Graphic Designer: Know Your Role

For as long as history has been…history, artists have been responsible for archiving life. Cave paintings were crude constructions that told stories/communicated messages. Sounds like Graphic Design to me. If by no other means, the fact that Graphic Design assembles visual elements in order to communicate a message(s) to an audience qualifies it as art. It always amazes me that many studio artists don’t regard Graphic Design as such because of its nontraditional means, but if the Great Masters were “traditional” by all methods, there would never have been a Renaissance.

It is a basic art function to commemorate and memorialize the human experience through various forms, and all of society relies on us, graphic designers, to visually birth the ebb and flow of information that makes society social. We are “custodians” of words, and it is our responsibility to promote and encourage tasteful and intelligent communication. Christ is an AWESOME example of this. In order to make the message clear to mankind that the law was given as a magnifying glass to reveal their great faults, He sent Christ, a physical manifestation of His WORD, to model their need for God. If that isn’t the BEST billboard possible, I don’t know what is!

Thrive — featuring our own Karlos Taylor

Navigate Turbulent Waters of a Challenging Economy
Presented by the American Society of Training and Development
and Belhaven University’s Aspire Program

When:                     Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where:                    Belhaven University Student Center — Second Floor Theatre
Registration:         Free of Charge; RSVP Required at 601-968-8880 or                                                        

Bullet-proof your career
and learn how to make the most of challenging economic times by starting your own business or through exercising  some “best practices” to maintain your current position.

Speakers include:

· Rob BensonPresident of First Steps Training and Development with offices in Georgia and Kentucky. Rob has achieved prominence in the field of Training and Development with classifications as a Certified Professional Facilitator <> , Charter member of the Society for Advancement of Consulting <> , Certified Master Trainer of the Best-in-Class Trouble Shooting Logic <> methodologies, Inscape Certified DISC Trainer, and a University of Southern Mississippi Certified Training Professional. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tulsa.

· John Brandon, Manager for the Entrepreneur Center with the Mississippi Development Authority.
With over 30 years experience in a variety of retail-oriented business environments, John has expertise in corporate and store management, buying, consulting, and university-level teaching.  He received the 1992 President’s Award from the Cleveland-Bolivar Chamber of Commerce and the 1996 Award from the National Association of Small Business Development.  He serves as an adjunct faculty member for Mississippi College.

· Dr. Margie Culbertson, Consultant Coordinator of the MS Center for Nonprofits in Jackson.
She is the author of three books and the editor of six.  Margie has been a management consultant, corporate trainer and keynote speaker, as well as a college instructor, photographer, artist, and writer.   Her work has taken her across the U.S. and Europe with offices based out of California, Texas, and Washington State. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin.

· Karlos Taylor, Specialty Instructor of Graphic Design at Belhaven University.
With background as a freelance Graphic Designer, he has served as Art Director for M3A Architecture in Jackson.  He received a scholarship from Mississippi College where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has completed a Master of Fine Arts in Computer from Memphis College of Art. He has taught over 7 years at the university level as both a full-time and adjunct professor.

The following seminar THRIVE, hosted by Aspire and the local Association for Training and Development, will focus on “Bullet-Proofing Your Career” in tough, economic times.  The workshop is free of charge, open to the public, and students/faculty are encouraged to attend.  RSVP is needed as seating is limited (601-968-8880/