Alumni Joe Schmidt

Alumni Joe Schmidt has just penned a deal with Oghma for his forthcoming observational comedy, Sugar Balls! Joe has been actively making comics, stories, podcasts, and designs for years.

Per Oghma’s release:
Joe is a humorist by birth and a graphic designer and cartoonist by training. He describes himself as a, “magic-man, cartoonist, consumer of pop culture…  [more on the site—Click on the photo below for the FB page announcement.]

Adjunct Instructor and Alumni has free Kindle book

Gateway Adjunct Instructor (and former KUSD student as well as GTC Alumn) Don Scherer has put together a series of graphic novels, web comics, animations, and games based upon his original artwork and ongoing character storyline. Don’s venture, RATATAT GRAPHICS, has  a website here,  and many apps and games.

don scheres

Don can often be found at the Harbor Farmer’s Market promoting his work as well. RECENTLY, Don’s prelude has been released in a FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD.


GDA tours two innovative Milwaukee Advertising Agencies

Gateway Technical College’s GDA club (Graphic Design Association) toured two innovative  advertising / design agencies in downtown Milwaukee on May 22, 2014.

Sōsh is a social media marketing firm representing a variety of companies, including Johnsonville Brats  and Snapper Mowers. Social media is not a mere department within Sōsh, but rather their forte and “raison-d´être.” Students learned about this emergent media, its unique requirements of designers, and its potential for dynamism and power.

Hanson Dodge Creative is one of the premiere active lifestyle creative agencies in the world. With a strong digital presence, Hanson Dodge explained to students the importance of branding to the commercial creative process on every level.

In between, students stopped for a quick lunch at the popular third-ward Milwaukee Public Market.


The official reception for the 2012 SDS was held Tuesday Evening (Apr. 24). The event was well attended with a nice size spillover crowd into the Commons area! The delicious food (prepared by the Culinary Arts program) and Beautiful Floral arrangements (Floral Design Program) added to a wonderful and memorable evening.

Please remember that the show will continue to be exhibited until May 3rd (May 4th begins the takedown phase). This website will continue to provide information after the show is officially taken down, and will serve as a virtual gallery for  the pieces until the next show (SDS XV in 2013). We welcome all of our buisness and community partners to check in until then.

HAVE PHOTOS OF THE OPENING NITE FESTIVITIES? Wish to share them on the website? Send them to Peter Pham. Pending review for content, we may post it on this sight.

The 2012 Student Design Show Judges

For each year’s SDS, regional businesses are invited to send representatives to evaluate the work of the Gateway Technical College’s Graphic Communications students. The faculty at Gateway do not participate in judging, except in the tabulation of the votes.

This year’s design judges are currently being recruited, so check back in this feed for an update on who is able to participate this year!  To see a brief bio for each of the judges, please see the  JUDGES page. (navigation bar, top).

We thank the judges of this years show, and encourage patronage of their establishments.

This year’s judges include:

Ms. Brianna  Lock
Ms. Lori Svikel
Ms. Jeanette Pham
Mr. Brian Karrer
Mr. Alan Bagg
Mrs. Anna Bauer
Mr. Terry Maraccini
Mr. Jose Montoto
Mr. Randy Rehberg
Ms. Jeani Berndt