Posts Tagged ‘Creative go-round’

If you missed the Press and Pull  show, you missed one spectacular night…  Letterpress, screenprint and etching pieces were featured by an all-star line-up including Letterform, Megan Sterling, Ryan Kapp, Sonnenzimmer and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau and was held at creative go-round here in Chicago. Check out some highlights and stunning work from the show by clicking here, or clicking on the image below:

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Tomorrow, five artists and designers from the Chicago area will be showcased in “Press & Pull”. Come by and view letterpress, screenprint and etching pieces by an all-star line-up including Letterform, Megan Sterling, Ryan Kapp, Sonnenzimmer and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau. Recognize the names? From Harrington faculty to Harrington Grads, this show is sure to be a great one!

Press and Pull // a show of rad prints by rad hands
Friday, April 15th // 7pm till around 10:30 pm
At creative go-round // 459 N Milwaukee Ave
Spirits, snacks, great work and lots of good people will be there!

Get a taste of what’s to be featured:

Have any questions about the event? Contact Tre’ Henry, Assistant Director/Curator of creative go-round and exhibition organizer at thenry@creativegoround.org.

You can find out more about creative go-round and its founder from a past blog feature here.

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On November 12, 2010, Harrington College of Design hosted its 4th annual Scholarship Recognition reception to honor its Service and Leadership and Peer Success program participants. As a tradition, keynote speakers at the event are Harrington alumni who have demonstrated service and leadership as part of their professional life and post-Harrington experience.

This year’s speaker was Christopher Gerke, (2010 alumnus), founder and Executive Director of creative go-round, a non-profit organization devoted to providing design work to other non-profit organizations while making available internships for design students. An exhibit featuring information about creative go-round and the program participants was shown in Harrington’s first floor gallery throughout November. Read more about creative go-round by seeing a past (3-day!) feature we did within this blog, or by visiting their site at http://www.creativegoround.org/.

Photos courtesy Renee Darosky

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Tomorrow, see Harrington College of Design’s own John Martin-Rutherford, Interior Design Department Chair, present an Interior Design session at Chicago’s Career Day 2010 for Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management and Landscape Architecture!

Visit tomorrow:

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day
Saturday, October 16, 2010
11:00 am to 3:00pm
Hermann Hall Conference Center
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)   

The Chicago Architecture + Design College Day is a free event open to high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about careers in architecture, interior design, construction management, and landscape architecture. From 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, the College Fair will host over 30 colleges and universities with degree programs in architecture, interior design, construction management, and/or landscape architecture. Representatives will be available to provide information, provide materials, and answer questions on their respective degree programs.

To obtain a complete list of colleges attending or for further details on the Chicago Career Day 2010 or to register for the event, check out the following website: www.chicagocareerday.org.

How else was Harrington College of Design involved with the event? Our Communication Design students, including Katelyn Smith and creative go-round  designed the event’s evite, program and signage!

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What’s our story? Tweet a 3 word story about Harrington to #HarringtonCollege of #Design in #Chicago.

This feature is continued from yesterday…

creative go-round started in Christopher Gerke’s Humanities 400 class project as an assignment: use your skills as designers to change the world—however you want to.  When Christopher found students who were excited to participate, and design firms willing to link them to nonprofits, and nonprofits who were eager to collaborate with young designers, the process began. He knew immediately he had found a real-world need, and he answered the call to help nonprofits with their cause while helping young creatives learn valuable lessons. Christopher states, “I knew the only way it would grow is if I was there to get it started.”

Christopher is focused on spreading the word about the need for and impact of good design and the important role it plays in communities and for businesses.  His organization, creative go-round,  will serve to link nonprofits who deserve good design with talented community-minded students who can meet their needs, and surpass their expectations. 

He envisions creative go-round expanding beyond Chicago, and plans to take it to every major city where there are design colleges and nonprofits, the two essential components. He firmly believes that in five years creative go-round will have chapters in three major cities 

The creative go-round team is currently looking for new interns to work on projects and is excited about the clients they have secured over the summer.

The officers and directors invite you to celebrate the new home of creative go-round at 459 N Milwaukee Ave. for an open house on Saturday, August 21st from 2-6pm. 

For information on becoming a client, or volunteering your time and talents as an intern, or a mentor, please contact Christopher at gerke@creativegoround.com. Find out more by visiting the creative go-round website at http://www.creativegoround.com/

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What’s our story? Tweet a 3 word story about Harrington to #HarringtonCollege of #Design in #Chicago.

This feature is about Christopher Gerke, a Harrington Communication Design and Digital Photography Alum who’s passion and drive helped him create and now lead a non-profit organization called creative go-round.

Christopher Allan Gerke, born June 17, 1986 grew up in Worthington, Ohio a suburb just north of the capital city of Columbus. The summer after his junior year, Christopher attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana to be sure photography was the career path he wanted to take. Throughout his senior year, he interned for a local professional photographer and found freelance work doing senior portraits and photography for weddings and corporate events. Christopher also worked for one summer as an apprentice to a brick mason and another summer assisting a jeweler, learning skills and making friends with each endeavor.  

While in Montana, Christopher learned about Harrington College of Design from the RMSP staff. After visiting the college, Christopher chose Harrington for its attitude toward professionalism in a school environment, and their approach toward teaching like each project is for a client. He started at Harrington in 2005 with a major in Commercial Digital Photography. Christopher’s original plans were to start a large photo studio that enveloped all aspects of photography by bringing in multiple professionals, each having their own specialty. His favorite courses while at Harrington were  architectural photography and commercial photography. Sometime during his sophomore year, he developed an interest in communication design and enjoyed courses in branding and corporate identity, advertising, and design issues. 

A significant moment for Christopher came during his first course in the communication design program, The Design Process. In this class, he learned a process to dissect design into its important individual parts. This logical way of breaking up something so fluid and creative was a turning point regarding his outlook for his future.Of his instructors at Harrington, Christopher expresses admiration: “They are very skilled designers who are still working professionals that teach. This gives them a unique ability to tell students what is on the horizon and what the design market looks like right then. Without being a working designer, this information could not be shared.”

While at Harrington, Christopher served in student government from 2007-2010, the last two years as President.  He refers to this as the best part of his college experience: “My time as Student Government President gave me a unique look at the school as a whole and allowed me to participate across the board in many experiences dealing with competitions, town hall meetings, and even accreditation visits for Harrington. Being part of  the community was a very positive experience.” What did Christopher take away from that experience? He stated, “I did a lot of relationship building and securing of allies while in Student Government. I find that everything is possible with a good backing of friends and allies.” In May 2010, Christopher graduated from Harrington College of Design receiving a BFA in Communication Design and an Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Digital Photography.    

Christopher views design as a “behind the scenes way of changing the world.” What he likes about being part of the design world is that designers as a community are not recognized by the public, rather their work is recognized and appreciated.  Christopher admires the fact that designers as a whole do not feel it important that the average person knows their name. It is about the work.

During summer 2009, Christopher was one of a select group of students from across the country who were invited to attend Camp Firebelly. For ten days, ten students crafted a strategic design solution for a nonprofit. It was at this time that Christopher realized how much great value designers could bring to society and community. He stated, “Design is society. Without design, what would we be? Everything is design, and the good design is so good, you don’t even think of it as design. Nonprofit design is harder. Design on a tight budget can still be impactful and helpful and well designed.”  And that’s where creative go-round began to take shape in his mind.

This feature will continue tomorrow.

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