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February 24, 2006

Your Senior Show

So, from the looks of things I see you are all starting to think about this and want to get organized. I will post previous entry's below and you can use this new category to have a threaded discussion about The Senior Show ("last call").

Best of luck to all of you.

February 21, 2006


Tonight is our tour of Initio. We will meet with Randy Pierce and talk shop at 7pm.
The address is 212 Third Ave N (the colonial warehouse building) Suite 510 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

I hope all is well with all of you. Thank you for showing in progress work last week.
My cell is 612 703 8572 if you get lost or something. I will hang outside til 7:00, but we should start promtly. We only have an hour. Try to get there between 6:45 and 7:00 pm.

My mapquest search did not give me the exact location for Initio. It gave me an address for 3rd Street. (this is wrong) be very aware that 3rd st and 3rd Ave N are of course not the same. Hint...Initio is close to the river, just before the railroad bridge.

See you all later...and bring some good questions for Randy.


February 16, 2006

AIGA Portfolio Advice

I am not the only one with advice on how to create your book...
Check this out when you get some time. Also, those of you who are AIGA member should log into the TRANSITION section. There are a ton of great articles about make the change from student to professional designer.

Portfolio Advice

Student Landing page

Jobs In The US

Here is a link to a great site to start searching for design jobs around the country...if you plan to move that is. Remember if you are interested in a city, you could use this to start reseaching firms in those areas that are hiring.

Good luck.


February 14, 2006

Bring work to QRIT

I may have forgotten to mention this last week, but the idea of a CRIT (critique) is to have visuals and ideas to please bring work in progress for you self-promotional (mailer/leave behind) and you identity projects to class so we can discuss them as a group. I want you to get comfortable talking about your work so be prepared to share with the class.

I will try to send some email reminders as well as this notification.
Bring questions if you have them. I am excited to see your in progress ideas.

ALSO, we have some changes to the class schedule:
The portfolio review has been moved to April 4th.
The Initio tour has been swapped with guest on the 21st of February.

That is we are going to Initio NEXT WEEK. We will need to set up some car pooling to get there. The address is 212 Third Ave N (the colonial warehouse building) Suite 510 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

This is in the warehouse district of downtown. If you are willing to help others get downtown please speak up at class on Tuesday. If you do not have transpiration please let me know as well. I would hope that you could bus from the U, but I may need to delay our start time, to account for travel and want to know if that is the case.

Lets talk about this at class.


February 8, 2006


Are you guys getting this? I need to fix the link it kicks back to...for some stupid reason it sends you back to the U library? Below is the link to the main Blog Page.

The most recent post is always on top. I will ty to add a few more things Friday.
What did you all think of Jay Miller winging it last night? I thought he was very informative and entertaining. He is so on when he talks about the development of a brand and how being a designer is much more then just creating visuals.

February 7, 2006

Welcome to the 4355 Blog

Hello Everyone,

I have started this Blog to use as a group resource for sharing ideas and questions this semester. You should all be able to post comments to the entries that I post and start your own discussions from these comments. These comments are be sensitive to privacy and do not post anything you wouldn’t want others to see or read. Lets keep the topics and subjects relevant to design, the design community, portfolio and our course 4355. I hope you all can use this as a reference this semester. I will start a thred in each of the main, questions, resources and general. I will add catagories and new discussion areas as needed...all you need to do is add comments. I will also add you all to a list for notifications of new postings. If for any reason you would like this email notification sent to a different address or you want to be removed from the list...please let me know.

I look forward to sharing links, comments and questions with you all.

Good luck this semester,


P.S. I have added links to my Tyro3 site as well as AIGA at the right just to start your research

Resume Writing / Finding Internships

helpful events on campus.

Career Center

Don't forget to use this on campus resource. They want to help.

Free 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.


Every year the put out a self-promo issue. I will bring a few to class to look at. A great resource for design entry level pace.

ULINE Supply

Here is a great resource for packaging and bubble wrap. You can sign up at the website to get a catalog delivered to you...its a great idea generator.

Flash MN Monthly Meetings

I am currently a member and love these monthly free events. If you have an interest in learning more about Flash, I recommend attending as much as you can. Joey Lott (Flash Bible) will be speeking via breeze at the next meeting. Check out the website for details.


For those of you interested in interactive...these people are key.
They put on a number of events as well.

AIGA Design Camp 2006

This will happen in the fall (October I think), but you should get a membership to aiga as a student because the discount is huge. I have gone twice and have nothing but good things to say about ask me and I will share stories.

AIGA Portfolio One On One

Its in April, but the details have not been posted yet. If you are serious about become a designer this is a MUST Attend event. Do not pass it up. I will post more when i know more, but check as well. A room full of designers just to see you...think about it.

AIGA Design Show

This is always a great way to check out the design that happens in the Twin Cities. A "very hip" event if I do say so...

AIGA Minnesota Design Show 2006

AIGA Minnesota Design Show 2006 will once again highlight the most exceptional design work in the region.

WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2006, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota Campus
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The cost for the event is $30 for AIGA members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students.

Register via

Post No Bills

The local part of the Graphic Noise show at MCAD is amazing. Well the whole show is crazy good, but I love seeing the Burlesque work up close. Wow! If you like design for ROCK then this show is a must see!

Features recent posters by Adam Turman, Aesthetic Apparatus, Amy Jo, Big Time Attic, Burlesque Design, DWITT, King Mini, Lonny Unitus, Nate Nolting, Steve Tenebrini and Squad 19.

We missed Aesthetic Apparatus speeking as a related part of this show...but you should check it out anyway.

More advice...

If I think of things during the day I will share them here. Please comment and do the same.

Whats going on?

I will post to this area when I know of an event that you should attend. Please post comments if you know of other happenings around town that are related to art and design.

What do you want to know?

Comment to this thread with questions about portfolio, class, or the design industry. I will do my best to get you an honest answer.



Tyro3, the best collection of local firms ever.

When I was a senior in school AIGA had a resource page with links to firms around town. That no-longer exists ...never fear Tyro3 is here. After AIGA took that page away 3 of us at the U (katie kirk, jeff hoehn and myself) started It remains a staple as a one stop place for links to design firms and ad agencies in town. Check out the lodge when you get some time to surf.

I am now the only remaining person who currently updates the links or adds some of them are out dated. I will try to get them all current as soon as I get a spare hour or two. Anyway, have fun surfing. Also, if you have suggestion on improvements for this site, please post a comment at this Blog. Thanks.

Please comment in this area to post more resources as well.