Kansas City Art Institute recognizes Ann Willoughby for her design leadership and business accomplishments, invites her to contribute to the education of a new generation of designers.

KANSAS CITY, MO. (WiredPRNews.com) – Ann Willoughby, president and chief creative officer of Willoughby Design, has been appointed the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design by the Kansas City Art Institute, a private college of art and design, today announced Willoughby Design. Joyce C. Hall is the founder of Hallmark Cards; the design professorship is underwritten by the Hall family.

Willoughby joins a distinguished line of design professionals who previously have held the position, including Katherine and Michael McCoy, Mary Lou Brous, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and Emilio Ambasz. Willoughby will lead a design workshop and deliver a lecture to the graphic design student body at KCAI, sometime during the spring semester.

“The design faculty have great admiration for Ann’s design leadership and what she has accomplished through her studio,” said Tyler Galloway, chair of graphic design at KCAI. “Ann has built a national reputation for great branding work, and we can’t wait to expose our students to her expertise and longstanding professional experience.”

Willoughby and her team have overseen the development of a multitude of brand identities and campaigns for national and international companies such as Kauffman Foundation, Hallmark, Lee Jeans, Hershey’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

A nationally recognized figure in the design community, Ann Willoughby has co-chaired the AIGA Business and Design Conference in New York, served on the National Board of Directors for AIGA, and was named Kansas City’s first national AIGA Fellow in 2006. She also was recognized as one of the top 20 international identity designers in the book “Masters of Design: Logos and Identity – A collection of the most inspiring brand identity designers in the world,” published in 2008 by AIGA president Sean Adams.

Willoughby was a founding board member of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design. (Willoughby Design won the Green Award for packaging design in Print Magazine’s 2010 Creativity and Commerce Competition.)

About The Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the web at www.kcai.edu.

About Willoughby Design
Willoughby Design is a strategic brand design and innovation firm. Founded in 1978, the company lists among its clients Peruvian Connection, Hostess Brands, United Nations and Panera. The Kansas City-based firm is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design, and the American Advertising Federation. Willoughby is also a certified Women Owned Business. More info: www.willoughbydesign.com.

Katy Briggs
Principal, Brand Strategy
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