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What is copyright infringement?

27 Feb

There has been a lot of attention to this lately with some of the online discount logo sites, but the issue goes beyond the obvious. Copyright affects writers, photographers, designers, videographers, illustrators and anyone else in a creative industry. Kent Meyerhoff of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC will walk us through what is copyright infringement and how we protect against it. Bring your questions and lets have a good discussion on Thursday. You can even bring your clients.

Thursday, March 1, Noon to 1 pm
Naked City Gallery
Bring your lunch (and drink).


Paul Howalt of Tactix Creative to Speak March 2

21 Feb

Paul Howalt of Tactix Creative, March 2, 2011
Naked City Gallery, 121 N. Mead, Suite 104

6:00 pm Social Hour – Hang out with Paul
7:00 pm Presentation

Paul Howalt of Tactix Creative

Paul Howalt of Tactix Creative (Mesa, AZ) brings his unique style of illustration and design to Wichita March 2nd. His presentation will discusses how branding is about creating memorable solutions that generate an emotional response. You can check out some of  Paul’s work at and

Tactix work is on permanent display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and has received numerous awards including the Clio Awards, the One Show, Graphis, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, AIGA Arts, Design World (Australia), American Center for Design Annual and the New York Type Directors Club.

Clients include: MTV, Sony, Disney Adventures, Hasbro, Mattel, Sheraton Hotels, Seagate, GM, BBC America, Target, The NFL, HBO and many more.

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All tickets at the door are $15 each for members and non-members alike.


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Other Voices an SPF Event

31 Jan AIGA Wichita Student Portfolio Forum Poster

AIGA Wichita Student Portfolio Forum Poster

Don’t miss Other Voices. You portfolio will be glad you were there.

Wichita AIGA Presents Other Voices an SPF Event
Date: February 18, 2011

Keynote: Steve Gibbs, RBMM in Dallas will discuss with a recent hire how they got the job.

Check-in: 12:30 pm
SPF Keynote: 1:00 pm
Review and workshop sessions begin at 2:15.

Professional Keynote:  5:15 pm Featuring Steve Gibbs, RBMM
All professional who participate in the afternoon review sessions get FREE admission to the Professional event at 5:15 pm. Volunteer sign-up information to come.

Location: Office This – 4031 E. Harry

Box it up. Bag it up. It doesn’t matter! Gather up your completed projects, sketches and works in progress and bring them in for some expert advice from professional designers and faculty from the Wichita, Kansas City and Oklahoma City areas to find out how to take your current portfolio to the next level. Along with an afternoon on inspiring and motivating feedback enjoy a keynote from our guest speaker, Steve Gibbs from RBMM. RBMM is the strategic branding affiliate of the The Richards Group in Dallas, Tx. specializing in branding, trademarks, packaging and advertising solutions for both local and national businesses. Steve will also be joined by a couple of RBMM’s newest designers, who will share tips on what landed them their job and advice on how you can do the same.

Get your tickets today! Buy tickets online by 5:oo pm, February 17

Show work, keynote & workshops $35

Keynote and workshops $25

Professional presentation only: Note the 5:15 professional presentation is FREE to anyone, member or non-member, who helps review portfolios during both sessions. To sign-up as a participating judge send us a comment with your name and email address.
AIGA Members $15

Non-Members $20

Upcoming Events

31 Jan

February 18, SPF featuring Steve Gibbs from RBMM, the strategic branding arm of The Richards Group.

March 2, Paul Howalt Illustration
Paul Howalt from Paul Howalt Illustration, Mesa, Arizona.

April 7, Pecha Kucha
This event will be a mixer asking local designers to put together a short talk on something they love or are passionate about.
Check out how Pecha Kucha works:

April 29 Design Army
Jake and Pum Lefebure from Design Army, Washington DC.

Please check back for updates.

AIGA Member In The News

2 Nov

LogoLounge Master Series BooksLogoLounge Master Library Series Book Lecture

Presented by Bill Gardner

Tuesday, November 16th  •  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Live at Watermark Books (4701 E. Douglas Ave)
Admission: FREE to the public

This presentation will spring from the rich content of the first two books in the new LogoLounge Master Library Series, “Initials and Crests,” and “Animals and Mythology.” LL founder Bill Gardner will share the history as well as the current face and possible future for these enormous categories of logo design.

Presentation will also be available at

Get your Nov. 10 Joseph Duffy Tickets online

1 Nov

Joseph Duffy November 10, 2010
Naked City Gallery, 121 N. Mead, Suite 104
6:00 pm  Networking social and cash bar.
7:oo pm Presentation

Designer, Joseph Duffy (Joe’s son) will be in Wichita highlighting Duffy & Partners’ unique approach to design, through case studies of real world projects. The lecture shares insights regarding the power of collaboration in the design process, how creating a visual brief to visualize brand essence, culture and personality is essential.

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Erik Spiekermann Purposefully Answers Six Questions

20 Oct

Erik Spiekermann’s contributions to design are utilized everyday by designers, studios and the viewing public. As founding partner Spiekermann helped drive MetaDesign’s reputation for clean information design and bringing structure to identity systems that turned chaos into orchestrated results for clients like Audi, Volkswagen, Düsseldorf Airport and Berlin Transit.

Based on his experience in MetaDesign, Spiekermann has also written extensively about the importance of interaction in design and how it can be planned into the studio layout. He developed the concentric circles approach to drive a human interchange forcing people to connect with each other.

In 1989 along with his wife Joan, Spiekermann co-founded FontShop the first type-house to sell digital fonts via mail order. In 1990 he, Neville Brody, and Joan Spiekermann started FontFont to develop a unique and wide variety of typefaces. The work of over 130 designers worldwide are showcased in a collection of 3,900 contemporary fonts in the FontFont Library. FontShop continues to be the premier distributor of typefaces world-wide including the FontFont library.

In 2001 Spiekermann, left MetaDesign to start United Designer Network, now known as Edenspiekemann.

Spiekermann was awarded a Honorary Doctorship for his contribution to design by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2006, Spiekermann along with typographer designer Christian Schwartz, received a Gold Medal at the German Federal Design Prize for their family of typefaces for Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) the highest such award in Germany.

Erik Spiekermann’s passion for type design has changed the way readers interact with words. You cannot pick up a newspaper, magazine or even and electronic device without benefiting from typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann’s contribution to design.

Some of Erik Spiekermann’s most recognized typefaces include ITC Officina Sans and Serif, FF Meta and FF Unit.

The Purposeful Six

Q1. What trends have you seen in typeface design over the past few years, and what styles do you anticipate being most significant over the next decade?

ES: We’ve seen the mega-family, and it keeps growing. Now we not only have to have Cyrillic and Greek, but also Devanagari or Arabic. Soon they’ll expect us to design a complete set of Kanji with 8000 characters. (I have a Meta Hebrew coming out.)

Other than that, we’ll have more OpenType features to make handwriting look more real than the real thing, to make fonts that look more spontaneous than handlettering and to have as many alternate characters as ordinary ones.

Q2. You have said that Helvetica is perfect. Are their any other typefaces you consider perfect?

ES: Perfect is not necessary a compliment. It depends on the purpose, and I do not mean that in a technical way. Technically, everything Lucas de Groot makes is perfect, he even does his own hinting.

For what it set out to be, Courier was perfect, so were Univers and Frutiger. Yet they constantly get revised and updated. They were perfect in their intent but new technologies may require them to be revisited from time to time. A lot of my favorite hot metal faces like Block were perfect for the purpose they were designed an produced for.

Q3. Today are you more influenced by typefaces and historical periods of the past or what you see happening in culture now?

ES: Every cultural movement, trend and fashion has always seen its equivalent in type design, even when it took 2 years from idea to release. Today, type design often anticipates major visual trends, so you can read those by looking at the typographic scene. Every designer is also a type designer now.

Q4. What affect or influence do electronic readers and other electronic text devices have typeface design?

ES: We can be very specific as far as the environment is concerned that certain fonts have to live in. Thus make them perfect for that purpose. Just like a hot metal typeface was made for one size only. But we still want to emulate what we’ve been reading for 500 years. Nobody wants bitmaps, everybody want Garamond for books.

Q5: You have talked about the importance of interaction in studio design and interaction as a result of studio location as well. You prefer to hire people who interact with the world through reading, cooking and doing things. Does this mean you feel the key to good design is interaction?

ES: The key to good design is an awareness of culture, not just visual culture. Most of the things we read, use, touch have been designed by somebody and we should always ask ourselves why it looks the way it does, who did it and if it could have been done differently. Why and how are important questions that should always be on a designer’s mind.

Q6: You have said that the small “a” is your favorite letter in part because it is the most challenging. You have also commented that you are a problem solver… Do challenges and difficult assignments interest you more?

ES: Yes. That’s why I am a designer and not an artist.