Here’s something exciting —and humbling— I’ve been meaning to share. A few weeks ago I was a speaker (and award recipient!) at #UCDA2019, the annual gathering of professional in-house graphic designers who work at colleges and universities in the U.S. The event was held in Portland.
The University and College Designers Association (UCDA) was founded by Lee Kline in 1970. An avid urban sketcher, Lee nominated me for an award given by the UCDA Foundation every year “to honor and celebrate creativity, wherever it is found.”
The way I was told, after much debating to pick a winner among all the nominees, the nice folks in the selection committee agreed with Lee and chose me to receive the Krider Prize award for my role as founder of Urban Sketchers. How cool is that!?
During the conference, I led a group of participants on a sketchwalk along the Willamette River, gave a presentation about how I started Urban Sketchers as an online community back in 2007 and how my sketches of Seattle began appearing in The Seattle Times more than 10 years ago. I also signed beautifully printed posters that UCDA had created with some of my favorite sketches.
Thank you, Lee, Tadson, Bobbi and everyone else at UCDA for the recognition, and for letting me spread the word about urban sketching among your inspiring community of graphic designers! It was an honor.