Karim Zariffa Guest Lecture

Fri, June 13th // 12-1pm
WWU Academic West

Karim Zariffa is a multidisciplinary designer and director. He is accomplished in multiple formats and technologies, his style keeps changing in order to keep moving forward and explore more. Based in Montreal, Canada and with international clients like The New York Times, HP, Nokia, Air Canada, AOL, and Coke, Karim has won many design awards, has been published in books and magazines, and gives lectures around the world.

Senior Portfolio Show

Fri, June 13th // 1-4pm
WWU Academic West

Come see the 2014 graduating BA & BFA Design seniors as they display work from their major. Family and friends are welcome.
Check out their portfolios here.

DESIGN DAYS 2014 // May 12-16

Justin Kemerling Guest Lecture

Mon, May 12 // 6:30pm
WWU Academic West 210

Justin Kemerling focuses on collaborative projects from his office in Omaha, Nebraska. His practice is as much about art, community, activism, citizenship, entrepreneurship and strategy, as it is graphic design. Kemerling works with startups, non-profits, activists, designers, artists and changemakers on a variety of projects. His expertise includes brand partnerships, websites, as well as integrated /multi-channel campaigns. In addition to AIGA awards and recognition by Communication Arts, he's been featured on Change Observer, interviewed on The Reflex Blue Show and was recent recipient of the Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award for utilizing design to inspire social change.

Design for a Cause

Tues, May 13 // noon
WWU Communications Facility 105

Students from the 2013-2014 BFA Program will share projects focusing on the power of design as an agent of change. Selected projects will be shared from the Fall Design Workshop and Winter Design Seminars. A video written, edited and produced for Pass the Hat in Bellingham and a video and accompanying publication for The Bellingham Lighthouse Mission will be featured. Learn how these students honed their design skills, got work for their portfolio while making a difference in the lives of community members.

Human-Centered Design

Wed, May 14 // 11am–12pm

Design students Riley McGaff and Brent Sandifer will discuss the role of research methodologies in print and interaction design. McGaff, a senior in the Design BA Program will share concepts from his degree minor to reveal the role psychology plays in design, while Sandifer, a junior in the Design BFA Program will present insight into UX Research.

Design Research

Thurs, May 15 // noon
WWU Communications Facility 120

Students from the 2013-2014 BFA Program will present solutions for a design research project presented to Teague Design in Seattle as part of the Winter Design Workshop. The focus of the research was on the history and future of personal entertainment technology. In addition to their findings, the three groups will reveal their solutions: Beam, Mosaic, and Quiet House.

Pablo: The Movie

Thurs, May 15 // 6:30pm
Pickford Film Center, Bellingham

Partnering with the WWU Design Department, Bellingham's Pickford Theatre present an animated movie on the life and work of Pablo Ferro. The film blends documentary and animation elements to tell the saga of Pablo Ferro's unconventional life: his road from Cuba to working with Stan Lee and Disney in New York to Hollywood studio work. Once hailed by Stanley Kubrick as the father of the sixties look and MTV aesthetics, Pblo Ferro created an aesthetic for an era and laid out an array of visual techniques that would be copied and reworked for decades.

Design Swag for Sale

Thurs & Fri, May 14–15th // 1pm-4:00pm
WWU Vendors Row

Design students spend a lot of time honing their hand skills as well as working digitally. At the booth, students will be selling unique handmade books, screen printed journals, posters and Tshirts.


Mon, May 12 – May 16 // 10am–6pm
Ideal, Bellingham

Posters designed by Juniors in the BFA Design Program will be on display at Bellingham’s own, Ideal - carefully curated goods. The projects were produced in the Typography II course this spring and feature hand-lettered typographic solutions highlighting the different and unique neighborhoods in the Bellingham community.

Justin Kemerling Exhibit

Mon–Fri, May 12 – May 16
Miller Hall Collaborative Space

A selection of projects by the keynote speaker of design days 2014. The work is with startups, non-profits, activists, designers, artists and changemakers on a variety of projects, including brand partnerships, websites, integrated/multi-channel campaigns and one-off projects.

Character Character

Mon–Fri, May 12 – May 16
Miller Hall Collaborative Space

There are many terms used to refer to the components of the alphabet. These terms include words like letters, symbols, letterforms, characters, etc. For this display students were inspired by the concept of letters as "characters" and transformed some of their favorite letterforms to reflect 'characters' of a different sort.

Motion Showcase

Mon–Fri, May 12 – May 16
Fine Arts Building
110 Video Display
Showcase of student projects from Digital Media Design I & II and Visual Communications IV will be on display. Projects range from stop-frame animation, kinetic typography, mobile app promos, and TV idents.

Reality Check

Sat, May 3rd // 8:30am–12:30pm
Seattle Pacific University | $10 members