Message from the Dean
I hope you are enjoying your summer and avoiding the record heat that has taken hold in many places, including Cincinnati. This summer is not only proving to be hotter than normal, it also feels shorter than normal -- due to the switch to semesters that will bring students back to campus nearly a month earlier than usual on August 27.
While it's tempting to begin looking forward, it's important to reflect on the accomplishments and success of our 2012 graduates. Their final week on campus was highlighted by two tremendous events: DAAPWorks, which served as a forum for students to showcase their magnificent work, and the 61st annual DAAP Fashion Show sponsored by Macy's. I encourage you to watch the video recaps of both DAAPWorks and the DAAP Fashion Show if you were unable to make it to campus.
This year, we honored a person who has played an enormous role in the growth and vibrancy of the DAAP Fashion Show for many years: Frederic Holzberger, founder and chief executive officer of the Aveda Fredric's Institute. Frederic has done so much for our college, from supporting scholarships and design summer camps for emerging design students as well as encouragement of environmentally sensitive design. He has also been heavily involved in the DAAP Fashion Show, and we were thrilled to give him the recognition he deserves for his service and support.
I'm also proud to share a heartwarming story of how DAAP students are having a global impact by creating a custom-made playground for a town in Japan that was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami of 2011. Students have been communicating and collaborating with children in the town and have even learned some Japanese in the process. To learn more, watch this brief video about the project. The grateful citizens of this town, and the Japanese Consulate, have noted the generosity and thoughtfulness of our students.
As we prepare for the new academic year, it's important to note that nearly everything I have mentioned above -- and nearly all the things we celebrate about DAAP and our students -- is made possible in some way through the philanthropy of our alumni, friends and corporate partners. I sincerely appreciate the generosity so many of you have shown to our programs, and I hope you will keep us in mind as you consider your charitable contributions for the year. Whether you choose to direct your support to scholarships, programmatic enhancements, study abroad or our discretionary fund, you can help bolster our reputation as one of the world's leading design institutions.
Thank you for your support and interest in DAAP.
Philanthropy News and Opportunities
Scholarships Honor Memory of DAAP Grads
The School of Design has set up two funds to memorialize two DAAP alumni who passed away earlier this year: Industrial Design alumna Katie Aring (2007), who died in an avalanche while skiing in British Columbia; and Graphic Design alumnus Randy Smith (1981), who passed away in March.
Friends and colleagues of Katie Aring and Randy Smith are encouraged to make a donation in their memory. Not only will your support bring comfort to their loved ones, your generosity will also create opportunity for students who wish to pursue careers in their respective majors. To donate, please visit the DAAP fundraising page and designate your gift in memory of Randy or Katie.
We are also accepting donations to a scholarship fund that was set up last year in honor of Diane Naegal (Fashion Design, 2003), an accomplished alumna who passed away from breast cancer. From all of us at DAAP, thank you for your heartwarming stories and notes of support.
Funding Priority Spotlight: DAAP Annual Fund
Donations to the Annual Fund are used to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and our operating budget. Your contributions are more important now than ever before, as participation from everyone makes reaching our fundraising goals easier. When you receive a call from a UC student this fall, keep in mind that your gift will help support all sorts of meaningful priorities, such as these significant technological enhancements:
Photolab -- The Photolab will become the new home for all 2-D output. Fondly nicknamed the “Flatlab”, the renovated facility combines the photo cage area with the 4480 Mac lab and will house new plotters, a new special paper printing option, a new flatbed scanner, as well as support of the output of digital photo and archival plotting options.
Computer Graphics Center -- With all printing and plotting removed, the main open area of the lab will be converted into a new collaboration, digital critique and laptop support area. A new video wall, large screen monitors and tables will support classroom and group work, allowing students to project images from their laptops on the 60” LCD screens.
Rapid Prototyping Center -- In addition to new 3-D powder printers and an upgrade in the Beam Laser, the RPC will expand into room 5202 and convert that space into a managed student operated lab. The initial equipment to be installed in the lab includes routers and laser-cutting machines.
Please click here to support these important priorities.
Design Students Draw Up Tires for Cars of the Future
A group of student designers have rethought the humble car tire, developing concepts that tilt into turns, articulate off-road and peel off when in need of a change. The new shoes were the results of a class project for transportation design students with sponsorship from Hankook.
Student Wins IDSA District Competition, Travels to National Contest
UC senior Emmanuel Carrillo recently won the Industrial Designers Society of America's student merit district contest, an event judged by professional designers. Next, he will represent UC as IDSA's national student merit competition in Boston.
Students Design a Better Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Two students from UC's top-ranked design programs have applied for a provisional patent on their design and prototype of a prescription-medicine pill bottle for the blind and visually impaired -- an innovation that could benefit millions of users.
Student's New Process Creates Photos from Bacterial Growth
The natural growth process of bacteria has led to the growth of a new artistic imaging process. The results will be on display when UC fine arts photography graduate student Zachary Copfer exhibits his images derived from E. coli and S. marcescens bacterial growth.
From Church to Creative Arts Space: Students Envision New Life for Historic Inner-City Structure
An historic West End church may see new life as a space for artists, musicians and entrepreneurs as UC interior design students present their visions for reclaiming the building for new uses.
VIDEO: Student Chronicles Challenging Chair Design
UC industrial design student James Sloss chronicled a challenging project traditional to the program, that being the construction of a chair incorporating Japanese design elements like cleverness, craftsmanship, compactness, asymmetry and simplicity.
UC and Hughes Students Team Up to Design Urban Garden Pavilion
Four architecture students are teaming with 20 Hughes STEM High School junior-level students in offering a high school design studio. The effort is known as project: spARCH.
Team Earns Honorable Mention in the Rotman Design Challenge
A group of UC design and business graduate students recently won an honorable mention in the prestigious Rotman Design Challenge in Toronto -- the only student-run competition incorporating both business and design concepts in North America.
See a Studio Class at Work in UC's Top-Ranked Industrial Design Program
UC's undergraduate industrial design program is ranked first in the nation by the latest DesignIntelligence survey of employers. Check out a typical studio in the program. In this class, students were asked to take on packaging projects.
As Finalist in International Contest, Design Student Takes Opportunity to Travel Europe
As the only U.S. finalist in an international package design contest, it's possible that UC senior April Ansley's design might be patented. It was an opportunity that came about thanks to the fact that she was a finalist in an international contest to design new packaging for LEGO.
Four UC Alums Help Drive Disney's Cars Land Attraction to the Finish Line
A new 12-acre Cars Land opened this June at Disney California Adventure Park, and four UC alumni had key roles in designing and developing the project which will ultimately consist of rides, a mountain range, and stores and restaurants that look like Radiator Springs, the fictional town in the "Cars" movies.
Architecture Alum Builds News Business by Building Unique Partnerships
In recently founding and working full time in his new architecture firm, young alum James Cornetet and a partner already have 30 active projects. In fact, they generate a new project about every two weeks by building unique relationships in their Orlando, Fla., community.
Alum Pursues Urban Planning Around the Globe, Including Afghanistan
Young DAAP graduate and Fulbright winner Mitchell Sutika Sipus is pursuing a global career. Currently, he's living and working in Afghanistan, where he is developing that country's first Bachelor of Arts degree in communications at the American University of Afghanistan.
Two Alums Found Three Successful Businesses in Portland, Oregon
DAAP alums and husband-and-wife design team Eric Day and Melissa Williams Day are currently operating as part of three successful businesses in Portland, Oregon.
Richardson's Rocks: DAAP-designed Cincinnati memorial turns 40
Former UC architectural history professor Bill Rudd shares the story behind the student-led construction of the Burnet Woods memorial to famed architect H.H. Richardson's Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Building. Henry Hobson Richardson is highly regarded, along with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, as one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture."
Target, Division of Professional Practice Award Five Scholarships
Target and The Division of Professional Practice have teamed up to provide five $1000 scholarships to DAAP students majoring in Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Industrial Design. Awards were given based on achievements in academics, leadership, volunteerism, and diversity.
UC Earns Four Top Spots on "Amazing Architecture" List
Four UC buildings just made a list titled "The 50 Most Amazing Examples of College Architecture." In fact, UC had more buildings on that list than any other university in the United States.
Latest Professional Practice Stats Show Experiential Learning Programs Growing
At UC, students gain work experience prior to graduation thanks to a variety of cooperative education, internship, service learning and civic engagement options. See the latest stats.
Boston Alumni Reception: Friday, August 17
In conjunction with the IDSA Conference in Boston, DAAP will be holding a reception for area alumni and those attending the conference -- come join us and reconnect! The reception begins at 5:30 and will be located at the Westin Boston Waterfront inside the Commonwealth Ballroom.
To RVSP, please email Brooke Hultquist by August 1.
Edge Conversations Symposium at DAAP: Oct. 25 & 26
Join us for a two-day symposium featuring presentations, workshops and case studies with faculty and industry leaders that will focus on the re-surfacing of the Aronoff Center for Design and Art. Topics will include Adaptive Components, Forensics, Instrumentation, Innovations and more, as well as conversations on the influence of signature architecture on campus planning.
Additional information and a schedule of events will be posted shortly, and can be accessed by
following this link.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available, as funds are needed for the following.
> Student scholarships to attend the symposium
> Master class studio events with keynote speakers for students prior to conference
> Webcam and documentation efforts of construction
> Student co-op positions for developing documentary of construction
> Publication materials for conference
For more information, please contact Laura Johnson-Dorl.
Richardson's Rocks 40th Anniversary Reunion: Saturday, Nov. 10
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Richardson Memorial's formal dedication, alumni are invited back to celebrate their accomplishments and view a new plaque that was installed in May. The plaque contains an overview of the project as well as a list of major donors. Look for more details in the next edition of this newsletter.