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Leaders Council New Members 2022

Sep 15, 2022

Meet our newest members: College of Design Leaders Council

The College of Design is excited to welcome four new members to its Leaders Council. Members of the Leaders Council support the college’s strategic direction, assist in securing financial resources to achieve its long-range goals and actively advocate for the college’s vision to become the leading public interdisciplinary design college in the country. 

3D-printed ceramic items sit on a shelf in Shawn Protz's ceramics lab

Jun 27, 2022

2022 Designlife Magazine

Read about the people and activities featured in the 2022 issue of Designlife Magazine. 

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss

Jun 16, 2022

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss

Robin Vuchnich, a new media artist, user experience designer, and an assistant professor of practice in the College of Design, leveraged digitized specimens from the Harvard University Herbaria to craft an immersive experience in the gallery theater of the Harvard Museum of Natural Science. In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss is an immersive multidisciplinary experience that marries art and science through a modern artistic interpretation of Thoreau’s preserved plants. 

Video still from group one demonstrating how emergency services could be designed for AVs.

May 20, 2022

When Graphic Design Meets Big Tech: Red Hat Sponsored Studio Tackles Autonomous Vehicles

Graphic design students recently partnered with Red Hat to create solutions for a world dominated by autonomous vehicles. Students then had to design for a variety of human factors such as family needs, career specializations and security concerns. 

Color with the pack 2022 day of giving

May 18, 2022

Celebrating Another Successful Day of Giving

The College of Design celebrated another successful Day of Giving on March 23, 2022 thanks to the generous gifts of donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends, all of whom believe in the importance of design education. Thanks to your support, the college was able to raise $474,885 from 373 gifts, exceeding last year’s 309 gifts by 21%. 

Molly Nunes

May 5, 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

We asked our spring graduates for some thoughts on their time in the College of Design. Below, hear from them in their own words. 

Industrial Design Senior Sage Cofield works on a project sponsored by Eastman.

Apr 18, 2022

Sustainability by Design

Students are gaining real-world experience while reducing waste in a new project sponsored by Eastman. The company challenged NC State industrial design seniors in the College of Design to create consumer products with sustainability top of mind.  

Dean Mark Hoversten

Apr 14, 2022

An Update on the Allred Gallery Floor

The floor of the Allred Gallery in Kamphoefner Hall was inspired by the work of well-known architect Le Corbusier. As we learn more about the history of this designer from contemporary research, we are learning more about his unfortunate ties to groups that excluded and persecuted others. The values held by Le Corbusier, particularly those of homophobia, misogyny, and fascism, are not held by the College of Design. Our mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for any individual who enters our space to work and learn.  

Abby Sheer at Graduate Research Symposium

Apr 12, 2022

Graduate Student Research Symposium Winners

Nearly 200 NC State graduate students presented their research projects this week at the 15th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, and 27 were recognized as the best presenters in their disciplines. Posters are judged by faculty, and students receive recognition for top posters. The goals are to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research… 

Vy Hoang, Graphic Design, Belmont, NC

Dec 15, 2021

First Year Experience Paper Project is featured in Walter Magazine

NC State first-year design students study form, function, and movement through inventive garments made of paper. Republished from Walter Magazine 

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Nov 5, 2021

Q&A: Helen Dear and Designing for Our Children’s Financial Futures

Helen Dear is a 2010 graduate of the College of Design’s Graphic Design program and is currently working in Atlanta as the creative director at Greenlight Financial Technology – a company that helps parents manage their children’s financial goals. Helen has spent the past year guiding the company through a complete brand overhaul. She spoke with us about her roots at the College of Design and discovering a work environment that fits her process. 

Carter Avayou with Shelton Vineyards the Brickyard wine bottle

Nov 3, 2021

Graphic Design Student Creates Winning Label for Shelton Vineyards

Junior graphic design student Carter Avayou designed the winning label for the Hallowed Places collection from local winery Shelton Vineyards. Shelton Vineyards partnered with NC State to create a series of officially licensed North Carolina wines, and a portion of all sales will support student scholarships at NC State. 

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Oct 26, 2021

Two Students Bring Home AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

First year Art + Design student Olivia Santangelo and Art + Design sophomore Ajane "AJ" Lawrence each won awards for their bodies of work in the fields of graphic design and illustration, respectively. 

Big Data, Big Design by Helen Armstrong

Oct 25, 2021

Big Data, Big Design: Why Designers Should Care about A.I.

Professor of Graphic Design Helen Armstrong has a new book about artificial intelligence and machine learning, all through the lens of a designer. 

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Sep 13, 2021

NC State Creatives: Molly Nunes

Molly Nunes believes that by building an athlete’s brand through design-heavy tools such as apparel, music and art, women in the sports industry can find a new level of prosperity after their active careers. 

LAS Graphic Design Story Helen Armstrong

Sep 9, 2021

Using Design Thinking to Investigate the Potential of Knowledge Graphs

In the midst of the pandemic, The NC State Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) partnered with our master’s students in the NCSU College of Design’s Graphic Design Department to tackle the potential for a knowledge graph to support the work of intelligence analysts. 

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Jul 9, 2021

Alums Win GDUSA Health + Design Award

A collaboration between the College of Design and the Duke University Center for Advanced Hindsight (CAH) recently brought home one of the coveted 2021 GDUSA Health + Wellness Awards™ for their work promoting COVID-19 vaccination in rural North Carolina counties. 

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Jun 23, 2021

NCSU entrepreneurs’ new tech cuts website load times

When Camden asked Ben for help on a web design project–as a junior in high school–a friendship and business partnership formed. The above is the concept behind Padeo, a newly launched startup developed by co-founders Ben Hardison and Camden Conekin [BGD '20], who met each other in high school. 

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May 21, 2021

Whose data is it anyway? Ever had trouble accessing your own medical data?

How can the design of an intelligent interface empower patients to access secure personal data repositories, thus giving patients agency over their own medical data? Over the course of the semester our MGD studio collaborated with a team at IBM Watson Health, led by Debi Ndindjock, to find out. 

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Mar 10, 2021

Raney Wilson: Why Scholarships Matter

Raney Wilson is a sophomore graphic design student in the College of Design from Saxapahaw, NC and a recipient of the Raleigh Hunter Scholarship in Visual Design. Hear how scholarships have impacted her experience at the college. 

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Feb 8, 2021

Design Identities: Renee Seward

Renee is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and received her Master’s from North Carolina State in 2008. 

Fall 2020 Commencement Web

Dec 3, 2020

Congratulations, Graduates!

For our 2020 graduates, this year's commencement ceremony was like no other. It began with a video of Dean Hoversten searching the campus for our students. Then, the department heads shared words of encouragement with the students, commending them for their outstanding work this year. 

The GD303 course brings textbooks to life with its AR technology.

Dec 1, 2020

Deborah Littlejohn wins a 2020 Design Incubation Award

Deborah Littlejohn won a 2020 Design Incubation Award for her work in her GD303 course, which incorporates augmented reality into textbooks. 

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Sep 7, 2020

Switching Back the Code: A Q&A with Jemima Liteli

Jemima Liteli is a junior studying graphic design at NC State. Attending predominantly white institutions (PWIs) for the majority of her life has caused her to feel the otherness, isolation and disconnection that other BIPOC students often feel. When she first came to the College of Design, Jemima found it hard to break the habits of assimilation she developed over the years. She credits the community she found at NC State for her growth and empowerment as an activist and a designer. 

Demarcus Williams

Jun 29, 2020

Black Design Matters: A Q&A with Demarcus Williams

He was the only Black student to graduate that year with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, and one of seven Black students in his class accepted into the College of Design out of 120. 

Black Lives Matter Black Square

Jun 9, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The College of Design continues to be saddened and angered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who are unjustly murdered based on the color of their skin. We cannot let this continue to happen. Furthermore, we cannot let our profession, one which is predominately white, remain silent on… 

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May 11, 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

The College of Design is excited to celebrate the graduating class of 2020. 

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Apr 24, 2020

Design Faculty Win NC State Awards

Five College of Design faculty were recently honored with university-level awards from the chancellor, provost, and alumni association. The award winners are listed below. University Faculty Scholar Derek Ham, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Affiliated Assistant Research Professor of Architecture Derek Ham was chosen as a University Faculty Scholar for 2020. The program, established… 

Billboard for UPVOTE

Apr 16, 2020

Voting in the 21st Century with Mobile Blockchain Technology

verification of your identity, and using an outdated voting machine are relics of a bygone era. Now, more than ever, there is a need to bring voting into the 21st century. A trio of students in the College of Design are proposing to do just that. Students Camden Conekin, Palmer Fox and Kenneth Wical tackled voting using mobile blockchain technology as part of a project for their Graphic Design 301 studio. 

Graphic Design USA students to watch 2020

Feb 17, 2020

Graphic Design Students Featured in GDUSA Students to Watch

Graphic Design students Kennedy Liggett and Joseph Rogers were recently featured as part of GDUSA’s “Students to Watch” list. Read a little more about each student below. Kennedy Liggett, Senior, Graphic Design: Kennedy Liggett is a senior majoring in Graphic Design. She is passionate about helping others and designing purposeful work that creates a more… 

MGD Auto Parts Story

Jan 4, 2020

What role might machine learning ethically play in retail spaces?

Last spring, grad students in the Master’s in Graphic Design Program at North Carolina State University partnered with an auto parts company to explore this question. The company was particularly concerned with protecting the privacy and agency of their customers. 

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Jan 2, 2020

From Biology to Graphic Design: Andy Hilts Brings Modern Design to SAS

From Biology to Graphic Design: Andy Hilts Brings Modern Design to SAS Andy Hilts, a junior in the Graphic Design program at NC State’s College of Design (CoD), didn’t always consider a career as a creative. Now, his work is featured in a global campaign by one of the Triangle’s most prolific tech companies. Like many… 

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Dec 6, 2019

Creating a Lasting Legacy to the College of Design

As Bill Dove shares stories about his 86 years of life, some of the names and dates are admittedly a little blurred.  The reason has little to do with age. 

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Aug 7, 2019

Design Thinking in Law

What can the practice of law learn from the practice of design? A lot more than you think! Learn how the NC State College of Design and Campbell University partnered to teach Design Thinking in Law. 

Kathleen Kincaid giving the Commencement Address in May 2019

May 31, 2019

Spring 2019 Commencement Address by Kathleen Kincaid

Distinguished Alumnus ('92 MGD) Kathleen Kincaid gave the commencement address during the Spring 2019 NC State College of Design graduation ceremony on May 10, 2019.  

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May 30, 2019

Graphic Design At NC State Ranks #4 At GraphicDesignDegreeHub.com

The Graphic Design Degree Hub has ranked the NC State College of Design's Graphic Design program #4 in the US for Visual Communications Degree Programs in 2019. 

Employee Awards for Excellence 2019

Apr 25, 2019

2019 Design Employee Excellence Awards

The College of Design proudly honored faculty and staff on April 23, 2019. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for all that you do to make the NC State College of Design a place of innovation and excellence. 

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Apr 10, 2019

New CIP for Grad Programs in Architecture and Graphic Design

NC State College of Design’s graduate degrees in architecture and graphic design now have a STEM designation through the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). 

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Mar 30, 2019

Design on a Deadline

Graphic design seniors developed an interactive symposium, 'reACT: Mobilizing the Everyday,' as a way of designing an experience that would introduce the complex issue of design mobilities. 

Ben Markoch [GD ’16] and Sunny Su [ID ’16]

Feb 14, 2019

Alumni Think Outside Traditional Design Firm Model

Alumni, Ben Markoch [GD ’16] and Sunny Su [ID ’16] use what they learned at NC State Design to build an innovative design studio that has a unique way of solving problems. 

Steve Kim-IBM Design Lead opening remarks

Feb 1, 2019

Enterprise Design Thinking For Community Good

Design it Forward is an interdisciplinary studio that exposes NC State students to enterprise design thinking use by IBM to solve problems for deserving nonprofits. 

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Jan 24, 2019

Increasing Accessibility with Machine Learning

Helen Armstrong's graduate graphic design studio at NC State Design collaborates with IBM Watson & IBM Accessibility to explore increased accessibility through machine learning. 

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Jan 19, 2019

The Process to Design Elbow

Clara May, a graphic design student, combined interests in design, music, photography, publication, and urban typography to produce, Elbow, a custom publication. 

Derek Ham with Payod Panda

Jan 7, 2019

Through a Child’s Eyes

Making the idea and application of virtual reality for children as young as kindergarten is something that Derek Ham set out to do. With Panoform, this free downloadable app, that is exactly what transpired. 

Meredith Davis Commencement Dec 2018

Jan 2, 2019

Fall 2018 Commencement Address by Meredith Davis

Meredith Davis, Emerita Professor of Graphic Design was the Fall 2018 Commencement Address speaker (December 20, 2018 at the McKimmon Center). This is her speech. 

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Dec 22, 2018

Lowering Barriers to Access with Machine Learning

How can we use computation to augment our mental abilities? This was Vannevar Bush’s query in 1945 when he wrote: “As We May Think.” He, along with a team of researchers  at the Stanford Research Institute, went on in 1964 to create the computer mouse, hypertext, windows, word processing, video conferencing, and a collaborative real-time editor—as revealed in “The Mother of all Demos.” 

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Nov 14, 2018

Professor of Graphic Design Denise Gonzales Crisp

Learn more about Professor of Graphic Design Denise Gonzales Crisp's path through her design career and what led her to teach at the NC State College of Design. 

Alexandra and Sherry Grossi

Oct 31, 2018

Assistive Technology: Designing for Users’ Needs

Alexandra Grossi [MGD '17], who is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant for communication, used assistive technology and research to develop a thoughtful and user-centric masters thesis. 

Kayla Watson in NYC

Aug 27, 2018

A Summer Internship for Success

NC State Design student, Kayla Watson, spent the summer in NYC participating in an internship that has solidified her career path in graphic design. 

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Aug 20, 2018

Alumnus Gives Back with Design

Alumnus Ryan Williams [BGD '18] is giving back to NC State College of Design in a unique and inspiring way. He is using his design talents to create new graphics and design systems for the Back-to-School BBQ.