Sarah Stevens Type 2
Work by: Sarah Stevens, Communication Design
Ullman School of Design

FALL 2021, ISSUE 1



  • Ryane Johnson in the fashion program has won a $25,000 scholarship from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).

  • Sam Newberry was selected as a ‘Future of Fashion Graduate’ by CFDA.

  • FASH alumni Alexandra Papaioannou (Class of 2020), Sam Newberry, and Ryan Stroup (both Class of 2021) presented their capstone collections in Rome, September 9th, 2021.
Alexandra Papaioannou
Alexandra Papaioannou
Sam Newberry
Sam Newberry
Ryan Stroup
Ryan Stroup
  • Three teams of students won major awards in Fall 2021 from the 4th year collaborative Packaging Design course that co-taught by Peter Chamberlain and Todd Timney.
Institute of Packaging Professionals Ameristar National Competition First place:Gold Medal Flour Concept - team members: Valerie Li, Caroline Herzog, Ireland Gennari, Kesi Chen
Institute of Packaging Professionals Ameristar National Competition
First place: Gold Medal Flour Concept
Team members: Valerie Li, Caroline Herzog, Ireland Gennari, Kesi Chen
Second place:Tera- Nature Made Concept - team members: Parker Hawk, Stephanie Varnay, Morgan Lakofka, Sophia Mathioudakis
Institute of Packaging Professionals Ameristar National Competition
Second place: Tera- Nature Made Concept

Team members: Parker Hawk, Stephanie Varnay, Morgan Lakofka, Sophia Mathioudakis
The Dieline Third place:Cue Case Pill Vial Concept - team members: Mary Campbell. Quinn Maynard, Gretchen Mihaly, Aidan Rosario
The Dieline
Third place:Cue Case Pill Vial Concept

Team members: Mary Campbell. Quinn Maynard, Gretchen Mihaly, Aidan Rosario
  • Communication Design student Claire Greweling from Professor Fischer's class had her infographic published on the website SongData. This infographic uses data from a 2019 study by Dr. Jada E. Watson entitled, “Gender Representation on Country Format Radio” and succeeds in explaining the contemporary and historical gender bias problems in this genre of the music industry.
Info Graphic
  • Started by a couple of CODE sophomores, Crosley Tower Appreciation Club has received recognition as an official UC organization. Professor France is the Faculty Advisor.
  • Students in Photo Design II sections, taught by Professor Maureen France and Tony Walsh, made paper bag masks. The project was inspired by the masks made by cartoonist Saul Steinberg in early 1960’s. Magnum photographer, Inge Morath made them famous by publishing a book, Masquerade which featured Steinberg and his friends wearing them in various settings.
paper bag masks
  • MDes student, Diego Gomez was featured in a Local 12 article for his involvement with the University of Cincinnati’s Brain Tumor Center. The team has designed an amazing tool to bring therapy to patient’s hands through the Pet Robot. Through the application and the inclusion of pet robots with smart bandanas, the team is able to interact and share affection while measuring the impact of the art-therapy program.
  • Live Well Collaboratives was awarded a third place Design Value Award from the Design Management Institute (DMI) for their effort towards making resources more accessible for sickle cell families, partnering with Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. The co-op design students reconized working alongside this project include: Alexis Begnoche (ID '20), Callie Spears (CODE '21) and Matt Spoleti (CODE '22). 

  • The Tejiendo Quienes Somos (Weaving Who We Are) Exhibition was released this fall, curated by DAAP Design students Son Hoang (ID Senior, Virtual Exhibition Creator) and Grace Weir (Fashion Senior, Graphic Production Assistant). This exhibition was the result of a research project conducted with an indigenous Maya community in Yucatan Mexico Spring 2020. The exhibit showcases the resulting physical work, portraits, insightful quotes from the participants and a documentary video.  A virtual exhibition is available to mirror the in-person exhibit.

  • Two CODE students from Professor Seward’s Typography II class were named winners of the GDUSA Design Awards.
poster 1
“Master of Melod”
Sarah Stevens
poster 2
“Disrupting Oppression”
Abigail Waldren


Zachary Hoh 

Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Professor Hoh’s work, ‘Packaging’ was accepted by juried review and exhibited at International Fiber Arts X Exhibition, Sebastapol, CA.

Maureen France

Professor, Communication Design

Maureen France’s photographs are featured in the Field of View Exhibition at Xavier University Art Gallery (October 29th-November 19th) along with 3 other photographers: Gordon Baer, Robert Flischel and Gregory Rust. The exhibit of their photographs coincides with the publication of a limited-edition book from each artist.

Ashley Kubley

Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Professor Kubley gave a presentation “A Case for Art” at the 2021 A2RU Annual Conference as part of the Storytelling session. Her Hi-Tech/Hi-Touch: Crafting the Hybrid Fashion Generation, showcases prototypes that illustrate how tactile, hands-on making is combined with computation and digital design. DAAP videos showcased in the conference session can be found on Instagram.

Claudia Rebola 

Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor, Industrial Design

Dr. Rebola presented a study “A Longitudinal Study of Older Adults’ Acceptance of Robot Companions and Their Effects on Well-being” at the Gerontologial Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting, in Phoenix, AZ, November 10-14th, 2021. Only top scientists get accepted in such conference.

Arti Sandhu

Associate School Director and Associate Professor, Fashion Design

In 2020, Professor Sandhu’s article “Fashioning Wellbeing Through Craft: A Case Study on Aneeth Arora’s Strategies for Sustainable Fashion and Decolonizing Design” was published in Fashion Practice (Routledge).
In 2020 she gave a paper presentation: “Wrapped up in the field: Maintaining Ethnographic Distance vs. Being the Appreciative Critic on Social Media” at the Annual Dress Body Association Conference.
In 2021 she gave a paper presentation: “Fashion’s Minimalist [Re]Turn: India’s New Wave of Product Purists Remixing Craftivism with the Politics of Dress” at the 2020+1 Fashion Tales online conference, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.
Professor Sandhu also received the Costume Society of America’s (CSA) research travel grant award in 2021 for her project “WEAVING NEW NARRATIVES: Case Study on Sustainable Design Solutions within the Indian Handloom Sector”.

She was selected as a Mentee for the Branches Women Faculty Mentoring Program at UC (AY 2021-2022).

Reneé Seward
Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Communication Design

Professor Seward's AIGA voting poster was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Graphis Protest Posters Competition, along with winning the GDUSA award in 2020. 

Tony Walsh

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Professor Walsh’s work was published in Simply Brilliant, artist-jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s. Accompanies the exhibition The Jeweller’s Art – Revolutionary jewellery from the 1960s & 1970s at DIVA, Antwerp, Belgium; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, March 27–June 27, 2021; Cincinnati Art Museum, now through February 6, 2022.

Matt Wizinsky

Associate Professor, Communication Design

Professor Wizinsky has recently published an essay in the book Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster (RIT Press).


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