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

For more information contact Chris Dodd at

Adobe Releases a Free Online Image Editor

Photoshop Express - it even integrates with Facebook. Awesome.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Barack = Best All 'Round Art Claims Kstreet.

NFG posts a great selection of some sweet Obama posters. If nothing else Obama definitely has better graphics all around than any other presidential candidate ever in history. It is for that reason that he must win. He/She with the best propaganda must win. Obama must win. Obama must win. Obama must win. Obama must win.

Grid Based Designs on the Web

Smashing Magazine discusses grid-based web layout.

Sneak Peak AD2 TV TOUR Tonight!

Check out our Sneak Peak TV TOUR on March 26th (TODAY!) with WSLS News Channel 10!
Free for members and $5 for non-members.
Seats are limited, so reserve your spot today!
Email: for reservations.
*WSLS is located at: 401 3rd St SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

Tuesday, March 25, 2008



The Fred Frelantz Scholarship was established in 1986 by the
Advertising Federation of the Roanoke Valley along with corporations,
local citizens and fans of Fred Mugler. Fred, alias, Freddie Frelantz,
was a well-known radio broadcaster and advertising executive who is
best remembered for his unfailing enthusiasm for our industry and
tireless support of many charitable organizations. This award was
established to reward interest,enthusiasm and excellence in students
who plan a career in advertising and related fields.

The student who is awarded the scholarship will receive:
- $1500 toward a paid internship in the local advertising field.
- The opportunity to gain professional experience working with a
successful and exciting advertising or marketing company.
- Academic credit for the internship experience may be applicable.
- References and career guidance from the internship provider.


The winner will be announced on Monday, April 28, 2008.

Please contact me for an application or if you have any questions.

Taryn | President | Ad 2 Roanoke
540.983.0717 work | 540.309.7717 cell |

Thursday, March 20, 2008 blatantly steals code - a Western Montana newspaper web site - has blatantly ripped of the website design of the award winning website of the local Roanoke Times. A previous design team employee of shows specific evidence of the theft on his blog pointing out that his initials are in the Missoulian code from a bug he worked out and commented on while working on In other words: the lazy, thieving jerks didn't even read the code they were stealing closely enough to hide the fact that they were doing it! What a hack job. I wonder if they copy and paste their journalism too? Pathetic.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

America, War, and Buns. Food Fight!

Easy Photoshop Tutorial for Mirror-like reflections in water.

Photoshop Hero posts this simple walkthrough of a technique that produces fairly realistic looking mirrored reflections in water. Knock yourself out!

Beautiful Resumes & Do they work?

Neatorama posts a link to a group of "beautiful" resumes and poses the question: "Do beautiful resumes help you get the job?" In my own resume reading and job-seeker experience the beauty of the resume was about the last thing a potential hire would be evaluated on. Interesting topic for those of you developing your resume in the Portfolio Prep course. Now - if you really want to be intimidated by your resume competition - Click Here. Be careful - you might get depressed.

Trompe L’oeil

The Thing! Check the side view to be utterly amazed.

Sweded Star Wars - Sweed!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Showcase Of Creative Flash Preloaders

Smashing Magazine link-lists a whole pile of flash preloaders. The image above is from Okay Dave which I referenced in the Resume post. Good eye-candy it is, skywalker.

The Other Art of Courtroom Sketch Artists

Ever wonder what those amazing artists put into the world besides 8x10"s of OJ and Michael Jackson? has some good info about the other stuff those artists create.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Web and Graphic Design Position at VT

Subject: Web and Graphic Design Position

Greetings, all. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is seeking a
webmaster and graphic designer. (For those of you who know Russell, I'm
sad to say his last day is this Friday -- March 7, 2008.) 

Please share widely with any interested parties who meet the
qualifications. Those who wish to apply should do so through, posting #080240. A brief job description follows.

Web and Graphic Designer - Undergraduate Admissions - Virginia Tech

Summary:  Provides web development, publication production, marketing,
and administrative support for undergraduate admissions public relations
efforts. This position supports the information needs of: undergraduate
admissions customers (recruiting staff, prospective students and their
families, guidance counselors, educators).  

Required Qualifications: Organization, planning, and decision-making
skills; excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal
skills for working effectively with colleagues in undergraduate
admissions and other university departments, student workers, and
vendors; ability to communicate with and effectively serve the public;
ability to use computers for administrative, publications, and
web-related work (Macintosh experience required and preference for
experience with MS Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, PageMaker, InDesign,
Photoshop, Dreamweaver, content management systems, and HTML); knowledge
of current (electronic) publishing, editing, proofreading, and printing
practices and processes, to include design ability and experience.   

Preferred Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree preferred. Preference for
understanding of college admissions practices and processes to include
the recruitment cycle; familiarity with the administration of academic
programs in a university environment.  

Pay Band 4, up to a budget maximum of $37,000.

Interested persons should apply at, posting #080240

Holy 600 posts, Blog-man!

This post is the 600th post I've made on this website! Holy smokes! Good timing too - because I'm on Spring Break and won't be posting until I get back to work next week. Good time to check the huge archives! They are over there on the right --->>>