Vote Posters by students

Graphic Design 2 students were asked to target a specific audience and a specific voter issue… and then create a compelling graphic that urges the audience to respond by voting on November 4th.

Links to a gallery of student posters AND downloadable PDFs coming soon…

Reflections about the assignment can be posted below…

more about the Get Out the Vote Assignment…

AGI Chicago Trip


Crown Fountain gargoyle

If you are one of the UMD students who attended the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) Student Conference in Chicago, Please post your reflections about the trip to the comments below…

UMD was very well represented with over 40 attendees. It was terrific to see our students make the effort to get themselves to Chicago for this mid-week event. Please report on your travel adventures, workshops with famous designers, and impressions of the conference overall!


students drawing in Millennium Park with Seymour Chwast.

from the conference website:

On September 23-28, 2008, over 1000 of the world’s top designers, students, educators and graphic arts professionals will converge in Chicago for the 2008 AGI Congress and AGI Student Conference. Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) will bring their annual Congress to America for only the third time in fifty years. Billed as the global design event of 2008, the event will present lectures, exhibitions, and a host of unique interactions with the world’s most notable leaders from the design profession.


Francois Robert purchases this pepper spray with face from a student in his seeing and noticing workshop.

ALSO>>> Check out the Sappi Blog 24-7DesignHeaven for more comments about the AGI conference!

Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) is a club of the world’s leading graphic artists and designers. There are about 350 members from 27 countries


The designers belong to this fraternity by invitation only. (This is very different from the open membership of AIGA.) Perhaps this explains why so few women designers were represented on stage during the student conference. (Perhaps AGI will be discussing ways to redress the lack of diversity in their membership… ?)They were put on the spot with a few embarrassing questions from the audience, and no one seemed prepared with an answer as to why there wasn’t more diversity on stage. The one woman on the stage was Jennifer Morla. She remarked that there seems to be a lack of interest in public speaking among women designers. She urged more female students to build skills in this area.

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Art of Democracy Posters

Art of Democracy is building a network of exhibitions and events that will all take place in the fall of 2008. New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis, Puerto Rico, Muncie, and several more locations are planning exhibitions.


poster by frances jetter
For guidelines on making your own poster go to

Midwest exhibits:

Great Lakes Water Wars

This event is highly recommended for my GD2 classes. We will be working on the Global Water Crisis > Designing Water’s Future project in October, so this fits right in. Please attend!

Great Lakes Water Wars:
The UMD Center for Freshwater Research and Policy will host 2008 Distinguished Aquatic Speaker, Peter Annin, the director of the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, at 7 pm on Wed., Sept. 24 in the Weber Music Hall. Annin, an environmental journalist, is a former correspondent with Newsweek magazine, and author of The Great Lakes Water Wars.