Painted Murals (Uh…Advertisements)

When I went to LA for Adobe Max I was amazed at a variety of gargantuan advertisements that at first glance I thought were traditional vinyl. Upon closer inspection, they were actually painted murals. Then, Tori Neundorfer sent me this video. My mind was already blown before watching it, so if you love painting and design, willing to start as an apprentice, and are up for a challenge, this job may just be for you.

For the Love of Mockups

You know how much I love seeing your work mocked up, but more importantly how well they can showcase your work in your portfolio or on Behance. Tonight I came across FORMAT, a site that has a number of resources including 150 Free PSD Mockups. I have already downloaded some for my personal use, so go see if there are any that you can use and get to downloading.

Learning from the Art of Character Design

In doing research for GD3s next project, I came across this great article (10 Quick Tips to Help You Design Characters Like a Pro) and resources for those who are looking into Character Design for whatever reason. Although we very rarely come across this type of work in graphic design, there is much which we can glean from its process of development: Have a Concept, Less is More, Be Inspired, Make your Work Unique, Use Color to Communicate.

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Hoefler & Lee

This coming Wednesday we will be watching an episode of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design focusing on type designer Jonathan Hoefler. “Hoefler has designed original typefaces for Rolling StoneHarper’s BazaarThe New York Times MagazineSports Illustrated, and Esquire” as well as “the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and alternative band They Might Be Giants.” Source.

The second feature on October 16th at 5p will be With Great Power… The Stan Lee Story, which highlights the life and extraordinary career of Marvel comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of more than 500 characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men.

Join us for both films and learn a little more about design, comics, creativity, and imagination.

Design & Movie Night

OAP 111 Wednesday,

Sept 25th 5–730p
While we are working hard to build a great program and make you the best designers in the region, come watch a film based on the elite school that our Navy Pilots are selected to attend in order to be challenged to become the best in the world; Top Gun.

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer).

Marcos pizza to be provided.

Uh… I think you stole my work.

With the proliferation of social media, we are encouraged to share our work to our friends, followers, and in some cases as a method of building our freelance clientele. There comes a time, however, while perusing through the interwebs late at night we come across some sort of filth that is trying to pass off our work as their own. Do you know what to do other than publicly shame them into taking it down? Is there any legal action you could take? Is it worth it?

In James Cartwright’s article entitled What Every Designer Needs to Know About Copyright Law, James Cartwright explores this very scenario. Not only does he give specifics about the process, including cost, but he covers ” some basics, a set of essentials for young designers working in the commercial world.”

If you would like me to explore more about developing a course specific to Copyright and Trademark law as it applies to design, please let me know at and I will work to partner with the Turner College of Business to see if we can’t make it happen.


After Hours is Back!

On September 4th in OAP 111 at 5p join the ColumbusStateGD community for the first After Hours of the semester where we will gather to design and watch the film Midnight in Paris.

A beginner’s guide to modernism Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is a cinematic tour of a golden age of art and literature. Featuring characters representing: Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, and Matisse.

Read more about the film.

Where did you get those gorgeous photos?

Ever wonder where your classmates are getting the photos they are using? They are high resolution, crisp, and gorgeous. Well they have moved on from Google and are exploring the web, talking to the advanced GD students, or have heard whispers in the community about a few great websites to visit.

Take a look to see what you are missing.

AIGA ATL – Meet Obama White House’s Digital Strategist

Join MODA and Miami Ad School at Portfolio Center for a Design Conversation with Ashleigh Axios, an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change.

Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. Ashleigh serves on the executive board for AIGA and most notably, Ashleigh served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House.

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hill Auditorium
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Students: $8
Non-members: $15
AIGA Members: $10
MODA Sustaining Members: $10

Join the Conversation

Why I stopped supporting AIGA.

Over the summer my membership for AIGA came up for renewal. I chose not to renew. I have long believed that AIGA was an organization that provided some of the best resources for the design industry. In my mind, paying $500 for a Design Leader level membership gave me status within the organization. In reality, I was the only one aware of my status. Although the benefits and opportunities may have increased slightly, my money was going off to support an organization that I had little contact with.

This is why I left. I am in a town where there is no local chapter, and no community support to form an organization that requires 20 of its initial members to be of the Supporting, or $250, membership level. And most importantly, after nine years, I had grown out of their targeted demographic: I was a white male in my early forties, to this design community, I was the devil. I was slowly being excluded. Sitting through conference presentations I was being told how horrible of a person I was, I didn’t appreciate it especially coming from an organization that was supposed to be inclusive. Unfortunately, I don’t think they understand what inclusivity means in the broadest scope.

But as a young professional, you should consider joining a design community. Whether it is AIGA, the Columbus State GD Community (free), or another organization, discussion boards, etc. Do it! You can learn so much as I did early on with my involvement at AIGA and the Art Directors Club.Now I look to Adobe, YouTube, local professionals, my colleagues, and my students to find inspiration, knowledge and creative growth. Creating your story should never cost you your identity.