Thursday, December 15, 2011

Student Web Project

I had the pleasure of working with Zach Waggoner on an Investigations project this semester. His final portfolio site is definitely something to brag about. This design is 100% his own, and a template was not used. This is a great example of his code, hard at work! Great job, Zach!

Monday, December 5, 2011

ADDY Entries

This link will take you to a comprehensive video that shows you "how" to prepare your entries!

Where to enter:
You must set up a username and password on the site above. See the selections below so you know what information to put in.

YOU MUST include a jpg of your entry on CD, or email it to

All entries must be received in the GIT office by 5:00 PM on December 22

If you would like to be responsible for getting your entries to Joplin, the deadline is 
January 13, 2012
Deliver entries to College Heights Christian Church, Joplin, MO. c/o Tammy Cady.

The AAF - Joplin entry fees are:
Student Members -
$20.00 for both single entries and campaigns
Student Non-Members -
$30.00 for both single entries and campaigns 

Professional Members -
$50.00 for both single entries and campaigns
Professional Non-Members -
$60.00 for both single entries and campaigns

Updated Student Category List:
1B Point of Purchase
2A Stationery Package
2B Brochure or Annual Report
2C Poster
2D Poster Campaign
2E Editorial Design Cover
2F Editorial Design Spread or feature
2G Editorial Design Series

3 Direct Marketing
4 Out-of-Home

5 Non-Tradition Advertising

6A Single - Fractional page or Full page
6B Campaign
7A Ad – Fractional page or Full page
7B Insert
7C Newspaper Ad or Insert Campaign

8A Website
8B Interactive Multi-Media (CD/DVD)
8C Online Advertising
8D Social Media
8E Mobile Apps
9A Single
9B Campaign

10A Single
10B Campaign
11 Mixed Media Campaign

12A Logo
12B Illustration
12C Digitally Enhanced Illustration
12D Photography
12E Digitally Enhanced Photography
12F Animation

A distinguished panel of advertising creative executives will gather in College Heights Christian Church to select the winners from an anticipated 150 entries. To be eligible for consideration of an ADDY®, all work must have been published or aired between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Main Event

The ADDY Event is scheduled for February 18, 2012

Deadline for Student Work is December 16

Watch for details, and an entry training session.

Below is a list of categories, for detailed descriptions click here.

Take a peek at previous student

1A. Packaging
1B. Point of Purchase
2A. Stationery Package
2B. Brochure, Annual Report
2C. Poster
6A. Single
6A. Campaign (2 - 4 ads)
7A. Ad
7B. Insert
7C. NP Ad or Insert Campaign (2 - 4 ads)
8A. Website
8B. Interactive CD/DVD
8C. Online Advertising (Pop-Up/Banner/Email/Other)
Any two-page spread. One editorial spread or feature per entry.
Not intended for submission of entire book or magazine.
9A. Cover
9B. Editorial Spread or Feature (One editorial spread or feature
per entry)
9C. Series (Covers or spreads or features)
12. CAMPAIGNS (Mixed Media)
13A Logo
14A Illustration
14B Digitally Enhanced Illustration
15A Photography
15B Digitally Enhanced Photography
16 Animation
Additional Local Only Categories may be added

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Die Lines

An amazing resource I found at Graph Expo, is that you can access Die Line files from

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photography, Color Correction & Design

For a good dose of inspiration check out GIT student, Caitlin Weaver's blog, Oh, Deer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stock up your Image Bank!

I strongly encourage all students to take advantage of the amazing copyright free images available to you! A few of my favorite providers for this type of content are shutterstock (free vector and photo every week), istock (free photo every week, free illustration, video, audio and flash monthly) and wegraphics.

When dowloaded these free images, always read and copy the terms of use agreement.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Field Trip | Leggett & Platt Creative Services

If you have questions or need more information, don't hesitate to contact Linda Grilz ( or Christel Benson (

It is possible for you to take your own transportation, or you can ride with us. Regardless of your method of transportation, you must sign up in the GIT office, and  you need to be at the KTC main entrance by 12:30. 

Illustrator Success

In the 241-01 Image Composition class, students have spent the first half of the semester becoming friends with Adobe Illustrator. A few of their projects can be admired in the student work section of this blog. Please take a moment to admire their progress.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Declare Yourself!

Thank you to the Graphic Arts Club students, lead by Cassie Pierce, who designed and installed the display in the Overman Student Center. The display is designed to entice undeclared students on campus.

Students are able to schedule a tour of the Graphics and Imaging Department by scanning the QR code above, or visiting the GIT home page. All students who complete a tour will be eligible to enter a drawing for an iPod and iTunes card.

The display will be up until October 2.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Student Financial Assistance and the Office of University Development will be hosting two "Scholarship Q & A" sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to give an overview of scholarship selection processes, scholarship entry and donor relations. We will also address questions and departmental needs concerning scholarships. Also, if there are any specific needs you would like us to address, please include them within your RSVP. We encourage you to forward this to any other employees involved in the scholarship process you feel may benefit from these sessions. Because of limited space, please RSVP for one of the following sessions to or for more information, call Becky May at ext. 4756.
Session 1: Tuesday, October 4, 2011   2:00 - 3:30 p.m. @ the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, 332 Hartman
Session 2: Friday, October 7, 2011   10:00 - 11:30 a.m. @ the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, 332 Hartman
Please note that if both sessions are filled, we will schedule additional Scholarship Q & A sessions.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gallery Display

About 50 pieces of work from Graphics and Imaging Technologies students are now on display in Parsons at Labette Community College through October 14.
The Hendershot Gallery, located in the main building, is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.  For more information call (620) 421-6700.

Students represented:
Salman Alkhulif, Sharon Anderson, Andi Ballard, Tammy Bertrand, Michelle Burton, Nathan Craft,  Teri Diggs, Emily Dodge, Travis Duff, Zack Fields, Nicole Galemore, Sydney Hague, Kris Hartley, Josh Herder, Kaedy Hess, Carissa Hughes, Rion Huffman, Sarah Jensen, Aubry Jones, Erika Lowe, Alex Meisinger, Sienna Miller, Liz Pace, Monica Platt, Hunter Peterson, Molly Redmond, Kelly Sims, Rose Thornhill, Katie Traxon and Pa Vang

Stop by and see it if possible and sign the guest register.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Freelance | Book Jacket Cover

A PSU Graduate Student is looking for a book jacket cover design.  
This would make a great portfolio piece! Chris is interested in having something to look at ASAP.

For more information, please contact Chris Watson at

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Photoshop: Poster Tutorials

Want to sharpen those Photoshop skills? Check out this great link that Doug Younger found!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011


Thanks to David Oldham for sharing this great blog! For the 50 Things click here!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Winner, winner!

Congratulations to Logan Grieder and Michelle Hubbard on being Nolan Moore Scholars. Both were awarded scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. These can be renewed for up to four years.

Find out more about The Nolan Moore scholarship.

Monday, April 18, 2011

2012 Poster Design Contest | Due: July 1, 2011

Graphic Communications Week
2011 Poster Design Contest

Sponsored by the
International Graphic Arts Education Association, Inc. (IGAEA)

• Theme: The poster must be designed for Graphic Communications Week which typically
revolves around Benjamin Franklin’s birthday (January 17).
The theme could encompass anything that symbolizes the power and importance
of printed communications.

• Eligibility: Students from any secondary or post-secondary school are eligible.
Work must be submitted through a Current IGAEA Member.

• Prizes: $300 for the first prize winner.
Additional amounts will be awarded for second and third prize winners.
If more than one student created a winning design, the prize money
will be divided among the students.
For a complete list of details and logos for use on your design, go to the official IGAEA website

Emerging Technologies Class has the MOST FUN!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

GAA 2011 Environmental Workshop

Are you ready for a two days of thought-provoking, eye-opening and potentially 
controversial topics regarding the environment as they relate to our industry?  
If so, you will you will definitely want to attend the GAA Environmental Workshop at the 
Hilton Washington Embassy Row in Washington, DC June 15-17, 2011.

The focus of this year’s workshop is “Sustainability & Public Policy:  
Solutions for our Industry.”  Our co-chairs, Dave Campi of Sears Holdings/Lands’ 
End and Monica Garvey of Verso Paper Corp, along with the workshop committee 
are putting together another outstanding program.

Some of the highlight topics include:

  • Forest Sustainability and Legislation
  • Recovery, Recycling, and Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation
  • Promoting the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Paper and Print
  • Renewable Energy Solutions in our Industry
  • Carbon Footprint LCA: New Standards for Products & Scope 3
  • DMA Sustainability Mission and Programs related to Sustainability
    and Industry Self-Regulation
  • Water Footprint and Global Concerns
  • Sustainable Packaging Design
  • Environmental Paper Assessment Tool – Application in Magazine Publishing Industry      
You can register online at, or contact Allen Krusenstjerna at 201.523.6042 x 104.

If you have questions regarding the conference you can contact Pam Schenk at, or you can contact me at 201.981.5901 or


Bill Martin
President & CEO
Gravure Association of America

Monday, April 11, 2011

First Prize: $2,000 | Deadline: June 15

For complete details visit their site:

The Challenge:

Create and submit two marketing pieces (choose from Website Banner, Postcard, or Display Ad) that are designed to drive traffic to
  • Review each of the websites’ eight main sections: DISCOVER ◦ DECIDE ◦ LEARN ◦ EMPLOY ◦ INVESTIGATE ◦ MEET ◦ INFORM ◦ PRINT GREEN.
  • Choose one section.
  • Create two marketing pieces that feature that section’s best elements.

The Specifications:

All entries must be:
  • Completed during the 2010-2011 school year.
  • The original work of the student and contain no copyrighted materials or photos.
  • Submitted by the instructor with printed copies and all digital files necessary for reproduction.
  • Received by the deadline: June 15, 2011.
  • Designed to conform to the specifications provided in the GAERF 2011 Student Design Competition templates.
  • Include BOTH printed samples AND the digital versions.

The Prizes:

1st Place Awards:   $2,000 plus a two-day (Sept. 13-14) all-expenses paid trip for the student and instructor to attend GRAPH EXPO 2011, in Chicago, IL
(one secondary winner; one post-secondary winner)
2nd Place Awards:  $1,500
(one secondary winner; one post-secondary winner)
3rd Place Awards:  $1,000
(one secondary winner; one post-secondary winner)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spotlight: Cassie Pierce

Our recent Digital File Preparation project was to create a direct mail piece that was targeted to two specific audiences. The layout had to be a template, so that the images and text that changed depending on the target audience could be manipulated by the Variable Data class. Students had to develop both layouts, decide what content was variable, prepare and Excel data base to accompany a set of instructions for the Variable Data class.

Cassie Pierce did an excellent job with her layout. Her images dominate her design and the logo she created for her company is very appealing to her identified target audience. Check out more about this project on her portfolio blog.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Great day for SKILLS USA!

KTC was the host to the State Skills Championships.
At least 100 students and teachers from area high schools, ranging from Pittsburg to Meade, KS.

The State Skills Championships were held in Photo, Graphic Communications, Screen Printing and Cabinet Making. Technology Education hosted the Technology demonstration for Robo Rescue.

30-35 Industrial professionals assisted with judging and 15-20 PSU students helped coordinate the event.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spotlight: Caitlin Lawrence

In Web Based Software, we have been learning about Starter Pages in Dreamweaver, and how to link multiple pages together. Caitlin Lawrence did an excellent job with her personal home page, which also serves as a place to submit web assignments. These pages have been uploaded to our student website at, but they are tricky to find, so if you want to check out more of Caitlin's work, follow this link to her page, and also check out her Oh, Deer portfolio blog!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Looking for a job?

Recruiting tutors for the Writing Center for Fall 2011
If you are a student (in any major at any level) who is a strong writer and who will be returning to PSU in the fall, please email Janet Zepernick (  This is paid employment (standard student rates), and it makes a good addition to any resume.

Spotlight: Salman Alkhulif

Salman is a Communications major, pursuing a minor in graphics. This is his personal assignments site for Web Site Design. He has done an excellent job of branding between his personal home page and his portfolio blog. Check out more of Salman's photography on flickr.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Graphic Arts Club Deadline

April 18 deadline for GAC logo and club dues. 
Dues can be turned in to the GIT office.

Graphic Arts Club needs a logo to identify the newly (re)built organization!

Logos need to include the name of our club and will be used continuously for our promotions to the university and the community. The deadline for the logo design is due APRIL 18, 2011 and must be presented at the Technology Center in room E102 at 5:00pm.

Winner of the logo will receive $20.00 to go towards their dues into the club. Graphic Arts club will have a meeting on TUESDAY, APRIL 11th in room E102 for any questions on the logo or for those wanting to join our organization!

Any questions before then can be emailed to:

Internship: Blue Media

A former student contacted me today, about an internship with his current employer, Blue Media.

From Josh Chavis
The company that I design for in Tempe, AZ is looking for a design intern and I thought no better place to look than Pitt’s design program.

I know it’s a far stretch from Pittsburg, but perhaps someone has family here or is looking to relocate. Here is a little bit about the company and the opportunity.

bluemedia is a wide-format digital print provider. We provide services such as vehicle graphics, structural signage, stadium and team graphics and branding, as well as a wide range of other media.
Some of our top clients and partnerships include HP, The Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, The Arizona Diamondbacks, NFL, MLB, Coca-Cola, Aramark, 3M and Microsoft. Our brand new 55,000 square foot facility is home to some of the most talented people in the vehicle graphic and wide-format industry. Our internationally-recognized design team works in-house, which sets us apart from many other wide-format companies  in the industry. The designers are expected to not only be software experts, but to be creative marketers who understand brand strategies and market trends as well.

about the internship
The chosen intern will be expected to: Be highly knowledgeable of the adobe creative suite; be able to perform small production jobs and meet deadlines; create sales sheets and other corporate collateral; Work one on one with sales staff members and project managers to see print and creative jobs from start to finish; update bluemedia social media sites such as facebook, twitter, and company blog; occasionally drive the design team to Chipotle or In-and-Out burger.
This is a PAID internship. Students will be required to work a minimum of 25 hours per week, and hours are flexible according to students’ schedule. (8am-5pm, M-F).

This is an awesome opportunity to intern at a really cool company. I interned here and am now a full-time salaried employee, so there is the possibility of a job at the end of the internship. (it’s not guaranteed, but we’ve hired our last two interns.)

Anyone interested can email me directly at for more information.

You can also check out our website at to see some of our work.


Names & Numbers needs a designer

See their ad in the Joplin Globe or Mr. Ferro

Microsoft tags

A student recently reminded me of these colorful tags using triangles instead of squares, that he noticed in USA Today and a few other publications. It reminded me that I had recently seen them, on a weekend trip, in the local travel guide.

The coolest part.....they can be created using your own images!

So what are they? Much like QR codes, they are called Microsoft tags. Also, like QR codes, they are easily generated and readers are available. I found a blog post that gives a far more detailed description than I can give, so check it out when you have time!

About Microsoft Tags

Generate Microsoft Tags

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scholarship | Poster Redesign $2000

More scholarship information here....

Fortune 500 VP to visit PSU

Interested in learning about business relations in Asia from the Vice President of a Fortune 500 company? 

If you answered "Yes", the International Business Student Association invites you to join them on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Kelce College of Business in Room 121 from 12:30-1:30 pm to meet Mr. Arnold Berney of Leggett & Platt who will share his experiences in China with students and answer questions. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Inspiration from the Streets

 Over Spring Break, I tasked my Digital File Preparation students with taking pictures of inspiration in their surroundings. Even if they didn't go to Holland, which a former student did, they could still take stock of their everyday surroundings and decide on elements that inspired them....either favorably or not. Here are a few examples of pictures I took on a recent trip.

 I thought this logo was very fresh, especially for home decor. Great typography and simple use of an icon.

 I loved this window display from a vintage clothing store

 QR codes at work. This was a poster hanging in the window.

 A three sided sculpture of emoticons

 Loved the idea of this Screen Printing shop that was housed in a former church

 Package design is always a big draw and in my case is accountable for 90% of my impulse buying. I loved the "doodle" feel of the typography on this label.

 Very retro typography and icons