Design Lecture Series

The KU Design Symposium Lecture Series (formerly the Hallmark Symposium) was established in 1984 to enrich the education of all KU students, and in particular those in the Department of Design, through exposure to designers, artists and educators from the United States and around the world. In this 35-plus year history, the series has grown to become a cultural asset to the local creative community beyond campus. Each year, students and area professionals are able to view groundbreaking work, explore provocative ideas, and learn from the practitioners who are expanding what is possible through art, design, and creative action.  

All lectures begin at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Fall 2022 Speakers

Aug. 25 | Jasjyot Singh Hans | Budig 130

Jasjyot Singh Hans is an illustrator unendingly inspired by an explosive neon mix of fashion, music and pop culture. He has a constant regard for things past and a voracity for all that is current. He studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and has an MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

His work chronicles around themes of body image, sexuality and self love.

Sept. 8 | Alison Nowak | Budig 130

Alison Nowak is an illustrator, graphic deigner, and writer. Much of her design, communications, and illustration work focuses on promoting sexual and reproductive health. She worked as an in-house designer at both Smitten Kitten and Family Tree Clinic.

Allison has received awards from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and 3x3 Magazine and has been featured in 3x3 Magazine's New Talent Gallery. She received an MFA in Visual Studies with a concentration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where I now teach illustration and other topics.

Alison has worked with a wide range of clients, from individual artists with small projects to retail stores launching national ad campaigns. 

Sept. 22 | Joey Zeledón | Online

Joey Zeledón works with objects to address their challenges and unlocks their potential by designing for user needs, emotional connection and business constraints all within a compelling object narrative identify - is it a printer? or could it be furniture that prints? is it a coffee maker? or could it be a barista in your kitchen? Is it awaiting room? Or could it actually be your living room at hte hospital? In 2022, Joey founded a design studio based on this approach, creating purposeful objects for people and market differentiation for clients. 

Prior to starting his own practice, Joey led design teams over the past 15 years while working for some of the best companies in the industry. He began his career designing shoes for Clarks, bringing market shoe lines to Clarks Originals and Banana Republic. He then made a transition to design consulting, working for Design Continuum in Boston and then for Smart Desgin in NYC and London where he designed products and experiences for companies like OXO, PepsiCo, Google and Ford and was a co-founder of Smart Design's Food Lab. 

Joey was then recruited by Steelcase to be the principal designer for their health category where he designed connected furniture for healthcare spaces. He went on to work for HP in Barcelona as the Head of Industrial Design where he lead the integration of printing technology into furniture archetypes. 

Joey's designs have garnered over 40 awards and have been featured in publications such as Design Milk, Dezeen, Fast Company, INterior Design, New York Times and TASCHE?N. He is also the author of Touchy/Feely, a book about emotional ergonomics. He currently serves as an advisor to MICA's Product Design Program and is an alumnus of the RIT Industrial Design program.

Oct. 20 | Angela Clark | Budig 130

Angela is a design and product development executive with a passion for creative leadership that contributes to the greater good. She has a robust design and product development experience at leading international brands, most notably IKEA and Pottery Barn. Her career has spanned from designing medical devices, exercise equipment, and fragrance delivery systems to decor, furniture, and storage solutions for the home.

She holds awards from Chicago Good Design and multiple patents. She brings her expertise in creative thinking, design, strategy, and business acumen into developing products, services, and experiences that have a lasting positive impact.

Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, her alma mater, where she teaches Marketing & Design and Professional Practices Entrepreneurship. She believes in the power of design to create positive change in people's lives and our communities.

Nov. 3 | Femke van Schoonhoven | Online

Femke van Schoonhoven is a senior product designer at Wealthsimple currently living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Prior to that she worked at Uber - first on the Money team in Amsterdam working on payment experiences for drivers around the world before relocating to Toronto to join the Merchant team at Uber Eats. 

While working at Uber, Femke started a YouTube Channel to teach product design and user research to the next generation of designers. Her videos have had over 1 million views.

Nov. 17 | TBA | Online


Dec. 1 | Justin C. Harder | Online

CLAUS is the moniker for the one-man creative studio of illustrator/designer Justin C. Harder. With a distinct sense of humor, a clear focus on bold, graphic illustrations and conceptually sound graphic design problem-solving, CLAUS brings a unique perspective to solutions for clients of all sizes.

Justin went to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL to pursue his dream making a living out of entertaining with his art. He majored in Illustration and also developed an interest in graphic design, finding ways to combine the two becoming a new fascination. After graduation, he worked for 7 years in his home state of Texas at a commercial/entertainment studio as an illustrator/designer/Art Director before setting off on his own in 2011, heading west to LA to open CLAUS, his own freelance business. CLAUS recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary and is rocking stronger than ever, so reach out and let’s make something awesome together!


All lectures will be streamed here: Kansas Design Symposium Lecture Series

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