Emerging Voices in Indianapolis Design
Join in an evening of design and collaborative discourse when the IMA welcomes three of Indianapolis’ most creative minds as they discuss their projects and processes in design innovation and problem solving. About the participants:
Graphic Designer and Electronic Musician
Matt is a graduate of Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design. He especially loves working with artists and musicians, civic and community development organizations, cultural institutions, and independent/local businesses. Matt is currently the Art Director at Ablerock Design, and Art Director at Axiomport. His previous projects include the creating the graphic identity for TURF, an installation-art pavilion produced by IDADA featuring local Indianapolis artists that took place during Super Bowl XLVI (2012). He has worked on the Logo system for ISOtope, an audio/visual event series conceived and programmed by The Kinetic Project and proposed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Other projects include the web design for Asthmatic Kitty Records. Matt is also co-founder of Naplab, the producer and designer of the Neighborhoods of Indianapolis Map.
Design Director/Creative Director
The ability to create compelling visual presentations requires more than just taste and talent. An art director must have excellent project management skills, keen insight and the drive to overcome obstacles in pursuit of a concept.
Kathy Davis offers all of the above. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, Davis began her career in advertising before shifting her focus to publishing, and has since designed city magazines, editorially driven apparel catalogs and gourmet cookbooks. She has 15+ years of experience in the magazine/publishing industry with expertise in location and studio photography art direction. Her approach to projects is comprehensive and starts with her own integrated vision for the subject matter, and she employs the skills she has developed in fast–paced publishing environments to deliver lively, sophisticated layouts on budget and on time. Her previous print projects include Indianapolis dine magazine, Spike magalog, and Pattern magazine. She has also produced large-scale photo shoots for high-profile clients including Marshall Fields and the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Production Designer and Filmmaker
Michael’s most recent credits include Blue Potato (Aron Gaudet), The Bounceback (Bryan Poyser), Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski), and Natural Selection (Robbie Pickering). These and other film works have been featured at SXSW, the Indianapolis International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Natural Selection won the 2011 Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.
Additionally, Michael is the co-founder and executive director of People for Urban Progress, an Indianapolis-based non-profit and urban design do-tank. PUP focuses on projects that enhance the urban quality of life in Indianapolis, particularly in the areas of transit, environment, and design. Through PUP, he is currently serving as the Steering Committee Co-Chair of the Indy Rezone, the city's first zoning ordinance update since the 1970s.
Michael earned his Master in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught production design at the University of Texas Film Institute. Also while at UT, Michael worked with Professor Smilja Milovanovich-Bertram on the book and accompanying exhibition, ROME SOJOURN: FOUR ARCHITECTS, which explored the relationship between architects and travel.
In addition to his film and non-profit work, Michael has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Wabash College and an Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Presented by the Design Arts Society.