Category Archives: Design News

Alumni at Craft Lake City!



From Craft Lake City:

The Craft Lake City DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival was formed in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake UnderGround), as a way to showcase local DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture.

Congratulations SLCC Visual Art & Design Graduates!


Katrina Flores is an art teacher and the small business owner of Black Rabbit Arts. She was born in Utah and has lived in Stansbury Park for the past fifteen years.

Black Rabbit ARt


Matt Page is an award winning illustrator and graphic designer inspired by Mormon culture and pop culture culture – the two cultures that made him what he is.

Matt art

Derek & Brighton

Derek & Brighton Ballard
are Neuer Geist, a creative team committed to offering brand consultancy and design.

Neuer Geist


Davin Abegg is one of the founding members of  Secret Abilities. “We’re just a spooky hot mess of a goof ball band that believes music should be passionate & honest, while playing for 2 people or 2,000 people.”

Secret Abilities



2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference
Louisville, Kentucky / June 20 – 24, 2016


Congratulations to Graphic Design student, Anastasiya Bobrova!

Salt Lake Community College Visual Art & Design students participated in the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. SkillsUSA was expecting more than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — to participate in the weeklong event.

Congratulations to all who participated AND WON!:

Morgan Hofheins – Screen-printing Technologies / Silver

Sienna Scheid and Adam Hill – Web Design / Silver

Anastasiya Bobrova – Advertising Design / 4th Place

Eduardo Rojas and Jonathan Oblad – 3D Visualization & Animation / 4th Place

From Chad Erekson, VAD Animation Specialization Rep and VAD Skills USA Advisor:

“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.”



2016 AIGA Student Portfolio Review
Adobe Campus, Lehi, UT
Saturday, April 9, 2016

“The Annual AIGA Student Portfolio Review is designed to serve undergraduate students from Utah State University, Weber State, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University.” ~ AIGA SLC

AIGA Salt Lake City’s 2016 Student Portfolio Review is always a great event for students to gain advice, insight and industry information from SLC professional designers as well as design and illustration faculty from Utah colleges.

SLCC VAD Associate Professor Kerry Gonzales and Adjunct Instructor Virag White, both in the Graphic Design program, joined their advanced students at this year’s event. Kerry and Virag were able to review students from other institutions. Both said they were very proud of the VAD Graphic Design and Illustration students who showed their portfolios and were reviewed by creative directors and faculty from other institutions.

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Clockwise from top left: Todd Erickson, Missy Healy, Trevor Quong, Anastasiya Bobrova and Erin Salazar.

Graphic Design students Anastasiya Bobrova, Todd Erickson, Missy Healy, Erin Salazar, and Illustration students Trevor Anthony Quong, Jennifer Mellen, and Ryan Winward were among those showing portfolios. Their student peers in the VAD Department cheered these students on.

Kolbie Carver, a former and now returning VAD student, and VAD Graphic Design Alumnus John Paul Brantly, now finishing his BFA at Utah State University, were also spotted showing portfolios.

Adobe, the Official Sponsor for Design Solutions, hosted this event at their Lehi campus.

U of U Graphic Design

UofU GD News artThe Carmen Morton Christensen Endowment Lecture Series
and The U of U Department of Art & Art History present:

ELLEN LUPTON, “Designing Sensation”

5:00 PM
UMOCA (downtown)

• How do vision and language interact with taste and smell?

• How is a joke like a trainwreck?

• What does a Nina Simone song taste like?

• What makes the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho seem so violent?

Explode your brain as you discover these answers and more!

Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Drawing upon her research into design and experience, this talk will actively engage the audience in processes of perception, interpretation, and storytelling.

For more information on Ellen Lupton:

For more information on this event:


“Rituals: Make Game Day Legendary”
By Peterson Timothy, SLCC VAD Graphic Design 2010

The Utah Jazz were looking for a campaign that would help honor one of the most loyal fan bases in the NBA and increase game attendance. In recent history, the Jazz have worked to find the perfect equation that gets fans excited and pushes them to buy tickets and attend games, in spite of a less than ideal win-loss record. However, with this up-and-coming young team, alongside Coach Quinn’s leadership, ticket sales and attendance are up, and season ticket sales are at record breaking levels within the NBA.

With that said, the Jazz were also looking to give back to the fans, to tell their stories and highlight what makes Utah Jazz fans some of the best in any sporting league. From moments with the cowboys in rural Utah to the “Pink Grandmas” who attend every Jazz game in their pink jerseys (so their grandson could pick them out of the crowd), this video was meant to show who Jazz fans truly are and why they are the best. “Rituals” reiterates that no matter where we are from, what we do, or who we are, there is one thing that brings us all together: We Are Utah Jazz.

This was an amazing project to work on, and one of my favorites – from the initial brain storming and pitch meetings, to concepting and storyboards, to filming and editing. As part of the creative team, I was fortunate to contribute every step of the way and was privileged to see this project through to the end. It was great to be so heavily involved and to see the combined vision of the agency and client play out in the end.

TIMOTHY, Peterson

Peterson Timothy was born and raised in Utah. He currently designs for high-profile Saxton clients like the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake Bees, and previously Lead Design and Creative Director at Idea Factory and YESCO Outdoor Media.


Illustration for WEBCREATIVE BLOQ
All the Top Design Trends You Need to Know in 2016
By Julia Sager

”Love or loathe them, new design trends emerge, evolve and expire every year. As a creative professional or hobbyist, it helps to have a handle on the aesthetics that will define the coming months – if only to stay one step ahead.

Trends work best when they’re manipulated in new contexts to produce original creative. Whether you’re interested in using the predictions here to push your work further, or simply want to know what to avoid, here are the most exciting design movements happening across six core creative disciplines.”

To read article in its entirety:

Photo: WEB DESIGN Fewer photos, more illustration.

“Illustrations allow the viewer to invent their own interpretation of a scene or idea, and connect more readily than picture-perfect model photos, as seen in this example from Mint Design.”

The Explosive Hand Lettering Rebellion

By: Denise Bosler | February 21, 2015

”A stealthy resurgence happening in the design world—a rebellion against the cold, sleek, digital environment in which we designers spend most of our time. Hand lettering is not-so-quietly making a colossal comeback, exploding into the forefront of design. It no longer has to hide on the B-side or apologize for looking hand lettered. Categories that used to be forbidden, such as logos and packaging, now embrace this historic form of typographic expression. It’s appearing everywhere—even on A-list products such as movie titles, magazines, book covers and advertisements. Hand lettering is out, proud and absolutely amazing.”
To read entire article:

Photo: Dana Tanamachi /


Design Services photoFrom GDUSA:
The Expanding Definition of ‘Design’ Services And How To Adapt for Success

Guest Post by Amy Graver, Principal and Creative Director, Elements
“Over the past several years graphic designers have been asked to take on an increasing number of services that go beyond what we originally set-up shop to do. The design landscape has completely shifted and changed with no end in sight. Our roles are continuously evolving and it has become a question of keep up, or get left behind.”

To read this article in whole:


Tokyo Olympic LogoAIGA Op-ed

An Open Letter From AIGA to the Tokyo Olympic Committee

December 8, 2015

Earlier this week the competition to design a new logo for the plagiarism-plagued Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games came to a close after organizers received nearly 15,000 entries from people vying to win JPY 1,000,000 ($8,250) and tickets to the opening ceremonies.

While we don’t doubt that the Olympic Committee had good intentions with an open-call contest, we feel compelled to bring them up to speed on AIGA’s strong stance against spec work. To that end, our executive director recently sent this letter to Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee.

To read the open letter:

NEWS: Poor Yorick’s Fall 2015 Open Studio!



Now that we have your ear, we hope you’ll listen close:

It’s time to load up those little Potato Eaters and make the Mini Van Go to the Poor Yorick Fall Open Studios on Saturday, Sept. 26!

The Big Event kicks off at 4 pm in the afternoon and goes into the Starry Starry Night until 10 pm. Can’t wait to show off what we’ve been working on since we last saw you!

Also, we’ll be joined that night by special musical guests Jazz Jaguars: Unleashed! Woot! Woot!

Admission is always free, though donations are gratefully received with great Lust for Life, by artist and musician alike.

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