Glyphix Alumni Speak
"Glyphix provides students with the opportunity to gain experience with all the auxiliary skills that will be crucial in becoming a successful designer. Rarely has any other class or internship been able to match the amount of responsibility and exposure students gain in working with clients, setting up files for production, creating specification documents, supervising press checks and photo shoots. Having this experience sets students apart from their competition and primes them for success as they go into their first design job."
—Lee A. Zelenak
Designer, Obama Campaign
"Without a doubt, Glyphix impacted my education, and ultimately my professional career, more than any other activity at Kent State University. The studio provides a forum where students can engage each other in a non-competitive way; pursuing the same goals and building upon each others' ideas. Unlike a traditional classroom activity, students don't try to get the best grade possible – instead, each student seems to just want to make great work. Learning how to be a better designer in the process just happens to be quite a nice side effect."
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Punch Kick Interactive
"I had three different internships while I was a student. Looking back, I can honestly say that Glyphix was the most relevant and reflective of the &squo;real world&squo; when it comes to working at a design firm. From Monday staff meetings, to client interaction, to design and production – the transition from college to my first job was easy because of my experience through Glyphix."
Designer, Matco Tools
"My favorite aspect of working in Glyphix was being able to work on professional projects in a helpful learning environment. I was able to manage projects with a team of designers and develop relationships with clients and vendors before graduating. Field trips, food, and friends are also great features of Glyphix!"
Owner / Designer / Photographer
Glyphix is an award-winning design studio within the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. The studio is staffed by exceptional VCD undergraduate and graduate students. Glyphix provides a professional atmosphere, both in philosophy and physical space, where student designers develop creative solutions for a wide variety of client needs.
In addition to obtaining course credits toward graduation, participation in the studio provides students with valuable experience in teamwork, professional business practices and client and vendor interaction. Student participation in the studio is based upon approval in a highly selective process consisting of a portfolio review, faculty approval and outside recommendations.
Created in 1974, Glyphix was one of the first such programs in the U.S. and the prototype for many student work-study design groups now existing on university campuses. The studio operates during the academic year (September through early May). Design services are fee-based and prices are quoted based upon individual job requirements. Please call Creative Director, Professor Valora Renicker, to discuss your design needs.
HOW TO APPLY TO GLPHIX
VCD students at the Junior level or higher may apply at any time using the application form. Portfolios are reviewed during Junior Review or later in the spring semester. Acceptance notices are sent in late June or early July for the following fall semester. Please direct questions to Valora Renicker email@example.com.
Please follow these directions and view one of these KSU maps: PDF map or the online interactive map. The Art building is not searchable with internet mapping services, however the intersection of Terrace Drive and Route 59 in Kent works for both Mapquest and Google maps.
To get to the Art building, take on Route 59 (Main Street) in Kent, Ohio to Terrace Drive. At the blinking light on Terrace, turn left into the parking area. There are meters there, but if none are available, park in any spot and we will provide a permit.
The Art Building is the contemporary building on the left. There is a loading dock area at the interior corner of the building with steps into the building (furthest from the parking lot). Once you are in the main lobby, go around the seating area and immediately left. The double doors to Glyphix are set back in the corner, room 213A.