innerbelt.


Fusionist. Cybernetic Director. Chief Drone Experience Designer. Avatar programmer.

User experience designers at Google, Microsoft, Android, Chrome and Artefact have predicted that these job titles are among the most important design jobs of the future, according to an article in Fast Company Co.Design, the world’s leading progressive business media brand focused on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas and design.

A unique poetry partnership is helping to spread the “word” about migration, literally. Powerful and inspiring words are ringing throughout 11 cities in the United States.

The Women’s Center named 46 women, including five women from CCI, as part of

Kent State University’s Center for Student Involvement recently received the Best Poster Award from the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange for its poster on student retention through the FLASHperks program.

The winning poster, designed by senior visual communications design major Nicholas Blanchard through the center’s Signum Design, details how the FLASHperks program works and how the program benefits Kent State students.

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. Will people one day travel to and live on Mars?

EVENT UPDATE: In front of a sell-out crowd of nearly 1,000 people, professors, entrepreneurs, administrators, students and community members gave short, dynamic talks around the theme “Rewind, Rethink, React.” Check out online conversations using @tedxkentstate and #tedxkentstate. Also, KentWired reporters wrote synopses on each of the sessions. (Photos by Alex Ledet)


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

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.



Gaining relevant experience in students’ fields of study before graduation makes them more marketable to employers and gives them a leg up on the competition. While most students complete one or two internships in college, others go above and beyond.

Senior visual communication design (VCD) major Will Scharlott has completed three prestigious internships in his time at Kent State.

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.