From the newswire:

CHAMPAIGN, Il., April 7, 2010 - The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization will host their annual fundraiser, abCU 2010: A Tasty Show of Screen-Printed Letters, as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival on April 15 at Cakes on Walnut in Champaign. The event will begin at 6pm and feature a collaborative alphabet of screen-printed posters, with each letter designed by a different local designer.

CUDO will be selling 11 x 14 posters of the letters for $15 each at the event. Five complete alphabet sets will be available for purchase for $250. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit a local designer in need; the rest of the funds will go to develop CUDO.

CUDO Board Member and abCU organizer Miriam Matincic says, "This show is about bringing people together. We have letters designed by students as well as seasoned professionals, and many people have worked to organize, produce, and print this show. abCU is a celebration of design, but it's even more broadly about creativity. The alphabet is a form we can all recognize; anyone can enjoy the surprises and variation this show has to offer."

The alphabet reflects the diverse voices of designers in the Champaign-Urbana community. A few notable designers include John Jennings, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois; Matt Harlan, local freelance designer and illustrator; Doug Burgett, Creative Director at the University of Illinois; Vanessa Burgett, graphic designer at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts; Jillian Nickell, illustrator and screen printer; and Kurt Bielema, of A full listing of the designers can be found on CUDO's website:

Sponsors include Weiskamp Screen Printing, Mohawk Fine Papers, Unisource, Cakes on Walnut, and 88.7 The Wave. Prints will be available for purchase at Cakes on Walnut for a month following the event.

Attendees can RSVP on the event's Facebook Page:

Follow the event on Twitter: #abcu

About CUDO

The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization a professional organization for Champaign-Urbana graphic designers (print / web / interactive) that creates and supports an active, engaged, and vibrant designer community. CUDO started early in 2009 by Maya Bruck, Madelin Woods, and Christina Tapp. The organization aims to create community, encourage networking and foster inspirations. In addition to hosting this annual fundraiser, CUDO holds PechaKucha Nights, speaker events, workshops, design chats, and other community events.

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For additional information, or his res graphics, logos, and photography please contact Maya Bruck at 773-266-3373 or