Michael Kidwell is a designer with a unique professional history that includes industrial and graphic design experience in both...Read More
Michael Kidwell is a designer with a unique professional history that includes industrial and graphic design experience in both consulting and corporate design offices. Brands that he has influenced through project work include Hallmark Cards, Homelite, John Deere, Mastercard, Samsonite, Sears/Craftsman and State Farm Insurance. His work has been patented, trademarked, nationally recognized and appeared in significant publications including BusinessWeek and Graphis.
Prior to joining KCAI, he was a senior graphic designer for Hallmark Cards, responsible for the design and direction for corporate branded communications in electronic, print, and environmental forms. In his professional practice, as design principal for LXIII XI, he enjoys research as well as a rigorous process of refinement.
Kidwell strives to balance the pursuit of excellence in graphic design with the demands of family life and a passion for cycling. He holds a B.F.A. degree in industrial design from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in...Read More
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in Kansas City, Mo. Diamond has helped DMH achieve creative success that has been recognized by the Kansas City AIGA and the Kansas City Ad Club. He has been published in several industry publications, including Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual and Graphis & Creativity. His creative work has earned him a National ADDY award, several regional ADDYs and quite a few more ADDYs presented by the Kansas City chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
Throughout his 25-year career, Diamond has worked on and directed a myriad of prestigious accounts, including Ascend Learning, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. The Smithsonian Institution, UMB Bank, Helzberg Diamonds, the Missouri Lottery, the Syfy Channel, Shatto Milk Company, H&R Block, Payless ShoeSource, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Swiss Re and G.E., to name a few.
Diamond is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communication. He also attended Syracuse University in New York, where he received a master of arts degree in graphic design. Prior to co-founding DMH, he worked at Barkley and Sullivan Higdon & Sink, both in Kansas City.
He serves as president on the board for Friendship Inn, whose mission is to provide affordable accommodations for families of patients at the University of Kansas Hospital, so that no family in need is turned away.
His personal measure of business success comes from helping his associates stay challenged, satisfied and motivated so that, ultimately, DMH’s clients succeed.
Diamond lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Kathy, their three children, Mary, Evelyn and John, and their dog, Gertrude. When not working, he enjoys watching his kids’ sports teams and cycling.
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Kelly Ludwig began designing professionally in 1982. Ludwig Design began first as a...Read More
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Kelly Ludwig began designing professionally in 1982. Ludwig Design began first as a freelance endeavor in 1987 and evolved into a design and marketing agency, managing clients ranging from small businesses to major pharmaceutical companies as well as extensive book design and publishing projects.
Her design work has been recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols and Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors and Omnis. She has also shared her knowledge and expertise in design and art direction by working with students in the field.
She has taught Professional Practice and Color, Form and Production, Image Visual Advocacy and Online Presence for the Artist at KCAI as well as packaging and logo design at Johnson County Community College.
Ludwig's love of self-taught and folk art has led her to all regions of the country, collecting art, meeting artists and photographing the visionary sites she encounters. This passion has resulted in authoring the 2007 book "Detour Art, Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast." Her extensive collection recently returned from a two-year nationwide tour.
She has blended her passion for photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology and created two travel apps for the iPhone, the award-winning "Best Road Trip Ever and "Road Trip 66." Detour Art, Travel-o-Pedia and Home Court Advantage are just a few titles in the long line of design and marketing projects Ludwig has personally created. Her photographs have been exhibited in a number of museums and books.
Dan Padavic, who brings years of experience as a printmaker and designer, has printed work for various bands and musicians. In addition...Read More
Dan Padavic, who brings years of experience as a printmaker and designer, has printed work for various bands and musicians. In addition to the work for himself, he prints work daily for artist such as Brent Couchman, Nate Williams, Ty Mattson, Hydro74, Frank Chimero, Meg Hunt, Blake E. Marquis and A. Micah Smith and all that they do together with Tad Carpenter under the Vahalla Studios name.
Padavic graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor degree in visual communications with an emphasis in graphic design and printmaking.
Erika Goering is a user-experience designer and information architect in emerging technologies, focusing mainly on Web and mobile app...Read More
Erika Goering is a user-experience designer and information architect in emerging technologies, focusing mainly on Web and mobile app design and development. Teaching herself rudimentary Web design and programming at a very young age, Goering has a longtime love of interaction design that has led to an adventurous career path.
Goering graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013 with a B.F.A. degree in graphic design. She is the co-founder and creative director of Cogneedo, an interaction design firm in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. She returns to KCAI as lecturer in graphic design, teaching Online Presence for the Artist. Previously, Goering worked as a graphic designer and mentor for at-risk youth at MyARTS from 2006 to 2012 and as a teacher’s assistant at KCAI in 2014.
Goering holds a variety of local, national and international awards and recognition for her work in experiential design, including a Design Ignites Change award and multiple AIGA KC awards. She was a semifinalist for the Adobe Design Achievement Award and a semifinalist for a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum People’s Design Award.
In her spare time, Goering is involved in groups such as AIGA, the Freelancers’ Union and the National Association of Professional Women. She also collects vintage electronic toys and spends time with her fiancé and four cats.
Emmy Rice started her teaching career at a high school in Marseille, France, and has spent the past five years teaching...Read More
Emmy Rice started her teaching career at a high school in Marseille, France, and has spent the past five years teaching in academia. She has extensive experience creating graphic design programs, having done so at two universities, and believes in fostering a culture of design to empower students. Rice regularly obtains grants to fund student workshops facilitated by visiting professionals, supplementing classroom learning. The most recent workshop focused on STEAM initiatives, using microcontrollers with design solutions to craft experiences.
Rice graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in textile design, and from Kansas State University in Manhattan with a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. Her graduate research focused on ethnography in design, and her professional work aims to connect her analog past with her love for digital spaces. She operates a letterpress business that feeds her inner typography demons while repeatedly teaching her the ins and outs of accounting.
She serves on the board of AIGA Kansas City, the professional association for design, helping to organize and create design programming for the greater Kansas City community.