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A month ago, the Harrington College of Design hosted a collaborative open house event highlighting the resources available to Photography college, Communication Design college and Interior Design college students. The areas highlighted at the event included our Digital Photography Equipment Cage, the Integrated Learning Studio, the Library and the Atelier.

This dynamic “4 Open Houses Event” brought together students and faculty from each department for food, fun and photographs. Digital photography faculty and student workers photographed those who attended the event with their favorite goodies (it seems cupcakes were the overwhelmingly popular goody of choice!), while showing off the Department’s high-resolution cameras and lighting equipment.

A large-scale print of these photographs is shown above!

Photographs by Joe Byrnes and Rolando Davis

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Jaime Sandoval, Communication Design Instructor at the Harrington College of Design

This feature is continued from yesterday.

Yesterday Jaime Sandoval, an instructor at Harrington College who was recently promoted to be a full-time faculty member, shared what originally brought him to Harrington and made him want to become an educator. Today, Jaime reveals some exciting insight into his classroom…

Me: What is your favorite thing about teaching at Harrington College?

Jaime: My favorite thing about Harrington is the fact that I am surrounded by all creative passionate individuals with whom I can relate to and share my biggest passion, which is design. It is extremely rewarding to see at least three to four students per day that are interested in my feedback and direction for their projects. We mutually become creative accomplices in innovative projects that deliver amazing results.

Me: What classes do you teach at Harrington? Do you have any design projects planned for this year?

Jaime: In my Package Design class, we are developing a package design family for a liquor in Mexico that will be sold in Germany, Mexico and the USA. The project consists of four products for which we are developing the identity, packaging and look and feel. Our main inspiration is the architect Luis Barragán. Our client would like to see three versions by week eight, but most students have about 30 each. I am convinced that our client will be highly impressed by the students’ work.

I also have the honor of teaching an Experimental Design class with Duffy O’Connor. For this class, students are redesigning the Washington and Wells Chicago El train station. Students have brilliant ideas. I am convinced that the end result will be magnificent.

I am also teaching the first Masters in Communication Design Layout class in which students are creating three books each. All three books share the same information different design concepts: one is in black and white with pure text following the rules of typography; in the second students are encouraged to break the rules and utilize color to represent strong concepts with equal visual impact of text and image, and the third book will be a way to express and decode information into a 90 percent visual book and 10 percent complementary text. So far, the project is coming along great. We are enjoying the design process as much as we will enjoy the end result.

Me: What’s your “official title” now at HCD?

Jaime: My official title is Full Time Communication Design instructor, but I happen to see more Interior Design students per week. I strongly believe in multidisciplinary design. Currently I work with a team of Interior and Graphic designers to create a student Masters level Interior Design journal.

My exposure to Interior Design classes as part of my Masters program, in which I developed a shopping center for Heineken, helps me guide this team in a way so that graphics will complement the interior design projects.


We’re glad to have Jaime as a full-time instructor and can’t wait to see what happens next in his classrooms!


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Jaime Sandoval, Communication Design Instructor at the Harrington College of Design

Designers are formed through their inspirations as well as their life experiences. At Harrington College, our design instructors are vibrant, working professionals who have strong backgrounds in their discipline and a passion for what they do. This semester, we are excited to welcome Jaime Sandoval to our full-time Communication Design program faculty. Back when Jaime was an adjunct instructor, we ran a great feature on him. With his new promotion and popularity with our current students (Jaime was voted 2nd Favorite Instructor at Harrington last year!), I was excited to touch base with Jaime again to find out more about what originally brought him to Harrington College and his background in the design world.

Me: So what brought you to Harrington?

Jaime: Ironically my relationship with Harrington started the day my brother Armando came to see an Admissions representative at Harrington to compare its Interior Design program with other schools he had already been contemplating. As an older brother and designer, I felt the responsibility to represent him and review the colleges with him before he made his important decision. When we requested to see student work, the the rep realized that I was a multidisciplinary designer. After few minutes of conversation, we discovered that Harrington had just started a Communication design program.

My brother and I both felt in love with Harrington from that day. A few days later I interviewed with Brad Kisner, the Communication Design program Department Chair at Harrington. My passion for design told me that I would be able to teach but my inexperience made me question how successful I would be. From day one, Brad was extremely supportive and made the beginning process so easy: I learned that all I needed to focus on was education, inspiring and motivating students.

After the second semester I received an email where instructors were invited to apply for professor of the year. I opened the email to see who the candidates were, since I have always admired instructors. When I realized that my name was the second out of five on the list, I had one of the most satisfying moments in my life. At that moment I realized that I have a passion for this profession and look forward to become a better educator on a daily basis.


Keep reading tomorrow to find out what great projects Jaime has his students working on in his classrooms…

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These great graphic design pieces from Harrington College of Design Communication Design program student Rachel Egan are featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Artistik, our student magazine!


Congrats, Rachel – awesome work!

All work courtesy Rachel Egan

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For the 5th Annual Whirleyball Tournament at the Harrington College of Design, the  Communication Design faculty took on their Harrington students in a fast-paced and intense whirleyball showdown…from the wreckage of shiny whirleyball cars, many laughs and fierce competition, the victors rose to conquer: Congrats to the students on your flawless victory!!

Check out some highlights from the event!

Also, Harrington Students, today at Harrington don’t miss…

Bluworld Water Features Presentation from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in Room 106: Interior Design instructor Demetra Vartzikos has invited Bluworld, one of the largest manufacturers of water features for interiors, to come and present their products.

Career Fair Prep Workshop from 12:00 – 3:00 pm in room 426: Learn tips for your resume, interviewing skills and information about design and photography portfolios, presented by the Harrington Career Services department.

Whirleyball Photos copyright © 2011, Dirk Fletcher

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