VCD/KSU Graduate Program

Peni Acayo

Penina AcayoHi, my name is Penina Acayo though a lot of people know me Peni because for some reason, my name was always pronounced the wrong way. I am originally from kampala, Uganda though I have been in the U.S since 2007. I was introduced to graphic design as a sophomore in College and ever since then, I have never looked back.

David B. Berman in his book, do good design, how designers can change the world (2009), poses a question that still lingers on my mind. He invites designers to think about what could become possible if designers used their power to influence choices and beliefs in a positive and sustainable way. Berman’s writing challenged me to consider what kind of designer I want to be and in what ways I want my design to influence others. I want to be a designer who not only does good design but who also does good with it. I have learned how to appreciate the design process that involves research, communication and creativity. As I keep on growing as a designer, I hope my work is creative, beautiful and possibly leads to social change.

Where did you do your undergraduate studies?
I completed my undergraduate studies from Goshen College in Indiana and I majored in Art with a concentration in pre-architecture and Graphic Design.

What are some of your interests?
Since High school, I had always been involved in Fine arts and crafts which I believe is where my love for design in general started. I absolutely love to work with my hands and am constantly finding ways to fuse my love for sculpture with Graphic Design. I also love sports and have always been a student-athlete since college and am currently on the kent state track and field team.

You may acces this link to my thesis process:
http://peninaca.wordpress.com/

Peni's Thesis Blog

Latest entries from Peni's blog. Visit it here.



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  • Thesis Paper on Ohio Links!!! September 17, 2013
    You can now find my final MFA thesis paper posted on OHIO LINKS. Filed under: Design Education […]
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  • Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets September 9, 2013
    Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets Enjoyed this talk very much especially since there aren’t many thorough visual accounts of the story of various African Alphabets. Today, I am reminded of how the value in knowing who I am and how rich my culture is. As designers, we thrive on inspiration to […] […]
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  • Setting a center stage for young Ugandan innovators February 21, 2013
    http://www.core77.com/blog/business/mentoring_rising_tech_talent_in_ugandas_capital_24398.asp Definitely love moments like these, when young people rise up and use their ability to think creatively and come up with viable solutions to everyday problems. Someone, told me a long time ago, that a situation becomes a problem if it has no solution and I am beginn […]
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  • Uganda Design Professionals November 10, 2012
    I have been in contact with a few design studions, agencies that are willing to give me more insight into their day to day experiences as they operate in Uganda. I am really excited to correspond and talk to the people available on staff at these agencies and am sure they will provide me with […] […]
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  • Design as a catalyst for learning September 3, 2012
    Another interesting read that has me excited about the potential for design to impact how students are taught in school today. This book presents a couple of case studies with stories from different schools whose teachers have successfully applied the concepts of cognitive and design problem-solving thinking into their curriculum. Design-based learning offer […]
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