Anderson, Indiana

Recent AU grad Fred Learey designs vintage poster with Nashville firm

Tue, 2013-07-09 14:44 -- univcomm
July 9, 2013

Although the summer after graduation can be a period of slow, tedious waiting for many college grads, eventually, they hope that all the hard work they’ve done in college will pay off.

For recent Anderson University Art+Design grad Fred Learey, the results have been quick, direct and tangible.

This summer he has completed some exciting work with Anderson Design Group (ADG), a design studio based in Nashville, Tenn., that specializes in — among other things — vintage poster design. Their poster collection now includes a piece designed by Learey.

Titled Caffe Roma, the poster depicts a swirling cappuccino, sitting on a table next to a scenic travel advertisement for Rome. Learey worked with ADG’s owner, Joel Anderson, to develop the piece. It’s one of a series of coffee-themed posters sold by ADG on its website.

Learey, who graduated this spring as a visual communication design major, spent time in Rome while studying abroad during his junior year at AU. “It was a great opportunity that I would recommend to anyone,” he says.

So much so, in fact, that he found a tangible way to share his experiences. At the end of last year, Learey began working on a series of vintage travel posters, each inspired by cities he visited during his semester in Europe. He was also inspired by the work of A.M. Cassandre, a prominent French designer and painter from the early twentieth century.

While doing research for his posters last fall, Learey stumbled across ADG. “I was excited to see a company that was still keeping vintage posters alive,” Learey recalls. He immediately contacted them and told them about his project. “They were excited to hear from me, and offered many helpful critique and tips.” During his spring break, Learey visited ADG in person to receive a final round of feedback before presenting them to the public.

Learey presented the posters at his Art+Design senior exhibition. “During our senior show I had hopes that my posters would evoke [a desire in] some students to want to travel,” he explains.

Upon seeing Learey’s final pieces, Anderson offered to purchase the rights to reproduce the posters and sell them through his online store. He also offered Learey the opportunity to begin doing freelance projects with ADG. Caffe Roma is the first of these. “Working with Joel on the Cafe Roma poster was a great experience," said Anderson. "He is very smart and very good at what he does. I hope to learn more from him as I continue to do work for him.”

Learey now works at Xiik, a marketing agency in Indianapolis.

The Department of Art+Design at Anderson University offers majors in the areas of fine arts studio, visual communication design, and visual arts education. Students gain experience through intensive studio practice, professional internships, and by working closely with a faculty of professional artists and designers.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.