Thursday, May 25, 2006

When your dad is a graphic designer...

Not sure who the dad is - this is the blog equivilant of forwarding an email...

Imaging Trainee job at the Roanoke Times

Position Summary:
In this position you will perform digital image editing in a desktop environment to correct and tone pictures for publishing and exporting pages and plates.

Use of software programs such as Photoshop, Digital Technology, Acrobat and InDesign
Perform scanning techniques
Learn fundamentals of 4-color printing process and all Imaging Specialist skills.


Must be able to perform proficiently in a PC environment

Able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment, interacting productively with people from across the company.

Strong communication and customer service skills.

High school diploma required, preference given to Associate's and/or Bachelor's degree

Preference given for previous work experience with digital imaging technology and functions

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mouse Around Practice

Discount Student Software

Two great places to find design software at huge student discounts. Click the logos to go.

Free lessons in Animation

John K's drawing school
John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy and one of the world's best animators, has been using Preston Blair's animation book as a textbook to teach people the art of cartooning online. (You can download the pages for each lesson from the Animation Art Archive.)

If you are interested in learning cartooning, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

via boingboing

The work of Rebecca Wetzler

Interview Advice from How Magazine

Something To Talk About

With the job market picking up, let these six interview tips guide you as you woo prospective employers.

By Tracey Turner

Whether you're a designer seeking a full-time job or a freelancer looking for project work, how you handle yourself in the interview can make or break your chances of landing the gig. In fact, a recent survey of executives by Robert Half International (the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm) shows this is the stage of the hiring process where candidates are most likely to make mistakes. How can you avoid pitfalls and stack the deck in your favor? Here are six tricks to incorporate into your interview arsenal:

(Click link to read the full article)

The very interesting work of ShinyBinary

Click here for his web site, or click "link" for more artwork.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Designer Pricing Estimate Tutorial

US Government spying on the press

From the ABC News Blog:
A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.

TJP&A Classes in Washington DC

Oil Painted Mac Stuff

Full Time "Design" position at Photo USA

Immediate opening for full time position with established local firm in business since 1983. The successful candidate will be digital media savvy, proficient in Adobe Photoshop, and able to effectively relate to customers. Visit for more information or send resume to

Friday, May 12, 2006

Apple is hiring

Hiring: Visual Designer

Company: Apple Computer   Location: Cupertino, United States

Apple's Mac OS X User Interface Group is seeking a visual designer with dynamic interfaces or animation experience who possesses a passion for great design and shows an exceptional eye for detail. The designer will help conceive, design and develop future enhancements to Aqua, the dynamic user interface for Mac OS X. We're looking for a visually articulate designer capable of communicating their ideas through compelling high-fidelity illustrations and prototypes.

Job Description:
Responsibilities include supporting established design directions for various components of Mac OS X, working with engineering and marketing to finalize designs, and producing elements for final products. Understanding the constraints of the software development environment is a plus. Must be a team player with excellent communication, presentation and multidisciplinary skills.

Required Experience:
B.S./M.S. in Interactive Media Design, Graphic Design, Animation or related field.
Good time management skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment
Demonstrable understanding of user interface design principles.
Must have demonstrated fluency with Photoshop, Illustrator or other design tools.
Must have demonstrated experience with prototyping tools and environments such as Director and Lingo. Experience with other tools such as 3D Modeling applications are desirable.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Apple's New iPod Ad

Attention graduating students

The following is an email I received from a student employed at the New River Valley office of the Roanoke Times. From what I understand the full capacity of the Ad Operations staff in the Roanoke office is 16 people, and the current staff is 5. This would be a hard to beat chance for you to gain valuable, real-world experience that will definitely get you started on a design career path:
The Roanoke Times needs graphic designers now, now, now. The posting has been up for almost two weeks, but more slots have become available recently.

Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested. An under staffed design team makes my job suck.

Jess Ulm

Monday, May 01, 2006

Google is hiring...

Contact: Portia Bloom

Graphic Designer - Mountain View
This position is based in Mountain View, CA.

We're looking for a Graphic Designer to help steward and extend the Google brand. This position includes much more than creating great-looking designs for online and printed materials (although it does that); in this role, you'll take the lead in defining marketing communications' creative direction. You'll work closely work with marketing managers, copywriters, and a production team to ensure the campaign delivers on objectives and builds upon the elegance and whimsy of the Google brand.

Our environment is fast-paced, high-pressured, and sometimes unpredictable. If you enjoy teaming up with a team of talented, high-powered, and enthusiastic people to deliver on a large number of diverse projects that further define the Google brand, drop us a line.

Please provide a portfolio for review.


* BA/BS degree in Design or related discipline; advanced degrees appreciated.
* 3+ years agency or in-house experience required. Proof of depth of online design experience a must.
* Advanced skill in Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Highly well-organized and ability to balance multiple simultaneous projects.
* Elegant, sleek, and accessible sense of the Google home page.
* Extreme attention to detail and consistency - every pixel counts!
* Interest in world-changing leaps in technology.
* Prior experience at an advertising or creative agency a big plus.

For immediate consideration, please apply at this URL: Graphic Designer - Mountain View

About Google:
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program, which is the largest and fastest growing in the industry, provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

Google is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

To all recruitment agencies: Google does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Google employees or any other company location. Google is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes

Google Inc.
Phone: 650-253-0000

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Spunk United Magazine

I haven't read any of this yet, but it looks so freakin' sweet it's just got to be good... check it out...