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Derek & Brighton in Slug Magazine!

Neuer Geist Creative Studio

Brighton and Derek Ballard. Photo: John Barkiple
From SLUG Magazine:

Neuer Geist: CLC Artisan
By Zaina Abujebarah

Structured and playful all at once, Neuer Geist’s mission is to innovate and create without losing the “glory of the past.” Brighton and Derek Ballard both bring their artistic abilities to the table and join creative forces to create pieces like prints and patches, as well as menus and other graphic design gems, tailored for local businesses. All are showcased on their website.

“We’re lucky to have found each other,” Brighton says. “Derek would painstakingly reproduce the logos of favorite bands and save bits of packaging or product tags that he thought were interesting, and I drew and painted constantly.” Their creative roots led to the inception of their brand. “Derek’s aesthetic is very clean, precise and calculated, while mine is more loose and suggestive,” says Brighton. “We help each other through the process of creating. We’re constantly talking about the business, giving each other feedback, helping each other with a sketch or an idea.”

To read the entire article:
http://www.slugmag.com/art-fashion/neuer-geist-clc-artisan/

To see Neuer Geist:
http://neuergeist.com/


 

PRINT MAGAZINE FOCUS

Why you should make time for creative side projects

New Comics Anthologies!

A Visual Sampling

Highlight Below: Marc Bell

From Print Magazine:

Best New Comics Anthologies: A Visual Sampling
By: Michael Dooley | July 20, 2017

So many outstanding comics anthologies, so little quality eyeball time. But worry not: Print’s come to your rescue. Last year we surveyed “wonder women artists” nominated for San Diego Comic-Con’s Eisner Awards, located here. And on Tuesday we provided you with a visual sampling of this year’s top nominees, and you’ll find that here. And today we’ll wrap up with a design-based survey that highlights some of the more graphically striking and skillfully adventuresome artists within the “Best Anthologies” book category. The winner will be announced at tomorrow’s presentation ceremony.

To read more:
Best New Comics Anthologies


 

Designing A Design Tool For Designers

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

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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

Derek Designs Album Cover!

FROM BIRDWATCH:
“Excited to announce our album cover for our new record OLD SCIENCE. This design was created by the amazing Derek Ballard. Along with the artwork he gave a detailed explanation of the design. The meanings he attached to this idea, and the thoughtfulness he put into it mean the world to us. Better than anything we could have hoped for. Here is his description for his work. Thank you to everyone for the support. Album out Friday.”

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FROM DEREK BALLARD, VAD Graphic Design Alumnus:
“Everything in the gold overlay is represented in an art deco style, with confident lines, clean type, and strong iconography. I created a symbol based on the sextant, a dynamic tool used by explorers, and a personal point of interest. Travelers, sailors and explorers found an invaluable advantage through celestial navigation. Looking to the stars with the use of reflections, angles and the horizon replaced their dependency on the fickle method of dead-reckoning and gave them a better understanding of their current position and desired destination. I feel the functionality of this ancient tool (looking forward through use of reflection) can be strikingly emblematic to the emotional themes woven throughout the album.

The background image is a hand, subtly illustrated. At first glance, it looks as though the fingers have dipped into the water below, implying purification. However, on closer inspection, it’s clear that each fingertip has been lacerated for the purpose of bloodletting – and the pool below is the consequence of which. This OLD SCIENCE was chosen as a poignant way to suggest pain, tribulation, and release. It connects with the physical discomfort most musicians feel after spilling their souls into the writing of music, playing until their fingers erupt. It’s my hope that this synthesis of imagery will visually echo the themes of hurt, reconciliation, and growth revealed through the audible and lyrical content of this album.”

CONGRATULATIONS DEREK!

WHAT’S NEW IN HIRING?

John Haymore, a VAD Graphic Design alumnus works for HireVue. He recently visited Associate Professor Kerry Gonzales’ ART 1230 Type & Layout class to discuss the newest way to apply for jobs and recruit potential employees! Watch this video. Check out HireVue! Be ahead of the game!

For more information:
https://www.hirevue.com/company/about-us

 

JOHN HAYMORE

HAYMORE, John photo5 Ways to Improve Your Smartphone Photography
By John Haymore

John Haymore, SLCC VAD Graphic Design alumnus was recently asked to write for VueNation. “Many know I’m not a writer, by far, but when asked to write a post for VueNation on taking better smartphone photos, I gladly excepted the challenge, as long as I was able to include my own visual images.” Nice job John!

From Vue Nation:

Smartphone photography is an obsession these days amongst social media enthusiasts. If you’re snapping photos with your smartphone, eventually you’ll want to share them with others, so why not keep in mind a few basic tips and tricks to improving your smartphone photography skills?

To read the entire story:
http://www.vuenation.com/blog/improveyoursmartphonephotos

INSPIRATIONAL SELF-PROMOS!

Card Promo artHOW: 9 Designer Self-Promotion Projects to Inspire You
By Jessica Farris / January 14, 2016

“As a designer, marketing and promotional work comes with the territory. After all, much of the money to be made in the design industry comes from promotional projects for clients. But once you’ve put down your client work, it’s time to look inward and develop your self-promotional strategy. Whether you’re part of a studio or an in-house design team, or you’re working for yourself, self-promotion is a must for finding your ideal clients, building your career and making a name for yourself.”

To read entire article:

http://www.howdesign.com/design-creativity/designer-self-promotion-projects/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=hw-nbo-nl-160125&utm_content=815160_HDN160125&utm_medium=email

Photo: 2015 YEAR OF THE RAM / MM Brand Agency

PORTFOLIOS THAT PACK A PUNCH

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 6.34.33 AMFROM CREATIVE BLOQ:
Design a Portfolio that Packs a Punch

by Marc Anderson

”I look at many many creative portfolios every day in my job at Fantasy, spanning a wide range of disciplines and talents. Because there’s so many, I’ve had to develop a strategy to enable me to quickly tell whether a designer has both the visual talent and UX thinking to thrive with us. In short, a way of separating good work from work that simply looks good.”

To read article in its entirety:
http://www.creativebloq.com/career/design-portfolio-packs-punch-11618692

Photo: 05. Demonstrate critical thinking