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DESIGN NEWS: The Four Letter Word Ruining the Industry


Bait storyFrom BRAND Packaging, Pamela Long:

“The other day I walked into the pharmacy, picked up a deodorant and walked out of the store. I plan to try it, and if I like it, I will go back and pay for it. Most of you are probably thinking that sounds crazy. But that is, in fact, exactly what SPEC (or speculative work) is, and it’s time for agencies to stop doing it and for clients to stop asking for it.

SPEC work is essentially free work created for a prospective client, with the assumption that if said client likes the work, it will hire the agency. Up until a few years ago, SPEC work was a relatively rare request in the branding world, but not anymore. It’s now a regular ask from small companies and fortune 500 clients alike. What’s worse is many agencies continue to do SPEC, which perpetuates the practice and affects the entire industry.”

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UMFA Brit ShowFrom UMFA:

The British Passion for Landscape:

Masterpieces from National Museum Wales

AUGUST 29 – DECEMBER 13, 2015

Drawn from the remarkable collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, “The British Passion for Landscape” offers visitors a rare opportunity to follow, in a single span, the rise of landscape painting in Britain through works from such masters as Claude Monet, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and Richard Wilson.

The exhibition unfolds a story that runs from the Industrial Revolution, through the eras of romanticism, impressionism, and modernism, to the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of today. The work references both the poetry of landscape and the environmental threats posed by industrialism – key themes that persist in British art today and that will resonate with Utah audiences.

For more information on this exhibit and the Utah Museum of Fine Art:

DESIGN NEWS/GATHERINGS: AAF of Utah Presents Trevor Graves



Trevor Graves photoWednesday, September 16, 2015 @ Church & State – 370 South 300 East / SLC

11:30 – Check-in starts / Noon SHARP! to 1:30 PM – Lunch & Presentation

Parking is available on street at meters, or across the street in the The City Library public parking. Both are pay options and AAF encourages you to carpool and allow time for parking.

Students is $15 / AAF Members $25


From AAF:
“Trevor Graves has the privilege of being one of the pioneers of snowboarding photography. Chasing the snow around the globe in the era of snowboarding’s most phenomenal growth in the ‘90s. In 2000 he won the coveted Crystal Awards, an action sports photo shoot-off held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

As a founder of Nemo his contribution to the team today is to find partnerships with potential clients, creatives and causes. Nemo is an Active Lifestlye brand design agency based in Portland, Oregon. Nemo solves business problems by connecting a brand’s vision and audience values via Nemo’s trademarked “Corizontal” process.

Then Nemo creates amazing consumer experiences, turning those insights into creative firepower. Trevor has steered the company through 16 phenomenal years of commercial and artistic output.

His ongoing projects include expanding the Nemo business, sits on the board of directors for the non-profit Entrepreneur’s Organization, personal video/photography, and husband/Dad duties with his wife Amy and their three children.”

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Are you on LinkedIn? Check out the new SACM LinkedIn Group

As you begin the semester, would you find time to introduce the SLCC: School of Arts and Communication LinkedIn Group to your students by talking about it in your classes? The group can be found at

This group is a place where students, faculty and alumni can connect with other people in the college. What are you working on? What exciting things are happening in your field or in our community? Are you looking for collaboration? Do you need followers on your portfolio site or likes on your video? An audience for your upcoming performance? Post a link so we can see! Comments and feedback are definitely encouraged in our discussions.

NEWS: Hammerpress Printing Studio Celebrates 20 Years


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It seems like just yesterday that I was marveling at the fresh new work from a little printing studio in the Midwest calling itself Hammerpress. It was with great pride that I included them in New Masters of Poster Design, showcasing their inventive take on letterpress for the world to see. Soon after, I couldn’t help but smile as I saw their cards and stationery work in some of the coolest shops in town. Success couldn’t come to a nicer (and incredibly talented) bunch! Amazingly, the studio has now reached its 20th year. Stretching from their humble beginnings to become one of the most influential letterpress shops in the world, all while staying true to the roots. I had a chance to talk with founder Brady Vest about the twists and turns of the last 20.

NEWS: Designing For A Cause


Recently floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia have devastated the area and many in the region are struggling to find even the most basic of necessities.

Designers around the world have come together to illuminate the issue and create posters encouraging others to donate to the cause.

Hundreds of beautiful, hand created posters have already been submitted to

Marko Perožić - Croatia       Sead Šabanović - Bosnia & Herzegovina       Macide Damla Esen - Turkey

To view designs or submit a design of your own visit or


Salt Lake Design Week Starts Today

Salt Lake Design Week Starts Today

Don’t miss opening night with Pechakucha Night SLC at the State Room!



Salt Lake Design Week starts today and runs through Saturday. Where will you celebrate with your local design community? We have some ideas for you. Many events are free. Some require a ticket. For a complete event schedule and how to get involved visit<>

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Here’s What’s Happening Today:

Opening Night Reception + PechaKucha Night SLC
Salt Lake Design Week and PechaKucha Night SLC have joined forces to kick-off Design Week with an inspiring night full of diverse presenters in a 20×20 format (20 slides at 20 seconds each) featuring topics such as architecture, fashion, photography, automotive, art and culture.

Monday, October 14, 6pm–11pm
Doors open at 6:00pm / Presentations begin at 6:45pm
The State Room, 638 South State Street
$15 advance, $20 at the door
Get tickets and event information by clicking here<>

1-Day SketchUp Class Hosted by ASID
Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD, founder of SketchThis.Net, will be teaching a full day class on the basics of SketchUp. We’ll start with a blank SketchUp model and building an accurate 3D model of a kitchen. Registrants are required to bring their own laptop with SketchUp installed. Further instructions will be sent once you’ve registered.

There is a one hour break for lunch. Please bring your own lunch.

Monday, October 14, 8am–5pm
Arizona Tile 2300 S 4000 W
Seats Available: 30 / Fee: $135
Get tickets and event information by clicking here<>
#HASHTAG: #ASIDIntermountain

Coming Up Tomorrow:

Undercover UX Hosted by IxDA and Experticity
As digital designers, if we’re expected to drive the success of a business and not just the aesthetics of a website we need to spend less time trying to BE RIGHT and more time GETTING IT RIGHT. We’ll discuss ways digital designers can get involved earlier in the business decision process to allow them to have a good balance between business and user needs to foster more delightful user experiences for all. Live streaming video of the event available here<>.

Tuesday, October 15, 8:30am–10am
9 Exchange Place, Suite 1000 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Capacity/Seats Available: 30
Free Event

Is Your Cafe Just a Place to Eat?
Hosted by: IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Design Source & Falcon
Come join us for lunch and informative training on trends in cafe furniture and the impact of cafe layout and environments. Learn why the Café has grown in importance.

Tuesday, October 15, 11am–1pm
The City Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 210 East 400 South
Capacity/Seats Available: 50
IIDA Members free, non-members $15
Please register here<>
#HASHTAG: #IIDAIntermountain, #IIDAcafeceu

Studio Tours – Central District
Don’t miss the opportunity to get an inside look at Salt Lake City’s leading design, product, interior, interactive, architecture, and advertising agencies. Each studio will open its doors to the public, offering light refreshments, conversation and a peek at the latest design projects

Tuesday, October 15, 4pm–6:30pm
For full Studio Tour lineup click here<>

Virtual Studio Tour: We want to see what you’re up to. Share your space, your work, or pics from the studios you visit.
@SLDesignWeek #SLDW #virtualstudiotour

Becoming Besties with the Browser Hosted by Backcountry
A Q&A Session with Backcountry’s Sr. UX Designers on Designing in the Browser. Designing in the browser and creating high fidelity prototypes has become a fully integrated part of the design process at Backcountry. Come hear a bit about the pros, cons, and lessons our Sr. UX Designers have learned making this a reality amongst our team.

Tuesday, October 15, 5:30pm–7pm
Meetup courtesy of Backcountry to follow
UMOCA, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT. 84101
Capacity/Seats Available: 150
Free Event
Please register at here<>

Design Matters Film Series: Urbanized, Hosted by The Utah Film Center
Helvetica examined typography and Objectified explored the design of everyday objects. Director Gary Hustwit completes his design trilogy with Urbanized, a look at the design of cities and the issues behind urban designs. Official Selection: 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Tuesday, October 15, Screening starts at 7pm
The City Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 210 East 400 South
Free Event

Get Your Closing Night Tickets:

Saturday, October 19th: Closing Night Party Hosted by AIGA, Atlas Architects and No Brow Coffee Werks
Help us celebrate the last evening of Salt Lake Design Week with our hosts Atlas Architects and No Brow Coffee Werks. In honor of the season, the evening will have a cozy, campfire theme set under a canopy designed by the students of the University of Utah’s School of Architecture. You will enjoy camp-inspired food, coffee-themed cocktails created by Joe Evans and a live DJ. Join us in the Granary District to meet and mingle with our creative community for the last outdoor party of the season.

Saturday, October 19, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Atlas Architects and No Brow Coffee Werks
179 West 900 South Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Free Event – Space is limited *must register to attend*
Register now<>


Design Week is hosted by the Salt Lake City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, and partnered with ASID, IIDA, IxDA, IDSA, SEGD, UCFA and other Salt Lake City design groups, arts organizations, museums, businesses and schools.

None of this could be possible without our generous Salt Lake Design Week Presenting Sponsor: Adobe<>

Media Sponsors: CityHome Collective, City Weekly, KRCL, & SLUG.

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NEWS: Get Ready For A New Semester…BY WINNING!!!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying your Summer break. :)

To get us back in the swing of things, a new contest has been announced by GOOD.IS.


GOOD has an opportunity for designers to win $2,500 to create an infographic for the International Resource Center for Women on HIV/Aids, and we would love for AIGA Salt Lake Community College members to participate.

More information and the application can be found here:


The deadline is July 26 at noon PST. (And if you don’t know the MST to PST conversion, you better just play it safe and turn it in on the 25th. :P)

Also, the CONTESTS page has been updated for several new design, illustration and photography competitions coming up. Entering your work into these events is a great way to get yourself noticed, make contributions to good causes…and possibly win some cash!

So be sure to check it out and start getting your entries ready!