Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Students hired as reality show producers

What began as a class project has become a dream come true for two Pittsburg State University students.

Seniors Blake Broaddus and Devin Greenwood, both of Diamond, Mo. and co-owners of Antler Shed Media, have been hired as executive field producers for a new reality show. Quest TV, to air in the Midwest and nationally in Canada, highlights the ups and down of life and business in the outdoors. Read more…

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2013 ADDY Call for Entries

The deadline is officially in January 11, but I will accept student entries by the end of the semester.

Please visit http://joplinaddys.com/ for additional information and "how to enter." Here's a great video demonstrating the entry process.

Take a look at former winners from PSU.
There is a designated student section, and the entry page has an excellent "how to enter" video. I am available for questions, as needed.

1A Packaging
1B Point of Purchase

Stationery Package
2 Stationery Package

Brochure / Annual Report
3 Brochure or Annual Report

4A Poster, Single
4B Poster, Campaign

Publication Design (Magazine or Book)
5A Cover
5B Editorial Spread or Feature (One editorial
spread or feature per entry)
5C Series (Covers or spreads or features)
5D Magazine Design (Entire Magazine)
5E Book Design (Entire Book)

6 Direct Marketing

7A Single
7B Campaign

8A Single
8B Campaign

9A Single, Fractional page or Full page
9B Campaign

10A Ad – Fractional page or Full page
10B Insert
10C Campaign

11A Website
11B Social Media
11C Mobile Apps
11D Online Advertising
11E Multimedia DVD
11F Campaign

12A Single
12B Campaign
13A Single
13B Campaign

14A B-to-B
14B Consumer

15 Copywriting

16A Logo
16B Illustration, Single
16C Illustration, Campaign
16D Photography, Black & White
16E Photography, Color
16F Photography, Digitally Enhanced
16G Photography, Campaign
16H Animation or Special Effects
16I Cinematography

17A Music Only
17B Music with Lyrics
17C Sound Design

Digital Creative Technology
18 Digital Creative Technology
If you click on Rules and Categories, you can see detailed category descriptions and instructions.

T-shirt designs and invitation packages are not listed in the categories above. They should be entered in the Direct Marketing category.

Students can bring entries with completed paperwork to my office (E110a) or the GIT office (E116).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Designer Competencies | AIGA

In order to fulfill the expectations placed upon designers in the future, they will need to employ a set of skills that include some beyond today’s typical scope. No single designer is likely to have all the skills required, yet this research revealed the range of competencies that a studio or design department, among its full complement of staff, will need in order to meet the demands of the future.

These competencies uncover the challenges for educational institutions, in developing curricula, and for studios, in recruiting their teams. Take a peek >

Friday, October 19, 2012

Images, Fonts, and Amusement

Veer Activity books offer hundreds of pages of images, fonts and amusement! The latest versions have been converted into an online experience, as well as a PDF version. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Typographic Illustrations | GIT 241 Image Composition

Students in GIT 241 Image Composition are exploring Adobe Illustrator. One of their first projects was to create a typographic illustration. They had to use text from a favorite song, quote, short story, poem or speech, to create their image. 

All in all the submissions were impressive, but these were exceptional!

Abby Spillane

Amanda Scott

Kathryn Wright

Kenzi Jordan

Nolan Terrill

Susan Grace

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Homework from AntlerSHED Media on Vimeo.
GIT students, Blake Broaddus and Devin Greenwood share a recent video assignment.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Agency Culture and Internships

Advice for those entering the entry level

Along with the trials and tribulations of a first internship comes a realization that you’ve learned far more than you thought you would. In a relatively short window of time, you dip your toe into the industry, become familiar with office culture, and begin to see yourself as a functioning member of a little something called the economy.

Illustration by Julia Morra

Monday, May 7, 2012

Injured Student: Devin Greenwood

Please send good thoughts to GIT major, Devin Greenwood. He was severely injured Saturday night, when his truck was struck by a train. Devin was rushed to Freeman hospital in Joplin MO but then transported to Cox South in Springfield MO. He has a broken pelvis, eye socket and several ribs, a punctured lung and is cut up from head to toe! Devin is just very lucky to still be with us.

He is in stable condition but heavily medicated to control the tremendous amount of pain.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Special Topic: Portfolio Presentation

During this special topics course, students were required to do the following:
  • develop a personal identity brand and corresponding materials
  • rework a project
  • develop a new project
  • complete a client project
  • conduct mock and community interviews
  •  complete a digital and hard copy portfolio
  • apply for a job every week

These images are from their final portfolio presentations.  

Photos were taken by Kris Hartley


 Caitlin Weaver had a great mix of student, internship and freelance work to display. She has kept her blog current since her sophomore year. If you want to hear more about her thoughts on the Portfolio class, you can read it here.

 Josh Herder completed a set of mini boards where each piece had a QR code that takes you directly to that project on his web portfolio. He did an excellent job demonstrating this with his iPad.

 Kimi Dowling displayed her personal identity brand, and all of the event invitation work she has been doing as a freelancer. She also had some nice tutorials from Illustrator.

 Kris Hartley was lucky enough to be interning in the University Marketing and Communication office during the National Championship. She was able to complete several projects branded for this event. She also did an excellent job of displaying her photography.

 Paul Manger is not graduating yet, but this class gave him a great jump start on getting his portfolio in order. He had an interactive personal identity set, several client projects, and a great graphic novel for his Senior Project.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vector Moustache Anyone?

Need the perfect moustache? Try this free set of 50 moustache VECTORS!

Monday, April 9, 2012

4 Days Left: VOTE for Chris Huitt!

VOTE for Chris Huitt

Under the choose category dropdown tab
Select packaging/labels.
Scroll down to the fourth row on the right and vote for my entry!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Poster-A-Day: A Visual Vitamin

Ever wonder what a graphic designer does to wile away the idle hours. Johnny Selman spends every morning ritually checking headlines on the BBC. But that’s not all. In 2010 “I decided to create a poster a day for 20 days in reaction to a headline for each day,” he recently told me. This exercise triggered the idea for his Academy of Art University in San Francisco graduate school thesis, which he expanded into 365 days of posters and world news, he calls BBCx365. It is an obsessive tour de force.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

10 Good Interview Questions

10 Good Interview Questions

Whether you're currently on the job market or trying to recruit top talent to your organization, the following are examples of good interview questions.
1. How would you describe yourself?
2. Why did you leave your last job?
3. What made you choose this line of work?
4. What are your long- and short-range goals?
5. What kind of recognition and rewards are important to you?
6. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established?
7. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
8. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
9. Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
10. What are your thoughts about working alone vs. working with teams?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adobe User Group: Adobe After Effects




2012- Feb Meeting


Our 4-part series entitled “Exploring Adobe CS5 Production Suite” continues with part 2 this month.
This time our Pitt State AUG co-manager and Career Tech Teacher, Chris Burris will present Adobe After Effects software which is used to create sophisticated motion graphics and cinematic visual effects.
After Effects allows industry professionals the ability to create and animate text and vector graphics, choose among extensive visual effects, fluidly key, mask, rotoscope, and paint composites.
Joins us for some animated fun.


Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Free and open to the public.
We invite professionals, educators, students and enthusiasts who share a interest in Adobe and Design to join us.


Pittsburg State University, Kansas Technology Center
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Room Location S104
For more information contact Mrs. Akram Taghavi-Burris (group manager) at ataghaviburris@gus.pittstate.edu

Monday, February 27, 2012

GIT Field Trip | Kansas City Studios

You don't want to forget your cash....both of these studios have amazing work for sale! Check out their websites.....and sign up in the GIT office if you want to take a tour!!!!

Vans will leave the KTC main entrance at 7:30 a.m. and should return by 4:30 p.m. Sign up sheet is in the GIT office. YOU MUST Sign up IN THE PSU DEPARTMENT OF GRAPHICS & IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES

We make all sorts of really nice letterpress greeting cards, gift cards, notebooks and other paper goods. This year has been a good year! We’ve had the presses going non-stop and we thank you for your patronage.

business cards
personal stationery
identity materials
cd packages
custom design
art prints
everyday cards
holiday cards
holiday box sets
gift tags

Vahalla Studios is the art and design of Tad Carpenter and Dan Padavic. Vahalla Studios was created in 2005 and initially run out of the back of an auto-mechanic shop. The studio now operates as a full service design studio and print shop with both letterpress and silkscreen capabilities. The guys print their own work and that of many other U.S. and international artists. Dan and Tad have worked on posters and projects for numerous design clients, bands and record labels.

All images are work samples of the studios.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Student Spotlight: Logan Grieder

Experience LAG Studios......

Logan Grieder is our current Graphic Arts Club president and award winning student! He has done an outstanding job of executing his personal brand, not only on his blog, but on business cards and promotional items, as well. Logan works at PSU Printing Services and loves to play music.....in all his spare time.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Graphics and Imaging Wins Big!

Saturday, February 18, the Joplin AAF hosted their 2012 ADDY event. Not only was PSU well represented in attendance, we stole the show with Special Judges Awards and a Student Best of Show!
GIT Faculty, students, and the Unviersity Marketing and Communication team, including Dr. Brad Hodson proudly show off the wins for PSU.

Graphics and Imaging Technologies wins include:
Christel Benson | Assistant Professor
Gold ADDY | Digital File Preparation Syllabus
Silver ADDY | Get Graphic at PSU promotional material
Silver ADDY | Brandon Griffin Graduation announcement

Chris Huitt | Assistant Professor
Silver ADDY | Baja T-shirt design

Gordon Maxey | Student
Gold ADDY | Duncil Wedding Photography | Digital File Preparation Project

Logan Grieder | Student
Gold ADDY | Kanza Brewing Co. 4 pack | Digital File Preparation Project
Lights Out Judges Award | Kanza Brewing Co. 4 pack | Digital File Preparation Project

Hillary Reeve Heflin | GIT Graduate
Gold ADDY | Bon Vivant Brochure | Senior Project
Gold ADDY | Graduation Announcement | Senior Project | Photography by Kris Hartley, Student
Silver ADDY | Bon Vivant Corporate Identity Package
Silver ADDY | Bon Vivant Flyer
Silver ADDY | Bon Vivant Logo

Shawn Brandt | Student
Gold ADDY | Brandt Aerospace Business Card | Digital File Preparation Project

Sam Clausen | Student
Gold ADDY & Best of Show | Photography Portfolio | Digital File Preparation Project

Zach Waggoner | Student
Gold ADDY & Baby-Faced Assassin Judge's Award | I AM JOPLIN EVENT | Internship Project
Silver ADDY | ZW Porfolio
Silver ADDY | The Central Campaign | Digital File Preparation Class

Eva Schenk | Student
Silver ADDY | Wedding Invitation | Digital File Preparation Project

Cayla Probert | Student
Silver ADDY |  Typographic Illustration | Image Composition

Emily Smalley | Student
Silver ADDY | Frontenac Raider Invite | Digital File Preparation

Rose Thornhill | Student
Silver ADDY | Brandon Boyd Typography | Image Composition

I would also like to mention Lauren White, recent PSU Graduate from the GIT and Communication departments. She stole the show as a student, last year, and cleaned up quite nicely this year, as a professional. Lauren is the graphic designer for Joplin Public Schools, and walked away with a Gold ADDY and at least 6 Silver ADDY awards!

Only five special judges awards were handed out, and our students received two of them!

PSU Students, Logan Grieder and Zach Waggoner each took home one of these Special Judges awards

 Entries on display

 Entries on display| Student work Emily Smalley and Cayla Probert

 Student work | Sam Clausen and Erica Brooks

 The Judges

 The Bling!

 Kris Hartley and Hillary Heflin won a gold for Hillary's graduation announcement. We were lucky to have Kris on hand with her new camera, to take lots of pictures.

 The University Marketing and Communication team took home five silver awards!