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:
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Location:
Roanoke, VA
Date:
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Job Description
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Location:
Roanoke, VA
Date:
09-17-2006
Job Description
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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@
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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.