With a strong graphic foundation, many alumni go on to work at major retailers or start their own lines. Here’s a sampling of alumni- and faculty-made goods available this holiday season.
Posted 11.01.10 by mica communications
Katie Evans '09 (graphic design) created the very fun funfetti thermos for kate spade, where she now works as a graphic designer after interning at the fashion house while a student. The kate spade winter collection includes several pieces designed by Evans, including mittens, pencil set, coaster set, and two stationery designs. "It makes me so happy to hold the real thing," she said of seeing her designs go from sketches to store shelves. "Buying the product and being able to give it to people, that feeling makes me want to do it over and over again." ($30; katespade.com)
Before opening Gilah Press + Design in 2004, Kat Feuerstein '99 thought the business would be strictly graphic design, her major at MICA, but then she fell in love with the hands on aspect of letterpressing. In her Baltimore studio she designs and prints paper-based products, from custom wedding invitations to feisty greeting cards. Her Jubilee card series offers inspiration for all the major holidays with geometric patterns within patterns. ($5 each or $24 for six, gilahpress.com for store locations)
In a process she's dubbed Digital Tool Breaking, new graphic design faculty member Keetra Dean Dixon has designed two Swatch watches for the fall/winter 2010 collection. Dixon, who's "work is fresh, innovative and colorful," according to a Swatch rep, designed the Nibits and Spare Corners watches by mixing Java script with Adobe Illustrator to push existing effects and filters beyond what would typically occur, with final products that turn a white band into shots chaotic, colorful pattern. ($55; shop.swatch.com)
In 2005, after the birth of his daughter, Maya, Mike Weikert '05 saw an opportunity to create fresh, innovative baby products and developed Small Roar, a fusion of graphic design, free speech, and baby clothes, as his MFA in Graphic Design thesis project. Small Roar uses the graphic T-shirt as an inexpensive way to make a visual statement. His family grew again in 2007 with the birth of his son, Eli. ($15; smallroar.com; target.com)