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November 6, 2006

Get a box!!

Everyone,

I only had a few of you show up with a portfolio case last week. You do plan on having something to put boards in at the end of the semester right? Below are a few places to think about:

Penco Graphic Supply
(612) 333-3330
718 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
http://www.artsuppliesonline.com/

Blick Art & Craft
Fairdale Shoppes
2389 Fairview Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-2818
http://www.dickblick.com/zz151/21/

Blick Art Materials
Yorktown Mall
3509 Hazelton Road
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 831-6061
http://www.dickblick.com/zz151/21/

Fastportfolio Online
http://www.fastportfolio.com/store/portcases.html

Some of these options are expensive so remember to bargin hunt. Places like Ax-man, the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the local hardware store may have options as well if you are creative.

Sort of interesting read...
http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/freelance/a/portfolio_4.htm

Good luck,

Grant

October 19, 2006

DHA GD Design Club

Liz ought it would be great for all of you to see this...
DHA has a Graphic Design Club and this could be a great resource for networking and learning.

From the GDC
1) First of all, our meetings will take place on the first Wednesday
of every month at 5:30. If this is not going to work for the majority
of people who actually want to come, then we can vary it or change
it. The next meeting is Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30 in 274 McNeal
(fireplace room). Please come and bring your ideas for GD Club along.

2) At the last meeting we had a minimal turnout, so in order to
advertise a bit for the Nov.1st meeting, we are having a poster
contest. Your poster will be judged and if you win, you will receive
$10 off the student dues for GD Club. The poster must be handed in to
Steven McCarthy by next Wed. the 25th at 5pm. The posters should
include the information:
-next meeting date/time/place (see above for Nov. 1st info)
-11x17 format and pdf file
-student dues info. (see #4)
- contact info for Elizabeth Homer- home0010@umn.edu or Erin Scott
scot0365@umn.edu

3) Many of us in different classes don't know each other, so it's
important to come together as a design community. This club will be
great for getting to know your fellow designers. Types of things GD
Club will do are: design firm visits, interviews, portfolio review,
critiques (if you want input on your work from other designers),
lectures, entering contests, AIGA conferences, group activities:
visit exhibits, openings, museums together, we also would like to
plan a big trip to an AIGA conference this year. If you have a
certain firm you'd like to visit, or speaker you'd like to have
present, tell us!

4) The student dues are $20 for the year. If you intend to become a
member of AIGA (which costs $75), your GD Club dues will be dropped
down to $5. And, of course, if you win the poster contest, you will
get $10 off! If you aren't sure what AIGA is, see here:
http://www.aiga.org/
and here:
http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm?contentalias=studentmembership

5) Lastly, this Thursday and Friday nights pose great opportunities
to get a look at the professional design world. Michael Vanderbyl is
giving a lecture at the College of Visual Arts ($10 for students)
Thursday at 7pm. On Friday from 4-8 is the FREE opening and reception
for his exhibit. The address is: 3M Auditorium, Minnesota History
Center, 345 Kellogg Boulevard, St.Paul. Go for it!

October 5, 2006

Aquent Resources

Aquent (a staffing agency) has a page of interesting videos and resources that you should view in you free time. The annual survey of design salaries is located here as well. Check it out.

http://marcom.aquent.com/FreeTools/index.html

September 21, 2006

Career Center

http://www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu/

Don't forget to use this on campus resource. They want to help.
Also, signing up for the mentorship program at the U is a great way to learn from the professionals.

Rock on,

grant

Start Your Local Research: Tyro3

So, as I mentioned the first day of class, Katie and I worked on this our last year of school and I still think its the best resource for local firms and design shops. Check out the lodge and have some fun...
Have fun surfing,

grant

http://www.tyro3.com/

September 6, 2006

Check this out!

I will continue to post resources in this area for you to check out this semester. Feel free to post resources you would like to share as well.

Surf on,
Grant