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UNI to host graphic design symposium

March 25, 2013

Roy Behrens, professor, Department of Art, 319-273-2260,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Art will host a symposium on graphic design for design professionals, educators and students. The event will take place starting at 5 p.m., Friday, April 26 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

The event, titled Envisioning Design, will start with an annual portfolio night. Upper-level UNI graphic design students will present their portfolios, which will be available for public viewing. Two keynote speakers will be featured. Beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, the keynote speaker for the evening is designer and design educator Sang-Duck Seo, associate professor of graphic design and media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Seo is an award-winning graphic and industrial designer, and he specializes in kinetic typography, brand identity and security printing design. An informal reception will follow the presentation.

Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m., and will include mini-presentations, panel discussions and other events pertaining to a wide range of aspects of graphic design, including design history, typography, theory and education. At 11 a.m., second keynote speaker Claudia Covert, arts librarian and scholar from the Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design, will present. Covert will discuss the school's extensive collection of colorful, World War I ship camouflage designs, produced by American artists.

"This informal symposium will be a delightful, informative way for designers and design students to renew friendships, make new contacts and exchange ideas," says Roy Behrens, professor of art. "It's going to be a wonderful mix of design professionals, design teachers, students, alumni and others."

This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, email with Design Conference in the subject line no later than Monday, April 1. For more information, contact Behrens at