The Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series

The Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series was established in 1984 through the generosity of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation with the goal and intention of enriching the education of students at the University of Kansas and in support of those in particular in the Department of Design through exposure to designers, artists and educators from the United States and abroad. During these nearly 30+ years of collaboration, approximately 10,000 students have been exposed to these rich and various array of practitioners.

Lectures begin at 6:00 pm
All lectures are free and open to the public.

All Spring 2021 Lectures will be presented virtually using the following link: 


Spring 2021

Feb. 11 | Alexis Du Mond Puchek
Alexis Du Mond Puchek has over 17 years of experience in front-end web development and design, user experience design, interaction design and information architecture. She has experience working in-house with Fortune 500 companies like Visa and PayPal, and in advertising and consulting firms with companies like Razorfish. She is the Americas IXD Practice Lead for Frog, where she serves as the creative director on client projects and directs the internship program in the Austin studio.  
Feb. 25 | Geoffrey Holstad
Geoffrey Holstad is an artist, creative director, plein air graphic designer and citizen meteorologist. He is a senior graphic designer at Patagonia and a freelance art director and graphic designer. Some of the brands he has worked with include Google, The North Face, Stüssy, Fjällraven, Poler, Dakine, Toms Shoes, Lifetime Collective, Chaco and Merrell, among many others. His current ongoing projects are Cabin Time and Watch This in a Yurt: for-free films curated by Geoffrey Holstad.  
March 11 | Meg Lewis
Meg Lewis is a brand designer creating experiences for companies who effect positive change. She has worked with over 100 brands to bring her unique playful style into design-centered experiences. Lewis empowers individuals to discover their unique selves through books, video series, workshops and talks titled "Full Time You." She also founded Ghostly Ferns, an international collective of designers and commercial artists. 
March 25 | Farah Al Qasimi
Farah Al Qasimi, based in New York and Dubai, works in photography, video and performance. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco; the CCS Bard Galleries at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Helena Anrather, New York; The Third Line, Dubai; The List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto. She has participated in residencies at the Delfina Foundation, London; the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; and is a recipient of the New York NADA Artadia Prize and the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship. 
April 8 | Jennifer Daniel 
Jennifer Daniel is the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee Chair. Responsibilities include technical implementation, driving strategy for emojification, aligning consensus across company lines, innovating on encoding methods to meet the demand of the public, PR, improving process and maintaining a healthy team of volunteers. When not working to digitize the world's emoji, Daniel spends her time working on ways that use machine learning, augmented reality and other buzzwords to create composable expressive experiences for Google. Previously, she was a visual journalist at The New York Times and graphics director at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  
April 22 | Susan Sokolowski
Susan Sokolowski is an associate professor and director of the Sports Product Design Program at the University of Oregon. She has over 25 years of performance sporting goods experience, working cross-functionally between footwear, apparel and equipment in creative and strategic roles. Her work is holistic in nature, where consideration of the athlete’s body form, performance, psychology, sport, materials and styling are addressed to develop game-changing innovation solutions. She is specifically focused on issues surrounding design of products for special populations, including women, children and athletes with disabilities.   
May 6 | Heather Brantman Torpey
Heather Brantman Torpey is a freelance designer. Previously, she worked for almost a decade as one of eight members of MK12 Studios, a motion graphics and design collective with critical acclaim in both commercial and artistic arenas. Brantman Torpey has worked for commercial clients such as Budweiser, FX, Mastercard, Beatles Rock Band and HBO. She has also worked on short films that have been featured in many international film festivals and exhibitions, and she has worked on visual effects for feature films including "Quantum of Solace," "Particle Fever" and "Equals." 


Fall 2020

September 10 | Andy J. Pizza
Andy J. Miller (AKA Andy J. Pizza) is an American illustrator, podcaster, and public speaker. He is the founder of the Creative Pep Talk podcast, providing weekly pep to fellow creative people! Creative Pep Talk, has been featured by Apple, BuzzFeed and Threadless. Creative Pep Talk the book was published by Chronicle Books in the Spring of 2017. His explosive color drenched illustrations have brought hope and smiles to clients like Nickelodeon, Google, The Boston Globe, Converse and Oreo. Andy and the Pizza family happily live in the great city of Columbus, OH. 
Check out more about Andy J. Pizza and Creative Pep Talk at: and
September 24 | Paul King

Paul King is the Product Design Executive for Mattell, Inc., where he has worked for 16 years. He has previously worked in various product design roles at at Slindshot ID, LLC, Hauser Inc, Joss Design, Benrus Watch Company, and Kemnitzer Design. Paul received a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas.

October 8 | Paul Conrad

Paul Conrad is a multi-faceted designer who has worked professionally on projects related to brand identity, apparel, packaging and illustration. Most recently, he has worked as a concept artist and production designer for animated and live action films. His client list includes Pixar, Walt Disney Imagineering, Marvel Comics, Nickelodeon, Lego, and others.

See Paul's work:

October 22 | Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials and formats by seeking out hidden possibility in the physical and digital world. In 2008, she worked as part of a large team, including the Yes Men, to distribute a meticulously recreated copy of the New York Times -- filled only with articles from a Utopian future. As a group, they won the Ars Electronica Prix Award of Distinction in 2009. In 2011, she created a paper record player that garnered major attention from numerous media outlets including Mashable, Kottke, Slashdot, Make, PCWorld, Swiss Miss, Wired, the Toronto Star, and NPR. Her work has been published by Wired UK, Gestalten, Rockport Publishing, iDN, How Design Magazine, and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2011, she left her position as a digital collections photographer at the American Museum of Natural History to focus on independent work.

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November 5 | Drew Voegele

Drew Voegele designs and conducts usability, benchmark and telemetry based research as a contractor for Microsoft Game Studios. He has a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics and a Master's Degree in Interaction Design / Design Management, both from the University of Kansas.

November 19 | Jenn Ely

Jenn Ely is a freelance artist based in Portland, OR. She is currently working developing a color script for an upcoming stop frame animated feature film, Pinocchio, (directed by Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson for Netflix). She mostly works in animation as a Visual Development Artist / Illustrator / Production Designer for a variety of commercial, film, and television animated projects.

See her work here:

December 3 | Kris Graves

Kris Graves is an artist and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tuscon; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the Wedge Collection, Toronto. Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American Society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art cannon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.

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