Alumni Guest Post: Jordan Bell

Commuting in New York City is always an experience. Occasionally, it goes smoothly: I put on my headphones, listen to a podcast or read an article while tons of crazy stuff happens around me, and then, voila! I’ve arrived at Broadway-Lafayette somehow. This near-perfect result is honestly quite rare, but when it works out, it’s beautiful. How did I actually get here? How is this place and this commute the new “normal”?

Over the course of the last six years, I’ve found that process – the series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end – is an incredibly difficult task to understand and master, much less enjoy. My personal process to NYC began sitting in an apartment in Abilene, Texas, not really sure of what was next. It was December 2012 and all of my belongings were packed. I was not looking forward to the long drive to Santa Fe, but my girlfriend (now wife hey-oh!) was supporting me, and I knew that the Land of Enchantment awaited… Although, is this actually the start of the story? Or did it begin when I left for Boston to work an internship at Reebok earlier that year? I reckon my transition could have actually begun the moment I left my hometown to attend college. But that is all besides the point.

Not unlike commuting, my journey from A to B simply continued aside from all the crazy stuff going on around me. After a year in Santa Fe working as a graphic designer on things that I didn’t feel a real passion for, I took a chance. To this day I don’t know what Gerry Leonidas (the department head of Reading University’s Masters in Typeface Design) saw in my application, but I was accepted. Once again I found myself sitting in an apartment, but now more so than any other time in my life not really sure of what was next. England is cool, but will the weather kill me? Nearly. Would my classmates be super weird? Nope! Suuuper normal and incredibly inspiring. Are there tacos in Reading? There better be! There weren’t. Honestly, my journey probably should’ve ended there.

Alas, I somehow managed and continued my studies. I switched to a diet consisting of primarily cheap sandwiches, tea, and Indian food. I wrote more than I ever had. I designed what at the time was my most important, and educational work. I traveled to Paris enough times that it lost its, umm… je nais se quoi. I spent my free time arguing with friends over the correct usage and form of diacritical marks in languages I could not speak. I somehow kept my girlfriend albeit being long distance for far too long. I lectured and wrote on subjects that were important to me. I learned more about the world than I thought possible. So naturally, in the end I moved back home.

While trying to relax at a pool in Waco, I got an email from future boss man, Jonathan Hoefler, asking if I’d like to grab lunch next week and talk about my dissertation (which I was struggling greatly with at the time). My opportunity to move to New York City had arrived. So once again I packed my things and attempted to prepare myself for what was ahead. After finishing my dissertation, I began a job I never thought I’d be able to even apply for. This is not to boast but to say how unpredictable life’s process can, and perhaps should, be.

The beginning of any journey may seem daunting and the end goal may seem distant or overwhelming, but where or when your journey begins is trivial. What matters most is in between – the nitty gritty. What happens in that experience, that’s where we learn, grow, and evolve. And personally, I think we crave this feeling even though it may be the most difficult part of any process. Getting our hands dirty, struggling, being somewhere new, learning to adapt – this is what life is all about. As our friends at House Industries so eloquently wrote, “the process is the inspiration”. So enjoy the process! It may be challenging and time-consuming, but it’s worth it. I for one am quite excited to see where you all go and what you do next.

Avoid the subway though if you can. I was being way too optimistic in that first paragraph. There’s like, pizza rats and giant bugs that have not been given proper names yet. Good luck!

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Jordan Bell is a proud ACU alumni and is currently living in New York City. He has been a type designer for Hoefler & Co since 2014. After graduating from ACU, Jordan received a Master of Arts in Typeface Design at Reading University in England. He is the designer of a friendly typeface called, Odelay. Aside from his job in NYC, Jordan enjoys doing graphic and type design projects for people.

Weekly Announcements 3/20/2018

WEDNESDAY: 12pm Guest Speaker – Randy Hunt

Randy Hunt, former VP of Design at Etsy and current Head of Design at Artsy will be doing a Q&A on Wednesday at 12pm in Library 272 (CORE Classroom). We encourage all of you to do some research and come and pick Randy’s brain. He’s well known in the creative industry and we’re very fortunate to have him. Oh, and you would get an art event credit.

THURSDAY!!! Department Faculty and Student Karaoke Night

You guys you don’t want to miss this!  March 22nd in the Studio of the Rec at 7pm.  We really need you all there to make this a fun night.

THURSDAY – Study Abroad Chapel Lecture Series

All students are welcome to join in on Thursday at 11 in room 141 for lecture 2 in the study abroad series.

FRIDAY – March 23rd, Senior Show in Shore

Make a calendar reminder about the opening of, Angles, a senior show hosted by Vanessa Pliego, Jonathan Linares, Ncholas Wierzba, Jaden Dement & Byron Pyburn. Earn your art event credits and attend.

Instagram Competition

Remember to hashtag your work acuartanddesign. Enter. Enter. Enter. Josh Fralick, former ACU football player and Creative Director for Air Force Football is the current judge.

A&D Blog

Please make sure you are up to date with requirements on the blog.  Be aware of the competition entry requirements, the reviews that will be held in May and earning your art event credits.
acuartanddesign.com

Weekly Announcements 3/5/2018

Senior Exhibition- Chancey Sanders

Chancey’s solo senior exhibition, the body, runs March 7-25 with her closing reception slated for Saturday 3/24 at 3pm at the Center for Contemporary Art downtown.  Thursday night is Art Walk so make sure you head out to see her work.

Department Faculty and Student Karaoke Night – March 22nd

You guys you don’t want to miss this!  March 22nd in the Studio of the Rec at 7pm.

Next Senior Show – March 23rd (after Spring Break) in Shore

Make a calendar reminder about the opening of this senior show.  It will be hosted by Vanessa Pliego, Jonathan Linares, Ncholas Wierzba, Jaden Dement & Byron Pyburn.

Weekly Announcements 2/27/2018

THURSDAY: Art & Design Chapel

You do not want to miss chapel this Thursday.  11am in 141 see Ronnie & Dan battle it out!

Instagram Competition:

Remember to hashtag your work! Enter. Enter. Enter. Isabel Lee Rosson, former Fine Art major, is our current judge.

Next Senior Show – March 23rd (after Spring Break) in Shore

Make a calendar reminder about the opening of this senior show.  It will be hosted by Vanessa Pliego, Jonathan Linares, Ncholas Wierzba, Jaden Dement & Byron Pyburn.

A&D Blog

Please make sure you are up to date with requirements on the blog.  Be aware of the competition entry requirements, the reviews that will be held in May and earning your art event credits.
acuartanddesign.com

Weekly Announcements 2/5/2018

Mandatory Meeting!!!

Students, tomorrow at 4:30 we will have our mandatory meeting in Shore Gallery at 4:30.  You are expected to be there and attendance will be taken.  If you are unable to attend please email me and give me the reason so I can forward that to Mike.  We have changes to the Fall schedule that you need to be aware of.

Instagram Competition

Upcoming Important Dates

(Several of you have requested important dates for the semester.  Please put these in your planners or google calendar.  If this makes you anxious, please just take note of the very next thing and I will keep sending reminders of upcoming events. And we all breathe together)

Feb 23-27 – We will have guests in the department and gallery for accreditation
March 1 – A&D Chapel (Drop the Mic – Geoff & Kenny)
March 7 – Senior Exhibition – Chancey Sanders (Center for Contemporary Arts) Reception is 3/24
March 12 – Spring Break
March 22nd – Faculty & Student Karaoke Night – Ruthie’s studio in the Rec at 7pm
March 23rd – Senior Show: Vanessa, Jonathan, Nichola, Jaden, Byron
March 29th – Senior Exhibition – Nicki Dicicco (Center for Contemporary Arts)
April 5th – A&D Chapel (Drop the Mic – Ronnie & Dan)
April 6th – Senior Show: Kaylen, Christi, Janine, Audi
April 19th – Senior Exhibition – Anthia Nibizi (Center for Contemporary Arts)
April 23rd – Student Competition entries to be taken to Shore Gallery
April 27th – Student Competition Show Opens and Scholarship Awards announced
May 3rd – Foundation Reviews
May 4th – Concentration Reviews
May 7th – Dead Day
May 8th – Finals begin
May 9th  (Seniors, I will confirm this closer to the time)
May 12th – Graduation

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