Design Streak Studio 40th Anniversary Exposes ‘Sensory Experience’ – News


A sensory experience awaits with an exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of Illinois State University’s Design Streak Studio.

“Graphic design can involve all of the senses,” said Archana Shekara, art and creative director of Design Streak Studio. “We want people to immerse themselves in the design experience.”

The exhibition, titled Designing discoverieswill take place from October 27 to December 18, 2022 at the University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, in Normal, Illinois.

An opening reception will begin at 3 p.m. on November 3 at the Galleries with a panel of Design Streak alumni, including Caryn Aono, faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. The reception will continue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A series of talks throughout the month will mark the anniversary, including renowned graphic designers and educators Andrew Shea, Robin Landa and Penina Acayo Laker (see details below).

From the smell of herbs that inspired the Refuge Food Forest in the town of Normal to the interactive piece that permeated the posters for TEDx Normal, the exhibit will be a celebration of the design process. It will also be a tribute to the collaborations between Design Streak Studio students and organizations in the region.

“I’m not sure people realize how ingrained Design Streak’s work is in the community,” Shekara said. Design Streak projects have resulted in design work for numerous community and campus entities, including logos for the Town of Normal, McLean County, Normal Public Library; the Labyrinth Made Goods at YWCA McLean County, the National Center for Urban Education and the internationally acclaimed Illinois Art Station.

The studio provides a capstone experience for senior Illinois State students seeking a bachelor’s degree in fine arts or science. Design Streak Studio was founded in 1981 by Associate Professor Pam Tannura, who was succeeded by Associate Professor Julie Johnson from 2005 to 2015. Under Shekara’s leadership, the studio-lab emphasizes cultural understanding in the design and approach design as human-centered community engagement. .

“My research focuses on cultural identity, social design and community engagement. When I inherited Design Streak, I thought, “How can I bring this value to learning? How can we make it part of Streak? “Said Shekara.

Panels and conferences
Events to help celebrate the exhibition will take place on Thursdays at the University Galleries throughout the duration of the exhibition. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Professor Caryn Aono

Caryn Aono
November 3
3 p.m.
Aono is a graphic designer practicing in Los Angeles. She has worked in development and brand identity for Johnson & Johnson, Ogilvy, Motorola, Wieden & Kennedy, ReVerb and various studios and agencies. She has collaborated on works in the cultural sector for LACMA, the Japanese American National Museum, MOCA and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. His work has been recognized by AIGA, CDA and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and is part of SFMOMA’s permanent collection. His work has appeared in “Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design”; “The Graphic Border”; IDENTIFIER; Design Review and various publications. Former artistic director of the CalArts Public Affairs Office, she has taught in the graphic design program since 1989.

portrait of Andrew Shea
Assistant Professor Andrew Shea

Andre Shea
November 10
11 a.m.
Shea is Senior Creative Director of MANY, a communications design studio in New York City. He is an assistant professor of integrated design at the Parsons School of Design, where he teaches courses on topics including design for behavior change, placemaking, and urban policy visualization. . He is the author of Designing for Social Change: Community Design Strategies and was editor of LEAP Dialogues: Design Career Paths for Social Innovation. He has served as an advisor for various organizations and initiatives such as Impact Design Hub and Human Impacts Institute, and a member of juries for Sappi Ideas That Matter, Design Ignites Change, Archinect and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

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Distinguished Professor Robin Landa

Robin Landa
November 17
11 a.m. (via Zoom)
Landa is a professor of graphic design at Kean University. She has written 23 books on design, creativity, advertising, branding and drawing, including Nimble: Thinking creatively in the digital age; Advertising by design.; Build your own brand; Graphic design solutionsand Design brand experiences. The Carnegie Foundation counts Landa among the “great teachers of our time”. She has received awards from numerous organizations, including the National Society of Arts and Letters, National League of Pen Women, Creativity, New Jersey Authors Award, ADCNJ, Graphic Design USA, and the KU Human Rights Educator Award.

Portrait of Penina Acayo Laker
Penina Acayo, assistant professor at the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis. Acayo is pictured in the Weil Hall Commons in front of artist Anne Schaeffer’s ‘it goes and it comes’ mural.

Penina Acayo Lake
1st December
11 a.m.
Laker is an assistant professor of communication design at Washington University in St. Louis. She is co-editor of The black experience in design: identity, expression and reflection. She is a co-host of the podcast My African Aesthetic which showcases African architecture and design in Africa and the Diaspora. Laker is a designer and educator whose work and research centers on topics that use a human-centered approach to solving social problems. She developed an award-winning project on diseases associated with the spread, prevention and treatment of malaria in Kibera, Kenya. She has created and runs DesignEd Uganda workshops.

The exhibition and lectures are sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Fund, Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, Wonsook Kim School of Art, and University Galleries. Those who need to arrange accommodations to attend any exhibit-related event can contact [email protected] or call (309) 438-5487.


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