mentor & teach

kansas city art institute

2015-2016 — assistant professor, graphic design
2014-2015 — graphic design program head, assistant professor
2013-2014 — assistant professor, graphic design
2010-2013 — visiting adjunct instructor, graphic design

 

I developed and presented courses at the sophomore, junior and senior levels and elective courses, including Human-centered Design, Online Presence, User Experience and Professional Practice.

Community outreach and connecting educational outcomes with professional practice was 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 also resulted in a significant increase of the program’s visibility, a strong internship program, and approximately 85% of the students have found work in their chosen field within 6 months of graduation.

Emphasizing our curriculum, I created strategies for recruitment and strengthening our presence in the design education community, including the development of the departmental website, kcai-graphicdesign.com.

2015-2016

excellence in teaching

fulfillment of all contractual obligations and responsibilities

assessment of student learning outcomes

  • Prepared and performed one-on-one midterm reviews, posted midterm and final grades in a timely manner
  • Performed assessments on senior portfolios and process blogs
  • Made recommendations based on outcomes

assist with recruitment

  • Participating in the Design Learning Challenge at KCAI
  • Designed & conducted an Illustrator/Logo workshop for high school students

assist with institute events

  • Curation and participation in the End of Semester shows
  • Design and development of presentation, participation in Open Studio recruitment event.

assist with departmental events

  • Design, development and participation of Graphic Design presentation to Foundations Symposium
  • Organized and participated in Graphic Design presentation to Foundations Symposium
  • Organized and participated in Junior reviews
  • Organized and participated in Sophomore reviews
  • Participated in JC Hall professor engagement 3xs a year

active work in the development of course work, instructional programs and policies that further the education of the student

developed, designed & implemented new departmental website

Created our new departmental website and unified social media presence, with the intention to promote the following:

developed, integrated & implemented new departmental social media

Increase online presence of KCAI and the department

developed & taught new courses

  • User Experience (junior level)
  • Digital Imaging 1 (CPS)

revised and taught 5 classes

  • Visual Advocacy (senior level)
  • Degree Project (senior level)
  • Human Centered Design (junior level)
  • Image (sophomore level)
  • Applied Communication Theory (sophomore level)

keeping up to date with developments in the discipline(s) in which one teaches

“bright shiny design objects” blog post series

  • Developed a digest of the latest developments in design (print, typography, digital, interactive, industrial, packaging, etc.) http://www.kcai-graphicdesign.com/bsdo
  • Encouraged and engaged student participation to share examples of design news they find with classmates
  • Non-course specific, reaches across all curriculum

subscription and active engagement with design & technology blogs

  • AIGA
  • Behance
  • Co. Design Daily & Weekly
  • Colossal
  • Communication Arts
  • Design Ignites Change
  • Design Observer
  • Design Taxi
  • Under Consideration

ability to plan and execute a substantive, well-organized course

  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Development of course blogs
    • project objectives & embedded lectures
    • school & departmental policies
    • resources
    • schedules
    • embedded readings

ability to utilize effective teaching methods and strategies, i.e. communication, motivation, ability to challenge and stimulate students 

national recognition of students and program

departmental guest speakers

  • Various members of the community to discuss their design experiences, teaching topics of interest, sharing of current design innovations in an all department discussion as well as specific classes
  • Working with students with their various internship experiences
  • Engaging members of the community for class crits and end of semester reviews
  • Facilitated workshop “Design Thinking” with Sam Mak
  • Liason between Current Perspectives speaker, Jessica Hische, the department and AIGA KC

wordpress workshop

  • Developed and organized an intensive one day workshop on wordpress (from installation to customization) open to all graphic design students over spring break (last spring)

visual advocacy

  • Redesigned original curriculum to expand opportunities to interact with a wider variety of communities in Kansas City
  • Leveraged personal business contacts and introduced students to various thought leaders in the community
  • Engaged members of the community as guest speakers and critique participants
  • Attended Kansas City, Missouri city council meetings throughout the summer to meet community leaders, assess needs that would best align with class objectives
  • Worked with multiple people from the Mayor’s Office, Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet, Code for America, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Make It Right Foundation, KCPT, and KCUR
  • Gathered documentation for class field trips and turned them in a timely manner
  • Promoted the projects within and outside of KCAI
  • Encouraged participation in the Design Ignites Change

human centered design

Active engagement with community through field trips and guest critiques, including:

  • Folly Theater
  • Missouri Stream Team
  • Alumni outreach

image

  • Provided an extensive library of how-to keynotes on line
  • Oversaw the creation of student process blogs, which will be used throughout their academic career
  • Oversaw the student creation of their Behance portfolios
  • Encouraged students to connect with professional designers and follow their portfolios

degree project

  • Arranged midterm critique with 4 professionals and alumni

user experience

  • Active engagement with community
    • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
  • Collaboration with digital media department for critiques

applied communication theory

  • Active engagement with community through field trips and guest critiques
    • World War One Museum

additional contributions

aiga kc — kcai faculty liaison

  • Supported and guided student organization
  • promoted the projects within and outside of kcai

performed student internship evaluations

  • Completed evaluations during summer break, including on-site visits
  • Completed evaluations during fall semester

maintained and expanded community outreach

  • Meet with members of the community, reassuring we will maintain level of excellence expected, helping students procure internships,
  • Lining up potential creative partnerships for real world experiences that work within the framework of our curriculum.
    • Folly Theater
    • Missouri Stream Team

on-going

  • Maintained departmental archive
  • Contributed to department Facebook and blogs
  • Daily interaction with students outside of classroom
  • Vetted freelance and internship opportunities for students
  • Research alumni new jobs & email/contact
  • Martin Venezky, JC Hall professor engagement 3xs a year
  • Participated in talks, crits, dinners, and activities

mentorship/support for new adjuncts

  • Mentored adjunct instructor of Spatial and Design Systems
    • Provided course materials, including lectures, previous outcomes
    • Outlined projects and schedules
    • Met to discuss classes
  • Worked with adjunct instructor for Online Presence
    • Provided full course materials, including lectures, previous outcomes
    • Outlined projects and schedules
  • Worked with Professional Practice adjuncts
    • Assisted with blog creation
    • Provided previous course materials

responsibility to the institute

service to the institute outside of one’s department

Reasonable amount of service to the Institute outside of one’s department, including service on committees.

search committee for kcai website redesign

  • Submitted recommendations
  • Review of  competitive school websites
  • Participation in interviews

vawg committee member

  • Made recommendations
  • Worked with outside organizations (AIGA)

upper division working group

  • Researched & reported other college schedules and structure
  • Reported on professional practice and online presence within the graphic design department

kcai website redesign review committee

  • Reviewed progress and attended meetings on website and made recommendations

faculty assembly committees

Participation of Institute policies through Faculty Assembly and it’s committees.

  • Attended faculty assembly meetings
  • Budget, Remuneration and Benefits committee member

development of institute programs

Personal involvement in the development of Institute programs that further the education of the student.

student learning outcomes

  • Performed department assessment matrix
  • Identified departmental goals
  • Wrote recommendations based on outcomes and goals.

inter-departmental outreach

  • Developed and conducted Photoshop workshop in Foundations (Sherry Sparks)
  • Encouraged and promoted interdepartmental lunch between Illustration and Graphic Design (students, Steve Mayse)
  • Critique and review with John Baker (user experience)
  • Discussion with School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies regarding the role of the Graphic Design department and high school summer programs (recruitment possibilities)

productive creative activities & scholarships

active personal participation

published websites

  • kelly ludwig — professional practice
  • detour art — outsider art website & blog (ongoing)
    • This website and blog is dedicated to the documentation of outsider, folk, vernacular, visionary, self-taught art and environments thought the country. It is a growing repository of imagery, maps, resources, references and short biographies of artists and their creations.
    • http://www.detourart.com
    • Active on-going research of folk art environments
    • Photographic documentation
    • Identity design
    • Writing, photography
  • best road trip ever (ongoing)

mobile app design/maintenance

branding

website design

book design & production

photography

continuing involvement & personal growth

articles

2016 Kelly Ludwig’s Outsider Obsession, KC Studio Magazine, January-February 2016

professional presentations

2015 Art in the Heartland: Lucas, Kansas and the Grassroots Art Movement “Art Is …” The 29th Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists.  In spite of its relative isolation, this small town located in central Kansas has become the epicenter of the Grassroots art movement in the Midwest and in doing so, challenged and broadened our ideas of what art is, what it can be. This was a co-presentation with Reed Anderson.

2015 Fall Foliage, KSHB-TV, October 6, 2015

2015 Of the People, KCUR, July 2, 2015, What is folk art? It’s a seemingly simple question, but answers may vary. And when you put folk art in a museum… is it still folksy? Stories, insights and observations. Guests: Kelly Ludwig, folk art collector and author, Detour Art, Mo Dickens, director, Belger Arts Center, Catherine Futter, curator, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

2015 Folk Art in Wisconsin, KSHB-TV, June 11, 2015

exhibitions

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

academic grants & awards

  • 2015—2016 Faculty development grant
  • 2015—2016 Departmental development grant

affiliation & service

aiga kc — executive secretary

  • 2 year term. The Secretary facilitates communications within the Board. Acts as a historian/archivist for the Chapter, records meeting minutes and oversees all Chapter documentation. Responsibilities include: Develop and manage strategies and initiatives to facilitate smooth communication within the Board, record Board meeting minutes and post to Basecamp, manage and maintain all Chapter documents, archive all Chapter materials. Responsibilities include:
    • Preparing and disseminating internal communications for the Board (i.e., meeting minutes, committee reports and chapter retreat information)
    • Serving as a liaison between the Executive Board and individual Board members;
    • Proofreading chapter communications and promotional materials
    • Recording and documenting chapter business (election results, minutes, bylaws, etc.)

2014-2015

excellence in teaching

fulfillment of all contractual obligations and responsibilities

  • Gathered documentation for class field trips department-wide
  • Created system to reduce redundancy by gathering paperwork by level instead of by course
  • Prepared and performed one-on-one midterm reviews, posted midterm and final grades in a timely manner
  • Fulfilled responsibilities of graphic design program head (2014-2015)

1. assessment of student learning outcomes

  • Performed assessments on senior portfolios and process blogs
  • Made recommendations based on outcomes

2. developed course scheduling

  • Developed fall 14 & 15 and spring 15 schedules based on faculty strength
  • Developed alternative 2-day course schedule for fall 15
  • Sharing the various extracurricular events and our role in the community (AIGA, etc.) with faculty to aid in their planning

3. class observations for new adjuncts

4. curricular support

  • Provided technology requests and daily overview of departmental technology needs (e.g., internet issues)
  • Provided equipment requests
  • Provided maintenance request recommendations and daily overview of departmental maintenance needs (e. g., heating/cooling issues)
  • Identified classroom equipment needs
  • Provided space planning in fall and spring
  • Organized department curriculum
    • Retrieved, reviewed and organized the files from archived hard drives
    • Created an online resource organized by class > fall & spring offerings > courses with syllabi, projects, and student outcomes onto an google drive sharing library.
    • Catalogued examples to share with the incoming faculty to demonstrate the level of excellence expected.

5. assist with recruitment

  • Helped organize and participated in the Design Learning Challenge at KCAI http://www.designlearning.us (spring)
  • Designed and participated in the Freshman Foundations Presentation (spring)
  • Actively engaged with individual high school students, emails
  • Hosted prospective student visits
  • Working with admissions in active recruitment
  • Reviewed portfolios and made recommendations for transfer students
  • Design and development of presentation, participation in Open Studio recruitment event.

6. assist with events

  • Institute events
    • Curated and participated the Patron’s preview party
    • Participated in Portfolio review
    • Design and development of presentation, participation in Open Studio recruitment event.
  • Departmental events
    • Participated in pre-semester clean up/prep
    • Designed and devleopment of presentation and participated in Graphic Design presentation to Foundations Symposium
    • Participated in Graphic Design presentation to Foundations Symposium (spring)
    • Participated in fall presentation to Admissions, gathered files and organized data
    • Participated in Junior reviews
    • Participated in Senior reviews
    • Organized and participated in the Sophomore reviews
    • Organized and participated in Senior degree project presentations
    • Participated in JC Hall professor engagement 4xs a year
    • active work in the development of course work, instructional programs and policies that further
      the education of the student

active work in the development of course work, instructional programs and policies that further the education of the student

1. developed and taught 3 new courses 

2. revised and taught 3 classes 

3. departmental participation

  • Active participation in weekly departmental meetings
  • Active participation in pre-semester planning

keeping up to date with developments in the discipline(s) in which one teaches

  • subscription and active engagement with design, education and technology blogs
  • subscription and active engagement with design & technology blogs
    • AIGA
    • Behance
    • Co. Design Daily & Weekly
    • Colossal
    • Communication Arts
    • Design Ignites Change
    • Design Observer
    • Design Taxi
    • Under Consideration

ability to plan and execute a substantive, well-organized course

  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Development of course blogs
    • project objectives & embedded lectures
    • school & departmental policies
    • resources
    • schedules
    • embedded readings

ability to utilize effective teaching methods and strategies, i.e. communication, motivation, ability to challenge and stimulate students 

“bright shiny design objects” blog post series

  • Developed a weekly digest of the latest developments in design (print, typography, digital, interactive, industrial, packaging, etc.) Shared via course blogs to all levels.
  • Encouraged and engaged student participation to share examples of design news they find with classmates
  • Open to all levels of students
  • Non-course specific, reaches across all curriculum

departmental guest speakers

Various members of the community to discuss their design experiences, teaching topics of interest, sharing of current design innovations in an all department discussion as well as specific classes

  • August — Senior summer review
  • October — Casey Ligon, lettering artist for both lunch and learn and workshop
  • March — Sam Mak, Design Thinking workshop
  • March — John Foster, Collections
  • Initiating/encouraging a peer to peer mentorship between upperclassmen and sophomores
  • Working with students with their various internship experiences
  • Engaging members of the community for class crits and end of semester reviews
  • Entertained visiting artists, John Foster and Martin Venezky

wordpress workshop

  • Developed and organized an intensive one day workshop on wordpress (from installation to customization) open to all graphic design students over spring break
  • Funded materials and lunch out-of-pocket

visual advocacy

  • Redesigned original curriculum to expand opportunities to interact with a wider variety of communities in Kansas City
  • Leveraged personal business contacts and introduced students to various thought leaders in the community
  • Engaged members of the community as guest speakers and critique participants
    • Ashley Z Hand, Chief Innovation Officer for Kansas City, Missouri
    • Kelly Stange, Mayor’s Office
    • Scott Hall, Vice President, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    • Rodney Knott, Creator of “The Man Class”
  • Attended Kansas City, Missouri city council meetings throughout the summer to meet community leaders, assess needs that would best align with class objectives
  • Worked with multiple people from the Mayor’s Office, Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet, Code for America, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Make It Right Foundation, KCPT, and KCUR
  • Arranged for different members of the community to attend all the various critiques and reviews
  • Documented class process and shared it with the community and city leaders
  • Gathered documentation for class field trips and turned them in a timely manner
  • Promoted the projects within and outside of KCAI
  • Encouraged participation in the Design Ignites Change and AIGA Design for Good

human centered design

  • Active engagement with community through field trips and guest critiques, including:
    • Folly Theater
    • Folk Alliance International
    • Alumni outreach

image

  • Provided an extensive library of how-to keynotes on line
  • Oversaw the creation of student process blogs, which will be used throughout their academic career
  • Oversaw the student creation of their Behance portfolios and reviewed platform changes due to merger with Adobe
  • Encouraged students to connect with professional designers and follow their portfolios

degree project

  • Participated in cross-departmental presentation with Printmaking seniors
  • Arranged midterm critique with 4 professionals and alumni

professional practice

  • Specialized guest speakers and topics
    • Belinda Waggoner, HR Haven (resumes)
    • Clifton Alexander, Reactor (self promotion)
    • Sam Mak, IBM (design thinking)
    • Henry Wurst Printing (print processes)
    • Scott Endsly, Gennessee Media (SEO/SEM)
    • Paul Diamond, DMH (business documentation)
    • Christina Robertson, lawyer (copyright and work-for-hire)
  • Created an interactive budget/planner for freelancers and entrepreneurs
  • Active engagement with the professional community
  • Uniting students with intership possibilities

applied communication theory

  • Active engagement with community through field trips and guest critiques
  • World War One Museum

additional contributions

Promoted the projects within and outside of KCAI

performed student incomplete evaluations

  • Covered 2 student incomplete evaluations for outgoing faculty during summer break
  • Applied Communication Theory for Tyler Galloway
  • Type II for Marty Lane

helped facilitate transition of department faculty

  • Search committee for one-year appointment candidates
  • Actively participated in the interview process with the 3 candidates, including time with students, follow up meetings, etc.
  • Create/implement rubric to evaluate candidates

maintained and expanded community outreach

  • Meet with members of the community, reassuring we will maintain level of excellence expected, helping students procure internships,
  • Met with Randy Williams to learn more about the business and development department objectives and discuss the graphic design department role.
  • Lining up potential creative partnerships for real world experiences that work within the framework of our curriculum.
  • International Folk Alliance
  • Kansas City, Missouri Housing Authority re-branding
  • Escape to Create — Seaside visiting artist program

on-going

  • Maintained departmental archive
  • Contributed to department Facebook and Designalogue blog
  • Daily interaction with students outside of classroom
  • Overseeing of daily studio issues
  • Vetted freelance and internship opportunities for students
  • Research alumni new jobs & email/contact
  • Martin Venezky, JC Hall professor engagement 4xs a year
  • Participated in talks, crits, dinners, and activities

research, hiring recommendations of tas and adjunct faculty

  • Work with members of the community to find quality adjunct instructors and TAs fall and spring semesters
  • Researched and recruited new TAs when changes occurred
    • Narrative
    • Type 3
    • Human Centered Design
  • Researched adjunct instructors:
    • Professional Practice
    • Information Architecture
    • User Experience
    • Online Presence
    • Typography for the Artist
  • Made recommendations for studio assistants

mentorship

  • Assisted visiting assistant professor, Emmy Rice
    • Researched and provided previous materials for 3 courses
    • Assisted with blog development
  • Mentored adjunct instructor, Erika Goering (Online Presence)
    • Provided full course materials, including lectures, previous outcomes
    • Outlined projects and schedules
  • Worked with adjunct instructor, Kelly Clark (Type for Artists)
    • Provided full course materials, including lectures, previous outcomes
    • Outlined projects and schedules
    • Assisted with determining class location based on needs
    • Arranged class observations with new adjuncts
  • Assisted acting chair, Laura Berman

departmental social media

  • Active participation and administration for department Facebook page
  • Active participation and administration for department/AIGA Facebook page
  • Active participation and administration for department blog
  • Developing departmental Behance presence
  • Active tagging #kcaigraphicdesign in instagram
  • Visual documentation of “daily” life in the department, including guest speakers, visiting artists, as well as students

responsibility to the institute

service to the institute outside of one’s department

search committee for design chair candidates

  • Actively participated in the interview process with the candidates
  • Represented the department at dinners

search committee for kcai website redesign

  • Submitted recommendations
  • Review of  competitive school websites
  • Participation in interviews

vawg committee member

faculty assembly committees

Participation of Institute policies through Faculty Assembly and it’s committees.

  • Attended faculty assembly meetings
  • Budget, Remuneration and Benefits committee member
  • development of institute programs

Personal involvement in the development of Institute programs that further the education of the student.

  • student learning outcomes
  • Performed department assessment matrix
  • Identified departmental goals
  • Wrote recommendations based on outcomes and goals.

inter-departmental outreach

  • Developed and conducted Photoshop workshop in Foundations (Sherry Sparks)
  • Invited/engaged Graphic Design, Photography, Liberal Arts and Printmaking in opportunities with Folk Alliance International’s Music Fair (John Baker, Phyllis Moore, Diana Heise, Laura Berman)
  • Participated in senior degree project presentations between Printmaking and Graphic Design (Laura Berman)
  • Participated in Survey of Outsider Art field trip to Lucas, Kansas (Reed Anderson)
  • Led field trip and discussion on personal collection for Survey of Outsider Art (Reed Anderson)
  • Actively participating in exploration of Illustration department joining AIGA (David Terrill & Emmy Rice)
  • Encouraged and participating interdepartmental lunch between Illustration and Graphic Design (students, Steve Mayse)
  • Discussion with School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies regarding the role of the Graphic Design department and high school summer programs (recruitment possibilities) (Sonja Garrett)

productive creative activities & scholarships

active personal participation

education

  • Currently pursuing certification in photography at KCAI

updated iphone apps

published websites

mobile app design

iPhone apps were in their infancy when the project began, and all parties involved saw this as a great opportunity to learn the craft and marketplace for apps. I worked closely with the developers in the design, user interface and user experience as we transformed all of the content into a vibe mobile experience.

In February of 2013, Best Road Trip Ever! was honored with a Gold Addy at the Kansas City branch of the American Advertising Federation’s annual awards banquet.

 

2013-2014

excellence in teaching

fulfillment of all contractual obligations and responsibilities

assist with institute events

  • Curation and participation in the End of Semester show (fall)
  • Design and development of presentation, participation in Open Studio recruitment event. (spring)

assist with departmental events

  • Participation in the Graphic Design presentation to Foundations Symposium (fall)
  • Participated in JC Hall professor engagement 4xs a year
  • Participation in the senior show

active work in the development of course work, instructional programs and policies that further the education of the student

developed and taught 6 classes

  • Visual Advocacy (senior level)
  • Professional Practice (junior level)
  • Image (sophomore level)
  • Type for Artists (open elective)
  • Online Presence (open elective, both semesters)

keeping up to date with developments in the discipline(s) in which one teaches

subscription and active engagement with design & technology blogs

  • AIGA
  • Behance
  • Co. Design Daily & Weekly
  • Communication Arts
  • Design Ignites Change

ability to plan and execute a substantive, well-organized course

  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures
  • Embedded course lectures, readings
  • Development of class blog:
    • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
    • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
    • Development of course blogs
      • project objectives & embedded lectures
      • school & departmental policies
      • resources
      • schedules
      • embedded readings

ability to utilize effective teaching methods and strategies, i.e. communication, motivation, ability to challenge and stimulate students 

national recognition of students

departmental guest speakers

  • Various members of the community to discuss their design experiences, teaching topics of interest, sharing of current design innovations in an all department discussion as well as specific classes
  • Working with students with their various internship experiences
  • Engaging members of the community for class crits and end of semester reviews

visual advocacy

  • Modified original curriculum to fit with the unique goals of the neighborhood and to include more opportunities for the students to engage with various community leaders
  • Leveraged personal business contacts and introduced students to various thought leaders in the community
  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures
  • Embedded lectures
  • Documented class process and shared it with the community and city leaders
  • Gathered documentation for class field trips and turned them in in a timely manner
  • Promoted the projects within and outside of KCAI
  • Arranged for a student (Anna DeSando) to write an article for KCAI’s ArtNotes (http://www.kcai.edu/news-blogs/artnotes/2013-10-07)
  • KC Star photographer attended the final presentation at the Green Impact Zone
  • Prepared and performed one on one midterm reviews, posted midterm and final grades in a timely manner
  • Encouraged participation in the Design Ignites Change
  • Projects featured in the Spring 2014 issue of the KCAI “View”

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  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos, resources
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures on line and in print
  • Created a library of keynotes online
  • 5 lectures, 9 reference guides to various principles, how-tos, introductions to programs
  • Mentored first-time adjunct instructor Lee Ernst through the co-teaching process
  • Oversaw the creation of student process blogs, which will be used throughout their academic career
  • Oversaw the student creation of their Behance portfolios
  • Encouraged students to connect with professional designers and follow their portfolios
  • Prepared and performed one on one midterm reviews, posted midterm and final grades in a timely manner

professional practice

  • Revamped curriculum with Marty Lane
  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Expanded concentration on online and print portfolio as well as leveraging social media
  • Implemented and arranged for multiple professionals as guest speakers for “lunch ’n learn” series
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures
  • Embedded lectures
  • Provided a library of keynotes online
  • Specific to class goals and assignments
  • Variety of skill sets needed, as easy reference
  • On-going documentation of class activities

online presence for the artist — fall

  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures, embedded lectures
  • Reworked projects to align more closely with student objectives
  • Reworked projects to reflect ongoing technology updates
  • Provided a library of keynotes online
  • Created a series of keynotes specific to class goals and assignments
  • Oversaw the creation of student process blogs, which will be used throughout their academic career
  • Oversaw the student creation of their Behance portfolios, Linked In profiles and other social media
  • Prepared and performed one on one midterm reviews, posted midterm and final grades in a timely manner

online presence for the artist — spring

  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures
  • Embedded lectures
  • Reworked projects to align more closely with student objectives and skill sets
  • Reworked projects to reflect ongoing technological updates
  • Given the wide variety of student skill sets in this elective, I created a series of keynotes to provide introduction to a variety of skills needed to master any technological challenges that a student may have.
  • I developed the original course in Fall 2011

type for artists

  • Outlined daily class schedule with detailed expectations for assignment status including what was due each day, lecture details and homework expectations.
  • Constant updates throughout the course to reflect class dialog and provide additional research and references, links to current events, relevant videos
  • Provided the syllabus, policies and procedures
  • Embedded lectures
  • Provided a library of keynotes online
  • Created or modified a series of keynotes specific to class goals and assignments
  • Given the wide variety of student skill sets, I created a series of keynotes to provide introduction to a variety of skills needed to master any technological challenges that a student may have.

additional contributions

aiga kc — kcai faculty liaison

  • Supported and guided student organization
  • promoted the projects within and outside of kcai

performed student internship evaluations

  • Completed evaluations during summer break, including on-site visits
  • Completed evaluations during fall semester

expanded community outreach

  • Attended Kansas City, Missouri city council meetings throughout the summer to meet community leaders, assess needs, and discover a community partner that would best align with class objectives
  • Worked with multiple people from the mayor’s office, Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet, Code for America, Make It Right, Green Impact Zone, BNIM architects, UMKC School of Architecture and Urban Planning instructors, KCPT, and KCUR
  • Met with Congressman Cleaver
  • Arranged for different members of the community to attend all the various critiques and reviews
  • Attended multiple Manheim Park neighborhood meetings (with and without students)
  • Arranged private tour of Bancroft School through BNIM

on-going

  • Contributed to department Facebook and blogs
  • Daily interaction with students outside of classroom
  • Vetted freelance and internship opportunities for students
  • Jamie Koval, JC Hall professor engagement 3xs a year
  • Participated in talks, crits, dinners, and activities

responsibility to the institute

participation in development of the institute through faculty assembly

  • On the Budget, Remuneration and Benefits committee
  • Attend Faculty Assembly meetings
  • KCAI Viewbook

kcai viewbook

  • Research and review digital options (ebook and app)
  • Asked by Dr. Chanda to research and review digital options (ebook and app) to help save the college money and discover additional avenues to get the Viewbook in the hands of prospective students
  • Met multiple times with Jacqueline Chandra to identify objectives as well as presented a report on a variety of digital options
  • Met with Anne Canfield & Julia Welles to identify objectives as well as report on options, and bid review
  • Reviewed and met with outside vendors, presented them with a Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Reviewed and met with outside vendors
  • Procured bids

inter-departmental outreach — history of kansas city jazz website

  • Working with Chuck Haddix, instructor of the History of Kansas City Jazz, to develop a class website in which the students can each contribute pages on various aspects of Kansas City jazz.
  • Setting up the class site: http://kcjazzhistory.kcai-sites.com
  • Lecture/overview of the mechanics of working with WordPress
  • Work with the design students in the class to help them oversee the overall design of the class project

graphic design department

  • Worked on attempting to arrange for the visiting designer (Andrew Blauvelt)
  • Prepped, helped curate and participated in the Patron’s Party show for the design department
  • Participated in prepping for semester changes
  • Participated in multiple dinners and lunches with the department Distinguished Visiting Professor each semester
  • Attend faculty assembly meetings
  • Participated in pre-semester clean up/prep (arranging desks, assigning classrooms, etc.)
  • Participated in Freshman parents weekend
  • Participated in curriculum assessment based on seniors (end of spring semester)
  • Developed curriculum adjustments based on assessment results
  • Participated in open studios
  • Participated in recruitment events
  • Participated in Sophomore reviews
  • Participated in Design Week – spring (via AIA & AIGA)
  • Participated in 3 end of year shows – industry, campus-wide, friends and families
  • Participated in Awards for end of year ceremony

aiga design week

Participated in 2014 AIGA Design Week: Design Futures, High School Edition. Developed a one-day seminar on typography for high school students interested in graphic design, entitled “Sweet, Sweet Type.”

“Words and images are the bread and butter of graphic design and this workshop will help you dive in headfirst by designing your own modular typeface. Using candy and other sweet treats as modules on a grid, you will learn the basics of what goes into designing a cohesive and unique set of letterforms that could then be used in other design projects. Bring a camera or smartphone to document your work. We’ll provide the sweetness!”

visual advocacy

 

notes of appreciation from the community:

The work done by the students was insightful and creative.  I really enjoyed all of the presentations.  Thank you so much for such excellent support of this neighborhood. — Anita Maltbia, Director, Green Impact Zone

Thank you again for all of your work and for the work of your students. It has been an invaluable experience. I think this project has given Manheim Park residents a fuller more vibrant picture of what our neighborhood can become. Now it’s no longer just theory. It’s a blueprint from which we can work. —Pastor Jim Dunn, Treasurer, Historic Manheim Park Association

Yesterday I participated on a panel for a presentation by a fantastic group of students at KCAI in a course on design advocacy. I met Kelly Ludwig, the instructor, this summer as she was looking to identify a Kansas City neighborhood to work with – they have subsequently identified and have been working with the stakeholders of Manheim Park. The projects proposed by the students are very much in line with the work being considered by the Challenge Cabinet (from maker spaces, to developing small business, to community pride, to activating vacant properties and buildings). You would be blown away by their proposals. (Sept 19, 2013)

What an impressive group of students! I truly enjoyed watching these ideas grow and develop and really hope to see the neighborhood embrace the incredible resources you’ve provided. Please keep me in the loop as future classes unfold – and I hope you will also consider me a resource for KCAI. In the meantime, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks again for including me this semester! (Dec 2, 2013) —Ashley Z Hand, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Our community is sincerely grateful to you and your students for the tremendous work they did for us over the past several months. It was an early christmas present to go through the packets and view all the final projects. — Seft Hunter, Vice President, Historic Manheim Park Association

productive creative activities & scholarships

education

  • Currently pursuing certification in photography at KCAI
  • Intro to Digital DSLR 1

professional presentations

  • 2014 Design Futures: High School Edition, Kansas City Design Week, March 8, 2014 http://kcdesignweek.org/design-futures-high-school-edition

published articles & citations

  • Photography and research contributions & citations on http://www.spacesarchives.org (on-going)
  • Raw Vision “Raw News” blurb researched/written/photographed about the demise of famed folk at environment Margaret’s Grocery in Vicksburg, MS (Summer 2013)
  • American Folk Art: A Regional Reference  by Kristin G. Congdon,  Kara Kelley Hallmark – March 19, 2012

honors & awards

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

published books

  • 2013 Wander, author, designer, photographer, self-published
  • 2013 Road Trip 66! A Travel Guide to the Mother Road, author, designer, photographer, self-published
  • 2013 Wyoming, author, designer, photographer, self-published

published websites

detour art — Outsider art website & blog (redesign)

This website and blog is devoted to outsider, folk, vernacular, visionary, self-taught art and environments thought the country, and is a growing repository of imagery, maps, resources, references and short biographies of artists and their creations.

I also attend symposiums regarding saving environments, contribute to a number of other organizations including SPACES, and Raw Vision magazine.

best road trip ever & road trip 66

ludwig design — professional design practice (redesign)

This is the website for my design practice portfolio.

kelly ludwig — personal

professional practice

published mobile app design

 

iPhone apps were in their infancy when the project began, and all parties involved saw this as a great opportunity to learn the craft and marketplace for apps. I worked closely with the developers in the design, user interface and user experience as we transformed all of the content into a vibe mobile experience.

In February of 2013, Best Road Trip Ever! was honored with a Gold Addy at the Kansas City branch of the American Advertising Federation’s annual awards banquet.

 

website design

book design

  • 2014 Pieced Hexies Deux, Mickey Depre, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 It’s a Circus, Amy McCellan, Melanie Marek, Mindy Johnston, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 A Basketful of Taupe, Kylie Irvine, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 Butterfly Fields, Carolyn Nixon, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 Collaboration Celebration, Bonnie K. Hunter and Mickey Depre, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 Prized Quilts, Donna di Natale, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 Lizzie’s Legacy, Betsey Chutchian, Kansas City Star Books
  • 2013 Ring Around the Hexie, Bonnie Hunter and Mickey Depre, Kansas City Star Books

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