Category Archives: INK News

NEWS: Beginning a Conversation

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been posting content regularly to get the conversation started. Now, it’s time for you to contribute.

This blog isn’t about one way consumption. It’s about sharing. Because sharing is caring. Which design blogs do you follow? What articles do you like or have found helpful? What projects or designers have you been inspired by? All INK members have the ability to create posts on this site and that’s exactly what we’d like to see you do. We’d like you to help us create a community of designers who help, inspire and motivate each other. So let’s have fun together!

Remember though that the posts you make are public and credit you as the author. All posts will be moderated for content and there are a few simple guidelines to help and guide you in creating appropriate posts:

  • Content – You can post anything from your own work to articles, images and projects you find interesting. Show us what you’re working on, receive input and suggestions from fellow designers, share exciting projects that inspire you, link us to useful information or tools that you’ve stumbled upon.
  • No Whining – This blog is for sharing information, experiences and inspiration. We’re a public blog and want to represent SLCC and the Visual Art & Design program the best we can. That doesn’t mean we are trying to discourage you from sharing your design frustrations with us. If you can’t figure something out, feel free to ask for help and advice. Just be mindful of how you do it.
  • Give Credit Where Credit Is Due – All sources must be cited unless none were provided. This is easy. Just put a link to the site where you found the content either IN the post, or in the caption of the image itself.
  • Comments – Other INK members will most likely comment on your posts. Keep your comments professional. And be prepared for honesty. Any comments containing inappropriate content will be removed.

NEWS: Member Dues (Fall 2012)

Dear INK SLCC members,

Some of you have surely been wondering how and where to pay your membership dues for this semester. And those of you who missed our visit to Advanced Type and Layout may even be confused about the membership application process at large. So, without further ado, here is the process broken up into 6 easy steps:

  1. Apply for membership.
  2. Upon receiving your application, we will send you an invitation by e-mail. (If you don’t receive one within a week, please check your spam folder and send us a message.)
  3. Accept the invitation. (You are now a member, yay!)
  4. Now, look at the sidebar on your right and scroll down until you see FALL 2012 MEMBERSHIP.
  5. Click Pay Now and complete the Paypal transaction.
  6. Print out a copy of your receipt, write your user name on it and give it to Kerry Gonzales by Mon, Oct 8th. (You’re done!)

NEWS: Hello and Welcome to the FALL 2012 Semester!

New to INK?

INK SLCC is an AIGA student group that strives to help members get off on the right foot in their design and art careers. We encourage creative and professional growth by providing access to information, resources, advice, critiques, portfolio reviews, activities and an environment to create genuine connections with other visual art students and creative professionals. As the official AIGA student group at SLCC, we are also your direct link to the information and events available to AIGA members.

There are several ways you can participate:

    • In Class DiscussionsIf you’re enrolled in Advanced Typography and Layout with our advisor, Kerry Gonzales, you will be seeing us often for in class discussions. In these visits, we are going to talk about everything from how to get your design career started and what classes to take, to finding new resources and ideas, how to stay inspired and current on design trends.
      On our website:, we make regular posts about upcoming design events, job listings and internships, tutorials, competitions and all sorts of other useful information for new designers.
    • Critiques
      Through the site we also hold online critiques which allow you to post your work for valuable feedback and help others grow by commenting on their work. Critiques are essential to the growth of a designer and participation is highly encouraged.
    • Collaboration
      INK members can also use the group to find other like-minded individuals for project collaborations. For example, a graphic designer needs to find an illustrator for a project they are working on. INK can put the word out and help the two connect.
    • Group Activities
      As a member of INK, you will also be invited to attend design and art related events with the group, such as gallery strolls, Salt Lake Design Week, AIGA events, the occasional social gathering and more. INK does not hold regularly scheduled meetings at this time, but these activities give us an opportunity to get to know each other outside of the classroom and strengthen us as a visual art and design community.

To Join:

Please go to and fill out the form. We are excited for a new semester at SLCC and look forward to getting to know you!



Our first official order of business is to announce the next INK SLCC meeting!

When:  Tuesday, March 27th from 5-7pm

Where: Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Center, Parlor B (downstairs)

We’ll have a few announcements and be discuss upcoming events such as the AIGA Student Portfolio Review, INK Movie night and more! Come ready with your ideas for our Summer Mural Project and bring work for Critique!


Thanks to everyone who helped INK SLCC become an official AIGA Student Group including our Advisor and new AIGA Education Board Member, Kerry Gonzales! We hope to see everyone come to represent INK as either a participant or an observer at the AIGA Student Portfolio Review on April 6th!

If you’re not already a member, you can get your annual Student membership today for a fraction of the cost for an Associates (graduate) membership!

Check out this link to see how becoming a member of AIGA can benefit you


A few new jobs/internships have been posted on the INK Facebook page. You can either check the Jobs & Internships link here on the INK SLCC site or you can go directly here:  If you haven’t “liked” it yet, you definitely should. :)


As we mentioned in our last meeting, INK SLCC is sponsoring a student choice award for the 2012 Student Art Showcase. This will be the first student elected honor that has EVER been awarded. The show will be open for a private review from April 4th from 3pm-5pm. Only second year students are eligible to vote for their favorite piece. We’ll be sending out a reminder to eligible students prior to the review date so we can be sure that we get as many votes as possible. Voting will be done online here at the INK SLCC website the very next day, April 5th. So be sure to write down the artists name, the title of the work and the artshow article number to cast your vote.

Don’t forget, we still need to name the award so submit your ideas to or bring your ideas to the meeting on March 27th.


The new scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 school year have been posted and the deadlines are growing near! Check out to see what scholarships are available and apply today!

See you on Tuesday!


Hello All!

The time has come once again for an INK SLCC meeting. We’ll be discussing INK news, planning upcoming events and more. So bring your ideas, questions, comments and work for critique!

When:  Tuesday, March 6th from 5-7pm

Where: Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Center, Parlor B (downstairs)

Be there, or be a regular quadrilateral with four equal sides and four equal 90 degree angles…!!!


NEWS: We Want Your Time!


Dear members, for the sake of organization and with the intent of avoiding confusion, the following post will be organized in a chronological way. Deal with it! (Or show up to the meeting so you wouldn’t have to read all of this later!)

But let us begin:

Perfect Portfolio Photography on a Brown Bag Budget

As many of you know, a few weeks ago – on the 8th of February, to be more specific – some of us attended the AIGA event “Perfect Portfolio Photography on a Brown Bag Budget”. Trevor Woods and Ben Kuhns from Lunar/Solar Creative showed us how to properly and inexpensively photograph portfolio pieces to get polished, professional results. What is more, they were kind enough to send us a .PDF full of tips after the event! And so, to spread the kindness, we share it with you: Photo Guide

Also, here are some useful portfolio presentation links we got from Mike Harris:

Volunteers Needed for SLCC’s Art Showcase

On another note, the VAD department needs student volunteers to help out for the duration of the 2012 Art Showcase. The show runs from April 9th until April 19th and volunteers are needed for 3 hour time intervals between 12 – 3pm and 3pm – 6pm. Your duties as a volunteer will be simple: all you’ll have to do is accept artwork submissions, help students with the paperwork and keep an eye on the show in general. For your convenience, we have created a spreadsheet where you can sign up for the specific time slot you prefer.  Go check it out, sign up and help us make the Art Show awesome! Oh, and you will receive an awesome INK T-shirt which you could wear while helping out.

Andrew Wilson will be at the next INK meeting if you need more information concerning volunteering for the Art Show.

Upcoming Events

2012 – The Apocalypse – The Last Year for Love

The Mandate Press would like to invite you to come and enjoy their new shop location by way of excellent art, good drinks, good food, good music, and with the help of you – good company.
The Mandate Press has been printing letterpress since 2004 and now with fancy new digs, it’s time to party.

The Mandate Press
1077 South Main St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Saturday, March 3, 2012
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

AIGA Portfolio Pre-Review and Studio Tours

The registration will be for the Pre-Review / Studio Tours only. Space is limited so sign up fast!

Senior Priority Registration :: Deadline March 1
Open Enrollment (All Students) :: March 2-8

Salt Lake City Library
Conf. Room 4
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Friday, March 9, 2012
9:00-1:45 :: Salt Lake Studio Tours
1:45-2:45 :: Break for lunch on your own
2:45-5:00 :: Pre-Portfolio Review

AIGA Member Admission: $5
Non-Member Admission: $15
Pre-registration Only

Design Week San Francisco

At the last meeting, we proposed a trip to San Francisco during June 11th – 17th in order to attend Design Week San Francisco. For the time being, there isn’t much posted about particular events but we will keep you updated as information becomes available. Right now, we would like to know which of you would be interested in this trip and available to go so we could plan accordingly and draft a proposal. So, this said, if you are interested and you know you can make it, let us know by filling out the form below.

NEWS: No Time for Love Dr. Jones!

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! Now’s it’s time for another INK SLCC meeting.

We’ve got TONS to discuss this week so prepare to speak up, and bring some of your work for critique!

Here’s the meeting info:

When: TOMORROW – Tuesday, Februrary 21st from 5-7pm

Where: Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Center, Parlor B (downstairs)

Hope to see you all there!



Before we dive into event updates, we would like to extend a big “Thank you!” to everyone who attended the INK SLCC Open House last Tuesday. We hope you had as much fun as we did and made friends with some cool creative people. By now, all the guests who signed up for membership should have received e-mail invites. If you didn’t get one, please use the Join INK form on the website and we will send you an invitation as soon as we can.

Our next club meeting will be held on:

When: Tuesday, Februrary 21st from 5-7pm

Where: Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Center, Parlor B (downstairs)

We hope to see you all there!

As far as events are concerned, the next one on the list is Perfect Portfolio Photography on a Brown Bag Budget. It is intended for students only and aims to provide useful tips on how to take good portfolio photography while working on a tight budget. The event will be held tomorrow at The City Library.

When: Wednesday, Februrary 8th from 7-8.30pm

Where: The Salt Lake City Library
210 East 400 South
Lower level rooms B & C
Salt Lake City, UT 8411

Price: $5 AIGA members, $10 non-members

Later this weekend, you can attend:
Valenteenies: Love Notes and Calling Cards

Sat, February 11, 9am – 2pm

Love Stinks: An Anti-Valentine’s Zine Workshop
Sat, February 11, 2pm – 5pm

You can refer to our calendar for more information on those and future events.

And once again, thank you for attending the Open House and, please, feel free to contact us with any questions you have.


 Don’t forget about the INK SLCC Open House!

Join us tomorrow from 5-7pm at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus to learn more about INK SLCC and how we can benefit YOU!

Enjoy refreshments! Mingle with your creative peers! Become eligible to win an INK SLCC sponsored AIGA student membership when you join INK!

When: Tuesday, January 31st from 5-7pm

Where: Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Center, Parlor B (downstairs)

See you all there!

NEWS: INK Open House

The INK Open House is nearly at hand!

Next week on Tuesday, January 31st from 5-7pm, we’ll be holding a meet & greet open house for INK SLCC. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the group and how it can benefit you. You’ll also have a chance to meet INK SLCC members and mingle with other student creatives in the Visual Art & Design department.

Oh, and did we mention… FREE REFRESHMENTS!!!

See the flyer for complete details.

We’ll see you there!