GDUSA’s Student Design Awards Competition

A dedicated contest for students may be new for us, but  GDUSA has been organizing prestigious and welcoming design competitions for 54 years. In those five decades, the goal of these annual competitions — which now include Graphic Design, Package Design, Inhouse Design, Web Design and Health+Wellness Design — is to recognize effective graphic design, call attention to talented designers, and honor the value that graphic design brings to commerce and culture. In 2017, with students and educators having more influence than ever on the changing shape of design, media and culture, we believe the time is right for a GDUSA Student Design Awards that celebrates the promise of student designers and the power of design education.

All winners will receive an Award of Excellence Certificate suitable for framing, will have their winning piece automatically displayed on our popular website for a year, will have their name and school and (if you wish) instructor’s name published in our print and digital magazines, and will receive a free two-year subscription to GDUSA magazine and enewsletters.

Learn more or enter here:

Ad Wars

AAF is hosting AD WARS

Thursday, April 13, 2017
DJs Dugout | Downtown
6 PM
$150 per team (team should have 6 to 10 team members)

Can you handle the trivia? AdWars promises to be a fun and fact filled event. This team competition tests your knowledge of advertising practices, terminology and trivia. I’ts anything but trivial (just ask someone from the 2016 AAF Omaha AdWars championship team from Bailey Lauerman). It’s a brutal display of seemingly useless terms and acronyms. It’s a grueling and treacherous evening of famous jingles and tag lines. Most of all it’s always fun!

AAF Omaha presents 6 in 60 Panel Discussion – Why Advertising Fails?

6 in 60 Panel Discussion | Why Advertising Fails?
Date:  Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time:  6:00 PM
Location: DJ’s Dugout, 114th & Dodge
Price:  $10 Professional AAF Omaha Members | $15 Guests and Non Members | $5 Students

John Wanamaker famously said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” To try and answer that question we’ve assembled a amazing panel of advertising professionals. They will examine this topic, tell stories and share experiences. This event should be a very informative experience with a few laughs along the way.

David Moore, Creative Director, Bozell
Mary Palu, Head of Connections Strategy, Bailey Lauerman
Sara Smits Wilson, Vice President of Client Services & Public Relations, SKAR
David Distefano, Eleven Twenty-Three Marketing Agency
Amy Goldyn, Creative Director, Envoy, Inc.
Steve Armbruster, Creative Director/Partner, Redstone

During this event the panelists share firsthand experience and advice so that attendees can learn not only best practices, but also about rising trends in the industry. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists once the 60-minute discussion is complete.



Anthony Morey free lecture

Friday Febuary 3rd at 4 p.m. in Richards Hall 15.


For this lecture, “Storm in a Teacup. Back to questions, back to fragments,” Morey will look at the power of insanity, mischievousness, chaos, sense of loss and a little fantasy to speculate what it means to think, see and create in the current state of the architecture discipline. The lecture will discuss the opportunities of a non-originary architecture/language that is dependent on the power of miscommunication and translation as a means to view oneself and the world from varied vantage points in the aim of achieving a constant layering of delayed purity.

In addition to being this semester’s Hyde Chair, Morey is a Los Angeles based theorist, designer and curator. His interests reside in speculative research and architectural projects. Morey’s work is invested in writing and research in relation to the tensions between text, psychology and image.

Through his research studio YnotWorkshop and partnership in the architectural Office INmo, Morey has been able to investigate and bring to life various pursuits in the creative discipline through such mediums as exhibitions, installations and writings.

Morey is a co-founder of One Night Stand LA, an ongoing curation experiment in cultural representation along with its journal, Morning After. He is also a co-founder of MASKS the Journal, a publication founded while at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design that particularly focuses on the rifts between the subconscious and conscious tensions in the creative arts and the various tangencies within them.

Morey has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Harvard Graduate School of Design, along with being a visiting critic at Pratt, Woodbury, Cal Poly and the University of Miami. His work has been shown in various cities such as Paris, New York, Boston, Miami and Los Angeles; and his writings are widely published.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: Lawrence McFarland

Apr. 20, 2017 at 5:30pm. Richards Hall room 15.


Lawrence McFarland is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where he taught from 1985 until 2013.

McFarland received his B.F.A. in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1973 and in 1976 he received his M.F.A. in art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was awarded the Woods Fellowship. Upon his graduation from Nebraska, McFarland was selected as one of nine photographers to publish his work in “Kansas Album,” by James Enyeart and Terry Evans. Since that time he has received numerous awards and honors including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships over three decades, (1978-79, 1984-85, and 1990-91).

McFarland concentrates on landscape photography and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has work on several documentary projects including “Dine’tah – Hajiinei” which was focused on protecting the traditional homeland of the Navajo tribe.

McFarland is known for his creative activity, his teaching, and his service to the field of photography. Blue Sky Gallery, in Portland, Oregon, recently published a monograph of McFarland’s panoramic photographs of the American West.