Over one week we will open our house, gather alumni, and hold our annual portfolio event. Come see us down at WMCAT or tune in online!
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Laurie Haycock Makela has been a recognized voice of experimental graphic and trans-disciplinary design practice and education for over thirty years in the United States and Europe. She has taught at prestigious institutions in Sweden, Germany, and Los Angeles. She was designer-in-residence and co-chair of the department of 2-D design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with the late P. Scott Makela. Their studio, Words + Pictures for Business + Culture, produced print and new media for clients such as Nike, MTV and Warner Bros. Recently, she became the first designer-in-residence at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. Her most recent book and exhibition project speechless: different by design for the Dallas Art Museum was “the project of a lifetime” as described by Makela when she was featured on Debbie Millman’s podcast Design Matters.
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Andy Van Solkema combines systems thinking with curiosity of behavior and his craft of graphic, information, and interface design to simplify complexity and tell visual stories to help others create momentum. Andy is an entrepreneur and designer working across the innovation spectrum. He currently consults, advises, leads and speaks on change and innovation for Start-ups, Growth Initiatives, Corporate Innovation, and Higher Education. He as Entrepreneur and founder of an Innovation and Equity group, andWhy. He also advises as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Michigan State's Spartan Innovations and is an Adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University. He is a founding member of The Right Place Economic Development Technology Council and has served on numerous councils and boards in his career.
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Fully Online via Zoom
Featured alumni give fifteen minute talks on wide ranging topics. This event is open to all students and alumni.
Sign up to meet students to give advice and make connections. Meetings are available all week, so reserve a spot (or eight!) that works for you.