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Ed DominiqueWorks by five 2010 MIAD Communication Design graduates were recently exhibited in China as part of Beijing Design Week.

Former MIAD Communication Design professor Anne Ghory-Goodman submitted the senior capstone projects of recent alumni Scott Bednar, Ed Dominique, Jillian Duckwitz, Xavier Ruffin and Heidi Stieber. All of Ghory-Goodman’s submissions were accepted for the exhibition, which was open from November 10 – 16.

Scott BednarFor the exhibition, 93 global universities, colleges, school research institutions and centers were invited to submit thesis designs from undergraduate and postgraduate students. The theme of the exhibit was “Innovation Changes Life and Creativity Gets the Future.” MIAD joined New York University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Art Center College of Design of California as the only participating American colleges.

“There have been many strong thesis projects created by CD seniors, but these five were submitted because they seemed to connect to the stated theme and represented expertise in a variety of media,” Ghory-Goodman said. “The fact that they were accepted represents international recognition of the value of a MIAD education.”

The following alumni works were exhibited:

  • Scott Bednar’s “Why Water?” is an interactive multimedia installation educating people about global water issues. Bednar currently works at DCI Marketing as an interactive designer.
  • Ed Dominique exhibited his motion graphic campaign materials for early 1900s Socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs. Dominique is a freelance motion graphic designer whose clients have included BVK Milwaukee, Aurum Design, and JWD-Creative.
  • Jillian Duckwitz’s “Oikoquest” is a geocaching activity helping families learn about environmental issues using a website, posters and informational pamphlets. Duckwitz works at Kohl’s as a digital designer.
  • Xavier Ruffin’s “What is Cool?” is a combined live action and 3D animation trailer. Ruffin is an interactive web designer at Kohl’s Creative.
  • Heidi Stieber used handmade recycled materials for “Grow Green,” which educated the public about using recycled materials to grow food, feed birds and make compost. Stieber works as a junior print designer at Uline.

Beijing Space

Click here to watch a documentary, “Aqua Independence,” Ruffin and Bednar worked on together as students with Juan Hernandez ’10 (Communication Design) and Desiree May ’10 (Communication Design).

Click here to read about Ruffin’s success story.

Click here to learn more about MIAD’s Communication Design program.


Top image: Ed Dominique’s motion graphic campaign materials.
Middle image: Scott Bednar’s “Why Water?”

Bottom image: The exhibition space in Beijing.