Sunday, April 29, 2018

DesignArts Utah 2017 Exhibition Catalog

Legendary product designer Dieter Rams identifies “good design” as being innovative, useful, aesthetic, understandable, unobtrusive, honest, long-lasting, thorough, sustainable and minimal. The award-winning designs featured in this annual juried exhibition are extraordinary examples of these ten principles. With this in mind, this catalog integrates these words into the cover art, while also pointing to Utah as a place where good design happens. The mass of arrows that populate the cover represent this; while also signifying the many options, iterations and directions that occur throughout the design process as the arrows move towards a single idea/solution. As the reader opens the catalog, this message is simply stated: “good design is here”. The following page features the juror’s statement about good design and identifies the projects created by the ten award winners featured in the catalog. The catalog begins with two spreads dedicated to each of the designers that were selected for the juror’s choice award. Each spread utilizes similar type treatments, yet each have a unique page layout that best represents photographs of the various projects.  This layout approach carries throughout the entire catalog.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SDA Exhibition in Print

See the Thunderbird Chair and Stooble in Surface Design Association's Winter Journal! SDA Exhibition in Print

Artifacts for the 23rd Century UMOCA

 Thank you UMOCA for hosting "Artifacts for the 23rd Century"!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chew This Zine

Chew this is a zine about waste — specifically food waste — 
and all the trash that comes with it.
It communicates to the general consumer the importance of understanding the impacts of personal food consumption. Through the use of limited text, playful handwriting and drawing partnered with photographs; it is designed to get consumers thinking about this subject matter without overwhelming them with too much content. There are several resources that the reader can go to for more information.The card inserts remind consumers about what they can do to reduce their own plastic, paperboard and food waste through simple changes in behavior.
Flat size: 10.25" x 8", Folded size: 5.125" x 8", 5 card inserts: 3.5" x 5"
24 pages, offset printed edition of 300, ©2016
Art Director: Carol Sogard, Designer/Illlustrator: Sydney Bishop

contact: to purchase

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ban the Plastic Bag

The plastic grocery bag is a common side effect of consumer culture. It is not viewed as valuable beyond its limited use. It will never biodegrade – surviving for centuries in landfills, contaminating oceans and endangering species. Even with a dedicated effort to recycle, the alarmingly high rate of consumption of the plastic bag far surpasses the benefits recycling can offer.  Through the process of collecting reclaimed bags, I want to draw attention to the inordinate amount of plastic we consume while discovering opportunities for creative reuse of this material.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wisdom Chair & Stooble

WISDOM CHAIR: 44” length x 18” height x 27” width 
MATERIAL: Reclaimed plastic grocery bags & billboard vinyl, plastic mesh, wood   
STOOBLE: 15" height x 11.5" circumference. 
MATERIAL: Reclaimed plastic grocery bags & bucket
©2015 Carol Sogard

The Wisdom chair was built using a basic template for a sling back folding beach chair ( This form was selected because it is a symbol of the beaches on which we find so much plastic debris. Using it as the basis for the textile for the sling itself is what makes it unique. It is inspired by the traditional craft of weaving, yet with materials that are considered consumer debris – often used once and then discarded. Through deconstructing a brown plastic grocery bag and weaving it through plastic mesh, the resulting textile takes on the quality of a naturally woven fiber. Through manipulation of the form and context, its tactile qualities are revealed, while symbolically challenging one to question it's original intent. The accompanying Stooble (stool/table) utilizes the same weaving technique as the chair, with a reclaimed home depot bucket as the foundation for the design.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Cross

On view at The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles Missouri Jan 8th-Feb 13th 2015.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Stop by Carol Sogard  / On view through January 11, 2015 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Friday, March 28, 2014

Exploring Sustainability: On View Now

On View till July at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
Exploring Sustainability is an exhibition of new projects that explore how principles of ecological sustainability and affiliated design strategies are applied to creative thinking and to the design process. During Sustainable Design Practice, the University of Utah studio art course in which this work was created, students gained an overview of the environmental impacts of design and production practices as well as the processes and methods associated with more sustainable approaches. The projects exhibited are inspired examples of how students integrated sustainable design into their own creative process. The exhibition is intended to stimulate further dialogue among the university and local communities about issues related to sustainability.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sketch School. Enroll Now!

What is Sketch School?
It is a creative, engaging experience with no fees, no teachers, no grades, no classrooms and no deadlines. The assignments provide the opportunity to get creative and share your work with fellow Sketch School participants. Have you ever wanted to create something that is not for a client or a teacher? Have you ever wished you had more time to keep a sketchbook or were required to engage in activities that helped you become more creative? Then you should participate.

Participating is easy!
You are provided with four assignment cards in this post. Each card briefly describes the assignment and showcases inspiring examples created by the Graphic Design students at the University of Utah. Now it's time to create your own version.

If you like what you made, share it with us. We would love to post it! You will also get a chance to see what fellow Sketch School participants created. Simply scan a 200 dpi photo of each completed assignment card (no larger than 5" max length) and save it as a jpg. Then email the images to:

Document your outfit.

Choose one of these stories. Create an image for it.

Illustrate your thoughts.

Create a self portrait with unique materials.

©2012 Carol Sogard. For more info contact:
Concept, creative direction and writing by Carol Sogard.
Artwork created by University of Utah Graphic Design Students.

What is This? A Poster. A Book. by Carol Sogard ©2010

What is This? A Poster. A Book. A self published zine by Carol Sogard in conjunction with the University of Utah Department of Art & Art History is now sold online through: Quimbys Books Chicago and Atomic Books Baltimore. And recently featured on Paper Specs Gallery.

Reduce Waste ©2005 Carol Sogard

Reduce Waste zine now sold at Quimbys Books, Chicago
And featured on Paper Specs Gallery