Category Archives: Art & Design

Can art be about fun?

Lawrence Argent, I see what you mean

Lawrence Argent, "I see what you mean." Photo credit: www.lawrenceargent.com

My first true, memorable experience viewing art involved being in New York City as a young child and seeing Alexander Calder’s Circus. Originally a toy maker and later famous for his mobiles and stabiles, Calder’s Circus was a wonderful combination of skill and humor. Sword swallowers made out of wire and cloth, a real trapeze made out of scraps, and a lion complete with a yarn mane were just a few of the marvelous participants. Of course the subject matter appealed to me as a young child but what I really remember is a deep understanding that art could be anything! Art could even be FUN! Continue reading »

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Alex Girard – Graphic Designer

Re-think. Inform. Educate. Inspire. These are some of the things that Art & Design faculty Alex Girard believes creative work can accomplish. Both a fine artist and a designer, Alex believes in letting creativity drive technology, rather than focusing on what technology has the ability to do. In this video, Continue reading »

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5 tips for taking great photos

When people learn that I’m a professional photographer they’ll often ask me how to take better pictures. Here are some of the tips I like to share: Continue reading »

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Managing your digital footprint

Managing Your Digital FootprintAre there jobs available in the creative field in this economic climate? The short answer is, yes. However, jobs will not come to those who sit around and wait. The following is part 2 of a series intended to prepare future creative professionals on how to transition successfully to the workforce.

Have you ever searched for yourself on the Internet? Transitioning from an academic setting, which is inherently social, to a professional setting is a very important time to be aware of your digital footprint. Look yourself up and see what is out there!

If you are a candidate that makes the shortlist for a position, consider it a reality of the age in which we live that your name will be searched on the Internet and looked up on Facebook. What will your future employer find? Continue reading »

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Personal marketing for the creative professional

Marketing for the Creative Professional at Community College of Aurora in ColoradoAre there jobs available in the creative field in this economic climate? The short answer is, yes. However, jobs will not come to those who sit around and wait. The following is part of a series intended to prepare future creative professionals on how to transition successfully to the workforce.

When preparing to enter the workforce, it helps to think of yourself as a product that is being sold to a customer. As a creative professional you will provide a service (be it graphic design, illustration, photography, etc.) to a person or organization. In doing so it is important to keep in mind that how you present yourself, your work and your experience is just as important as who you are and what you have done. A candidate who is poorly represented is easily overlooked.

When preparing a resume, cover letter and portfolio keep the following in mind: Continue reading »

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