kcai designers win national awards

seniors ramzy masri and logan smith have been awarded grants from Design Ignites Change for their social change projects from "visual advocacy" class last term. ramzy received a second place designation for "A Book by its Cover: Reading Stereotypes" and logan recieved a third place designation for "Freewall: Making Space for Diversity". the grants they received will allow them to actually implement their projects in the kansas city community, moving them beyond the classroom to make a real change for real people.

three kcai graphic design students also received honorable mentions -- morgan allen (view project), laura berglund (view project), and ian tirone (view project). kcai students numbered five out of a total of eight projects recognized for excellence in this national level grant competition.

check out the press release on the DIC website here

the Design Ignites Change Implementation Award is granted twice a year to student initiatives that exhibit a powerful and provocative solution to a pressing social problem. Design Ignites Change engages high school and college students in multidisciplinary design and architecture projects that address pressing social issues. participants are encouraged to apply design thinking—the combination of unleashed creativity and executable actions—to problems that exist in their own communities.

a huge congratulations to everyone for making our department shine!