Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Brand Nu

Radim Malinic's new BOOK of COLOURS is a follow up to his ever so popular debut publication released last year. An ideal coffee table inspiration book will give you an insight into the magnificent world of Brand Nu illustration for music, editorial, fashion, advertising and all other industries in between. Click the link to see his great work.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Taubman Museum of Art –Trip

Hi Art Professors!
I wanted to let you all know that I am sponsoring a group trip for our students to go the Taubman Museum. The tickets are open to all Virginia Western students, but I wanted to let you all know since your students would probably be most interested in visiting. Students need to sign up with me by email, phone or stopping by my office.


Taubman Museum of Art –Trip
Wednesday, December 3
2 p.m.
FREE! Take a free group tour of the most talked-about attraction in Roanoke! A van will depart Virginia Western at 1:40 p.m. or participants can meet the group at the museum. Space is limited to the first 30 students. Find more information about the museum’s exhibitions at http://www.taubmanmuseum.org/TM_galleries.html.

Natasha Taylor
Student Activities Coordinator
Virginia Western

No Photo 101 this summer.

Please announce to your art students that we won’t be offering PHT 101 this summer, so if they need it before fall, they should plan to take it this spring. Spring registration starts on Monday, so you might also consider doing some in class advising in your classes. The schedule is on the website.


Copy and Paste Character! nice.

Courtesy of CreativeTechs - a link to CopyPasteCharacter.com where you can easily find all of those special characters that you can never remember how to type. Awesome.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Entry Level Job Opening

Mr. Alexander:

We presently have a job opening for an entry level graphic designer. This person would need to have knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress and Indesign. I have listed this position with the VEC. If you have a student that might be interested I would appreciate it if you would have them give me a call at 345-8161 M-F.

Marcia Altizer
Walters Printing & Mfg. Co., Inc.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Remember the 70’s?!" (A Super Cool Grandin Theatre Poster Op)

The Grandin Theatre Foundation's
2008 Annual Soiree Fundraiser

Remember the 70's?!
(A Super Cool Poster Op)

Concept Hey folks, we're at it again…seeking your vision, brains, wit, and sweat to create fun, one-of-a-kind movie posters. We believe great graphic designs should be appreciated right next to other art forms. Like last year, we're requesting poster designs from the best and brightest graphic designers in the area. These will be printed in color, large scale (in editions of one), neatly mounted, and presented in a silent auction as part of the Grandin Theatre's annual fundraising party. The theme this year is Remember the 70's?! an era packed with social and political changes, and tons of great movies too! (See the attached list for a quick survey of flicks from the 70's)
Who Any interested graphic designers, participating through underwriting by their firms or as individuals.
NEW! All participating graphic designers will receive one ticket to the Soiree and two movie passes to the flick of their choice! The Soiree gig is widely known among the cool in town as one of the best party events of the year. As usual we'll be featuring great food, adult beverages, groovy music, dancing, fabulous items for auction, optional costume dress-up. New this year, The Big Lick Conspiracy will bring their unique and creative improv comedy skills in the form of a series of short skits presented throughout the evening. In addition, we'll be giving all designers (or their firms) recognition on a slide honoring Soiree supporters.

Specifics The posters will be 35" x 28", and must be designed in a digital format saved to disc. Designs will be printed in full color on archival quality paper and mounted on black gatorfoam.
They must include the words Remember the 70's?!, the date "October 25, 2008", as well as the Grandin Theatre logo (a jpeg of the logo is attached). Posters may include the designer's name or the name or logo of the designer's firm.
The 70's theme is very open. Posters may use a film from the era--like The Godfather; Star Wars; Superman; Rocky; etc. or a compilation or invention related to the times, such as "The Sting of Tricky Dick." (While we love freedom and want these to be considered works of art, please use discretion regarding profanity or extremely disturbing graphic imagery.}

Deadline Designs must be turned in to the Grandin Theatre on a disc by Monday, Oct. 20. (Yeah, we know this is a rush, but hey, grease up your mouse pad and go for it, we already know you work best under tight deadlines!)

Printing $$ If you saw these last year, you know they were widely admired and very sharp! As the Grandin Theatre is a non-profit, and this is intended to raise funds, not expend them, we need some help underwriting this expense. Your indidvidual or your firm's contribution is tax-deductible and appropriate forms will be provided, and public acknowledgement of support at the event. Once again, Dan Brown of Photo USA has agreed to offer a significant break in the cost -- $70 for board, archival photo paper, full color printing, & mounting—a sweet deal! However, the Grandin Theatre must provide them all the poster designs on disc at the same time, so your discs and checks made to The Grandin Theatre Foundation must be in our house by Oct. 20

Last Word We are currently talking with potential sponsors to cover printing all these posters and will keep you informed immediately should good news about a savings in printing costs reach our ears! Of course any reductions will go directly to you.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Student Addy's Entries

I just wanted to update you all and let you know that our local Student Addy Fees have been lowered! The board approved Student Addy's to be $10 each (instead of $25 like previously) and an extra incentive: for every 2 paid student entries, the third entry will be FREE! That's 3 entries for $20, you can't beat that!
Please be sure to pass this along to your students and I will be intouch with more info soon!

Taryn | Programs Chair | Ad 2 Roanoke
taryn@ad2roanoke.org<mailto:taryn@ad2roanoke.org> | www.ad2roanoke.org<http://www.ad2roanoke.org>

Web Design Internship

Fink's Jewelers are looking for an intern!
The Marketing Director, Lindsey Kirby, asked for and intern/consultant to help with:

- search engines

- social networking

- m-commerce

- photo retouching and photography

- web design and flash programming

- rich media (video, 360-item display, virtual items)

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Lindsey Kirby at lkirby@finks.com<mailto:lkirby@finks.com> or call 540.344.8697.

How to create Photoshop Grunge Brushes

Veerle shares a tutorial for creating grunge brushes in Adobe Photoshop.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Graffiti and its link to Type Design

Speak Up discusses the link between Graffiti work and Type Creation.

Create A Shiny Photoshop Pencil

PSDTuts shares a great tutorial for creating a shiny little pencil icon.

Pentagram Designs the new Harley Davidson Museum

Pentagram showcases their newest project - the design of the new Harley Davidson museum.

Sweet looking posters

ChangetheThought posts some sweet looking posters - in case you know anyone working on a poster project...

Special Character Shortcut Cheetsheets via CreativeTechs

CreativeTechs shares a cheat sheet for all of those hard to remember special character keystrokes.

Sweet - cardstock animation

analog from Jesse Lang on Vimeo.

Adobe Illustrator's Live Color via Veerle

Veerle shares some knowledge about Illustrator's Live Color feature.

Friday, August 22, 2008

VCU National Portfolio Day

From their website: If you are a high school or college student interested in applying to an art school for fine arts or design, then National Portfolio Day is for you! Representatives from the nation’s leading art colleges and universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design will travel to VCUarts to review your artwork, discuss your educational and professional goals, and share information on art programs, careers, admissions, and financial aid and scholarships. This event is free and open to the public.

Game site discussion

Smashing Magazine starts a two part discussion about the web site side of the video game industry.

Create glowing light vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator

Vectortuts.com gives a great walkthrough for creating glowing vector graphics.

Business Card Design Examples

Fun Fever posts a group of unique business card designs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Awesome. The Font Game. Try it!

Click here to try the font game - Bet you can't get a perfect score!

Job Job Job - just in time for Graduation

Job Title

Graphic Web Designer-Kissito Healthcare-Roanoke, VA

This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about their desire to be the best graphic web designer. Let us be your creative outlet. The Graphic Designer will oversee all aspects of graphic design development and production for the company and is responsible for concept development, image selection, copy design and layout, revisions and coordination between departments.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a great deal of creativity and latitude as they will work with and develop graphic standards for the company. It is essential that the right candidate remain abreast of technological advances in the field and be able to identify areas of use in the organization

Design and maintenance of the company's consumer-oriented website creation of HTML e-mail newsletters and templates Graphic imagery (buttons, icons, etc.) Banner and rich media advertisements Flash applications Presentations Interactive demos The Graphic Designer will work closely with department members to transform marketing concepts into graphic materials to support goals of the company. Materials produced will include both print and electronic: brochures, catalogs, emails, signage etc. This position is also responsible for providing files to printers, publishers and other outside contacts.
Date Posted

March 31, 2008

April 30, 2008

Terri Wilks

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Dear Students,

Please join us on Friday, April 18th on the Bridge for the 2008 Annual Spring Fling Juried Student Art Show.

Entry forms are now available for the Virginia Western Annual Student Juried Art Show, organized by the Communication Design/Art Department! ALL VWCC Students are welcome to enter, regardless of major.

Categories for entry are Drawing, Graphic Design/Typography, Photography, Painting, and Mixed Media/3D.

Deadlines and more details for entry are available by downloading the entry form at this web site:



For more information, please contact me, Sue Thomas in the Humanities 
Division at sthomas@vw.vccs.edu or 857-6070.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

San Serriffe - The vacation destination for Typofiles!

San Serriffe is an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, north-east of the Seychelle Islands. It consists of two primary islands, Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. The capital, Bodoni, is located in the center of the larger island, Upper Caisse. The smaller island, Lower Caisse, has a swampy interior as well as a forested area, the Woj of Type (home of San Serriffe’s national bird, the Kwote).

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Illustrator Tutorials

Veerles Blog always has the good tutorials- check out the pathfinder and align tool in illustrator...

Resume & Portfolio Review - April 12th!


Don't stress. It's like an interview without the pressure. It's a chance to have your work reviewed by real advertising professionals. Get straightforward, constructive criticism and attend workshops on creativity, interactive design, roles in advertising, branding, client interaction for designers and more. Bring your best work, but not your best clothes. Open to any college level student.

This event is free to AD2 members and $20 for non-members. Walk-ins who have not RSVP'd will be charged an additional $5. Possible internship opportunities and applications will be available to AD2 members only. Memberships are $50 and will be available at the door.

RSVP by Monday, April 7 by visiting www.ad2roanoke.org

For more information contact Chris Dodd at chris@ad2roanoke.org

Adobe Releases a Free Online Image Editor

Photoshop Express - it even integrates with Facebook. Awesome.