Today is Rollins Fellow and Graphic Designer, Chika Ota’s, last day working at the Office of the Yale University Printer! John wrote and delivered a lovely farewell to Chika during our open house:
You have transformed our office with your hard work, talent, and entrepreneurial energy. Your ability to win the confidence of our clients and colleagues by interpreting their needs in keeping with Yale’s institutional goals has added much to our office’s reputation. It’s not exaggerating to say that you have raised the University’s perception of design’s power to serve its communication goals.
Among your many projects, your work for New Employee Orientation, Emergency Management, President Levin’s send-off book and event, and Peter Salovey’s inauguration, your organization of classes for Yale designers, your term as a Prelim TA, and your establishment of the OUP blog stand out—not just to us, but broadly to Yale’s audiences and offices.
It’s diffcult to think of our workplace without your cheer, energy, style, memorable questions, adventurousness, and friendship. We know that you will make the most of every opportunity and that your new colleagues will love you as much as we do.
We offer our most sincere good wishes and love as you leave Yale. We know you will fare well.
In celebration of the wonderful work she did for our office, here is a look at a small portion of the beautiful work she designed for Peter Salovey's inauguration.
The schedule of events.
Festive colonnade banners on Commons.
Specially designed scarf to commemorate the weekend.
Tickets for concert, lectures, and other events throughout the inauguration.
Celebratory tie designed specifically for the weekend.
Invitations for Peter Salovey's inauguration established the graphic theme of "Many Yales."
Close up of two designs for the inauguration weekend tote bags, one featuring the 23rd president motif, the other featuring "Many Yales."