dossier

Creative director by trade … photographer and road trip fool by passion.

• Design director, creative director, design consultant, marketing consultant, and mobile strategist at Ludwig Design.
• Author and UX/UI designer of iPhone apps, Best Road Trip Ever! and Road Trip 66.
• Author and developer of “Detour Art” an online resource for outsider and folk artists and visionary environments.

 

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experience

DEG

Associate Creative Director
2016 — current

Ludwig Design

Chief Design Officer
1987 — current

Almost 30 years of experience in creating award-winning designs and managing teams specializing in marketing strategies, brand identity and development. I provide creative direction to a wide variety of clients and design consultation to advertising agencies, design studios and broadcast producers.

Deeply rooted in human-centered design processes, I can move quickly between the tactical, strategic and creative roles. Collaborative and focused on understanding the needs and motivations of the audience, I approach challenges with a strong background in design thinking.

Combining my love of design, (graphic, UI/UX), travel, photography and databases, I have designed and developed two travel apps for the iOS platform —Best Road Trip Ever! and Road Trip 66.

Today I specialize in branding and identity programs, UX/UI design, book design, marketing and promotional materials, design for WordPress and Squarespace, and design consultation.

 

Kansas City Art Institute

Assistant Professor
Kansas City, MO — 2009 – 2016

The promotion of a positive creative and learning environment for students and fellow professors was a key goal as the department underwent the challenges of significant and frequent transition.

As the senior faculty member in the department, I organized curriculum, managed daily operations, as well as developed and presented courses at the sophomore, junior and senior levels including Human-centered Design, Online Presence, User Experience and Professional Practice.

Community outreach and connecting educational outcomes with professional practice is a passion. Partnerships with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the Folly Theater were incorporated into the curriculum. Students were also encouraged to partner with local community organizations, utilizing design thinking for social good, and creating a positive social impact. These initiatives have also resulted in a significant increase of the program’s visibility, strong internship program,  and approximately 90% of the students finding work in their chosen field.

Emphasizing our curriculum, I also lead the initiative to strengthen our presence in the design education community, including the development of the depart website, www.kcai-graphicdesign.com, resulting in an increase in enrollment.

2015-2016: Assistant Professor
2014-2015: Program Head, Assistant Professor
2013-2014: Assistant Professor
2010-2013: Adjunct Professor

Propaganda3

Director of Mobile Products
Kansas City, MO — 2010-2012

Specializing in Apple’s iOS mobile platform, I have successfully implemented my own mobile apps as well as worked with others to bring them to fruition.

Combining my love of visual design and brand experience with the latest strategies in information architecture for both mobile and desktop design. While at Propaganda3, I streamlined and standardized the bidding and production processes (website and mobile development) to maximize efficiency.

Well-versed in Apple’s iOS mobile platform, I have successfully created and implemented mobile apps, working with producers and developers to navigate the mobile technologies, and strategies. I am adept at:

  • UI/UX design
  • Site maps, wire framing and prototyping
  • Use case scenarios

RiseUp Publications

Vice President of Marketing and Production Management
Kansas City, MO — 2008

Part of the launch team for a weekly tabloid-style magazine on race and ethnicity. Distributed through national newspapers, including the Washington Post,  I developed the marketing and sales materials, strategy as well as production scheduling and management of the teams.

Minturn Advertising

Art Director
Kansas City, MO — 1984-1987

I oversaw art direction and production management for a small advertising agency specializing in consumer food products. Duties ranged from art direction to traffic management for print advertising, package design and fleet graphics.

JR Navarro & Associates

Art Director
Los Angeles, CA — 1983-1984

Starting as an entry level production person, I quickly evolved to production and traffic management as well as art direction.

brief bio

OK, I am not a minimalist.

I began designing professionally since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in Visual Communications. Before joining DEG Digital as Associate Creative Director, I was at the Kansas City Art Institute as an assistant professor. Prior to that I launched Ludwig Design, a graphic design and marketing agency, with clients ranging from new business to major pharmaceutical, as well as book design, publishing and app development.

My design work has been recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including: Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols, Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors, Omnis and Addys.

I have blended my passion for photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology, and created two travel apps for the iPhone, the award-winning “Best Road Trip Ever” and “Road Trip 66.” Detour Art, Travel-o-Pedia, and Home Court Advantage are just a few titles in the long line of books, design and marketing projects I have authored. My photographs have been exhibited in a number of museums, magazines and books.

My love of self taught and folk art has led me to all regions of the country — collecting art, meeting artists, and photographing the visionary sites. This passion has resulted in authoring the 2007 book Detour Art, Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast. My extensive folk art collection just returned from a two year nationwide tour.

I also share my knowledge and expertise in design and art direction by working with students in the classroom and the field. I was an assistant professor and program head of the graphic design department at the Kansas City Art Institute.

awards

  • Kansas City Art Directors
  • Kansas City Advertising (OMNIs/Addys)
  • Print Magazine Regional Design Annual
  • Prism Awards
  • PRSA
  • National Educational Television Awards (NETA)
  • Rx Club of New York

the full darn list

2013 Gold, OMNI (Kansas City Advertising), Mobile and interactive, Best Road Trip Ever iPhone app

2010 Key to the City of Lake Charles, LA. In honor of Detour Art exhibit

2005 NETA (National Educational Television Association) Website design, KCPT’s Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations

2005 Bronze, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Advertising for Arts and Sciences, Website design, KCPT’s Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations

1997 Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, Logo design for Corinth Square Chiropractic

1997 Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, Logo design for Havana Moon

1997 Merit, Society of Illustrators, Art direction

1997 Bronze, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Elements of Advertising, Logo design for Havana Moon Cigars

1996 Bronze, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Promotion, CD cover design for B.U.G.

1995 Gold, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Direct Marketing, T-shirt design for Reggae Music Festival

1995 Prism Award (Public Relations Society of America, PRSA) Brochure for Charlie Parker Memorial

1994 Gold, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Illustration (art direction), Poster for River Valley Music Festival

1994 Award of Excellence, RX Club of New York, Logo design for Medi-Flex Surgical Products

1994 Award of Excellence, RX Club of New York, Direct mail for Medi-Flex Surgical Products

1993 Silver KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors), Poster for River Valley Music Festival

1993 Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, T-shirt design for River Valley Music Festival

1993 Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, Logo design for SS Galamba Construction

1993 Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, Logo design for SDI (Strategic Dance Initiative)

1992 Gold KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors), Graphic Design, Poster for Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival

1992 Gold, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Advertising for Arts and Sciences, Poster for Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival

1992 Certificate of Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design, Poster for Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival

1992 Certificate of Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design, Logo design for Rebeka Czufin

1992 Gold KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Graphic Design, Logo for SS Galamba Construction

1992 Silver KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Logo design for Rebeka Czufin

1992 Merit All Time Classic, KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Promotion for Deborah Tudor

1991 Silver, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Outdoor advertising, Plaza Association

1991 Silver KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Illustration/Art Direction Poster for River Valley Music Festival

1990 Silver KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Graphic Design, Logo design for The Phoenix Bar and Grill

1990 Silver, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Print material, Logo design for New Riddim

1990 Bronze, OMNI (Kansas City Advertising Awards), Print material, Logo design for Phoenix Bar and Grill

1990 Bronze KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Outdoor advertising, Plaza Association

1990 Bronze KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Wild West Enterprises

1990 Bronze, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Print material, Logo design for Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival

1989 Gold, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Print material, Promotion for Deborah Tudor

1989 Silver KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Graphic Design, Promotion for Deborah Tudor

1989 Bronze KCAD (Kansas City Art Directors Award), Graphic Design, Logo design for Hair by Julie

1989 Certificate of Design Excellence, Print Magazine Regional Design, Logo design for Hair by Julie

1986 Bronze, OMNI (American Advertising Federation/Kansas City), Self promotion, Kelly Ludwig Design

exhibitions

  • 2016 Journeys into the Outside, Museum of Everything, London, UK, Sept 25, 2016

  • 2016 Kansas City Flatfiles Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, July, August & September selected artist, west wall 2.

  • 2015 Futuro World exhibition, WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Studio Suuronen, 16 June 2015–31 January 2016, Espoo, Finland. Photography featured in exhibition.

  • 2014 Kansas City Flatfiles Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, September selected artist, west wall 2.

  • 2014 Kansas City Flatfiles Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, July selected artist

  • 2011 Second Chances: Folk Art Made from Recycled Remnants SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California (photography)

  • 2011 Detour Art Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT (photography and folk art collection)

  • 2010 Detour Art Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI (photography and folk art collection)

  • 2010 Detour Art Historic City Hall, Lake Charles, LA (photography and folk art collection)

  • 2009 Rare Visions, Detour Art Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO (photography and folk art collection)

  • 2008 “Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art”  ongoing exhibit, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA (photography of Robert Howell environment)

bibliography

About travel, technology and folk art:

Cited resources on self-taught art

Reviews of Detour Art & lectures about self-taught art

Reviews of Best Road Trip Ever and Road Trip 66

Other

  • 2009 “Inside Out” SPACES KC magazine, March 2009

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