KU’s comprehensive Communication Design program combines all the best elements of an art school and provides me with a well-rounded education.
From the electronic drawing board of Matt Alaio come designs that spread KU pride across campus and throughout the community. Posters, artwork, Web pages and more flow from his desktop and into the world, announcing everything from campus events to volunteer opportunities.
This Communication Design major said he derives his inspiration from the many extracurricular activities that fill his schedule. He starts the year as a member of KU’s CONNECTIONS orientation program creating announcements and maintaining the web content as the program’s technology coordinator and graphic designer.
“Being able to learn from individuals from a variety of backgrounds is a tremendous part of my KU experience,” he said.
For special campus events, Alaio dons a suit and tie to represent the university as a Presidential Ambassador, an elite group of students whose presence and service is one of the first impressions visitors have of KU.
“It’s fun. You get to see the inner workings of the university and meet many of our wonderful alumni,” he said.
Alaio also finds time to act as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a fraternal organization. And he volunteers for the Communication Design Department’s annual Designathon, a non-stop, 24-hour event where students apply their artistic and copy-writing skills to create advertising campaigns, websites, and more for dozens of local charities and nonprofit organizations.
“The Designathon is a great way to meet working business professionals and get hands-on experience,” he said. “Plus the work we do is very appreciated by the community.”
Alaio said this kind of holistic approach to the graphic arts field was what he was seeking when he decided to select KU to prepare him for his career.