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March 28, 2006

OK Dave?

So, last Friday a number of you attend some design studio tours downtown. At our last stop Jay Miller of Imagehaus started talking about some girls from Portfolio Center stopping by and how amazed he was about the way they explain projects. Well here is a site from David Gilliart a recent graduate of Portfolio Center. Since its launch in February this site has over 150,000 visitors and he has received much praise...including site of the day and props from John Nack, Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop.
Imagine showing your work to 150,000 people in one month?

Check out the wine project when you get some time. Think he is looking for work in Minneapolis?

March 27, 2006

How is The Senior Show Going?

Could one of you post an update to the Blog on the progress? I know you have been meeting, but I have no idea how this is coming together. Give me an update...and may be I can help.


Portfolio Reminder

Remember to sign up for the Potfolio Review on April 4th if you have not done so. You are required to attend.

Contact Carli Braun to registar for this event:
Carli Braun, M.A.
Career Resources Adviser
Student Services and Alumni Relations
University of Minnesota, College of Human Ecology
612-624-1204 Fax: 612-625-7234

FYI... a few students in the mentorship program that are not seniors attending this event as well.

March 13, 2006

Portfolio Review Sign Up


Please go through the official channels and sign up to attend the April 4th portfolio review. You should of received a email from Carli Braun. But I have pasted the info hear as well. Good luck with all your work on your Identity and self promotional pieces over the break. I look forward to seeing the work when we return to class. Remember these project do not need to be mounted, but I would like them "together" in some way. Hand me a folder, or bag, or ziploc, or whatever with all the requested items...

good luck! Below is the pasted GD Portfolio Review Info for sign up. Please do so ASAP. Attendence is required for our class.

G.D. Portfolio Review
Tuesday April 4th
McNeal Hall, Rooms 10 & 22

The graphic design program at the University of Minnesota will hold its first ever portfolio review on April 4th of this year. All students participating in the mentor program and seniors in portfolio 4355 are welcome to attend and show work. A collection of design professionals form the Twin Cities will be on hand to look at student work and share advice. Each individual session will last 12 minutes, giving students a chance to meet with a number of the professionals over the two hour time period for this event.

This is a rare opportunity for students to ask questions and gain insight from professionals in the design field.

Check-in and social time 5:45-6:15pm
Porfolio Review 6:15-8:15pm


TO REGISTER: Please complete the following form and email it to Carli Braun (cbraun@umn.edu)

For questions or more information, please email Carli Braun (cbraun@umn.edu).

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ GRAPHIC DESIGN PORTFOLIO REVIEW REGISTRATION:

Please complete this form and email it to cbraun@umn.edu



Year in Graphic Design Program: ____

Current Student in Portfolio 4355: Yes_____ or No _____

Name of GD Mentor (if applicable):____

Email: ________________________

Phone: _____________________

Carli Braun, M.A.
Career Resources Adviser
Student Services and Alumni Relations
University of Minnesota, College of Human Ecology
612-624-1204 Fax: 612-625-7234

March 8, 2006


I was just sent this. They are looking to hire very soon so be quick to respond if you have interest.
What a great real world opportunity.


Industrio* is seeking a talented, motivated, well-rounded individual for full- or part-time graphic design internship. Creative candidate should possess not only a strong portfolio, but also excellent communication and organization skills, acute attention to detail, strong conceptual skills, and must be able to work in a team environment as well as on your own with some direction.

Qualifications: Proficient in OS X and Adobe CS2 (including inDesign); 4-year bachelor’s degree in related field (or working towards a degree) or equivalent experience (0-1 years of work experience in graphic production, printing, prepress or related graphics field).

To be considered, please send 3-5 non-returnable printed samples or email PDF files/web portfolio (no more than 2MB and subject: INTERNSHIP) along with your cover letter and resume to:

Bridgette Hanson
10000 Highway 55, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55441


No phone calls, please. We’ll contact qualified candidates for an interview. Start date: April 1, 2006. This is a paid position. Program length negotiable, 3-6 months.

March 7, 2006

AIGA Portfolio 1 on 1

AIGA Portfolio 1-on-1 review sessions will take place Saturday, April 8th at Solera in downtown Minneapolis. Tours will be Friday, April 7th. I cannot describe how valuable this experience is to you career interests. Typically over 200 students from around the Midwest attend this event and those that do have a huge advantage over others that do not. You will meet tons of local designers and get some great advice. Plus because you will have practiced showing your books on the 4th you be much more prepared. Get your books ready and go!

Click here to get the details and register for this event.

Portfolio Reminder


Tonight is our last guest speaker this semester. Hilary Davis a design at Regis Corporation will discuss what it is like to work at an in-house agency and show some of your work. I believe she is going to touch a few other topics as well, but as is the norm, please try to bring questions. You have been great this semester and I would like us to end our guest speakers series on a high note. ALSO, your identity/self-promo is due AFTER Spring Break. A few of you have talked with me and we have worked though the process, but I hope to get a chance to see what a few others our up to. I will be available before and after class as usual. Some of you may want to take off at 7:40 or so to work on the senior show...that too is cool with me. Remember to choose a portfolio case, and bring it to class the weeks that follow spring break so we can discuss it. In those two break out classes I want to hear how your freelance projects are going, and what events you have attended OR plan to attend...

See you all later,


March 1, 2006


I have decided to move the deadline for Projects One and Three to 3/21. This is the week that follows spring break. You now have no excuse. Your self-promotion piece and identity should ROCK! Remember these are reflections of yourself and are typically the pieces that potential employees and professional see first. Some of you have come along way, and others I feel are struggling. I understand. This is not easy. Most importantly YOU must be happy with the end system. I hope my opinion counts for something, but I am not your art director or your client. YOU are. We are half way through the semester and we have had some great speakers share thoughts about the industry. I realize this is a lot to take in, and you may just want time to work on stuff, but this is not a lab/studio class. We have one guest left next week and then you will get more time to work on things during class time the second half of the semester. If you have a “portfolio case? chosen please bring it to class. I want to see it and discuss your “boards?. If you have not chosen a case…do so soon. I want to see everyone case during our breakout sessions on the 21st and 28th or before. You are all asking great questions, and I believe you are starting to realize that there is no ONE answer. I know its frustrating. You truly must “find yourself? and stick with what you start to identify with…then toss the other advice to the wind.

Thanks to those of you who are stepping up to work on the senior show and thanks to those you of who have the patience to stay after class to ask you more “personal? one on one type questions. Its time to really ramp things up. I would love it if you all had a portfolio to show on April 4th. I am looking to have 15- 20 designers ready to critique your work and answer your questions. This is a first for this class I can not state the importance of have a well prepared book to show. You will want to “do things over? and rethink after you get all this advice. The closer you are to have a complete book to show…the better the advice will be that you walk away with, thus the more professional you book will be at the end of this semester. Best of luck to everyone!