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Designer Dogs 2014 a Success

Designer Dogs 2014We raised $501 for scholarships! What a fabulous, successful evening for the inaugural Designer Dogs: A Scholarship Fundraiser.

imag0371Chefs Chad of Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese, Ashley Zulpo of Tyson Foods, Zane Placke of Greenhouse Grille and William of mayflower restaurant were so amazing. We appreciate you so much for creating delicious treats!
NDS Students, you guys rocked it on the posters and with being so helpful before, during and after the event!
Dan Snow, we super appreciate you on table and art set up!
Fayetteville Town Center thanks for donating such a fabulous venue. Thanks Collin, Hazel and team for all you did and continue to do for First Thursday.
Marlon Blackwell Architects we appreciate your donation of prints for the student work. Samantha Sigmon board member we are super grateful for every level of your support.
James Kenneth Rector must be attributed for the fabulous event concept.
Mike Davis I am very grateful that you pour yourself so generously into everything New Design School.
Many thanks to everyone who attended despite the weather, we appreciate your participation so much.
Thanks juror Bryan Gott for selecting Mayflower Restaurant for the Juror’s Choice Top Dog Award who received the golden ticket, a $50 tab at a local pub. His designers Reynolds Sharp and Erica Downs will share $250 toward tuition.
The votes were extremely close for People’s Choice! 10-11-10-11 for Zane, Ashley, Chad and William respectively! We had discussed splitting all the winnings evenly between all the students but it has been decided to award the ones who got that 1 extra vote.
imag0412So…People’s Choice Top Dog Award goes to Ashley Zulpo of Tyson Foods and her designers Alejandro Sanchez and Jeanie Maria Lopez-Hall will share the second $250.
Zane, Chad and Ashely each also received a $10 gift certificate to a local eatery for participating. Thanks Samantha!!
Rachel Arnold, Reynolds Sharp and number 0942473 won a Kindle.
We really look forward to doing this again soon!
Thanks everyone who make design and technology education possible for our students!

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Designer Dogs 2014

Designer Dogs 2014Designer Dogs is what happens when culinary genius is coupled with graphic design talent. Join us for the inaugural Designer Dogs where local chefs are paired with New Design School students. Chow down on delicious hot dogs, view incredible posters promoting each unique creation and know that your ticket benefits scholarships.

Attendees get to vote for their Top Dog Chef-Designer Team for the People’s Choice Award and, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle!

A professional culinary-designer duo get to choose their favorite team for the Juror’s Choice Award.

The winning Chefs get a Top Dog trophy designed by sculptor Mike Davis along with a $50 tab at a local pub of their choice.

The winning students get scholarships!

To volunteer please email sonia@newdesignschool.org.

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Creative Cocktails September in Siloam Springs

New Design School hosts a monthly networking event for creatives and people seeking creatives. It is held the second Fridays from 5-7pm at various location around Northwest Arkansas. This month we’ll be at 28 Springs from 5-8pm, going an extra hour to give people plenty of time to arrive. Hope to see you there!

Here is the event on Facebook:


Here it is on Eventbrite:


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Meet Your Instructor for Fall 2014

Meet Your InstructorMeet your mentor and professional connection to learning at New Design School. Ask questions about class and the program, meet current and new students and chat with alumni. All are welcome to attend. Academic seminars still have some open spaces so it is not too late to inquire about enrollment. Join us from 6-7pm on Thursday, August 14, from 6-7pm at New Design School.

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Fall 2014 Academic Term & Schedule, Updated 8/17

The fall 2014 term begins Monday, August 18, and lasts until Thursday, November 13.

Professional Practice Summer 2013

First Year

  • Adobe Illustrator / Laura Bennett / Mondays / 6-8pm
  • Creative Identity 101 / Eric Huber / Tuesdays / 6-8pm
  • Professional Practice for Freelance 101 / Sonia Davis Gutierrez / Wednesdays / 6-8pm
  • Collaboration Studio / Dan Snow /Thursdays / 6-8pm

Second Year

  • Package Design 101 / Mike Davis Gutierrez / Tuesdays / 6-8pm* *THIS CLASS BEGINS THE SECOND WEEK, ON AUGUST 22, 2014*
  • Typography 101 / TBD / Wednesdays / 6-8pm
  • Design Studio 102 / TBD / Thursdays / 6-8pm
Review and read the seminar descriptions.

Download and review the New Student Packet. Fill out and submit the enrollment agreement, “application,” for the fall 2014 term:
New Student Packet Page

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”  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 $19.99 and requires a minimum 1 year subscription. Be sure to read the fine print for details as this may change.

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


To purchase software at the Computer Store or 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.

Last Updated  August 17, 2014

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Joe Alexander: 40 Years of Sign Painting Launches July 3, 2014


Photo by Kat Wilson

New Design School is launching NDS Press with its inaugural publication Joe Alexander: 40 Years of Sign Painting!

The mission of New Design School Press is to publish books that chronicle and celebrate Arkansas designers who have mastered their craft and are passionate about the communities in which they live.

Download the press release with all the details about our first book to be available as an e-book, print-on-demand or a beautiful, limited edition, hand-bound book:

Joe Alexander: 40 Years of Sign Painting Inaugural book for NDS Press Launches July 3, 2014 (Microsoft Word 381kb)

Photos and credits for media:
IM Spa Hours by Kat Wilson
Joe Alexander Sign for Book Cover photo by Amy Ha
Tattoo Business Signs photo by Kat Wilson
All signs hand-lettered by Joe Alexander

The book launch takes place on First Thursday in Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 3, 2014, 5-8pm at the Fayetteville Underground. If you own any of Joe’s signs and can part with it/them for one month please let us know as we plan to to exhibit any signs we can find in the main gallery at the Fayetteville Underground.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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