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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.

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.”

The School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) at Kent State University will host its annual pre-college design academy, Inspire, which explores all areas of graphic design, from June 20 – 24. During Inspire, students engage in projects combining basic research tactics, brainstorming and creative thinking while they envision, innovate and experiment. Working in the disciplines of print design, three-dimensional design, interaction design, photography and illustration, attendees collaborate with other creative students.

Required Computer Purchase

Prior to the beginning of the first semester of the freshman year, all Visual Communication Design and Photo Illustration majors are required to purchase a Macintosh laptop computer and specific graphic software as described below. The computer and software will be used in subsequent VCD courses throughout the remainder of the degree program.

Minimum Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro $2,399.00 (*Flash Technology Center at the University Bookstore Education Pricing $2249.00)

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