Tuesday, November 07, 2006


The Advertising Design Class of 2008 recently enjoyed their first contact period in NYC. Visits to great agencies, excellent student presentations, and a letter press shop tour were the highlights.

Below, students set their own type and print their piece.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

You must have been a beautiful baby!

Kenneth Laird
Oil on Board

Kenneth Laird, ILL '02 joined thirteen other ISDP Illustration alumni, as well as a gaggle of ISDP visiting faculty, in the Society of Illustrator's You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Show which ran September 6 - October 14. The painting above shows Kenneth in 1972 at the age of three. The exhibition was a veritable "family album" of contemporary American illustrators. Ninety artists created self-portraits depicting themselves at some point between their birth and puberty. Kenneth said " The show was great and it was a thrill to be showing with such giants in the industry many of whom taught me at Syracuse" For a list of the artists and to view some of the other portraits, click here.

Kenneth recently moved to High Point North Carolina and took a Senior Art Directors position with Digital HighPoint, a digital printing and Point of Purchase design firm. He also built a new home in the country across the street from a beautiful fishing lake. Kenneth says "Life is swell."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Visiting Faculty Spotlight - Craig Yoe

Better known as C.E.YOE, Craig's done it all. Early in his career, he was Senior Designer for toy think tank Marvin Glass & Associates, where he worked on toys like Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Pony (he also liked to play with My Little Pony, but that's another story). He was recruited by Jim Henson to be Creative Director and later VP/General Manager of the Muppets, working on everything from TV shows to theme parks. After Henson's death, Craig declined a lucrative job offer from Disney to make his own magic with Clizia Gussoni and YOE! Studio

Advertising Design students in Craig Yoe's interactive sessions on creativity and brainstorming techniques had fun creating their toys to share with Craig, their class, and possibly the rest of the world!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Visiting Faculty Spotlight - CF Payne

Students in the Illustration classes of 2006 and 2007 enjoyed instruction with CF Payne during this summer's residency.

CF Payne is a freelance illustrator and has an impressive client list, including Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, GQ, National Geographic, Spy, NFL, U.S. Postal Service, and others.

His awards include gold and silver medals, as well as the Gold Funny Bone from the New York Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Communication Arts, and Print Magazine.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Craig Welsh ADD '04 Urban Forest

This banner for the AIGA Urban Forest Project, designed by Craig Welsh, ADD '04 of GoWelsh, was chosen to hang in Times Square this summer.

The Urban Forest will officially sprout on August 17 in Times Square and be on display thru October 31, 2006. The website for the project will also launch on that day.

A brochure will be available that will feature all of the banners and will show roughly in Times Square where they are located.

At the end of October the banners will be taken down and turned into tote-bags. The bags are going to be designed and manufactured by Jack Spade. This will take about three months. Once the bags have been produced there will be an auction to raise money for scholarship and mentoring programs in February or March.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Power of 10

by Larry Will

The Syracuse University Art Galleries will display the first exhibition of graduate student thesis work from the ISDP in Advertising Design. The show, "The Power of Ten", will run from Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 10. Representative of their graduating class size, the show demonstrates ten original thesis displays with a common problem-solving strategy to inform, educate and entertain their audience.

"A visual thesis component is essential in a visual discipline," explains Professor John Milligan, who spearheaded this new graphic component of the thesis requirement for ISDP Advertising Design master candidates.

Based in remote locations as far as Vancouver and as close as Pennsylvania, the ISDP Ad Design class of 2006 embraced the new element with vigor and tenacity. "Showcasing as a unified group with a wide range of topics, 'The Power of Ten' is going to be a great showing of design, advertising and marketing on many levels. I give it a 10," says class president Jennifer Haas Foy. Thesis topics range from "Dogs in Advertising" and "Wine Label Design" to "Creating Environments that Inspire Creatives" and "Contemporary Letterpress Design."
On Thursday, August 10 at 7:30 PM, there will be a closing reception for the ISDP Advertising Design and Illustration exhibitions running concurrently.

The Syracuse University Art Galleries are located in the Shaffer Art Building and is universally accessible. Exhibitions are free and open to the public weekdays from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (315) 443-3127.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Professor John Thompson Garners Top Illustration Award

John Thompson, professor of illustration in the
School of Art and Design at the College of Visual
and Performing Arts, was recently honored
with the 2006 Hamilton King Award for the best
illustration of the year, as presented by the Society of Illustrators.
The Hamilton King Award is the highest achievement
an illustrator can receive in any year.

Each year, the Society of Illustrators recognizes the top
achievements within the field of illustration, encompassing
all genres, every medium and every range of practitioner,
from students all the way up to lifetime members.
The Society of Illustrators sponsors the Annual Exhibition
of American Illustration, a juried show with more than 5,000 entries. This year, more than 500 pieces were selected for the show from 240 artists, and two of Thompson's pieces were selected. The judges then determine the gold and silver medal winners, and one piece from the entire show is selected as the best illustration by a member of the Society -- The Hamilton King Award.

Thompson's winning illustration (above) is part of the new
children's book "The Flying Bed"
written by Newberry Award-winning author Nancy Willard.
"The Flying Bed" -- to be published in spring 2007
by Scholastic Blue Sky Press -- is set in Florence, Italy.

Monday, April 24, 2006

ISDP Ad in HOW Creativity Issue

A BIG thank you to Richard Zeid, ADD '04
for designing the new ad for ISDP.
The ad will run in the HOW Creativity Issue
coming out next month.
Thank you also to Rob Jackson, ADD '99 and
Don Kilpatrick, ILL '06 for their input and help.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Mike Massengale ILL '06

Mike has some shows coming up. If you are in the area, stop on by.

Up coming shows:

Official artist of the Rehoboth Beach, DE/ Country and Blues Fest/June 2006

Official artist of the River & Spires Fest, Clarksville, TN / April 2006

Official artist of the Rehoboth Beach, DE/ Jazz Fest/Oct 2006

Official artist of the Spinx Run Fest, Greenville, SC / Sep 2006

Solo Gallery Show, Rehoboth Beach, DE/ June 2006

Solo Gallery Show, Province Town, MA / July 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006

Society of Illustrators 48 Show

Congratulations to Mark Bender, ILL '06
and James O'Brien, ILL '06
Both had pieces accepted into the
Society of Illustrators 48 Show

Jim's piece was completed for the Ft. Worth assignment
and is his interpretation of a visit to the Stockyard Rodeo and Billy Bob's.

Mark's piece, Shock and Awe was created for
Anita Kunz's and Gary Kelley's class last summer
and his Live to Draw piece was used for a gallery show poster
for art by Pittsburgh area educators.
The Live to Draw piece was also in the latest
Communication Arts magazine, Illustration annual.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

San Francisco

The ISDP Illustration classes of 2006 and 2007 are enjoying a fine time in San Francisco this week.
Day one brought the group to Palo Alto to view the extensive art collection of Ben and Jane Eisenstat. Jane and her daughter, Bunny Carter graciously welcomed us to Jane's home for the day. Jane is an illustrator and art historian. Bunny is an award winning illustrator and teaches regularly in the ISDP.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Joe Knezic, ADD '06, Nets Four Awards

Joe Knezic was recently recognized by
Graphic Design USA with four 2005 American Graphic Design Awards.

Sample images of the winning entries were included in the magazine’s awards annual issue in December. The winning entries included two awards for United Way of the Capital Region (a print advertising campaign and outdoor campaign); a press kit folder for Three Mile Island Alert, a nuclear watchdog organization; and a holiday newspaper campaign for an urban retail center Joe worked on with PPO&S, an agency in Harrisburg.

The award is part of an annual program presented by Graphic Design: USA, one of the most highly respected publications for the creative industry. Winning entries are lauded “for excellence in communication and graphic design” and are representative of the country’s leading, most innovative creative efforts. The awards program is also one of the most selective of awards shows, recognizing only 1 in 10 sumitted entries. The entries were judged by a panel of 6 leading professionals from throughout the country.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Don Kilpatrick, ILL '06

What's the buzz about Don Kilpatrick?

It's not just ISDP school work that's keeping him busy.

Last November Don was featured in a two page spread in the Communication Arts 2005 Design Annual. The article highlighted his work, influences, and philosophy. You can read it here.

This piece, Loving, was accepted into the New York Society of Illustrator's show.

Don was recently elected as the new president of the San Francisco Society of Illustrators and has several pieces in the La Luz de Jesus Gallery's annual group show in Los Angeles.

Congrats Don!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Ad Design Class of 2007

The Advertising Design Class of 2007 recently traveled to
Austin, TX for their 2nd contact period since beginning the program.

They had two days of presentations and two days of visiting agencies and chatting with the "greats" in the Austin area.
T3 The Think Tank, Luke Sullivan at GSD&M, Design Edge, and Sibley Peteet Design were a few. They also managed to find time for a little sightseeing, two step dancing, and visiting the University of Texas campus.

Visiting with Sherry Matthews
in her "green home". Sherry is the founder of Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing.

Mark's Saturday Presentation on Adoption Rhode Island

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

GroupBaronet Announces New Client - Monotronics

Monitronics, the nation's fourth largest alarm monitoring company, recently appointed GroupBaronet as its marketing communications firm to attract dealers nationwide. GroupBaronet has developed a powerful campaign for the company including advertising, direct mail and online marketing. (see press release)

Lead by Willie Baronet, Principal, GroupBaronet is a leading marketing communications firm located in Dallas, TX. Willie is a favorite ISDP visiting faculty for the Ad Design program, teaching classes during the summer residency.

You can learn more about GroupBaronet (and Willie) at GroupBaronet.com

Sunday, February 05, 2006

'Segun Olude, ADD '02, helps S.O.S put the Seine River on the map, literally.

David Danyluk, Coordinator of Save Our Seine River Environment Inc. (SOS), Segun Olude of Indigo Ink Studios & Denis Savoie, the artist, collaborated on the recently published Seine River Greenway Map.

This innovative map displays, for the first time, all 27 kilometers of the Seine River within the City of Winnipeg, Canada.

The map is an effective way to bring nature to citizens and raise awareness about their local environment. It is a detailed, functional illustrated map, based on the beautiful watercolour rendering of the Seine through Winnipeg, to the Red River in old Saint Boniface.

The map is offered in two styles; a folded map for field use and a poster version for display in classrooms or offices. Both styles are now on sale at McNally Robinson, Chapters/Indigo, Prairie Sky Books, Preferred Perch, St. Boniface tourism, www.canadamapsales.com and through the SOS website.

You can see more of the map here

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Paul Diamond ADD '04

Fresh – This milk is so fresh. There’s a good chance that you passed the cow on your way to the store.

This comforting package design for Shatto Milk, a family-owned and -operated dairy farm near Kansas City, MO, was featured in the 2005 Communication Arts Design Annual. Half-gallon glass bottles feature five product benefits – “icy cold, family, pure, fresh and yummy.” The glass bottle packaging evokes a simpler time while giving the brand a premium look that helps it standout on the product shelf.

The design was handcrafted by Paul Diamond, Sullivan, Higdon and Sink senior art director, who said, “The design speaks to the consumer who is craving authenticity.”

Diamond created a new logo for the farm to enhance the 50s bottle shape and to revive the nostalgic feel of milk-delivered-to-your-door-days. “Beyond the satisfaction of being recognized for great work by such a prestigious publication, it’s especially satisfying that we’re helping a genuine family farm not only stay in business but thrive,” said Diamond.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Christian Slade ILL '05

Christian Slade, ILL '05, had his final ISDP thesis project, a graphic novel "Korgi", accepted into the Society of Illustrators 48th Annual Exhibition in the Sequential category.

To see more of Christian's work click here.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Katrina Photograph in London Gallery Exhibit

This photo was taken by Gayle Nelson, ILL 2004, and was chosen for display recently in the AOP Gallery in London.

The exhibit, Sublime: Representations of Awe in Contemporary Imagery, was inspired by recent imagery of the forces of nature and scenes of war. From over 700 images submitted, 60 were chosen for display.

Gayle writes " After watching television accounts of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, I felt compelled to go down to the coast and try and help in some way. We located an organized group with supplies and a police escort. On Sunday, September 11, 2005 we made the trip to Pascagoula, Mississippi . What I had seen on the news in recent days, hardly prepared me for the human misery and total devastation I encountered. You can view photos and recollections from this one-day journey here.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Hawaii International Conference

Congratulations to Craig Welsh, Richard Zeid, and Mark Rosenthal, graduates from the Advertising Design Class of 2004.

All three recently presented their theses at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu.

Mark presented his thesis; Professors of Practice: Teaching Advertising Creativity in the Academic Community. Craig presented his thesis; Tethering the Viewer: Product Placement in Television and Film, and Richard presented his thesis; Money: The Branding of a Country Through the Design of its Currency.

Kudos also to Dave Grager '04, Julia Winfield '05, and James Torio '05. These ISDP graduates also had their papers accepted but were unable to attend.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

John Milligan attends design conference in China

Exit to the Forbidden City, Beijing, China

John Milligan, ISDP Ad Design Faculty went to Beijing, China in December, 2005 and attended the Design for the New China Markets Conference

The conference was an executive forum hosted by the IIT Institute of Design and the State Intellectual Property Office, People's Republic of China. It was intended for leaders interested in the design and development of products and services for China.

Participation was by invitation only.

Speakers came from both the East and the West, providing a diverse set of perspectives on the issues facing design and innovation in China today. Critical information for designers working in the global marketplace.

John said "Best conference I have ever attended. Better than Aspen."

John Thompson travels to India

In November John Thompson, Illustration faculty returned from a trip to India for Syracuse University. "We are trying to start a program abroad there combining South Asian Studies with Art. Professor Susan Wadley, an Anthropologist, and I traveled through North Central India for three weeks exploring the potential for bringing students over as early as January 2007. We landed in New Delhi, and traveled to Nawalgarh and Jaipur, Rajasthan, Agra, and eventually ended up at a very small village in Utter Pradesh called Karimgunj. Professor Wadley has been studying this village for over 30 years. There I got to experience a part of India that I would have never seen as a tourist."

"As an illustrator, I naturally felt that that to get this program started, I needed to demonstrate the visual possibilities of studying in India. Several paintings are now in progress and in October there is an exhibition scheduled in the Dean’s Gallery in Crouse College. My goal is to paint at least 10 fairly large-scale paintings for this show. We will then begin recruiting students to accompany me on my return to India."

John said the initial 3-credit course proposal will begin as a two-week research trip to New Delhi and travel through Rajasthan and Agra. Students will then continue the course back on campus where the students will complete the body of work based on their research. Although this program was initially conceived for undergraduate students, John is open to the idea of extending it to graduate students. For those of you that would be interested in such a course please let John know.

John Thompson
(315) 426-0123