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.]

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.

Gateway and Parkside Students Exhibit work at U.W. Parkside Galleries

The student galleries at UW-Parkside hosted two shows featuring the design work of Gateway and Parkside students. Opening receptions for both shows were held Wednesday evening, May 21st, 2014.

The Mathis Gallery contained The Immigration Experience Illustrated, which paired Gateway Design Students with recent immigrants in Gateway’s English Language Learner Programs.

The Foundation Gallery  housed Studies In Typography, featuring the work of Parkside’s Advanced Typography section, along with a handful of Gateway Alumni who have entered UW-Parkside’s bachelor degree studies.


Gateway Technical College Graphic Comm student Greg Kirstein collaborated with fellow graphic student Steven Samuelson and welding student  Joe Felgenhauer to produce the work “KEYCOCK,” which was exhibited at the National American Association of Community Colleges’ national Workforce Development Institute held in St. Petersburg, Fla. Jan. 29-Feb. 1.

Photos of the piece were also displayed at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The artist’s concept was to use keys received from across the Gateway District (Racine, Kenosha, and Elkhorn) to symbolize the keys to a proud and bright future. A video helping to document the process appears on YouTube (see below) as well as a newspaper article in the Kenosha News.

2014 Student Design Show Promotional Materials

This year’s Student Design Show promotional materials  were voted upon and selected by faculty and staff from close to fifteen submissions. Elkhorn Campus Student Nancy DuPont created the promotional look for the show. Nancy’s designs will be utilized on: postcards, posters, and other promotional materials for the 2014 show run.

Congratulations Nancy!


The 2013 edition of the Gateway Technical College Student Design Show promises to be as great as preceding years shows. Photographs of this year’s submissions are housed on FLICKER, and a dedicated show site for this year has been setup.

This is the Link to the 2013 Gateway Technical College Student Design Show official website.
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To view the 2013 Student Design Show work from this page by CATEGORY, click on the link in the navbar above for the 2013 STUDENT WORK BY CATEGORY.

2013 Student Design Show on Elkhorn Campus

The 2013 DISTRICTWIDE STUDENT DESIGN SHOW will be held on the Elkhorn Campus. The show alternates between the Racine and Elkhorn Campuses, and features the design work of students in the Graphic Communications Program.

GATEWAY STUDENTS: please see the PDF attached (below) for submitting work to this year’s Districtwide Student Design Show.

GTC Student Design Show Artwork Submission Guide2013

Work is due by April 12th. Racine instructors may request work prior to the 12th (on the 11th or earlier) for getting work to Elkhorn Campus.


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 some examples of game development shown in the YOUTUBE below.

Skyshark is an ongoing project that  students collaborate on in Don’s flash and basic gaming classes.  Take a peek at the fruits of those labors below.
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