Cassidy & Matt & American Crafts


From VAD Alumnus Cassidy Demkov, designer at American Crafts:

“Sometimes I get to design something other than paper and embellishments. I designed this wire storage system for the @cratepaper Craft + Office Storage program with @jlsimmons and @ashleycollettdesign I can’t wait to get one for my own office. Maybe I’ll be organized?”


From VAD Alumnus Matt Page, designer at American Crafts:

“Here’s a set of foam stickers I designed for decorating pumpkins. They only got picked up by TJ Maxx this year, but hopefully next year they’ll get a wider distribution. They are lots of fun and no mess.”

Nice work Cassidy and Matt!

Designing A Design Tool For Designers

VAD Graphic Design Alumnus Talin Wadsworth has written an intriguing article for the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog.


October 25, 2016 / UX/UI Design /

Fast Company has had a lot to say about Adobe XD. From a “slick design with zero learning curve” to “revolutionizing the way designers design and prototype websites and apps.” The publication recently recognized XD in its 2016 Innovation by Design Awards as a winner in the app category and and as a finalist in the experience category (XD is part of Creative Cloud).

That’s some pretty heady stuff. But my favorite comment from Fast Company may be about the completely new development process we are employing and the thousands of independent designers who are looped in to test builds and to provide feedback to our pre-release programs. They call it…

To read more:

Designing A Design Tool For Designers



Silen6 Commercial Art is looking for a part-time Graphic Production Assistant. Candidates must be ready to develop their existing skills by working with senior creative staff on a range of projects.

• InDesign
• Illustrator
• Photoshop
• Mac OS

Communication is a big part of the job, so the graphic production assistant must feel confident enough to contribute to the entire creative process.

A Graphic Production Assistant needs a wide range of design and creative capabilities. These include:

• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Adeptness with leading design software packages
• Self-motivation
• The ability to meet deadlines in a high pressure environment
• The ability to see projects through from inception to production
• Consistency regardless of project size
• Good organizational skills that support the rest of the team
• The motivation to maintain and improve design standards
• The willingness to listen to feedback and use it to improve
• Copywriting is a plus
• Some lifting may be required
• Social Media proficiency

This position is part-time. This is not a contract position. The production assistant will work on-site starting at 3 days a week. The position has the potential to become full-time in the future.

Please send a resume and portfolio to:



Carol designs award winning magazine!


VAD Graphic Design Alumnus and SLCC Institutional Marketing Graphic Designer, Carol Ross has designed the bi-annual SLCC Magazine for the past 3 1/2 years. She recently found out that the last edition, Spring 2016, won the District 6 Silver Medallion award from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations!

The Medallion Award recognizes outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It’s the only regional competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

Congratulations Carol!

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2016 INK Show – You are Invited!


Friday, October 21 / 6 – 8 PM
Introductions at 7 PM

South City Campus / Center for Arts & Media
Edna Runswick Taylor Foyer / East Entrance
1575 South State Street / SLC, UT 84115

In 2010, Salt Lake Community College Visual Art & Design Graphic Design students Nadya Bratt & Casey Kim created INK as a club for anyone interested in Graphic Design. After their graduation from SLCC, INK evolved into an online source for those passionate about the visual communication industry by offering access to news, resources, and networking.

VAD Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles and caretaker for INK, is proud to share the talents and creative directions taken by Alumni & Friends of INK in this – the second annual – INK, an Art & Design Group Show.

Each piece showcases the design process from initial research and ideas to a completed product. And most importantly… how a good foundation in graphic design is used in a multitude of careers.

Graphic Designers Can Do Everything!

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Just Move!

From Creative Bloq Newsletter

Designer boot camp starts now – put paid to poor posture and ensure you remain in top form.

Desk exercises infographic:
10 essential routines for designers

“Whether you’re working from home or in a studio, as designers and artists, we often spend long hours sat at a desk and staring intently at a monitor screen. You know about taking regular screen breaks when creating that new logo design, right? But workplace wellness involves more than having a rest.

With that in mind, we’ve put together an infographic containing 10 simple desk exercises so that you can make sure you remain limber in your studio. Click on the image to see the full-sized graphic, and feel free to share it with your colleagues on Pinterest!”

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2016 Design Trends

From graphicstock


5 Hottest Graphic Design Trends of 2016 So Far

by Caroline Mercurio

“Some trends last for ages while others are cyclical, but whether classic or fleeting, design trends are both inspiring and incredibly useful when it comes to your graphics work. So what’s been hot in 2016? The five styles that have dominated the year so far are outlined here to help you develop eye-catching and relevant concepts, while still staying true your unique creative vision.”

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Alumnus Angie Leads a Revelution!


REVELution, led by Angie K. Millgate, The Phoenix, is a revolutionary playshop designed to transform the attendees through revelry. Angie creates a loving, supportive environment wherein you can do your own inner work while she leads you through processes that are powerfully designed to have long-lasting results. This is an opportunity to drop your Shit Suit™ and embody the remembrance of what it feels like to truly be alive.

For more information, visit


Graphic Design Alumni Working It!

Alisa Bishop at Geek Girl Con in Seattle.

“Steff (on the left) and I at Geekgirlcon! Booth 227! We’re here all weekend!”


Matt Page at Zombie Home Evening.

“…my zombie art show and book signing was pushed back until Monday the 17th. Which also gives me another couple of days to make new original art to display and sell that night. Make a family night out of it. I hope to see you there!”


Jill DeHaan illustrates book covers and lettering projects.

“So fun to get work in the mail! 2 of 3 covers I created for Carrie Doyle’s ‘Hamptons Murder Mystery Series.’ Thanks @dunemerebooks for the fun opportunity!”


Keith Beard curates “Welcome to My World” at his Miri Gallery.

“About the show: When words fail to express the emotions associated with mental health struggles, art opens a powerful avenue of communication. ‘Welcome to My World: Mental Health Awareness Through Art’ is a juried exhibition featuring artists from across the United States, and aims to promote resilience and hope, as well as raise awareness about mental health.”


Kudos to VAD Alumni! Graphic Design grads do it all!





South City Campus / Center for Arts & Media
School of Arts, Communication & Media
Multipurpose Room 1-030
1575 South State Street / SLC, UT 84115

The Visual Art & Design Faculty is proud to present the Guest Artist Series.

Angela H. Brown
Entrepreneur, Editor & Publisher – SLUG Magazine
While running SLUG Magazine for over 16 years, Angela launched the digital version which includes access to the magazine’s bi-weekly podcast. In 2009 Angela started Craft Lake City, an annual Do-It-Yourself Festival. In her spare time, Angela loves to print silver gelatin images in her photographic darkroom, run outdoors and volunteer for various local committees and advisory boards.

Talin Wadsworth
Senior Designer, ADOBE
A VAD Graphic Design graduate, Talin also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Design at the California College of the Arts. After graduating, Talin was hired as a senior designer at SF Volume Inc. He has worked on projects for Cal Academy of Sciences, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rizzoli Publishing, 826 Valencia and is currently a senior designer at Adobe. Talin lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two children.

This Event is Free & Open to SLCC Students & Our Guests of the Community.

For more information contact Sheila Chambers: