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Creative Cocktails April

Creative Cocktails

New Design School has launched a monthly networking event in Northwest Arkansas for creatives and those seeking creatives! Events will be held the second Fridays of each month from 5-7pm at various locations in Northwest Arkansas. Save the date! Our second event will be April 11, 2014, at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville:


Join the event conversation on Facebook:


Register for the event via Eventbright so we can learn more about who is attending:


If you are interested in future hosting opportunities, please contact Sonia Davis Gutiérrez at sonia@newdesignschool.org or call 479-442-1443.

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2013 Winter Gala Award Winners

It was cold evening in Northwest Arkansas with many streets and sidewalks still covered in ice, but it was warm indoors at our 7th Annual New Design School gala. A saying shared with young designers, “You’ve got to learn the rules to break them,” was our theme. David Lewis made some incredible rule-breaking food by making the foods that looked sweet, savory and vice versa. We had great entertainment by harpist Beth Stockdell and DJ Baby Armie. Student packaging and typography designs were displayed.

Arkadia Poster by Mark Laney

2013 People’s Choice Winner, Arkadia Poster by Marc Laney

Each year at this event we give out two awards: Peoples’ Choice and Juror’s Choice. We had two jurors this year: Sarah Marsh an architect, fashion designer and a Fayetteville City Council member and Joe Alexander a local sign painter.

The award for People’s Choice went to Marc Laney. Marc’s poster for Arkadia, a local arcade business was chosen by the attendees of our 2013 Winter Gala held at the Matt Miller Studio in downtown Fayetteville on December 12. The Juror’s Choice Award which went to James Rector for his Burton Font poster promoting a custom font that he designed. Both Marc and James will be splitting the proceeds raised at the gala event, $500.

2013 Juror's Choice Award Winner James Rector

2013 Juror’s Choice Award Winner, Burton Font Poster by James Rector



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2014 Spring Term Schedule

Spring term begins Monday, January 13, and lasts until Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Professional Practice Summer 2013

First Year Seminars

  • Web Design / Sonia Davis Gutiérrez / Mondays / 6-8PM
  • Adobe Photoshop / Kat Wilson / Tuesdays / 6-8PM
  • History of Graphic Design / Mike Davis Gutiérrez / Wednesday / 6-8PM
  • Design Studio 1 / Sonia Davis Gutiérrez / Thursdays / 6-8PM

Second Year Seminars

  • Portfolio Development 1* / Laura Bennett / Mondays / 6-8PM
  • Thesis Studio 1* / Sonia Davis Gutiérrez / Tuesdays / 6-8PM
  • Color Studies* / Kat Wilson / Wednesdays / 6-8PM
*These seminars have prerequisites.
Review and read the seminar descriptions.

Fill out and submit the enrollment agreement for the fall 2013 term:
NDS Enrollment-Agreement-2014 (154kb PDF)

The first 30 minutes of each class will begin with an orientation.

If you require advising contact Sonia.

Materials: Computer and Software

If you need a computer and/or software we recommend you visit the UA Computer Store, (479) 575-5414. The ”base model MacBook Pro” which was quoted to us at $999.00 will be great for class. You are welcome to use a Windows based laptop. We just like for students to become familiar with the industry standard computer operating environment as soon as possible. You will need to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) directly from the Adobe website which requires a subscription service for software. This student version is $29.99 and requires a minimum 1 year subscription:


To purchase software with Adobe you will need an New Design School email which will be issued to you upon admission and enrollment. You will not need the email to purchase the computer.

Here is a map and hours of the UA Computer Store:


Last Updated  Monday, January 6, 2014.

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