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Best of Harrington College of Design: 2011 Year in Review

January 3, 2012 General, Photography, Interior Design, Graphic & Comm. Design, Alumni News & Events 0 Comments

As we launch into a new year of interior design, graphic design and photography at Harrington, we wanted to take a moment to go through just a few of our favorite highlights from 2011 ...

China Trip

In May, a group of students from Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime- a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Led by Harrington Interior Design Program Coordinator Demetra Vartzikos, the group visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Beijing, along with side trips to a jade factory, tea ceremony, kung fu show and even tai chi in the park! (photo courtesy of Demetra Vartzikos)

Harrington College China trip

Faculty Showcased Around the World

Our design college instructors showcased their talent across the world in their interior design, photography, graphic design and foundational design areas of expertise. We included just a few examples of their outstanding work below …

Tom Marquardt’s shotgun flat’s modern transformation in Logan Square, Chicago (photo by Michelle Litvin Photography and Jaysen Goranson Photography):

Tom Marquardt kitchen

Constantine Vasilios’ architectural stunner (photo by Peter Bosy):

Constantine Vasilios Design

Peter Klick’s contemporary Swiss Lakehouse (concept courtesy Peter Klick):

Peter Klick design

Andrew Conklin and Helen Oh’s feature in exhibit East Meets West.

Tim Arroyo’s feature in the 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition (photo courtesy Tim Arroyo):

Harrington photography instructor Tim Arroyo

Students Show the Design World What They Do Best

Our students show the design world what they do best year after year in events, contests and competitions, and 2011 was no exception. Some highlights included:

Harrington students took attendees to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 14th Annual Grand Chefs Gala and Jean Banchet Awards on a trip down the yellow brick road, donating their time and creativity to a beautiful Emerald City-inspired concept. The concept was complete with a life-size poppy field and Gates of Oz replica, while students created matching centerpiece decorations! (photo courtesy Demetra Vartzikos)

Chicago Cystic Fibrosis Gala

The student-designed interactive Harrington Booth at NeoCon 2011 (photo courtesy Dirk Fletcher):

Harrington College at Neocon

Harrington Photography Alum Casey Miller’s released his independent film, “Montgomery,” to an enthusiastic audience at Harrington. Casey credited his passion for photography as well as the help of Photography Department Chair Dirk Fletcher as inspiration for undertaking the massive and exciting project (photo courtesy Dirk Fletcher):

Harrington student film screening

Harrington students lit it up with their experimental design truck concept at the 2011 Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago's West Loop (photo courtesy Peter Klick):

Harrington Guerilla Truck Show Concept

Our students competed in a fierce experimental design competition for charity, with interior design student Bridgette Nyman’s chair “Conversation over Coffee” taking first place. Bridgette’s stunning chair was showcased and auctioned off at Chicago Home+Garden Magazine's Chairs for Charity Auction Event (photo courtesy Peter Klick):

Chairs for Charity

Harrington students teamed up to create the concept “Big Spender” for the 2011 STITCH charity event. Their concept was inspired by Chicago’s historic Carson Pirie Scott building (photo courtesy Demetra Vartzikos):

Harrington STITCH 2011 concept

And the communication and graphic design department students donated their talent and time to creating numerous non-profit inspirational designs and graphic design identity work for local groups including RAILS and the Barrington Area Library.

Also during 2011, our college underwent several transformations! From changes within the interior of our college to the launch of our new website, we’re proud to continue growing into the new year!

As we remember the great events from 2011, we look forward to what our alumni, students and faculty accomplish in 2012. Here’s to a new year of outstanding design!

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