Meet the New Guys

We have been blessed this year with the addition of two new Instructors in our Graphic Design Dept. and in the popular facebook ‘do you know your neighbour’ type quizzes I asked them a few questions.  🙂

First up Mr. Karlos Taylor, our new Specialty Instructor in Graphic Design

Favorite Designer? I don’t have a favorite designer, but I am an ABSOLUTE fan of German typography! I hope to study there at some point in my career.

Favorite Font? Totally depends on the situation. Century Gothic is very amicable and clear; great for copy.

Favorite non-Graphic place of inspiration?
My car. I am always in it, and for some reason, design concepts really come together on my windshield.

If you could describe your design style in one – two sentences what would you say?
Direct and indirect: Direct in its initial presentation, and filled with indirect details that support the direct stuff.

Favorite project you have ever done?  Any samples you could share?
The banners I do for my church’s pulpit and other concept banners/large scale pieces. I love them because it’s cool to have to create something that ties several aspects of truth into one finite work. (example attached)

Finish this sentence……

I am most looking forward to making connections between the Graphic Design Department and the rest of the institution, and making an impact on the surrounding community during my time at Belhaven

Work by Karlos Taylor
Work by Karlos Taylor

…and the Jonathan Shull our Adjunct Professor’s answers:

Favorite Designer: Joel Templin

Favorite Font: Century Gothic & DeSoto

Favorite non-Graphic place of inspiration: <>

Favorite Graphic place of inspiration via the web: <>

If you could describe your design style in one – two sentences what would you say? My goal is to create relevant and authentic design. If there is no relevance, what is the point?

Favorite project you have ever done? I am currently working on the branding for Parlor Market, a new fine dining restaurant opening downtown Jackson in late September. They have been a graphic designer’s dream client. Example: custom wooden cheese and charcuterie boards with the logo I created branded into the wood. The name comes from the building’s history, which I insisted the chef/owner do his research on. In the 1920’s it was downtown Jackson’s dry goods grocery store named Parlor Market. It was also a marble company, a leather company, and an oyster bar – all design elements which are being incorporated into the brand experience.

See more at

I am most looking forward to learning from my students and helping them become better designers during my time at Belhaven.


I think you can see we have a pretty cool team assembled her for our Fall slate of classes & that we as Faculty are excited to be here and interacting, teaching, and mentoring you guys, the next generation of design, the up and coming visual voices !!

Advice for New Students @ Belhaven

So I asked two of our returning students to give me some advice they would have liked to have when they first came to Belhaven that they had not gotten…… and this is what they came up with


Greetings from Colorado and no Humidity,

College Advice, What’s Happening this Summer, and Tidbits

My name is Lindsay Downs. I’ll be a junior (a 15th grader! 😉  graphic designer at Belhaven this upcoming year. I came in last year as a transfer student.  It was almost unreal that a jewel of a school is right here in Jackson, MS. My first year here was challenging, uplifting, and an experience I won’t forget. Being a transfer my biggest concern was:

“Crud. I have to do this all over again?”

Mostly, this came from memories of orientation and settling in.  My orientation was a class at my former school, not a one week ordeal. Either I passed or failed at being admitted into a new phase in my life: college. Well, whatever. There’s 5 things that work to pass. It doesn’t whether you’re a freshmen, senior, transfer, or someone in-between.

  1. A maturing personal relationship with The Lord
  2. Dedication and Passion:
  3. Hard Work: Utilize what God has given you to the best of your abilities
  4. Family and friends that will encourage, guide, and influence you in the ways of Christ
  5. The people God leads into your life for a reason, good or bad. That annoying kid brother or counter lady at Piggly Wiggly with the mobile mole? Yep. They count! Every person that I’ve come to know or meet in passing has impacted me in some way. There’s always something to learn from your life experiences and none are dumb or worthless!

My personal challenge in college (and in general) would be time management. Sometimes too much is going on at once and it’s hard to make the necessary time and focus to do what needs to be done. My biggest mistake when I was a freshmen was I was involved in too much. It distracted me! I need to remember to keep The Lord in sight at all times. Then will things will be clear and in focus. The Holy Spirit is like the lens of your soul. He adjusts what needs to be captured.

Advice as a designer:

Some of our best ideas as designers and artists come from lazy, spontaneous, and unexplainable moments. A mantra from a former professor of mine:

K.I.S.S: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

And it works!

And of course God’s Word:

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD Godis with you. He will not fail you or forsake you…”

1 Chronicles 28:20

What’s happening this summer:

I am working as a receptionist and as a freelance graphic designer for Pierret Designs (a jewelry company) in downtown  Denver as well as a legal assistant and file clerk at The Hopp Law Firm, LLC  in downtown Denver.

My duties at Pierret consist of making sure orders are tracked, shipped/delivered, photos are taken, and on the side updating their business cards and creating a brochure for their services (I hope my photos uploaded)

The law firm consists of doing legal processing like bankruptcies, filing (lots of filing), and managing given projects like creating presentations for upcoming meetings. Grunt work basically.

These opportunities have been a blessing in learning how a small business runs, staying organized, and conducting myself as a professional but most importantly as woman of God. Anything I do should be for his glory and not my own dreams and ambitions.

Lastly, led God lead, my plans reach epic levels of stupidity and human limitations, so the wisest (and painless) way life works is when He’s in charge. And He is!

Lindsay's Summer Work

Lindsay's Summer Work


Ok here are my ideas…

The old adage is true, you get out what you put in. If you aren’t very interested in a class, still put forth an effort. You’ll respect yourself in the end.

It’s not enough to care. You have to SHOW that you care.

The people around you are your biggest asset. Surround yourself with people that you can trust, but also make you laugh.

If you aren’t making an effort in a class you may feel that your professors are out to get you.

Your professors don’t hate you. In fact, they want to see you do well more than you do.

Dr. Martin might be a pool shark. 🙂

1 hour of Chapel is better than 2 hours of Community Service. It’s not worth the nap to miss it.

If the sprinklers are on, it’s probably also raining. 🙁

The food in the Dining Commons probably won’t kill you…(at least not until you are 50 with a coronary) 😉

If you play in the fountain late at night, watch for security and be ready to run into the shadows!

Emily Mabry
Sparrow Ink Design <>


Thanks you two for fearlessly sharing, there is some pretty good advice up there.  Have a good Friday and we are looking forward to the first Monday of the semester! 🙂

Inspiration & Creativity

I enjoy reading a few blogs by different Artists and Craftsman and I think I have pointed out David Duchemin‘s blog before, but I read a post from the other day (and in turn another person’s blog ) on Inspiration, it’s usage, and what is becoming of creativity.  So continuing the string that has been started here I really want to encourage you to read 2 blog posts:

First this one by Owen Shifflett entitled:

Consumption: How Inspiration Killed, Then Ate, Creativity

Now read this post by David Duchemin:

In Defence of Inspiration

So what do you think. Is inspiration a bad deal? Is creativity dead?  & Why?

Maintaining Your Mac

So I hear all you new Belhaven University freshmen have to shell out a large wad of cash for a shiny new MacBook Pro! I love my MBP and I assure you, you will too and it’s worth every penny!

Now, how can you make the most of your investment? Being a good steward of your assets is a Biblical principle that we need to take note of. Macs are expensive (I like to think it’s because they have the pretty factor inside and out), but they are very upgradable and if you take good care of it, you can keep it around and kicking way past your Apple Care 3 year warranty!

“Skin Deep”

The first part of Mac maintenance is “skin” deep. Your new mac is so shiny and pretty and you should do what you can to keep it that way! I clean mine with the microfiber cloth that came with it at least weekly. Dirt and oils from your skin and fingers can take a toll on the Mac’s keyboard, trackpad, screen and outer case so regular cleaning of your mac will help extend the life of your hardware and keep it looking new which increases resell value should you want to upgrade later. Also investing in a good case/bag to carry it in is a good idea. If you feel the need, you can get one of those snap on hard cases. I personally don’t like them as they add bulk and reduce the “pretty” factor of my mac. Incase and Speck are good lines to start with as they are made for Mac! If you are a notorious drinker/eater while you work and are nervous about the possibility of a spill on your keyboard, you can get a keyboard protector. I keep one around for when I’m with my 2 year old niece, or when I’m doing more eating and drinking around my laptop.

Battery Maintenance

Another part of your computer that is important to maintain is your battery. They loose capacity over time are expensive to replace and if you properly calibrate it about every 30 days you can extend the life and a higher capacity. The process is simple and basically involves draining your battery down until it goes to sleep and then letting it sit uncharged for several hours (overnight works well) to completely deplete the battery. Then you plug it in and charge it completely and let it rest for a couple hours in a fully charged state. A nifty little app you can use to help you go through this process and keep more accurate tabs on your battery called Watts. Learn more about it here.

A Clean Mac is a Happy Mac

It’s also important to periodically clean out your cashes, repair permissions, check for extra languages taking up space on your hard drive. Periodically doing these things will keep your mac fast and peppy! You can do these things for free by running scripts in the terminal, but I like handy little apps that make my life easier. One is Cocktail and another that includes many, MANY more features is MacKeeper. Another way to keep your mac happy and your sanity is to limit the number of files you keep on your desktop and to have a file management system. I keep 2-3 folders on the desktop and use a simple, but organized file system. Every file has it’s place and gets put in a folder somewhere. Folders are your friends! This is especially important for designers who have many versions of the same file. It will make your life easier if you name them properly. Also, it’s a good idea to NOT use spaces in file names as it can cause problems (not usually, but better be safe than sorry). Rather use an underscore and capitals like this:

Backup, Backup, Backup

I can’t stress the importance of backups enough. It’s important to backup, and have redundant backups and update them at least weekly. It’s also a good idea to have a backup drive that’s not in the same place where you keep your computer and update that monthly because you never know… I’ll be writing more on this subject in another post later on!

If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to ask! This isn’t a comprehensive post, but just a few of the things I do on a regular basis to keep my mac pretty, happy and clean.

Where in the world is Gigi Turner

Wow what a summer.

Life has a funny way of working doesn’t it? And there comes a time when you just give in to a greater purpose and plug along.

Many of you have wondered what I’ve been up to and why I am not teaching this semester, and I must say that it has been a lot.

Upon the end of last semester I was incredibly proud of the students I had taught and felt the amazing energy that the department contained. I had found another area of graphic design I was passionate about. Don’t fear, I have other great ideas for future projects and semesters, but for now, that will have to wait.

This is my summary of my own events and where I am presently.

I have been working directly with Mississippi Public Broadcasting this summer and am enjoying yet another expansion to my portfolio. It is more of a back-to-the-grind pace, but just as we have discussed in my classes, I am having to call upon my skill for organizing many facets of projects, some quick design problem-solving as well as concepting of many projects for various arms of the agency. This all is very gratifying.

I was anticipating teaching the upper level classes this semester but by time limitation I am not. Maybe my blog posts can lend you some interesting feedback and inspiration.

For MPB this summer alone I have created several logos, Art directed a new television show pilot episode (including dressing the set), designed a web site for a new children’s puppet who promotes healthy eating, along with many different press kits and promotional items for that project alone,  and designed a look for a Regional education summit. MPB also has revamped their mission which in turn created a project for a Large corporate display unit that was taken offsite for an event on the coast.  whew!

No wonder I’m sweating.   Wait… I think that’s the 110+ heat index we’ve been living with also.

Now what does this all mean? That I am an abundance of wound up energy? Maybe… but right now it means I am feeling Blessed. Blessed to put the bread on the table while providing other things for my family, and Blessed to be getting all these creative juices flowing again.

Its also amazing how when you are creative in one part of your life you can continue to thrive in others. My personal design business is doing well also. Opportunity knocks and sometimes you have to welcome it for reasons other than your own personal selfishness. Did I want to go back to the grind and not teach at BU? Uh, No. But One thing is for sure, those of you who know me know that my opinion of being complacent is not so good.

I am not and neither should you be. Work hard, and good things will happen, This field is amazing, constantly recreating itself in new ways for each of us. Now check out this logo I created for a radio show at MPB. Most of this is hand drawn.