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Ampersand Design Studio

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a professor that makes such a lasting impression on your life, but both of us just happen to be in that category. While attending design school at The University of Kansas, we had the pleasure of having Professor Patrick Dooley starting in our early design years. Starting with early classes, he taught us the very basic foundations of typography and graphic design and let us discover what successful visual communication really meant. His dry sense of humor, calm demeanor (even while sometimes delivering harsh criticism), and endless passion for passing on his knowledge, while at the same time letting each student's design sense show through, was truly one of a kind. His classes made us fall in love with design!! We owe much of our success in the design industry to what we learned from Patrick. We'd like to personally thank him for all he has done and we are thrilled to help share this news!!

Drumroll please...AIGA Kansas City announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City.

With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley's  awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few.

Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date.

Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students,  developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

A bit about the AIGA Fellow Award: The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration.

A bit about AIGA Kansas City: AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

If you are local and would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Professor Patrick Dooley, make sure you attend the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City!


AIGA homegrown Kansas city // Fashion

Ampersand Design Studio

{disclaimer: we just realized this post from months ago was saved in our drafts and never published, so publishing now}

We just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to the Kansas City AIGA chapter, especially Taylor Pruitt for organizing this awesome Homegrown event!!!

Just as we mentioned before, we were beyond flattered to be in the company that we were in--such an inspiring group of speakers (see full list here)! So we wanted to share just a few shots from the event for those of you that missed it!

This was our first time in the River Market Event Space--amazing!!! We highly recommend it!

(Morgan's outfit)

So we had a packed house...can you say, nervous? eeks.

But the talk went great, other than our microphones making that super awful sound when they get too close to each other. That's never fun.

And, one thing we were happily surprised about, was the warm welcome for our little mini-shop set up in the back of the event space. We had a chance to catch up with some old friends and meet so many new friends in the city!!

{i mean, this cutie HAD to own our neon yellow ampersand print, right? it was meant for her!}

It always means so much more to meet the people that we are selling our art to! Just makes us want to have a bricks & mortar shop one day! Look how freaking amazing our customers were!

Now, since we are actually publishing this post SO late, we cannot find the names of our darling customers, so if one of these is you, please give us a shout! :)

we're speaking at KC AIGA Homegrown: Fashion event

Ampersand Design Studio

We wanted to let all of our Kansas City friends know that we'll be speaking  as a part of the AIGA Homegrown series about the synergy between fashion and graphic design!! It's just to get us all ready for Fashion Week, right? As you might have guessed by our blog, we feel that all areas of design strongly affect each other, and fashion and graphic design are no exception for us! We can't wait to share a bit about how the fashion world influences what we do! Come see us!

Here's a bit of info from AIGA describing the series and check out the other talented panelists that we have the honor to share the evening with!


Whether you are a recessionista or chic couturist, you'll be design dapper with the upcoming Homegrown event including a fashionable panel of locals that design, brand, sell, photograph and create things we love to wear. Join us for this ferosh discussion and get some on-trend insights into KC fashion.

Our Fashion Panel Moderated by Molly Bingaman of Ladybird Styling Sara Cramer | Handmade by Sara Cramer Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer | Ampersand Studio David Lloyd | Method, Kansas City Haberdashery Sarah S. Nelsen | studio será será Jenny Wheat | Wheat Photography

About the Homegrown Series Homegrown: Fashion continues AIGA KC's series celebrating Kansas City homegrown talent. Highlighting the creative synthesis between design and fashion. AIGA KC embraces this thriving creative community by inviting diverse "homegrown" talent to share their stories of success.

Thursday, February 7 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Early Bird Registration Available through February 6 $10 Student Member $15 Member $20 Nonmember

Click here to register! We hope you can all make it!

And PS, we will be bringing along a few things from our etsy shop just in case you want to take home a little Ampersand token!