Typeface Documentary


Everyone should be very excited! Next week AIGA will be presenting the documentary Typeface! It will be in Baldwin Hall Auditorium at 7pm on Tuesday November 15th. We will have Jim Moran as a guest speaker for a question and answer and open discussion after the documentary. 

 Here are some photos from the making of the letter-pressed posters to enjoy!

    DSC_0294    Jim inking of the first color run


    DSC_0374-2  With the second color        

    DSC_0377  Krisitne inking the letter-press

    DSC_0385 Poster with the third color

    DSC_0405  Final color

    DSC_0414  Last one!


The finished poster!

Will I ever get a job?

I thought I would post this list in an effort to raise your spirits and give you hope. These are former Truman State University Visual Communications students who are now working professionally. I have been meaning to put this list together for a long time and I have finally done it. So, when you ultimately graduate, you will know where you might run into a former Viscommie from Truman. This list will have a limited shelf-life, but should give you an idea of what your potential futures might look like.


  • Cameron Ballentine (2010): Marketing Services Specialist, MBS Textbook Exchange, Columbia, MO
  • Nicole Brewer (2008): Creative Director, VNA-TIP HealthCare, St. Louis, MO
  • Elizabeth Bishop (2009): Graphic Designer, Brake Printing, Columbia, MO
  • Paula (Ruckenbrod) Catalono (2000): Graphic Designer, Elsevier Publishing, St. Louis, MO
  • Brooke Clifton (2008): Graphic Designer, Bolds Creative, New York, NY
  • Becky (Niles) Daum (2005): Graphic Design Manager, Red Line Editorial, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jason Daum (2004): Manager of Marketing Services, INNOVA Marketing, Minneapolis, MN
  • Megan Dowdy (2010): Designer, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO
  • Elizabeth Ebers (2005): Creative Director, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO
  • Joe Eichelberger (2010): Graphic Designer/Illustrator, Paramount Apparel International, St. Louis, MO
  • Kate Elrod (2010): Creative Lead, Delinea Design, Omaha, NE
  • Stephen Emlund (2008): Print and Web Designer, Creative Improv, Columbia, MO
  • Jessica Endaya (2009): Graphic Designer, Gear for Sports, Kansas City, MO
  • Sarah Gordon (2000): Graphic Designer, Creative Services, UMKC, Kansas City, MO
  • Lindsey (Allen) Howell (2005): Art Director, Propper International, St. Louis, MO
  • Katia Ivanova (2010): Junior Graphic Designer, Dupuis Group, Chicago, IL
  • Emily James (2011): Studio Designer, Intouch Solutions, Kansas City, MO
  • Heather Jones (2001): Director of Art and Operations, Lipic's Recognition, St. Louis, MO
  • Patrick Jones (2009): Graphic Designer/Production Artist, Innovations in Art,  St. Louis, MO
  • Matt Kemp (2006): Art Director, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
  • Ashley Kilgore (2006): Prepress Artist, Cannonball Advertising Agency, St. Louis, MO
  • Katrina (Kouba) Boles (2004): Wardrobe Crew, Concert Series at Jess Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Michelle Krewet (2009): Graphic Designer, Henning Communications, St. Louis, MO
  • Ashley Long (2010) : Web Administrator, CBS Radio, St. Louis, MO
  • Annie Marineau (2003): Designer, Art Director, Brown Shoe Co., St. Louis, MO
  • Thomas Marrone (2005): Associate UI Artist, Cryptic Studios, San Francisco, CA
  • Andrea (Bailey) Maxwell (2010): Graphic Designer, Video Marketing USA, St. Louis, MO
  • Tina May (2008): Art Director, Ad Trends Advertising, Kansas City, MO
  • Joe Moccia (2005): Art Director, Discovery Communications, Washington, DC
  • Natalie (Preston) Navales (2004): Designer, The Graphics Company, St. Louis, MO
  • Abby Neidig (2009): Graphic Designer, US Toy Company, Kansas City, MO
  • Alyssa Noe (2011): Graphic Designer, Boxers Inc., St. Louis, MO
  • Jenny Oughton (2007): Art Director, Origin Agency, St. Louis, MO
  • Alison Peterson (2008): Art Director, Curious Pixel Inc., Kansas City, MO
  • Anitia (Pierre) Pierden (2005): Graphic Designer, EmploymentGuide.com/Dominion Enterprises, Kansas City, MO
  • Breanne (Cooper) Rapken (2009): Graphic Designer/Web Administrator, The Pinnacle Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • Sara Schneider (2011): Assistant Art Director, Austin Fit Magazine, Austin, TX
  • Amanda Senn (2009): Graphic Designer, AlphaMetrix, LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Jennifer (Wiemer) Seris (2008): Graphic Artist, University of Missouri – Owner/Photographer, Jennifer Seris Photography, Columbia, MO
  • Dylan Smith (2004): Art Director, VML, Kansas City, MO
  • Zach Smyth (2008): Digital Designer, Osborn and Barr Communications, St. Louis, MO
  • Michael Sotomayor (2009): Graphic Designer, BaseZero Productions, Chicago, IL
  • Aaron Speropolus (2005): CEO/Creative Director, \\\Welve Creative, St. Louis, MO
  • Megan (Mudd) Stoll (2006): Multimedia Designer, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Jim Wagner (2001): Partner, Lagom Design, Kansas City, MO
  • Schuyler Whitely (2007): Graphic Designer, Black and Veatch, Kansas City, MO
  • Jordan Worcester (2010): Graphic Designer, Cosco Industries, Chicago, IL
  • Taylor (Wysocke) Henry (2010): Art Director, Boxers, Inc. St. Louis, MO

Note to alumni: I put this list together from my Linkedin and Facebook contacts. If you don't see your name on this list and would like to be added or if the information is incorrect, drop me an email with where you are and what you are doing.


Love it, love to hate it, or hate that you love it?

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Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it.

Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as
Comic Sans has spread from a software project at Microsoft Corp. 15
years ago to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, Disney ads
and Beanie Baby tags, business emails, street signs, Bibles, porn
sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer.

The font, a casual script designed to look like comic-book
lettering, is the bane of graphic designers, other aesthetes and
Internet geeks. It is a punch line: "Comic Sans walks into a bar,
bartender says, 'We don't serve your type.'" On social-messaging site
Twitter, complaints about the font pop up every minute or two. An
online comic strip shows a gang kicking and swearing at Mr. Connare.

The jolly typeface has spawned the Ban Comic Sans movement, nearly a
decade old but stronger now than ever, thanks to the Web. The mission:
"to eradicate this font" and the "evil of typographical ignorance."

You can read the rest of this article in The Wall Street Journal.

Funny Post on Design Observer Blog

Design Observer

There’s a great line in the Oscar-nominated film Juno
in which the title character, contemplating the sort of family she’d
like for her unborn child, resists the notion of “wholesome,” telling
her friend, Leah, that she was hoping for something a little edgier —
like, say, a graphic designer.

Truth be told, we did a
little research and discovered that Canadian actress Ellen Page — who
plays Juno — is, in fact, the child of a graphic designer. But still,
it got us thinking: if graphic design’s become so edgy as a profession
that we’re getting name-dropped in hit movies, maybe it’s time to get
serious about how we’re really being portrayed.

Herewith, our initial choices for some friends and likely suspects, appearing soon in Graphic Design: The Movie.

The rest of the article can be read here.