Visual Communication Design School Honors Founders with Scholarship, Awards Dinner
The Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) raised money for a new scholarship honoring industry legends j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan at its inaugural Walker-Buchanan Founders Award fundraising dinner on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.
“The Walker-Buchanan Founders Award dinner is a way for the School of Visual Communication Design to honor j.Charles Walker, founder and visionary of the school, and John Brett Buchanan, Glyphix creative director and emeritus faculty,” Sanda Katila, VCD acting director, said. “The inaugural alumni event is an opportunity for the school to pay tribute to both of these individuals who have inspired generations of students, faculty and alumni through their legacy of excellence.”
The Walker-Buchanan Scholarship will be awarded annually to students who exhibit academic excellence and outstanding portfolios in graphic design, illustration or photography. Walker and Buchanan’s foundation, the jCW+JBB Foundation, matched donations up to $12,500.
Serving as the school’s first director, Walker helped establish VCD as part of Kent State’s College of Communication and Information in 2002. Currently, VCD offers degrees in visual communication design and photo-illustration.
Glyphix, which recently celebrated 40 years of design excellence, was founded by Walker in 1974. Buchanan was instrumental in its founding, serving as the firm’s creative director for nearly 25 years. Today, Glyphix works with a variety of clients and has won more than 40 local and national design awards.
About the School of Visual Communication Design
The School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State is a NASAD accredited program and is nationally recognized for outstanding quality in design education, with emphases in visual design, illustration and photo-illustration. The school provides a comprehensive professional preparation, the development of conceptual and aesthetic skills, knowledge of design history and tradition as a basis for individual style, and the transformation of theory into practice through professional example and experience.
Glyphix was one of the first such programs in the United States and the prototype for many student work-study design groups now existing on university campuses. Glyphix has a deep portfolio of work ranging from identity and branding, print, web and multimedia and environmental graphic design. The student designers’ work consistently wins regional and international awards, such as a Best in Class in the Interactive Media Awards, a Third Place American Design Award, an Award for Publication Excellence (APEX), a Merit Award for Art/Design Schools from Admissions Marketing Report and the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Honor Award.