Monday, August 28, 2006
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
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
These are pretty funny - And no more comments about my motorcycle post..
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
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.
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
ASP, .NET, MS SQL—minimum three 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
Monday, August 21, 2006
Creativebits posts screen grabs of Photoshop 1 from 1990.
On the right side of the page you will see two columns of a variety of information. In the "Feedback" section you can post a comment to this blog, leave me an online voicemail from your computer, or give me a rating on ratemyprofessor.com. Below that are a weekly band to check out, and a spot for a design related or otherwise entertaining youtube clip. Pay attention to the "Recent Links" list, as it changes to include the most recent design related links that I've added to my bookmarks. Clicking "Explore more links" will take you to all of the design related bookmarks I have tagged in Ma.gnolia, where you can find tons of great design information such as tutorials, articles, designers websites and a pile of other stuff. The reading list at the bottom of that column lists a number of design related books that are most certainly worth taking the time to read.
In the far right column there is a search box that will allow you to search all of my posts on the site, and a constantly updated list of the most recently active design blogs from all over the net. Pay special attention to the "Daily podcast" and "Daily video" links, as they will be very regularly updated and contain links to design related videos and podcasts that are great to listen to or watch when you have the time.
I spend a lot of time working on this website to keep the information current, valuable and entertaining. Your comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Have a great semester!
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Update: Two more ideas for seminars - I will run as many as I can fill, but I need a miniuimum of twelve students in a seminar for it to happen: HTML & CSS for one, Design Agency for another. The Design Agency will be a chance to work on some projects that will help strengthen your portfolio and build your experience working on creative design projects.
Campus Emporium and the Greek Empo in downtown Blacksburg are hiring PT positions (25hrs) for embroidery and graphic art. Prior embroidery and production work a plus. We will train qualified individuals. Graphic arts position require a working knowledge of Photo Shop, Adobe illustrator, and Coral draw. Digital camera knowledge is helpful. A creative mind in working understanding of technology is necessary. Positions will have a flexible schedule but will require some weekend and evening hours. Send resume and references to: Campus Emporium, 207 North Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060 or fax to 540-552-2464
Monday, August 14, 2006
iProcrastinate is a Mac only application that supposedly helps procrastinators get their work done. According to what I've read it is not as good as Schoolhouse but that's only because the programmer hasn't gotten around to making it better yet.
Drawspace.com is a huge collection of drawing lessons - From what I can tell it looks great, but you do have to create an account to view the lessons, which I have yet to do. Looks good though.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
The conclusion post about a week vacation working at Hatch Show Print. Part one is here.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Here is a tutorial that illustrates the basics for haunting a house.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Here is an example of a number of artists who can create extremely realistic (realistic to the point of: What's the point?) illustrations using Illustrator, mostly using one tool - the gradient mesh. I've bookmarked a number of tutorials for the Gradient Mesh tagged as "Illustrator" in my Ma.gnolia account. Click here to see tutorials, click the image to see the artist's work.
The most crucial element in achieving good typographic hierarchy is the overall design of your piece. Once all the elements are arranged with care, it’s time to make some typographic choices that prioritize the information for your readers.
How do you make the most important information stand out? Try the following techniques:
- Choose your primary typeface wisely. Select a legible type family with enough weights to give you options.
- Use a contrasting typeface. If your primary typeface is a serif design, a contrasting sans can often work well to help prioritize information. Don’t use more than two families; more runs the risk of making your design too busy.
- Vary size. Changing the point size will draw attention, but be sure to make it noticeable. A one-point change won’t create enough contrast; try two points or more.
- Use all caps. In small doses, all cap settings work well for brief emphasis, especially for subheads and column headings. Use all caps sparingly, though – text in all caps loses readability after more than a few words.
- Incorporate italics. Using italics is a great way to achieve subtle emphasis, particularly for bylines, captions and within blocks of copy.
- Take advantage of small caps. If your typeface has true-drawn small caps, use them! They’re terrific for highlighting specific elements when you have a lot of information to prioritize and don’t want to change type families.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Here's a critique of the Autobots recent redesign for the upcoming Transformers movie.
AgencyDotCom documents their research for a pitch to the subway Corporation - this is a great look into an agency world as well as a great example of an agency working to be on top of new media in their approach.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Illustration Class is a blog created by Von. R. Glitschka, who is a illustration educator. He posts exercises that will refine your illustrating skills. Check it out! Looks great to me. From the site: "I view illustration and design as equal partners in the creative process. The tutorials on this site are geared to equip the creative in their pursuit of artistic excellence."
Sunday, August 06, 2006
One of the guys from Be A Design Group recently spent a week at at Hatch Show Print and blogged a great introduction to the Hatch Show Print Shop if you're not familiar with it...