Friday, December 22, 2006

Tech Squared Web Hosting - where are you?

For more than a couple of months now I have been working on a web site redesign for on of the major tourist destinations in Roanoke, a complete overhaul of their site including the introduction of a gift shop for online shopping. The web site is to be hosted by a local web hosting provider, Tech Squared. Or at least that's what they say they are going to do. The site is completely developed, completed by myself and a partner and with the help and cooperation of the entire staff at the tourist destination - however Tech Squared has stalled the whole project. The Shop aspect of the site requires software to be installed on the server at Tech Squared - and for more than three weeks now they have failed to respond to emails, phone calls from myself and the client, and all-in-all completely failed to provide the type of support that one would expect from a company who provides this service. This will be the last web site that I work with that is hosted on their servers - and I'll have a compelling and straightforward story to share with clients in the future who might choose to use Tech Squared for their hosting. There are far too many options for hosting out there to settle for the kind of service I have received from Tech Squared. Be warned!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

MyFonts.Com interview with Type Designer Jeremy Dooley

Majidah
Yevida
Qurillian
Blue Goblet

From MyFonts.Com: A short interview with type designer Jeremy Dooley.


Jeremy, please tell us a little about your background and experience.
I was born to a military family in the United States, and spent most of my childhood overseas. My family did a lot of traveling, and I am sure that my exposure to other cultures has given me a broader perspective on design that many do not get to experience. I completed an undergraduate degree in graphic design, and still wanting to hone my skills even further, I was accepted into the graduate program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I completed a master’s degree in graphic design there, and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to work for a small medical lab startup as the communications coordinator. For the past few years I have been designing fonts in my spare time.

How did you get started in font design?
I would say I had an epiphany while working on my undergraduate degree in graphic design. I was working on a poster project; the requirements were basic – it had to feature a typeface, and use only characters or components of characters from that typeface. I chose Univers. At first, I struggled with the project, but soon stumbled on the idea to use part of the U as brackets to frame the piece. I was amazed when studying that simple U form; just one point in either direction would have made for a much less effective design; it was perfection. After that realization, I wanted to work with type till I too could design forms as well as that. I started small, trying to complete a typeface design per project to develop a more original and effective solutions. Eventually, I released some of these through MyFonts.

You’ve just released two very popular script fonts that have a Middle Eastern feel to them. How do you decide on the kind of typeface design you want to develop?
Sometimes when I am out driving around town, walking through a mall, I see just brief flashes; starts of ideas that are unique and interesting. I write these inspirations down, and they eventually become typefaces. Some of my typeface ideas have come from reading about how the dyslexic mind works, a sign seen from the wrong angle, and theories from art history.

Can you tell us the process you go through in designing a font?
Once I have the basic idea, from one of the “flashes” I mentioned above, I sketch out just a few characters. Through a process of abstraction, erasure and addition, I eventually have the forms I need to start developing the other characters. I set parameters, or rules for the design, (rounded forms, a specific tail, etc.) and go from there. I find that I like to keep the forms as simple as possible. You can even see this in my script face, Yevida.

You started out as DooleyType but just recently re-invented yourself as Insigne Design. Can you tell us what led you to make this decision?
As my typefaces have grown in popularity, I have tried to increase the quality of my offerings and work towards launching a full time operation. The change in name from DooleyType to Insigne is a way to signify this new, more intense focus. There is something for everyone at Insigne, but right now, I especially want freelancers and other self-employed design professionals to be able to use our unique, high quality typeface designs. As such, all of our faces are very affordable.

What happened to the font Jon Cary?
A casualty of the “reinvention” above. It just didn’t fit with where I wanted to go.

What typeface designs are you working on now? When can we expect to see them at MyFonts?
I have a list of ideas that I keep. I reorder them based on criteria like what the market is looking for, but primarily, I try to look for new challenges and break new ground. So far, my offerings include sans serifs, serifs, futuristic looking faces, grungy faces and a few scripts. I don’t like to do similar faces or ideas back to back – I want to work on new challenges, and return to ideas with new knowledge learned from those other projects.

What’s your favorite typeface, and why?
Ever since the poster project I mentioned earlier, I have been a huge fan of Adrian Frutiger. Of his typefaces, I like Frutiger the best, but am also a fan of Meridien and Vectora.

What font do you never, ever want to see used again?
Well, there are many overused (but still amazing) fonts that I was going to pick on, but I guess I will have to jump on the bandwagon and go with Arial. Arial has few redeeming qualities and it’s an easy target.

Do you work full-time as a font designer?
On December 5th I will be leaving my job in a medical laboratory to design typefaces full time. Expect more high quality designs from Insigne, and a lot more of them than in the past.

Thanks, Jeremy! We look forward to seeing your new typeface designs soon!


New Today: Daily Podcast is the InDesign Podcast #35 - good tips for your InDesign usage. Daily Video is more great motion graphic demo reel goodness.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Mac-Case Messenger Review

Any of you guys who plan on continuing through the communication design program and working as a graphic designer are likely to buy a macbook or macbook pro (why haven't you already?) As soon as you dig it out of Apple's awesome packaging you'll realize that you need some new kind of package to put it into - something to protect the laptop as well as carry any cables and other extras, plus all of your other gadgets, and pens, and paper, and whatever you find yourself carrying around. For my freelance work I tend to try to carry anything I might need in a meeting or while working in the coffee shop so that I won't be stuck when I really need to get something done. I recently received a messenger bag from Mac-Case called, appropriately enough, the Mac-Case Messenger, and it is definitely meeting my needs for a mobile-office-in-a-bag.

When I set out to find the right bag for me it was important for it to do have a few particular features: 1) some sort of iPod integration, since I can't leave home without one. 2) a sleeve that would protect my MacBook. 3) Ample organization pockets so that I would have places for things like a digital camera, my power adapter, other cables, flat-files, CD-Rs, a small notebook, and a place to put a bottle of water and 4) handles and straps that make the bag easy to carry and move around. Finding a bag that provides all of these features was a bigger job than I expected, especially if you are looking for something that is Mac-specific in terms of the sleeve sizes, iPod-specific pocket, etc.

The Mac-Case Messenger meets many of these desires head-on, and leaves a couple of them lacking. A few of the features that drew me to the Mac-Case bag right away were the provided MacCase Sleeve and the iPod pocket with headphone passthrough. I was also curious to see how the dayglo green BrightSight interior would work to make the bag easier to navigate on the inside.

The MacCase Sleeve is perfectly fitted for my 13" MacBook, keeps it snuggly protected, shows the sweet Apple logo through the small logo-window on the front of the bag, and fits perfectly into the "sleeve-sleeve" sewn into the inside of the bag that keeps the MacBook held safely against the padded back side of the bag, so that as I swing the bag around like a madman trying to get in and out of my car, the laptop isn't swinging around wildly inside the bag, and when it does bang into something, the Mac is secured against every piece of padding available. This is the highlight of the Mac-Case bag in my opinion - top-quality Apple specific care of your laptop.

The built-in iPod integrated pocket is also a bonus, as it allows quick and easy access to the iPod (The pocket is on the outside of the bag) and easy access to the music in the iPod via a small hole in the pocket that allows your headphone cable to pass through. The BrightSight interior of the bag is equally impressive - the dayglo acts a reflector and sends light into all corners of the interior of the bag, so that you can clearly see the cracker that you dropped into it.

The Mac-Case Messenger's pockets are not as helpful as I had hoped. There are a number of pockets under the flap of the bag, only one of those actually zipperable, and one large pocket on the flap of the bag. This did not satisfy my hope for pockets for cables, digital camera, power adapter, CD-Rs and flat-files - but maybe I should take the hint and think about carrying less in my laptop bag. As I tried to include all of that junk into the bag, I resorted to placing all of my cables into a large zippable plastic bag and storing those inside the inner zippered pocket along with a couple of other odds and ends. I did not have room in the Mac-Case pockets for either my power adapter or my digital camera.

I was also surprised to see that the zippered pockets are just barely big enough to hold a letter size magazine, and not quite tall enough for a letter size file folder with a tab on top, so carrying flat files for me has to happen on the interior of the bag, not inside any of the individual pockets. With that said, once I did get everything tucked away into the pockets that were there, I was left with the ample amount of storage space inside the bag, which give plenty of room to carry flat files, power adapters, cameras, books and magazines, and even a small dog if you have one to get rid of.

My gripe with the Mac-Case Messenger is the lack of a handle on the top of the bag. The only thing on the outside of the closed bag to get a grip on is the shoulder strap. The strap is well padded and easily adjustable, but for everyday use in my case it is extended to a fairly long length. This works great when the bag is over my shoulder, but when I need to pick it up and put it into my car, or take it out of the car, the lack of a small handle on top of the bag leaves me grasping for a handhold where there isn't one. I suppose since it is called a "messenger" bag - as in bicycle messenger - then I shouldn't gripe about problems getting it in and out of the car, but it seems that most of Mac-Case's products do include a sturdy top-of-the-bag handle, and adding one of those to the messenger bag would make it more functional for my use.

All in all the Mac-Case Messenger is well worth the money, well constructed, well thought out, and nicely designed to integrate with mac-specifics like your MacBook and your iPod. I would recommend it, especially if they add a top-handle down the road. If you do purchase one, you might also want to buy one of their Mac-Case Power Pouches so that you have a place to put the cables that I'm carrying around in a ziploc bag. If you're in the market for a bag and considering the Mac-Case Messenger, let me know and you can take a look at mine to help you decide.

New Today: The Digital Photography Podcast #26 is the Daily Podcast - Daily Video is a cool stop motion music video for Heart Made of Sound.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Super Font Families from Fonts.Com

Fonts.Com discusses the value of super font families: typefaces that include a plethora of additional weights and styles that allow you to create more interesting and varied design without overdoing it with different fonts.

New Today: Band of the Week this week = The Drones. YouTube this week is a sublime video of pinstriping. If you've never seen this type of artwork being created before, you should give it a look. I bet these guys stay away from caffeine. Daily Podcast today is Piet Schreuders part 2 on Type Radio. Daily Video is Photoshop Master Bert Monroy giving his secret for adding some bling to an illustration in Photoshop.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Unique, Affordable Apartment / Apartments For Rent in Roanoke, Va


Please spread the word - if you or anyone you know is looking for a place to live, watch the video above to get the youtube tour of the apartment I have for rent in Old Southwest. It's cute and cheap, but the landlord is a real pain in the neck. You can get more information about it at LameDigs.com.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Veer's Top Ten Type Stories


Check out these fine fonts from Veer
- not inexpensive, but some are beautiful.

Also check out this email from Natasha Taylor, Advisor to the Student Newsletter Editors and Staff:

The Student Newsletter is in search of student editors and staff for the
Spring 2007 semester and beyond. This is a great learning experience and
resume builder. I'm looking for students to work in the following positions:

*Creative editor - Designs newsletter and lays out stories. Could also
illustrate or help with images/photographs. Perfect for a graphic
design/art student.
*Copy editor - Corrects grammar and style.
*Managing editor - Assigns news stories to staff. Schedules meetings and
organizes/determines content of newsletter.
*Writers
*Photographer

You can contact her here if you are interested in any of these positions.

New Today: Daily Video is a tutorial for using the Adobe Web Gallery feature, Daily Podcast is part two of the Rookie Designer's interview with Ken Barber

Design Matters Season Four Announced

Check out the line-up for the fourth season, the weekly radio show al about design and hosted by Debbie Millman. If you have never listened to the show you need to check it out - great guests and great design-related discussion.

THE COMPLETE SEASON FOUR GUEST LINE-UP

January 5th Season Premiere: Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink; and Joyce Gladwell, author of Brown Face, Big Master

January 12th: Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars, among others

January 19th: Ze Frank, host of The Ze Frank Show

January 26th: Design & Magazines: Joyce Rutter Kaye, Editor-in-Chief, Print; Michela Abrahms, Publisher, Dwell; Barbara DeWilde, Design Director, House Beautiful; Laetitia Wolff, Editorial Director, Surface

February 2nd: Doyald Young, Master Typographer and author of The Art of the Letter and Logotypes, and Letterforms: Handlettered Logotypes and Other Typographic Considerations

February 9th: Elliott Earls, Designer, Performance Artist, Designer-in Residence and Head of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art

February 16th: Marty Neumeier, author of Brand Gap, Zag and The Brand Dictionary

February 23rd: Minda Gralnek, Executive Vice President, Creative, Target Corporation

March 2nd: Andrea Deszo, Designer, Artist and Educator

March 19th: Jakob Trollback, Designer and Filmmaker

March 23rd, Maira Kalman, Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Author and National Treasure

March 30th, Luba Lukova, Designer and Illustrator

April 6th: Jeffrey Keyton, Senior Vice President, On-Air Design and Off-Air Creative, MTV

April 13th: Barbara Kruger, Artist

April 20th: Janet Froelich, Creative Director, The New York Times Magazine

April 27th, Louise Fili, Designer, Illustrator, Educator, and author of Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Age to the Digital Age, Design Connoisseur: An Eclectic Collection of Imagery and Type and the recently published Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks and Conceits (all with Steve Heller)

May 4th, Steve Heller, Art Director, Educator and Author of over 100 books on Design

May 11th, Luke Hayman, Designer, Partner at Pentagram Design

May 18th, Alice Twemlow, Design Critic, Eduator and Author of What Is Graphic Design For?

May 25th: Jan Wilker and Hjalti Karlsson, karlssonwilker, inc. Designers and Authors of Tell Me Why

June 1st: Alan Dye, Design Director, Apple

June 8th: Josh Liberson and Ethan Trask, Designers, Helicopter, Inc.

June 15th: Bad Boys of Design IV: Marc Alt, Mike Essl, Alberto Rigau and others

June 22nd: Dave Eggers, Founder of McSweeney's and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, YouShall Know Our Velocity! and the recently published What is the What

June 29th: Season Four Finale: Shepard Fairey, Designer, Illustrator and author of Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey and Shepard Fairey: Post No Bills

New Today: Today's daily video is some of the most cativating animation I've seen in a long time - Viking Kittens... Daily Podcast is the 2 minute Photoshop Tip - depth of field.

R.R. Donnelley Jobs and Internships


For those of you who were in the classes that took the trip to R.R. Donnelley to tour their book printing facility (who knew that all of Marvel's graphic novels were printed in Salem?) you might be interested in what type of jobs or internships might be available there. Job opportunities are posted on the R.R. Donnelley web site - and currently there are three available in Salem, although they require experience that nobody reading this web site has I bet.. Temp work at Donnelley is handled through Kelly and they would be the best people to check with, their number is 540-774-8300. I'll let you know if I find out about any internship opportunities there or anywhere else.

New Today:Daily Podcast is the Digital Photography show #25, Daily Video is Parasol Island - make sure you watch the movie - I can't believe people get paid to do that stuff. That kind of job didn't exist when I was in college - and I am NOT old enough to be your father - so you guys are lucky because you have these choices for careers that look like loads of fun - punks...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ads of the World and more...


Ads of the World
is one of many web sites popping up around the net that showcase some of the most creative and interesting advertising being created. Another good one is The Ad Feed. There are many more, great places to look for inspiration or just to see what's rising to the top of the ad blitz.

New Today: Cold War Kids is this weeks band of the week - YouTube is a great video about Typography School - Daily Podcast is InDesign Secrets podcast #34, and Daily Video is a wild animated music video for Out on the Water.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tech Squared Web Hosting - where are you?

For more than a couple of months now I have been working on a web site redesign for on of the major tourist destinations in Roanoke, a complete overhaul of their site including the introduction of a gift shop for online shopping. The web site is to be hosted by a local web hosting provider, Tech Squared. Or at least that's what they say they are going to do. The site is completely developed, completed by myself and a partner and with the help and cooperation of the entire staff at the tourist destination - however Tech Squared has stalled the whole project. The Shop aspect of the site requires software to be installed on the server at Tech Squared - and for more than three weeks now they have failed to respond to emails, phone calls from myself and the client, and all-in-all completely failed to provide the type of support that one would expect from a company who provides this service. This will be the last web site that I work with that is hosted on their servers - and I'll have a compelling and straightforward story to share with clients in the future who might choose to use Tech Squared for their hosting. There are far too many options for hosting out there to settle for the kind of service I have received from Tech Squared. Be warned!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Create a Mosaic in Illustrator or Photoshop


This is a great looking tutorial
, really a couple of tutorials, that show you how to take an image and turn it into a mosaic in either Illustrator or Photoshop. Can't wait to try them out myself.

New Today: Daily Video - a must watch Photoshop tutorial by Bert Monroy. Daily Podcast is Frank McMahon's Media Artist Secrets #65.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Adobe - The Creative Mind


This Microsite at Adobe.com
is basically a marketing site for the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite - but the navigation is visually rich and the content seems interesting enough... look pretty good to me.

New Today: Rookie Designer 53 for Daily Podcast - an interview with Ken Barber, Director of Typography at House Industries. Daily Video is Photoshop TV Episode 51. The Band of the Week this week is Vinyl, and YouTube this week is a classic documentary about the rigors of crayon manufacturing - although these days I imagine it's a bit different...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Fix your rotten resume


This walkthrough on LifeClever
discusses a few simple techniques that can spruce up your ghetto looking resume in Microsoft Word. You might assume that, since you are a design student, the best thing you can do to make your resume stand out is to use everyry design trick you can think of to make the freshest looking, most outstanding looking resume an employer has ever seen! This is not the case. Employers will look for design skill in your portfolio, they are looking for information in your resume, so use these suggestions to help make the information clear, easy to understand, and elegantly presented.

New Today: Part one of Piet Schreuders on Type Radio for the daily podcast, that crazy Sony Bravia ad with the paint bombs for the daily video - hit the daily video archive if you want to see the making of the ad.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Happy Weekend


New today: Weekend update: New Youtube is a great time lapse video of a designers desktop in a day - look at how much time he spends updating his myspace page! Daily Video is the making of the recent Sony Bravia ad, Daily Podcast is the Digital Photography show #24. Band of the week is Motor, who rock.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fonts.com - what makes a good display typeface part 2


Fonts.com
continues their discussion about what makes a good display typeface, discussin how you should select the face, as well as how you should manage the type once the text is set in it. New Today: Rookie Designer reflects on the state of his podcast, and the lemmings go insane with broadband again. Check the Daily Video and Podcast section of the sidebar on the right.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Storyboards as a planning tool


PingMag
runs through a whole list of examples of Storyboards and the content that was created based on them - these are great examples of how drawing is used as a planning tool in all sorts of media, and reinforces the importance of thumbnailing in design.

New Today: The digital Photography show episode 23 for the Daily Podcast and the Daily Video is a pretty funny example of why Lemmings shouldn't have internet access.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Mark Boulton's Five Simple Steps to Designing with Colo(u)r


Mark Boulton
, who has written a number of simple steps articles including Better Typography, Designing Grid Systems and Typesetting begins a series on designing with color - or colour - that is definitely worth reading. Part two has also been released.

New Today: The final installment of Chip Kidd on Typeradio for the Daily Podcast, and one out of control sharpie creating a video for In Context for the Daily Vid.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Magazine Design and Web Design Jobs

Web Designer
Roanoke, VA marketing company is seeking a creative and energetic Web Designer to create and implement designs for company eCommerce web site as well as ongoing email marketing campaigns. Ideal candidate will have 2 or more years of web and email design experience, be well-organized, knowledgeable about search engine optimization, highly creative, tech savvy, have excellent communication skills, and thrive in a fast paced environment. Email resume to webdesigner817@yahoo.com

Graphic Artist...
...WITH GREAT EYE FOR MAGAZINE DESIGN NEEDED. Multi-title magazine/custom publisher seeks energetic, dedicated advertising editor/designer. Successful candidate for this position with great potential for growth will have a passion for design, a thorough knowledge of InDesign/MacIntosh and full organizational skills. Submit resume and portfolio to Editor, P.O. Box 21535, Roanoke, VA 24018, Fax (540) 989-7603 or email:
krheinheimer
@leisurepublishing.com

The Magazine Design job is at my old place of work, so if you are thinking about applying for that shoot me an email first and I can give you some advice. Both of these jobs are more appropriate for graduates, so if any recent graduates are out there watching this blog email me if you're interested.

New today: Daily Podcast is InDesign Secrets episode 33, full of all sorts of InDesign related goodness. Daily Video is that amazing Dove commercial that I bet you've seen around - if you haven't seen it definitely watch it - a walkthrough from photoshoot to billboard that shows how far from reality fashion and glamour photography is. Band of the week this week is Vertigo Stump, and Stephen Wiltshire the human camera is the YouTube video.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hyper Photos via ComputerLove


Hyper Photos
are really amazing photographs that are a combination of hundreds of detail photographs to create a huge panorama with amazing detail. Hit the ComputerLove post and visit the three links that it links to - the text is in french but you don't have to read it to get the idea based on all of the visual examples of the complexity of the images.

New today: A crazy weird daily video - an animation called Idol - too weird to explain, just watch it. Daily podcast is part two of an interview with Burny Mattinson of Disney.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Designing Ironic Sans


David at Ironic Sans
, one of my favorite blogs based on both design and content, has posted a walkthrough of the process he used to design the look of his blog. I really like the way his site looks, so getting the chance to see how he put it together it a real bonus. Check it out.

New today: Daily Podcast is the Rookie Designer talking about coyright, and Daily video is another one of these crazy showreels - this one for Dstrukt.

Monday, October 30, 2006

See all of your typefaces on paper.

Click the image or follow the link at the bottom of this post to a post on creativetechs.com listing a couple of type specimen book utilities. These softwares will allow you to print examples of all of the typefaces in your collection, or of just a few of them if you want to. There are lots of ways to do this, but these offered have some features that improve the ease and the design of vreating a font book for your desk.

New Today: All sorts of stuff - Band of the week is Hand on the Plow - the MP3 is a podcast interview with them thta showcases some of their music. YouTube this week is a unique time lapse video of a week's worth of drawing on a wall. Daily Podcast is part 2 of the Type Radio Chip Kidd interview, and Daily Video is Photoshop TV episode 50.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Photojojo shows you how to make your own planet


Photojojo
is a super cool web site that helps you do cool stuff with your digital photos. This tutorial shows you how to use photoshop to turn your photographs into a little tiny pluto sized non-planet like the one above.

New today: Daily Podcast is Be a Design Cast 23 - interview with Kit Hinrichs from Pentagram in San Francisco. Daily video is an Indesign Conference podcast showing you how to work with prices in In Design.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Working on campus while in college


Follow this link
to a post titled "How to get the most from a college job" on the "getting rich slowly" web site. I worked a student job whil in college as a computer lab attendant, and it was a great way to earn money while learning to use the softwares used in design. There are students job opportunities available on campus - anyone interested in an art department job should send me an email.

New Today: Daily video for today is Photoshop TV Episode 49, Daily Podcast is UsedWigs Radio with Greg Hy of Happy Cog.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The 25 best free fonts


As a student with a new Mac you guys are probably looking high and low for free fonts to fill up your font menu with. As you might have already noticed, or will notice soon enough, you often get what you pay for when you get a font for free - poorly designed typefaces or font files that don't always cooperate with your computer. Vitaly Friedman, in his excellently designed blog, shares a list of the 25 top free fonts. Check'em out.

New Today: The daily podcast is part one of a three part interview with Chip Kidd on TypeRadio, Daily Video is another Photshop Tutorial, this one for fixing an old and faded photograph.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Three job opps and other new stuff.

Lots of design related jobs over the weekend in the Roanoke Times:

WEBMASTER
As a key member of our team you''ll design, develop and maintain websites for one of the Southeast''s leading regional publishers. Working knowledge of Adobe software such as Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop a must. Must be
able to develop database integrated web applications with an understandin of SQL. Also, functions as email administrator. Must be able to troubleshoot and handle other technical concerns. Permanent Full Time.
Experienced only send cover letter and resume to smayhew@leisurepublishing.com or by fax 989-7603.

Web Designer
Roanoke, VA marketing company is seeking a creative and energetic Web Designer to create and implement designs for company eCommerce web site as well as ongoing email marketing campaigns. Ideal candidate will have 2 or more years of web and email design experience, be well-organized, knowledgeable about search engine optimization, highly creative, tech savvy, have excellent communication skills, and thrive in a fast paced environment. Email resume to webdesigner817@yahoo.com
Media

GRAPHIC DESIGN SPECIALIST
Virginia Candle Company is currently seeking an experienced, talented, versatile and highly organized Graphic Design Specialist to manage a diverse range of projects, including print, Web, advertising, signage and other initiatives, from concept through execution.
Responsibilities:

Manage graphic design, layout, printing and production catalogs, brochures, postcards, product labels, sales flyers, box designs, hangtags etc.

Research and interface with vendors

Strong interest in product and packaging design

Manage advertising schedule & deadlines

Web design
Requirements:

Working knowledge of graphic design software such as Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, In Design

Project management skills highly desired to join New Product Development team
Ideal candidate must be an upbeat professional with a can-do attitude. We are seeking an individual who can meet new challenges with an optimistic response and professionalism. Self-motivated, team player attitude is essential to this position.
Virginia Candle offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including health, dental, life, company matched IRA, employee discounts, paid holidays and vacation. Please forward resume with salary history and portfolio samples to Virginia Candle Company Attn: HR, 1000 Dillard Dr. Forest, VA 24551 or email to HR@virginiacandle.com. Or fax to 434-385-6300 No calls pls. EOE




New Today: American Dumpster for Band of the Week - they are playing the Coffee Pot the first weekend in November. Youtube this week is an important video for any of you taking math courses: Maths. Today's podcast is the Digital Photography show and a discussion of color space, and the daily video is a tutorial for Photoshop's histograms.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tech Squared Web Hosting - where are you?

For more than a couple of months now I have been working on a web site redesign for on of the major tourist destinations in Roanoke, a complete overhaul of their site including the introduction of a gift shop for online shopping. The web site is to be hosted by a local web hosting provider, Tech Squared. Or at least that's what they say they are going to do. The site is completely developed, completed by myself and a partner and with the help and cooperation of the entire staff at the tourist destination - however Tech Squared has stalled the whole project. The Shop aspect of the site requires software to be installed on the server at Tech Squared - and for more than three weeks now they have failed to respond to emails, phone calls from myself and the client, and all-in-all completely failed to provide the type of support that one would expect from a company who provides this service. This will be the last web site that I work with that is hosted on their servers - and I'll have a compelling and straightforward story to share with clients in the future who might choose to use Tech Squared for their hosting. There are far too many options for hosting out there to settle for the kind of service I have received from Tech Squared. Be warned!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Photoshop Brushes
Grunge, textures and tons more


The PSBrushes web site
offers free downloads of a pile of free additions to your photoshop brush palette. A nice, easy, and free way to add some individuality to your photoshop work.

New today: The Daily Podcast - 50th episode of Rookie Designer - when's that guy gonna go back to the basics? And a great demo reel from Chico Jofilson for the Daily Video.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Science of Sleep


This looks like a good movie - has anyone seen it? Lots of homegrown typography in all of the material I've seen for it so far.

New Today: The Art Directors Club Podcast on Designism - Graphic Design for Social Change - for the Daily Podcast and the Daily Video is the Honey Reel - a short animation - scroll down to see it - an hour of music on the same page too. Kind of weird

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Read this Read this Read this - Excellent advice for students from Core77

Here's a great post from core77 - the "What I wish I knew when I was in college" kind of thing. Also new today a must see animation called the Tale of How for the Daily Video - and a must hear Herbie Hancock set for the Daily Podcast.. Check'em out!

All You Ever Needed to Know You Learned in...
1000 words for design students
by Allan Chochinov

There are a million things to learn in design school, but what about the things you need to know "about" design school? In an effort to be clear and concise—something your teachers are always bugging you to do—here are exactly 1000 words of advice for design students (clichés included):

Keep your ear to the ground.
The best gossip is any gossip. Start there and then do your homework. If a course or a teacher is reputed to be great, odds are that there's something there. Same for the inverse, but don't be dissuaded by advance reviews of a difficult or challenging teacher or course—sometimes the best fit is a tight one.

Do your homework.
There is no question that in design school, what you put in is what you get out. It's not exciting and it's not revelatory, but it really does turn out that the students who work the hardest and commit themselves the fullest end up with the best stuff. Inspiration and perspiration. You need 'em both.

School is expensive. Come on time. Stay late.
College in many countries is prohibitively expensive, so make sure you're getting your money's worth. Arrive on time and insist that your teachers do too. Stay after class and ask questions; find out about more than just what the class covered. Don't be a pest, but don't be a pushover either. Why? Here's why:

We work for you, not the other way around.
Teachers have an annoying habit of setting up the power dynamic to make you feel like they're in charge. I hate to roll out the "you are consumers of an educational product" argument, but the reality is that teachers, administrators, librarians and deans are all there in the first place because you decided to attend. And they really do work for you. So be clear about what you want and need, and team up with other students to make sure that those desires are communicated to the people in power. Use the library; ask for help. Make us work for you. You've already paid, right?

Hone your presentation skills.
Walking the walk and talking the talk are different skills. And no matter how good a designer you are, without a certain level of presentation skills, nobody will ever know. Practice public speaking, present your head off in class, and write, write, write. There is no underestimating the harm to your future that bad presentation skills can unleash. Really. You could stop reading this now and you'd have the best stuff.

Photograph everything.
If you do one thing in preparation for the new school year, buy a camera. We miss the old 35mm SLRs, but we're realists and recognize the irresistible benefits, instant gratification and economies of digital. Buy as many megapixels as you can, and if you can swing one of those sweet prosumer SLR digitals, do it. Make sure you bring your camera to class (not the expensive one though—your roommate's) and have fellow students photograph you presenting your work, conducting interviews, that kinda thing. Finally, have others take pictures of you making your models up in the shop. When you've looked at enough portfolios (car, toothbrush, chair, toy, form study, car, toothbrush, toy…), those "process" photos are positively the most exiting thing in your book to a jaded interviewer. "Did you make this model?" Well, yes. I did.

Do more; consider auditing a class.
"The people who do more are people who get more done." Duh. It's no secret that busy people often get a lot accomplished, and this is the same for students. Take an extra-curricular, non-design class (especially if grades aren't important/necessary for you), or, at the very least, consider auditing one course per semester. (Auditing a class means attending and doing the reading, but not taking up the teacher's time with homework, or taking up the class's time by asking questions. Get the word on the street, sit in during the first couple weeks of the semester, charm the pants off the teacher, and bask in the rays of someone telling you something you didn't already know. Most students aren't familiar with auditing, but it's offered in most schools.)

Read the paper.
This is the single best way to be and stay connected with the outside world. A killer-talented designer with nothing so say isn't much use to anyone (though the marketplace would expose the idealism of that argument!), and there's nothing more dangerous than an ignorant mass producer. If you live in a city that has a good newspaper, subscribe. If you don't, find a good one at your library, or read countless ones on the web for free. What's a good newspaper? The New York Times. There. That's a good one.

Get off campus.
School is great, and, after all, that's what you're doing there in the first place. But school design programs are kind of like the "official" program—the real stuff is happening by people who finished school (or often ignored it altogether), and your best investment is to connect with the communities of creative people who are doing design for a living and a life. Training in school is only part of the equation. Being submerged in the culture of design practice is where the real action is.

Don't work alone.
I know you know that design is a collaborative effort, so there's no reason why you shouldn't practice getting along with others while you're still in school. But that's not the real benefit of doing design homework with others: It's more fun. If you don't already know this, then you haven't done design work with others.

Take almost any job.
There is absolutely no replacement for the real thing, and practical experience in any design related field is more than you already have. So don't spend six months after you graduate looking for the perfect job. And, certainly, don't wait until you graduate to look for your first design job. You should be doing everything in your power to get some practical training onto your résumé and into your brain and hands before you graduate. That means helping out somewhere once a week, or bagging that summer internship. Do anything design-related. You'll be respected more by future employers, and have some chops by the time you get out.

Well, that's it for me. 1000 words of advice. But there's more out there, so with the ball rolling, why not share your own advice. Don't be shy:

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Check out this very unusual web site


This Website
is really amazing, but I'm not sure where I'm going when I navigate through it - very cool though.

New stuff today: The Digital Photography Podcast, a very unusual Tetris-like Design Video, and if you didn't notice already from Sunday - Spiral System for Band of the week, and a video on You Tube about how to set type.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Digital Camera Megapixel Chart


This Chart
is related directly to a digital camera's megapixels and how large of a photo that will allow you to print, but the site also gives some good information about how to figure the printable size of any digital image.

Make a font from your handwriting - or anything else...


Fontifier
is a web site that allows you to print out a template, write down or create in any other way all of the letters in the alphabet, scan the temlate and send it back in so that they can create a custom typeface for you. You can now type letters in your own handwriting!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Be a Web Producer for the Roanoke Times

Web Producer
Job Code: 874
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: None/Not Specified
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: Experienced
Education: Bachelors Degree
Category: Publishing

Position Summary:
Roanoke.com, winner of ONA’s General Excellence award in 2006 and named the 2006 Best Overall Newspaper-Related Web Site by Editor and Publisher and Mediaweek magazines, is seeking an innovative and talented web producer to help us pursue journalistic and storytelling excellence.

The producer will be expected to work with reporters and editors from The Roanoke Times, as well as producers and developers from the Web site to create compelling and cutting-edge projects for Roanoke.com. When breaking news hits, this position will ensure our online coverage puts us ahead of the competition. The online content team works in the newsroom and collaborates with print staffers.

Candidates for this position will be expected to learn quickly, provide creative ideas, work collaboratively with others, and develop innovative means to attract and retain new users.

The Roanoke Times is a 97,000 circulation daily owned by Landmark Communications, which also owns The Virginian Pilot, the Greensboro News & Record, The Weather Channel and dozens of smaller dailies, weeklies and broadcast outlets. We work in a team environment and offer excellent pay, health and dental insurance, 401(k), pension plan, life insurance, tuition reimbursement and outstanding growth opportunities within Landmark.
We're located in a city that offers a great quality of life and the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Roanoke Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send a letter of introduction, work samples and resume to Online Editor John Jackson, The Roanoke Times, PO Box 2491, Roanoke, VA 24010 or via email at john.jackson@roanoke.com.

Requirements:
Exceptional computer skills, especially with Photoshop, (X)HTML, Flash and CSS.
Familiarity with audio and video editing.
Attention to detail and a proven ability to meet multiple deadlines in a daily production environment.
An interest in emerging technology and trends and seeking creative means to apply them to the Web site.
Ability to work flexible hours, including mornings, nights and weekends.

Apply online.

Skills Desired:
Web Development -> HTML
Graphics Design -> Adobe Photoshop

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Careful with those Flickr images in your Graphic Design work


Check out this article
about a photographer who posts his work on Flickr, and a huge advertising agency that is using Flickr to find photography for their design work. The image in question in this case was never even used in an ad, only in an internal comp for an ad, but the photographer is claiming that the image was stolen from him and that the agency owes him for the commercial use of the image. What do you think that means for your use of a Flickr image in the work that you do? (Thanks to Suzanne Salzano for finding the story)

Who Needs Cable - You Tube Video Takes Over - Google or not..

How not to design a package

Via the Roanoke Times: Check out those bottles on the left - half of them are sports drinks, the other half are toilet cleaners... this is a great example of the effect that package design can have. According to the story, in the first four months of the product's availability, 94 people mistakingly drank the cleaning solution, mistaking it for a delicious beverage. Yikes!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Holy (non)Smoke!


This is a really captivating web site - not sure who put it out but it seems to be based in Colorado - hard not to keep exploring it...

Bad Book Covers


Most of the book covers on this "Bad Book Covers" website are pretty bad - most of them except for this Letters to ET cover. It's so romantic...

Perfect Entry Level Design Job in Salem

Arts GRAPHIC DESIGNER Main Street Newspapers is looking for FT or PT graphic designers...
Source: Classified Ads
Location: Roanoke, VA
Date: 10-08-2006
Description:
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Main Street Newspapers is looking for FT or PT graphic designers to do ad layout and page design in our Salem office. Candidates must have strong MAC computer skills and experience with both QuarkXpress and Photoshop
Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment is a must! Enjoyable working atmosphere, good pay and full benefits package
available for FT position. Send salary requirements with resume and work samples to:
Tonya Hall Bowyer
Main Street Newspapers
PO Box 1125
Salem VA 24153
or email tonyabowyer@
mainstreetnewspapers.com

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Here's a chance to get a web site design under your portfolio belt

Today I received an email from James Gardner, who is the creator of one of the sites that shows up under the "Design Blogs" section of the sidebar to this site over on the right. James lives in Boston and works for Aquent, and wrote to thank me for linking to his blog, but he also wrote to ask if I knew any eager young designers who would be interested in helping him improve the quality of the design of his site. I know lots of eager young designers, and I know a lot of you check this site fairly regularly. If you think you have the skills to help James out, and would like to give it a try, email him and see what you can work out! Great chance for a portfolio builder.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Design Internship at Roanoke times

Internship - Designer
Job Code: 852
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: 30-40%
Job Type: Internship, Paid
Job Level: Entry
Education: Degree in progress
Category: Newspapers

Position Summary:
The Roanoke Times, a 100,000 circulation newspaper in Southwest Virginia, is seeking a creative and enterprising designer to spend the summer working with and learning from our award-winning staff.

The newspaper has a strong commitment to visual journalism. Content drives our design. We expect our designers to be journalistically strong, while at the same time figuring out the smartest ways to deliver information to readers. Our pages are centerpiece driven, with an emphasis of making our pages visually informative and engaging.

The internship will run from late May to August. This is an advanced internship where you will be working on both short-term and long-term projects. Current students and recent graduates are eligible.

Requirements:
The intern is expected to perform as a beginning journalist, designing pages, editing stories and writing headlines.
Applicants should be technically proficient in InDesign or other similar pagination software.

Finally, how to apply:

If you are ready for a challenge and to be a better designer at the end of the summer, apply online and send a resume, cover letter, samples of your work and three references to: Michael Stowe, Assistant Managing Editor for Presentation, The Roanoke Times 201 Campbell Avenue S.W., Roanoke, Va. 24010-2491 E-mail: michael.stowe@roanoke.com

Check out our paper at roanoke.com

Deadline: December 1

Paid internships run 12 weeks, with preference given to students who have had previous internships.

Skills Desired:
Publishing -> News/Page Designers

Web Internship at Roanoke Times

Internship - Online
Job Code: 853
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: 30-40%
Job Type: Internship, Paid
Job Level: Entry
Education: Degree in progress
Category: Newspapers

Position Summary:
What's Web work like in The Roanoke Times' newsroom?
Some things are a given. Like getting to work with the latest applications and technology. And being surrounded by journalists who recognize the future is on the Web.
Here, as an online intern, you'll push your colleagues to do their best work. They'll turn around and do the same for you -- all of which makes us the leading provider of news and information in Southwest Virginia.
What matters is being able to use the best technologies to help a great company perform even better. As an online intern, you'll put your demonstrated technical and graphic skills into play as Web presentations that tell a story in words, audio, photos and video.
You'll help take our news and sports sites way beyond reproducing the printed newspaper on the Web. You'll produce innovative, high-quality Web sites. Those Web pages will regularly include interactive infographics, slide shows and streaming audio/video.
Have we piqued your interest? Good, then you'll love our beautiful location in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and a casual work environment.

Requirements:
Journalism knowledge
Demonstrates strong news judgment, grasps editorial skills. This person performs key roles in integrating the printed newspaper into its Web pages -- and vice versa.
Understands what's appropriate for the medium and knows how to take advantage of the Internet's innovative possibilities for telling a story. Thinking interactively is key. Readers should be able to use the site in many ways, with polls, message boards, databases. We want to increase reader participation and involvement.
Skills that are highly desirable (or can be learned): ASP, Javascript, Web site management, Photoshop, GoLive, Flash, Illustrator, Freehand, RealPlayer, Adobe Premiere, ImageReady, multimedia production.
Videography and audio experience preferred.
Requirements for consideration for this internship include several examples of work in your portfolio and a serious interest and enthusiasm to develop your skills.
Think of it this way: what if we gave you a newspaper online to run? What would it look like? What would it do? You tell us. We want creative ideas and innovation to walk in the door with you.

Apply online and send a non-returnable portfolio, resume, cover letter, and three references to: John Jackson, Online Editor, The Roanoke Times 201 Campbell Avenue S.W., Roanoke, Va. 24010-2491 E-mail: john.jackson@roanoke.com.


Check out our paper at roanoke.com

Deadline: December 1




Paid internships run 12 weeks, with preference given to students who have had previous internships.



Skills Desired:
Web Development -> Content Maintanence, JavaScript

Thursday, September 28, 2006

PingPongPixel


The PingPongPixel is a great example of a low-res pixel based graphic. It is also a great example of people with a lot of extra time, money, and knowledge on their hands.. how in the world would you build something like this?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Freelancer's Checklist

This checklist is an excellent way to evaluate a freelance job before committing to it. It is written for Illustrators but generally applies to any type of freelance job. Examples of a few of the questions:
1. Will I enjoy doing the job?
2. Will I have to compromise another job by accepting this?
3. Would I rather have time to myself than to do this job?
4. Do I need the money?
5. Is the money a compromise?

Five Tools of Typographic Emphasis

Dynamic Graphics gives a lesson on using subtelty and restraint to help your type stand out.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Tech Squared Web Hosting - where are you?

For more than a couple of months now I have been working on a web site redesign for on of the major tourist destinations in Roanoke, a complete overhaul of their site including the introduction of a gift shop for online shopping. The web site is to be hosted by a local web hosting provider, Tech Squared. Or at least that's what they say they are going to do. The site is completely developed, completed by myself and a partner and with the help and cooperation of the entire staff at the tourist destination - however Tech Squared has stalled the whole project. The Shop aspect of the site requires software to be installed on the server at Tech Squared - and for more than three weeks now they have failed to respond to emails, phone calls from myself and the client, and all-in-all completely failed to provide the type of support that one would expect from a company who provides this service. This will be the last web site that I work with that is hosted on their servers - and I'll have a compelling and straightforward story to share with clients in the future who might choose to use Tech Squared for their hosting. There are far too many options for hosting out there to settle for the kind of service I have received from Tech Squared. Be warned!

Tronic Studio from Apple Pro

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Get Bills for Sharing your Skills

Looking for an individual with intermediate to advanced knowledge in Dreamweaver/Flash. This individual will need to instruct some basic steps in Flash software and how to tie this in with Dreamweaver. Assignment will be for 3-5 days for a couple of hours each day. Pay is based on experience. Need someone with a fairly flexible schedule. Please send examples of your work to: nell.enriquez@gmail.com

Monday, September 18, 2006

Web Designer Job with a Yahoo email addy?

Job Title:
Web Designer Roanoke, VA marketing company is seeking a creative and energetic Web Designer...
Source:
Classified Ads

Location:
Roanoke, VA
Date:
09-17-2006
Job Description
Description:
Web Designer
Roanoke, VA marketing company is seeking a creative and energetic Web Designer to create and implement designs for company eCommerce web site as well as ongoing email marketing campaigns. Ideal candidate will have 2 or more years of web and email design experience, be well-organized, knowledgeable about search engine optimization, highly creative, tech savvy, have excellent communication skills, and thrive in a fast paced environment. Email resume to webdesigner817@yahoo.com
Media

My Old Job

Title:
Arts CREATIVE/ART DIRECTOR Roanoke publisher seeks creative AD to oversee design of magazi...
Source:
Classified Ads

Location:
Roanoke, VA
Date:
09-17-2006
Job Description
Description:
Arts
CREATIVE/ART DIRECTOR
Roanoke publisher seeks creative AD to oversee design of magazines, guides, collateral, interactive. Magazine exp. a must, agency a plus. Management skills, innovation, talent, flexibility, timeliness required. Great comp plan. E-mail cover letter and resume to krheinheimer@
leisurepublishing.com

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Gaphic Design Job at Roanoke Times

Graphic Designer
Job Code: 817
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: None/Not Specified
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: Experienced
Education: Bachelors Degree
Category: Newspapers, Publishing

Position Summary:
The Roanoke Times is looking for experienced designers to produce professional quality, error-free advertisements for customers. Graphic Designers prepare and process electronic/software versions of advertisements as they provide excellent customer service and actively participate with the design team.

Must have the ability to:
manage deadlines effectively
multi-task while working under tight deadlines
communicate with customers via phone/email
design innovative advertisements
work effectively in a team environment
react to change productively and handle other essential duties as assigned

Requirements:
Associates degree, or currently pursuing (preference given for Bachelor's degree)
Experience in advertising and/or graphic design
Proficiency in InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat software packages
Experience in PageMaker, Quark and DTI software helpful
Proven communication abilities, including excellent customer service and telephone skills

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Skills Desired:
Graphics Design -> Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, Quark Express, Design Layout, Adobe InDesign

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Online Ad Designer job at Roanoke Times

Online Ad Designer
Job Code: 811
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: None/Not Specified
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: Experienced
Education: Bachelors Degree
Category: Newspapers, Technical Support

Position Summary:
Position within the Digital Media department by providing online design work that supports online sales efforts in collaboration with both internal and external customers. The designer will work with account executives and consultants in developing effective advertising specs, ads and campaigns that meet and surpass customer expectations.

Responsibilities:
· Provide online design work
· Work collaboratively with sales force in the development of innovative concept-driven speculative designs
· Accompany account executives on calls upon request, providing online design insight and direction for customers
· Assist sales teams in identifying revenue producing opportunities and increasing revenue through strategy
· Provide excellent customer service to both internal and external customers
· Meet internal and external deadlines
· Identify and implement process improvements
· Provide cross-training, where possible, in support of multi-media projects
· Participate in cross-functional teams to address issues with other departments. Cross-train on pertinent information with other departments
· Perform other duties and assignments as needed

Requirements:
Bachelor's degree, preferred
Two years of web design experience
Demonstrated competency in HTML, Photoshop, ImageReady, GoLive, Illustrator, JavaScript, ActiveScript, Flash and FTP
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment
Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task
Ability to work within and across multi-disciplinary teams
Effective customer service skills

Skills Desired:
Web Development -> HTML, JavaScript

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Headline Help from Fonts.com

Why are headlines so important? Simple: if the headline doesn’t grab your audience, the rest of your book cover, editorial spread, CD or flyer design might never be seen.

A headline should be the first design element the reader’s eye lands upon. Its purpose is to draw your audience in, and it also sets the tone for the rest of the piece.

Follow these tips and you’ll be creating vivid, effective headlines in no time:

Typeface.Choose a headline typeface that has strong visual impact and complements the body copy. Ideally, the “personality” of the headline face should help communicate the tone of the subject matter, whether it’s serious, humorous, romantic, news-driven or family-oriented. Good choices for business applications are bold weights of the body copy and neutral sans serifs. For more expressive headlines, consider decorative and calligraphic designs. When space is limited, use a condensed typeface.
Point size. Contrast is the key here. Make sure the headline is markedly different in size from the body copy and pull quotes. Don’t be afraid of extremes: when space permits, an enormous headline can be extremely eye-catching. Likewise, a tiny headline can have tremendous impact, as its small size draws attention and intrigues the reader.
Color. Black type is always powerful, but color and tints can provide added contrast and visual interest. Unless the subject matter calls for extravagance (a circus poster, perhaps?), use color sparingly and selectively.
Caps vs. upper & lowercase. This is a decision best made by trying and looking. An all-cap headline can be very powerful as long as it looks good in the chosen typeface, works with your layout, and doesn’t impair readability. Let your eye be the judge. If in doubt, use upper and lowercase.
Alignment. A centered headline packs the most visual punch. Unless you’re trying to create a very formal, conservative look, flush-left headlines usually don’t offer enough contrast from the rest of the layout. Don’t justify headline type: it creates bad letterspacing and serves no purpose.
Line breaks. Never hyphenate within a headline. When line breaks are needed, break at the end of a phrase.
White space. Use it! White space around a headline and within your layout helps focus the reader’s attention. A crowded layout created visual monotony; the reader doesn’t know where to look first.

Above all, be courageous! A shout or a whisper draws more attention than a mumble. Making strong, high-contrast choices is the key to effective headline treatments.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Roanoke Times Design Director Job

Director of Design
Job Code: 31
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: None/Not Specified
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: Senior
Education: Bachelors Degree
Category: Newspapers

Position Summary:
Do you know how to mentor and motivate visual journalists? Can you design smart, compelling pages that inform, educate and delight readers? Do you enjoy collaborating with photo editors, story editors, graphic artists and online producers to tell compelling stories?

The Roanoke Times, a 97,000-circulation daily in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is looking for a fresh, innovative thinker to lead our design team. The director of design helps develop a consistent style and feel to the newspaper that engages readers and then takes a hands-on role to implement it.

The Roanoke Times is owned by Landmark Communications, which also owns The Virginian Pilot, the Greensboro News & Record, The Weather Channel and dozens of other smaller dailies, weeklies and broadcast outlets.

We offer excellent pay, health and dental insurance, 401(k), pension plan, life insurance, tuition reimbursement and outstanding growth opportunities within Landmark. The Roanoke Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send a letter of interest and samples of your work to assistant managing editor Michael Stowe at michael.stowe@roanoke.com.


Requirements:
We are seeking a leader with strong technical skills (InDesign, Photoshop, Freehand and Illustrator) as well as an imaginative and enthusiastic approach to the job. We work in a team environment that values coaching, creativity, flexibility, planning and risk-taking. We have a three-year-old press with full-color capacity on every page.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Figure Drawing

The Mac Lab at Mississippi State University


workday, originally uploaded by msu graphic design.

Check out this shot of the GRaphic Design Program Mac Lab at Mississippi State University - just an example of how fortunate we are here to have such a up to date and top quality set of labs - some of these emacs even seem to be yellowing with age!

Friday, August 25, 2006

911 cover up


This isn't exactly design related, but it's something I think anyone who comes across it should watch - whether you believe it or not - this film makes a persuasive argument for a 9/11 cover up that left me feeling more frightened than I did after watching any horror movie I've seen lately - watch it and pass it on..


OK Update - this makes it more design related - here is a graphic adaptation of the 9/11 report created by by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón - but don't let this sidetrack you from watching the video above.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Typobituaries


These
are pretty funny - And no more comments about my motorcycle post..

Senior Web Designer Job with the Roanoke Times

Senior Web Developer
Job Code: 743
Division: The Roanoke Times
Location: ROANOKE, VA US
Travel Involved: None/Not Specified
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: Experienced
Education: Bachelors Degree
Category: Newspapers, Sales

Position Summary:
The Web Dean will design and build a highly interactive web site with rapidly changing entertainment, infotainment, and advertising content targeting college age students. Works closely with sales and content leaders to identify new products and to plan, prioritize, and implement projects. Selects and manages vendors and contractors. Builds, trains, and manages a team that includes college students. Maintains deep understanding of current, web sites, trends, and potential use of internet and digital technology.

Responsibilities:

Remain current with existing and emerging technology and with high volume, high buzz web sites

Work with Content and Sales Deans to identify creative look of new site, entertainment content, infotainment content, and advertising placement on site

Co-host focus groups, lead discovery efforts to uncover unmet demands in college age internet users

Create and maintain development schedule for frequently changing content and continually innovative directional development

Ensure highest quality of site, ensure high look-ability and usability of site

Recruit, select, and train team members—primarily college students—to support emerging development and on-going site updates

Supervise growing team and manage performance process including Partners in Performance (PIP)

Create developmental plans for team members in collaboration with individuals

Participate in cross-functional sub-teams as needed

Solicit proposals from vendors and contractors, select appropriate vendors and contractors, and manage vendor/contractor relationships

Requirements:
ASP, .NET, MS SQL—minimum three years experience

JavaScript, XML, CSS—minimum two years experience

Experience in web development using XHTML standards

Experience with multimedia and FLASH

Experience leading web development teams, more than three years experience preferred

Proven track record for managing multiple priorities and multi-tasking

Proven track record for strong organizational skills

Outstanding interpersonal and collaboration skills

Bachelors degree required

Skills Desired:
Web Development -> HTML, JavaScript