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5D [Five Dimensions] April 3, 2009

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5 Designers

Designer Profiles + Open Dialogue

Design is everywhere: in your classroom, in your transit from home to school, at the club, at the movies, at the park, in your kitchen, and even on your body. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly in dialogue with design. You can be literally so at the April 7 Open Dialogue between you and the people on the other end of design.

As our society continually faces new challenges within racial and cultural realms, it is especially necessary and beneficial to have designers who are driven by cultural perspectives and awareness, and who are fluent in the languages (literally and figuratively) of those cultures.

Thus, AADSA is welcoming five (5) local African American designers to discuss their roles and experiences as African American designers, and their design perspectives as they relate to culture.

After each designer provides his/her “profile,” the audience (you) will have the opportunity to converse with and ask questions of the panelists about various aspects of design.


+ McArthur Freeman | Associate Professor of NCSU Art + Design Program
+ Tobias Rose | Principal + Creative Director, KompleksCreative, Inc.
+ Zena Howard | Senior Associate, The Freelon Group
+ DeMarcus Williams | Owner + Art Director, FreshDezigns, LLC
+ Sharvin Whitted | Interactive Art Director, Howard Merrell + Partners

Date:     Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Time:     6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:  Belk Rotunda, circular room on 3rd floor of Brooks Hall
Street:     Pullen Road
City/Town:      Raleigh, NC

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Figure Drawing Workshop – Glenn Vilppu March 19, 2009

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The College of Design’s Art + Design department welcomes master teacher Glenn Vilppu for a very special set of figure drawing workshops.

Glenn Vilppu

Glenn Vilppu is one of the premier figure drawing instructors to the hollywood animation studios. He teaches figure drawing at the American Animation Institute, the Masters program of the UCLA Animation Department, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Ryhthm & Hues Studios, as well as Disney TV studios in Japan, Canada, and the Philippines. Vilppu has also worked in the Animation industry for 18 years as a layout, storyboard and presentation artist. His drawing manual and videos are being used worldwide as course materials for animation students.

Glenn Vilppu has an unbelievable technique that will teach you how to understand the construction of the human figure so that you can create any pose from any angle from just your imagination.

“Analyze the model, don’t copy the model.” – Glenn Vilppu
Come learn the art of conveying gesture, understanding the difference between drawing for animation and illustration, and improving your overall drawing skills with Glenn’s method for breaking down each step into smaller steps, making the impossible – possible.

Don’t miss your opportunity to get better, by learning from a master.

Friday, March 20, 2009
9:30 am – 12:30 pm in Leazar – Room 310
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Leazar – Room 312

Saturday, March 21, 2009

10 am – 1 pm in Brooks Hall – Belk Rotunda
2 pm – 5 pm in Brooks Hall – Belk Rotunda

For questions, please email Elena Page at elena.e.page@gmail.com

These are participatory workshops. All attending participants should bring supplies for drawing the human form. Bring materials that you are comfortable working with, whether it is a clipboard with paper and a pen, a sketchbook and pencils, or your laptop and a pressure sensitive tablet.



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“Design Center Tour”

Friday, March 27th, 2009 –  2:00PM to 3:30PM
IBM RTP Campus, Building 201

Get an email invitation to this open-house event where you will hear about design projects from several IBM Designers in various fields such as Client Experience, User Experience and Industrial Design.  These designers will walk you through projects where they have created new technologies, processes, products and experiences.  Time for Q&A, along with the opportunity to view design models will follow the tour.

Questions: Linda Brown, blinda@us.ibm.com


INTERCOM (2nd Annual) March 12, 2009

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E V E R Y O N E W E L C O M E !
Please plan to attend

INTERCOM (2nd Annual)
Monday, March 16 from 5:30 p.m.
Leazar Hall 311+312
NC State University, College of Design.

Each discipline in the College of Design is represented in the second annual Intercom: College of Design Research Exchange. Please join the college community Monday, March 16 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Leazar 311 and 312.  Everyone is welcome. Learn what colleagues, doctoral and master’s candidates are thinking about and making happen.
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Design Intercom 2009

This event is hosted by the College S.R.E.E. Committee.

Design Expo (DXR) Expands to Charlotte in 2009 February 20, 2009

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After two extremely successful years, Design Expo Raleigh will expand to a second location (Charlotte, NC) in 2009 and will simply be known as Design Expo or DXR.

The theme for DXR’09 is “Designing Change.”

The purpose of DXR ’09 is to present great design to the public and to give designers, both professionals and students, a forum to display and discuss their work. A unique showcase of applied arts coming together as a whole, Design Expo promotes broader awareness of many different design disciplines and creates an opportunity for local designers to network with each other, students, and the public. Among the diverse applied arts to be represented at DXR ’09 are Animation, Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Textile/Fashion Design.

The schedule for this year’s event will be:

Raleigh: May 1-9 at Flanders Art Gallery
Charlotte: August 20-22 at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design

DXR’09 depends on innovators like you to make it a success. Come be a part of this great celebration and show what you have created!

Click Here to learn more about this event and how to get involved.


PIXAR: Technical Challenges in the Production Pipeline January 23, 2008

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Duke Computer Science Colloquia
Guest Speaker: Susan M. Fisher, Pixar

Date:    01/28/2008
Time:     4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location:    Love Auditorium (B101) LSRC, Duke
Contact:    info@cs.duke.edu
Event URL:    http://www.cs.duke.edu/events/?id=00000000806

RatatouilleEach feature film at Pixar introduces increasing levels of complexity. From rushing waters, to crowds, to creating realistic food, the production pipeline is full of technical challenges. This talk provides an overview of the movie-making process at Pixar, walking through the stages a film takes from its initial concept to appearing on screen. Highlights of several specific technical challenges encountered during the production of Ratatouille will be covered.

Susan M. Fisher earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and her Masters degree at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her graduate research included exploring new methods of estimating penetration depth for deformable body collisions, and simplification of hair rendering using levels of detail. Susan is currently the Rendering Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios for their 2008 feature film Wall-E. She has been with Pixar since 2001.

intercom + design research exchange January 17, 2008

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Submit a 250 word summary using the attached Word file “intercom_submission.doc.”

7 minute presentation on any research agenda: funded/unfunded, big ideas/inklings.  All proposals from faculty will be accommodated. Graduate+PhD Students are welcome to attend this event.

Direct inquiries and summaries to Vita Plume, vita_plume@ncsu.edu.
General & Technical info: Lee Cherry 513-1259 or lee_cherry@ncsu.edu

INTERCOM: February 25, 5:30 p.m. SAVE THE DATE
Hosted by the SREE Committee.

Apple “Remix” Speaker Series December 11, 2007

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“Remix” speaker series event at University of North Carolina for Wednesday, December 12 at 3:00 pm.

C-TRL LabsThey are featuring Nika Offenbac from C-TRL Labs as the keynote speaker for this event… Nika will be speaking about her creative process, inspirations, how her agency’s work has evolved, and some of the things she is seeing in the creative industry today.

This is a great event for students and educators to learn about what is expected in the “real world” today, what students should be prepared to tackle, and the opportunities that are available after graduation.

Please feel free to bring a friend or colleague to this event. They do not need to be pre-registered to attend.

Below is a link to a recent profile on C-TRL Labs that is featured on Apple’s website.


Wednesday, December 12
3:00 – 4:30 pm

University of North Carolina
School of Journalism
Carroll Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Below is a link to directions for parking at UNC Journalism School.


The Creative Arts: The Soul of a Community October 23, 2007

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Raleigh Arts Commission Town Hall Meeting

Public Art

Quail Ridge Books & Music, in partnership with the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, is hosting a town hall meeting on the arts, entitled “The Creative Arts: The Soul of a Community.” The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Quail Ridge Books, located at 3522 Wade Ave. in the Ridgewood Shopping Center.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring arts leaders from the community representing different disciplines. Panel members will include North Carolina writer Sally Buckner; Chandra Cox, chair of North Carolina
State University’s Art & Design Department; North Carolina Symphony Conductor William Curry; Robert Galbraith, an opera director; Bob Rankin, a well known painter; and Tyler Walters, a dance expert with Carolina Ballet. The panel discussion will be moderated by Clay Stalnaker, retired professor of philosophy at N.C. State. Introductory remarks will be offered by Brian Starkey, chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

“Creative arts must challenge and shape the soul of our community,” said Mr. Stalnaker. “To do this, their deepest significance must be articulated, imaginations must be sparked, ways of thinking refined, and biases tested.”
The panelists will be contributing to this examination of the arts. All attendees of the town hall meeting will be allowed to participate in the discussion.

For more information, contact Rene Martin, events coordinator with Quail Ridge Books & Music, at 828-7912 or email qrbRene@aol.com.

Established in 1977, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the Commission’s myriad activities encourage, support, and promote the arts in the Capital City.