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Graphic Designer, Video/Motion Graphics/Multimedia Developer, Sound Designer, Musician, Composer, DJ, Artist, Author, Mad Scientist, Human Shield and INK SLCC's Fearless Leader.

INK Member Featured on Abduzeedo!!!

Congratulations, Nadya! Awesome work!

Inside of a Dog - Typography - Nadya Bratt
Inside of a Dog – Typography – Nadya Bratt

Our very own Nadya Bratt was featured on Abduzeedo – Typography Mania for her typography poster “Inside of a Dog”, based on a famous Groucho Marx quote.


Aaaaand here’s the process:

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There are a few PAID, in-house graphic design internship opportunities opening up at Orca Health here in Salt Lake City.

All interested applicants should send a PDF portfolio and resume to Dane Thurber (

While these are student internships, please be prepared to put your best foot forward and represent yourself in a professional manner.

Good luck!

NEWS: Quick Reminder & Brief Announcement

Don’t forget!

Hello INK members!

The Guest Artist Series Lecture with Jeffery Allred is TOMORROW!!!

Visual Art & Design classes will be excused to attend. If you are NOT in a Visual Art & Design classes between 2-4PM, you should definitely make an effort to attend.

Hope to see you there!


EVENT: Have you Registered for Salt Lake Design Week Events?!


The second annual Salt Lake Design Week is in full swing! If you haven’t registered for the event you want to attend, HURRY before they SELL OUT!!!

Check out the events calendar HERE: 

There are lots of great events for learning, mingling and becoming a part of the local design community. Be sure to take advantage of the OPEN STUDIO CRAWLS on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. This is a great way to see the inner workings of local design firms and agencies…FOR FREE!!!

Feel free to use the comments of this post to coordinate event attendance with other INK SLCC students. If you’re headed to an event, post a comment and let us know!

EVERY student should participate! Get out. Get seen. Have fun!

Let’s enjoy Salt Lake Design Week together!


The Art of Editorial Design

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Tips for Designing Page Layouts

Know your GRIDS! 

Our brains are naturally attracted to order…and also, grids are visually pleasing. A layout with content lined up on a horizontal or vertical grid will always be more attractive to look at than one that isn’t.

Stay Focused. 

Choose a single visual element to focus on. If you must use multiple images,  give them unity using alignment and proximity to create a single visual unit.

Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. 

Using a design element more than once is a way to create visual relationships and continuity. Using the same alignment, color coding certain page elements and placing a page number in the same position on every page are just a few different ways that repetition helps create consistency for related pages in a publication.

Make it Interesting! 

One of the easiest ways to make a layout visually interesting is to create contrast between elements. Be it type or images, this can be achieved through the use of scale, color, space, alignment and many of those other basic principles of design we thought we’d never use again. The greater the contrast between elements, the more interesting your layout will be.

Creating your first INK post!

Last week, INK SLCC members were invited to start creating and sharing posts with the entire community. To ease the transition from “enthusiastic design student” to “enthusiastic design student AND turbo-awesome-design-blog-contributor” – and to clear up any confusion about the publishing process, here’s a little tutorial that explains EXACTLY how to create new posts and share content on the website. (view in HD or fullscreen for best results.)


Remember, sharing is caring so…START SHARING RIGHT MEOW!!!


September AAF Event: Studio Crawl

At 5 o’clock on Thursday, September 27th the Utah Chapter of the American Advertising Federation invites you to come along and ride on a fantastic voyage through some of the top agencies and design studios in Utah.


Thu, September 27, 5:00pm – 7:30pm


By Getting Your Ticket


$15 for AAF members and students, $25 for everyone else. Visit to purchase your ticket.


Join us at the corner of 200 West and 400 South in downtown Salt Lake. We’ll board the bus for a few hours of food, fun, and new friendships with some of the most talented people in the state.


  • 5:00 Meet for Bus – Around 200 West 400 South
  • 5:15 The Summit Group – 117 West 400 South
  • 5:45 Welikesmall – 252 South Edison Street
  • 6:00 Super Top Secret – 244 South Edison Street
  • 6:30 MRM // McCann – 60 East South Temple, Ste 1400
  • 7:00 Progrexion – 330 North Cutler Drive, North Salt Lake
  • 7:20 Get on the Bus Back to Cars – Near 200 West 400 South

Visit: for complete details.

EVENT: AIGA Cocktails with Creatives

Event Follow-Up

Hi All,

If you’ve been checking the blog, the calendar, Facebook page or the AIGA SLC website, you know that the first AIGA “Cocktails with Creatives” (or on this occassion, “Ice Cream with Creatives”) event of the season was held last night to inaugurate WeLikeSmall’s swanky new design space. It was a casual night of chatting it up with local design superstars and AIGA board members,  touring the new studio, free well-designed swag and dessert induced brain-freeze.

Here are some pics we snapped in the studio:

Check out the WeLikeSmall studio reel!

That’s all for now! Hope to see YOU at the next Cocktails with Creatives!