Friday, February 22, 2008

Huge list of Illustrator Tutorials

Whoever manages Smashing Magazine has wayyy too much free time on their hands. They always post enormous lists of cool stuff. Here is an enormous list of Illustrator tutorials. Awesomeness ensues. (Editors Note: I just realized I already posted this - like a week ago. I'm old and forgetful. Here it is again!)

Mmmmmmm... Meat Paintings

Victoria Reynolds paints meat. I paint grills. Obviously we are soul mates. (also I do not paint grills.)

Hold Shift to Snap Guides to Rulers.

Creativetechs with more tippage - this one a trick for making more accurately measured guidelines.

Convert Quark, InDesign, Publisher, FrameMaker, etc.

CreativeTechs shares the details of converting files from one application to another. Should come in handy if you ever need to convert from Quark to InDesign or vice-versa.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

No More Netscape

Wired magazine reports the death of Netscape - the original web browser. Whether or not you've ever used Netscape is a total age tester. It was the first browser I ever used, that would have been in about 1994 I guess. That is ages ago..

Monday, February 18, 2008

SPRING FLING 2008 - Win cash money for your artwork.

Dear Art Faculty,

Friday, April 18, 2008 is the Spring Fling Annual Student Juried Art Show. Our 

students need to be encouraged to participate in this event. The categories are:

drawing, graphic design, typography, photography, painting, mixed media and 

3D. We need to fill the bridge up with art this year!  Each student may enter 4 

pieces in any of the categories. There are cash prizes!

I will have a committee of student volunteers who will help transport, hang and 

take down the show. Bring the work to me and I will take care of the rest. The 

work will need to have proper tags attached to the art so we can return the work 

to you or your students. You will receive an e-mail when the new flyers and tags 

are ready.  

Please announce the date to your classes so they may start to prepare their 

work. Please feel free to e-mail, call me anytime or stop by my office H213E.

There are other festivities on campus during this one day event and I will give 

more information on those soon.  

Thanks for your help and participation in making this a great art show.  


Sue Steele Thomas

Associate Professor of Art

Communication Design/Art 

Virginia Western Community College


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

We need a president with a good graphic designer.

Here are a couple of ways you can evaluate who you think is worthy of getting your vote in November:
1) Check out each candidates web site, and support the person who you think has the best graphic design. If you need a hint, it's Barack. His website/Logo is awesome.
2) Watch these candidate intro videos from - I thought they were interesting.

John McCain .com

Hillary Clinton .com

Barack Obama .com

The technology behind Google's great results

Want to get found on Google? Here are instructions from the search giant itself..

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sign for LATINO XPRESS - freelance gig?

Hello students - here is an email I received from someone looking for
a bright young design student to create a sign for her business -
email her if you're interested!

Dear William this is the log for the Business I was talking above, we
need to creator a sign that go on the from of the Business.
Name of the Store LATINO XPRESS

Todo lo necesario para nuestra comunidad Latina.

Envios de Dinero a cualquier parte del Mundo

Envios de carga para Colombia

Venta de tarjetas de llamada

Autenticacion de documentos

Y mucho mas.

3520 Williamson Rd. Roanoke, Va 24012

Telefono 540-819-0822

William every then need to be on Spnish, Because is for Spanish

Please let me know what you thank and if we can make any changes.


Daisy C. Medina


Get all iconical with your web site

Great post via CreativeTechs to a service that will take any image you create and convert it into a "favicon" for your web site. The favicon is the little image that shows up next to the webaddress in your browser. This is especially helpful to us Mac folks because the .ico file format is a microsoft specific thing, and requires an extra plugin for photoshop if you don't use a cool free web service like this one.

Sweet prizes for a "What is Design" poster contest

Veerle is hosting a What is Graphic Design poster contest with super-sweet prizes - or should I say Suite prizes - as in free CS3 - or an iPod. You should enter. I'm going to - punks.. Deadline is Feb 15th.

Grunge in modern web design

Smashing Magazine continues to post excellent topics and resources - here is a post on grunge in modern web design.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Entry Level Design Job - straight from CL

dear mr. alexander,

thank you for your response to our posting on craig's list. our immediate need is for a skilled person to work hours on mon. and especially tues evening late and wed. morning.

the duties would entail the production of our weekly paper, the american classifieds.

we would train the person in the production of the ads in the paper, the layout or pagination of the paper and the transfer of the paper files to our printer on a weekly basis.

i certainly believe that one of your capable students or graduates would be able to be trained for this job. you may reach me by phone at 540.265.9191 or cell 979.220.0974


ron / manager american classifieds of roanoke

I don't need no stinkin Illustrator.

Vector Magic is a free, online tool that converts raster images to vector images for your pleasure and enjoyment. Enjoy yourself. Pleasurably.