NEWS: Alumni Andrew Malin Wins Best Writing!

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Andrew Malin, Executive Vice President of Olympus Media International co-wrote and directed “Dr. Bill’s Discount Sychaiatry,” the winner of “Best Writing” in The 48 Hour Film Festival 2015.

“The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in – and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at a local theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.”

NEWS: Interview with Alumni Esther Longmore

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What advice would you give to aspiring designers looking to build a successful creative business?

The thing that sits with me most today is to always strive to improve yourself. There’s a concept in Japan called kaizen, which means ‘continuous improvement.’ Sometimes improvements are small, but if you’re constantly challenging yourself, many small changes become monumental transformations over time. It’s in our nature to grow and learn, and it’s always satisfying to look back and see how far you’ve come. Plus, you become more marketable and in demand as you increase your skills and abilities.

ARTICLE: Drinkable Book

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The Drinkable Book is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water.  This technology (pAge drinking paper) uses a thick, sturdy sheet of paper embedded with silver nanoparticles, which are lethal for microbes.  This paper was created and shown to be highly antibacterial during Theresa’s Ph.D. at McGill University.

$25 donation will include a sample of the paper.

NEWS: Visual Art & Design Win at SkillsUSA

Every contestant SLCC Visual Art & Design sent to Kentucky is coming home with a medal!

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Isaac Nelson and Brett Amann: Gold in 3D Visualization & Animation
Kim Jeppson: Gold in Screen Printing Technology
Chad Erekson: Animation Specialization Rep and SkillsUSA Advisor
Andrew Wernick: Gold in Web Design,
Alissa Hicks: Silver in Advertising Design,
Betsy Hijazi: Gold in Web Design

From Chad Erekson:

“The accomplishment is all theirs, but their advisors and instructors did a good job helping them prepare. What a great friendly group. They aren’t just skilled competitors, but happy people and a pleasure to be around. Proud to have witnessed their accomplishments here. Thanks for letting me tag along. Also, thanks to Mark Kranendonk and John Kunkel. Their preparations and work made for a smooth operation.”

OPPORTUNITY: Design Interns for Ergonomux

For full details please download this PDF – Fall 2015 Design Internship PDF

Ergonomux is looking to hire a couple design interns to join our team this fall.

Ergonomux, is a user experience and interactive design consultancy specializing in research and human-centered design.

This is a paid internship (about $15/hr). We are looking for candidates with solid Adobe skills, a passion for great design, a critical eye, and an interest in learning interaction and experience design on the job.

This would be a great opportunity for mid- to upper-level graphic or web design students to gain applied experience designing a variety of digital products, services, and systems.

NEWS: Comic Con and Fantasy Con Alumni

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Many VAD alumni – Magen Mitchell, Matt Page, Heather Ackley, Lucas Ackley, Tyson Huber, Andrew Malin and more – are involved in Comic Con and Fantasy Con here in Salt Lake City, Boise and Las Vegas. Magen Mitchell sends this:

“We had a great time Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! We met some cool people, acquired new toys and comics, ate good food, and generally had a great adventure.”

OPPORTUNITY: Part-Time Graphic Design

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At Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® we help miracles happen every day. How? We develop international partnerships and fundraising programs from 170 children’s hospitals across North America. These program raise the critical funds these hospitals need to provide state of the art medical care for sick and injured children. As a member of our Illuminations team, you’ll play a significant role in making miracles happen. Together, we save kids’ lives.

This will be a part-time position with a three-month contract, working on site three to five days each week. Compensation is hourly and will be determined upon experience/qualifications.

Job Duties

  • Develop strategic designs according to business and brand specifications
  • Design print and web graphics to meet specific promotional needs such as banners, packaging, signs, presentation decks, brochures and guidebooks
  • Ensures consistency of design
  • Extensive production work (multiple versioning and repurposing of layout and design) will be required at times
  • Knowledgeable of layout principles, esthetic design concepts and typography
  • Support online event registration by providing graphics
  • Maximize department budgets and resources
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, as well as move back and forth between priorities
  • Manage outsourced resources for specific projects and ensure quality of deliverables

Education & Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Design experience/education (two years preferred) with formal training in typography, layout and graphic design
  • Requires advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat)

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