Fall Brings New Faces

Welcoming new students into the graphic design department is always exciting. The department is growing and we are thrilled. We opened with a superhero themed meeting, where we got a chance to make masks and get to know each other.

Getting it done.

After the initial greeting of students it’s time to get to work. This is a challenge for some but we are already seeing a lot of hard work and projects to prove it.  There are a lot of projects happening, and with the student show submissions looming, I think the excitement is building as well.



Spring Forward, That’s For Sure!


Each semester has it’s own level of challenges, but this semester, really is hopping. Starting with a Student Graphic Design show which opened the Friday after the semester started. What a success and honor to show what we do to those that may not know. We are artists first, software users last.

The show entrees were judged by local professionals in the industry as well as art faculty.



Right on the heels of preparation for the student show was the Addy Awards, sponsored by Jackson Advertising Federation. Several students entered and several won, we’ll know more and post the details when we get back from the awards banquet which is held February 8th! Woo Hoo



Many of our students participated in the MERGE conference February 1st. It was an awesome combination of professionals combined with students for break out sessions as well as portfolio reviews. Prof. Turner felt at home and was proud to show off strong portfolio work to her colleagues.


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.


What? Change the label? Change the look? Change the name???

SCARY, isn’t it?

What was previously known as Belhaven College is creating quite a stir with our new identity. We are now Belhaven University, (and sometimesBelhaven U, or BU. as we have also been hearing.)

The school is having to be very strategic about how the new brand unfolds, and what an absolute blessing for our graphic design students to experience.

In a meeting yesterday, our Chairman Kris Dietrich and I discussed with many others the importance of not losing our core values in all this, and the message about what our University is about.

In classes next semester we are going to really dig in and involve Graphic Design students in the unfolding of the brand.

There are countless details that have to be attended to, and a need to prioritize which are more important and also which changes are cost effective. Ahhhh, the word budget comes into play here. Call it a reality check, all good for the students in our department to see and analyze. There will be a wild ride associated with it so just hold on, because rules and applications will be scrutinized…  Join us to see where all this goes. …gt