Students to Watch in 2011
MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART
Stephen Edmond, a senior graphic design major from New Orleans, decided to pursue the arts after Hurricane Katrina turned his life upside down and prompted him to find solace in artistic expression. Since attending Maryland Institute College of Art he became active with the Black Student Union, serving on the board and curating the annual exhibition. He has had internships with celebrity photographer Derek Blanks, OKON Media, Emedia, and the Anthony Bean Community Theater, and is writing and designing a book, Chronicles of the All Nighter, which began as a project for The Narrative class at MICA. As an actor, Edmond starred in the Fox TV drama K-Ville and a Lifetime film, Racing for Time.
What made you decide to go to design school?
Six years ago I found myself in Shreveport LA crammed in a stranger’s home with 15 relatives. As we huddled around the tv to witness the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, my emotions numbed. Weeks later I enrolled into a school for the arts; graphic design became therapeutic and filled countless voids as it merged the beauties of visual art with the sensibilities of communication. It reached beyond personal perception; affecting every day of everyone everywhere. I had to be a part of it.
Has it been a positive experience?
MICA’s design program has equipped me with the fundamentals while encouraging me to break rules and be expressive. I’ve learned that a great designer must be more than a problem solver but a problem seeker as well.
Professor Bernard J. Canniffe
Turquoise, unless black & white counts as a color
Favorite TV Shows?
Mad Men, Around The Horn, Jim Rhome
Thinking with Type, Backwards & Forwards
Inception, The Temptations, The Last Dragon, and anything Pixar
Hip-Hop and R&B
Favorite Fine Artist?
Good.is, Ted.com, Dwell.com