The Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series was established in 1984 through the generosity of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation with the goal and intention of enriching the education of students at the University of Kansas and in support of those in particular in the Department of Design through exposure to designers, artists and educators from the United States and abroad. During these nearly 30+ years of collaboration, approximately 10,000 students have been exposed to these rich and various array of practitioners.

Thursday evenings | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm | 110 Budig Hall
All lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2018

August 23: Ben Barry
Ben Barry is an American graphic designer dividing his time between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. He currently leads design for OpenAI, and is the founder of the design studio Nonlinear. Previously, as one of the first communication designers to join Facebook’s team in California, his focus was on developing Facebook’s internal culture, voice and brand. Most notably, he cofounded the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory, an internal print studio and art program. Before Facebook, Ben, a graduate of the University of North Texas, worked for the design firm and screen printing shop The Decoder Ring in Austin, Texas. There he honed his skills working with a range of clients, designing packaging, merchandising and a lot of screen printed posters. He is also an alumnus and advisor of John Bielenberg’s experimental design education program, Project M, where he explores the role designers can play in encouraging social change. Check out the work of Nonlinear at 
September 6: Lauren Greenwald
Lauren Greenwald is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. Her work focuses on landscape, perception, and the experiential, incorporating a range of digital and analog processes. Ms. Greenwald received her B.A. in Art History and French from the College of Charleston and her M.F.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in Museum Studies, from the University of New Mexico. She currently lives in Oceanside, CA, where she is a Professor of Photography in the Art Department at MiraCosta College. Check out her work at
September 20: John Stamos
John Stamos is a KU Illustration alumnus, currently working as a Senior Environment Artist at QC Games in Austin, Texas. He previously worked at Certain Affinity where he had the opportunity to work on several AAA titles including Halo, Doom, and Call of Duty. His responsibilities at Certain Affinity varied from hard surface prop modeling, world-building, and terrain sculpting. He has also worked at Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos, California, where he was a prop maker and world builder for Neverwinter Online. Check out his work at
October 4: Paul Sahre
Paul Sahre is a graphic designer who has operated his own independent practice since 1997. He is a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times, authored books, redesigned two of Canada’s largest magazines, built and destroyed a life-sized monster truck hearse for the band They Might Be Giants and appeared in a 1990s Winona Rider film. Paul received his BFA and MFA from Kent State University and has taught graphic design at the School of Visual Arts for the past 13 years. Check out the work of the Office of Paul Sahre NY at
October 18: Christian Helms
Christian Helms is the founder of Helms Workshop an independent, strategic brand design studio based in Austin, Texas. Their work covers everything from identity systems, custom typography, packaging and more. Christian told Designboom more about his influences and design approach: “I was a creative kid, but growing up in small-town North Carolina I never had any idea that design was a profession. most of the design I saw was either made locally out of necessity - like crude hand-rendered signage - or the type of product packaging that looks like it was spit out by a machine. I didn’t know there was anything in between, much less a craftsperson making it. I was constantly making art, but I never really saw that as a potential profession - I didn’t see any artists in my day-to-day life. I was a good writer, and I focused on that in college. I was in journalism school at UNC and taking art classes on the side when I found design, and it was an epiphany. Design was a perfect combination of art and communication. I was so excited.” Check out the work of Helms Workshop, Austin TX at  
November 8: Jennifer Morla
Jennifer Morla is President and Creative Director of Morla Design in San Francisco, California. She founded Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary design firm encompassing print, interactive, and environmental design. With over 300 awards of excellence, she has been recognized by virtually every organization in the field of visual communication. She is the recipient of design’s most honored awards, The Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian National Design Award and the AIGA Medal. Her work has been published extensively, most notably in Meggs’ History of Graphic Design. Morla Design’s clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Apple, Stanford University, Herman Miller, Williams-Sonoma, Wells Fargo Bank, Design Within Reach, and conceptual art organizations SculptureCenter, Capp Street Project, and New Langton Arts. Projects include covers for the New York Times magazine, the Quicktime brand launch for Apple, broadcast and animation design work for MTV, Swatch Watch designs, the definitive Levi’s book - This is a Pair of Levi’s Jeans, as well as numerous identity campaigns and posters for art organizations and educational institutions. Check out the work of Morla Design at
November 29: Priya Kambli
Priya Kambli was born in India. She moved to the United States at age 18 carrying her entire life in one suitcase that weighed about 20 lbs. She began her artistic career in the States and her work has always been informed by this experience as a migrant. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and continued on to receive a Master's degree in Photography from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In 2008, PhotoLucida awarded her a book publication prize for her project Color Falls Down, published in 2010. Check out her work at