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In September of this year, Communication Design students in a Logos and Corporate Identity Class started work on an important logo project for Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). The class was guided through the creative process by Communication Design instructor Dan Elliott and teaching assistant Cari Hogan (a Harrington alumna) while also being coached on working with clients.  At the conclusion of the project, the RAILS Board approved a logo which kicked off the resulting logo and style guide produced for RAILS at no cost by the students.

Bill Coffee, Vice President of the La Grange Public Library Board and Secretary of the RAILS Board, summed up the experience of working with Harrington College students: “They are so professional that you feel like you are working with a corporate design firm.”

Pictured above: Instructor Dan Elliot (back row) with his Logos and Corporate Identity class. (Left to right): Teaching Assistant Cari Hogan, Ilse Ortiz, Alejandra Cardona, Alice Nita, Jillian Cartwright, Shea Cahill, and Jessica Cairo.

Photo and information courtesy RAILS

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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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10,000 Minnesota lakes. One lake branded each day. The ambitious logo project taken on by Nicole Meyer to brand each Minnesota lake has taken on a life of its own on her site Branding10000Lakes, and the results are fascinating: from subtle to tongue-in-cheek to literal, her logos offer a rare glimpse into the creative process of one very talented graphic designer. The lake names also make you wonder why animals seem to have such bad luck in Minnesota…

I’ve chosen a few of my favorites below – check out her site to see how far she’s gotten and let me know which one is your favorite!


All graphics by Nicole Meyer

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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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Some exciting new design workshops offered the Harrington College of Design Fall 2011 Continuing Education Workshops are coming up. Don’t miss out on:

Advanced workshop on 3D drafting using AutoCAD 2010. Taught by Marshall Willis
11/12, 9am-2pm, Room 228

Sketch Up I
Introduction workshop on this 3D rendering Google software. Taught by Richard Avery
11/12, 9am-2pm, Room 415

Sketch Up II
Advanced 3D rendering and context photo placement techniques. Taught by Richard Avery
11/19, 9am-2pm, Room 415

In Design
Introduction software workshop on this Adobe CS5 software product. Taught by Maureen Johnson
11/19, 9am-2pm, Room 228

All classes will be held at the Harrington College of Design, 200 West Madison, Chicago, IL.

Cost:  $90: Students $120: Alumni/Professional Members $195: General Public
*Minimum 5 attendees required for each workshop to run

RSVP to Carolina Garcia at cgarcia@harringtoncollege.com or 312.697.8070 or stop by Harrington Career Services in Suite 212.

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For anyone interested in continuing their education in design, the Harrington College of Design is offering a series of free workshops to help kick-start you journey into the design world! Designed to provide a basic introduction to the workshop’s subject, each 1.5 hour session consists of lecture and demonstration followed by hands-on studio work by attendees. Attend one of the free upcoming workshops to help get a better idea of what you can expect in courses at a design college!

Duffy O’Connor (Harrington Foundations instructor, color/drawing workshop leader and awesome Chicago artist), explains, “These Elements workshops offers students, prospective students and the generally interested an idea of what it’s like to be a student in one of my classes. The work is not graded but is critiqued in a supportive manner. Students also receive an Elements sketchbook with this series of workshops that is theirs to keep. From drawing form and space, to basic color terminology and the fundamentals of composition, each workshop provides a great overview to its subject.”

November Workshops:

  • Color Study:  Thursday Nov 3rd,  6pm–7:30pm,  Room 232  (Taught by Duffy O’Connor)
  • Color Study:  Saturday Nov 5th,  11am–12:30pm,  Room TBD  (Taught by Duffy O’Connor)
  • 2D Design:  Thursday Nov 10th,  6pm–7:30pm,  Room 232  (Taught by Duffy O’Connor)
  • Digital Photography Elements: Saturday Nov 12th, 11am–12:30pm,  Room TBD  (Taught by Ron Gould)
  • Graphic Design/Interior Design Elements:  Saturday Nov 12th, 11am–12:30pm,  Room TBD (Taught by Cari Parker)
  • 3D Design Process: Thursday Nov 17th, 6pm–7:30pm,  Room 232  (Taught by Duffy O’Connor)

December Workshops:

  • Drawing:  Thursday Dec 1st, 6pm–7:30pm,  Room 232 (Taught by Duffy O’Connor)
  • Digital Photography Elements: Saturday Dec 3rd, 11am–12:30pm,  Room TBD  (Taught by Ron Gould)
  • Merchandise Mart Tour: Wednesday Dec 7th 1pm–2:30pm,  Meet 1st floor  (Taught by Renee Studeman)
  • Color Study:  Thursday Dec 8th, 6pm–7:30pm,  Room 232  (Taught by Ron Gould)

RSVP now at elementsworkshops@harringtoncollege.com and let us know which workshop and which day!

Color wheel by Donald Jusko

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