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VCD Offers Intensive Graduate Courses During Summer Sessions

Posted Jun. 1, 2011
The Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design is offering a 3-credit, graduate summer course – Letterpress, Word and Image - July 11 to July 22. This learning opportunity will engage students' skills in illustration and design while introducing students to relief printing of text and image using processes that date back to the mid-15th century.

Letterpress, Word and Image is a two-week intensive course providing students with an opportunity to explore letterpress printing. Course content will include typesetting and printing basics, as well as a brief history of movable type printing and typography. Students will work on a series of projects to acclimate themselves to the equipment and various printing techniques. Students will have full access to Kent State University's Type High Press, including several styles of platen and proof presses.

Two additional summer courses available for graduate credit are Developing User Empathy and Sustainability+Design, thinking outside the toolbox:
July 8-10
VCD 40195: Developing User Empathy
Workshop coordinators:  Megan Fath + Jared Lavey
2 credits

Conducting user research is a valuable practice to help teams of designers create meaningful and relevant communication, products and services. How can we investigate the problem before we solve it? This workshop will explore the process, thinking and practices that help communication designers develop and utilize user empathy. Working rapidly over the course of a few short days, teams will work collaboratively to understand the lives of our users (topic and user group will be assigned at workshop) and meaningfully attach that understanding to the ideas that we create. In short, this workshop will demonstrate methods for conducting research, analyzing data, and user-centered ideation.

Megan Fath is an empathetic designer who practices research to understand user need and identify design opportunity. A passionate, avid matchmaker for research and design, she is Design Director at Conifer Research as well as adjunct faculty at IIT Institute of Design. Her professional awards include two Addys and three Citations of Excellence. Megan’s thoughts on intersections of research and design have been published in Stanford's Ambidextrous Journal and How Magazine. Megan also holds a masters degree from IIT Institute of Design and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University.

Jerad Lavey leads teams in transforming insight to meaningful and innovative experiences as Conifer's Synthesis Lead. Also a practiced graphic designer, his past design collaborations have been recognized in Print Magazine, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society for Environmental Graphic Design, and the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference. He holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and a Masters Degree in Design Strategy and Research from IIT Institute of Design.


July 22-24
VCD 40195: Sustainability+Design, thinking outside the toolbox
workshop coordinator: Victoria Avi
2 credits

The workshop will offer opportunities to learn about sustainability from the foundation to practice. The peer-based learning process will be question and action focused.  One of the challenges of sustainable design is understanding the challenge and asking the right questions.

Victoria is a learner at heart. She earned her Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and her Graphic Design undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University. Her experience as a Network Entrepreneur at E4S, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability allowed her to explore biomimicry (a design principle) and zero waste implementation within organizations. At E4S she created connections among business leaders in ZeroWasteNEO and BiomimicryNEO networks to engage them to take their first, next and bold steps. Victoria was active with AIGA Cleveland, the professional association for design and served on the board as Programming and Advocacy/Sustainability Chair. Currently she is teaching a Sustainable Business Principles and Sustainable Supply Chain Management courses at the Nance College of Business Administration. Victoria was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and immigrated to United States with her family in the late 90s.

Any individual with an earned baccalaureate degree may enroll in this course, but enrollment is limited. Interested students should visit the Kent State University Admissions website at: to enroll as a guest graduate student.