Each year, the DAAPworks event highlights the creative output of the graduating class from the top-ranked College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.

2023 DAAPworks Branding based on the Napkin Sketch submission by Danny Chambers '17 Industrial Design

DAAPworks 2023 


Opening Reception

Tuesday, April 25th from 6-8 PM

Works from graduating students are exhibited annually, at the end of spring term and now celebrated as both live and virtual events. DAAPworks invites the students, their families, and the community to explore the various capstone projects from all four schools. It launches with the School of Art MFA Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center that runs March 3rd through April 2nd. Followed by the DAAPworks Opening Reception at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning on Tuesday, April 25th and the DAAP Fashion Show on Friday, April 28th.

After the Opening Reception, DAAP will be open to the public to view student capstone projects on:

  • Wednesday, April 26 - Friday, April 28 from 9am-9pm
  • Saturday, April 29 from 10am-2pm 

Napkin Sketch Winner

Danny Chambers

Danny Chambers - Industrial Design '17

Congratulations to the winner of the Napkin Sketch Competition, Danny Chambers, a 2017 Industrial Design graduate. His design contributed to the inspiration for the 2023 DAAPworks branding.

Danny is a designer from Tiffin, Ohio and the youngest of four children to Optometrist Dr. Thomas Chambers and Physical Therapist Mrs. Linda Chambers. 

Danny is an owner-employee at Almanac.Coop with James Gall and friends. He approaches design through brand, product, software, and impact. He has worked in a range of contexts including global brands like Nike and New Balance, non-profits The OR Foundation and The WORK Org, small design firms such as Pininfarina, the architecture firm Wilson Associates, running footwear at Brooks, fashion at Marc Jacobs and his local print shop, MLAD - among others. 

Danny's Concept

"If you have sketched on a napkin, odds are you have also ripped a napkin. This submission makes use of rips from heavy handed pen marks to create a zero-waste DAAP logo. The design pattern utilizes 100% of the material, flipping the cut out ‘d’ to a ‘p’ and carrying the first cut out ‘a’ to become the second. In this way, it does more with less waste. It's inspired by the work of DAAP students who are considering the broader impact of their creative practices. Also, this napkin was used as a napkin before it became a logo idea."

"A Sketch that Ripped the Napkin" 

School of Art - Graduate Student Showcase

Master of Fine Arts graduate students showcased their work from March 4 - April 2, 2023 at the Contemporary Art Center located at 44th 6th Street in downtown Cincinnati. The MFA Exhibit Guide is available to view all that was on display.

DAAP Fashion Show 

The fashion seniors will participate in what will be the 70th annual Fashion Show on Friday, April 28 at the MegaCorp Pavilion in Newport, Kentucky.

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Headshot of DAAPworks Exhibit

DAAPworks Exhibit

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