The One One Six 10/3/11

  • Studio classes will be participating in a brainstorming workshop with McNair Wilson this week.
  • Kris is heading to the AIGA conference next week.
  • Check out the blog later this week to see the student designed header and poster for the upcoming Theatre Alumni Show – Galileo. See more info about the Theatre department here.
  • Studio class is also finishing branding work for a client and starting work for a new client. Work to be posted soon!
  • The department of Graphic Design is still seeking a full time professor. Please check out the job listing here:

Guest Designer — Steve Tadlock– Speaks in Departmental

Recently we had the privilege of having Steve Tadlock from the Broderick Agency speak to our Graphic Design majors.  He walked them through some of his experiences and showed them some of his work as he has worked on a number of different projects over the years incorporating many forms and kinds of media.

I asked Steve to give us a list of some of the designers, resources, and books that he felt Graphic Design majors should be familiar with and this the result:


My pleasure, Kris. (This is by no means an exhaustive list).

Each student should make their own list of inspirational websites. My short-list includes:

Books to read; these are on advertising, not design so much. It’s important to understand the difference.

GUTS: Advertising From the Inside Out, by John Lyons. (haven’t read this in a while but I remember it was good)

Hey Whipple, Squeeze This. by Luke Sullivan. (if you’re serious about advertising, this is a must-read).

Memorize CA.
Google the credits in work you like.

Some designers you should know:

Saul Bass
Lucian Bernhard
Michael Bierut
Ivan Chermayeff and Thomas Geismar
Seymour Chwast
Steven Heller
Kit Hinrichs
Woody Pirtle
Herb Lubalin
Clement Mok
Walter Landor
Steve Frykholm
Margo Chase

More good stuff for your blog (or just reading)

So You Want To Be A Rock Star …

I like this paragraph in particular:

“After all these years, and after learning a little bit about what it takes to do great work, I’ve come to realize that talent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Instead, it’s desire that often separates the best from the rest.”


What I am looking forward to….

Now that I am almost done with my first year at Belhaven I am looking forward to going home! Not really, I am excited to be able to go home, but I will miss Belhaven. Freshman year has been enjoyable and rewarding. What I am looking forward to this summer is having a little more time to work on my own projects and to further develop the skills that I have gained over this past year.

I am also looking forward to coming back next fall as a sophomore and to have one year under my belt. I will know what to expect, and I will be taking more advanced graphic design classes. I now have a better idea of what I am doing with my life. I have more goals than I did at the start of the year. Next semester is going to be different and very challenging, but I know now what I am doing, at least I think I do! I am excited to continue grow and learn, and I am glad I still have three more years at Belhaven! I am looking forward to all of the web classes that I will be able to take over the next few years and all of the new skills I will learn. In short, I am looking forward to the rest of school, even though it sounds lame,

I like school! 🙂


Best Class This Year!

One of my favorite classes this year was the Elements of Graphic Design class that I took in the fall semester. I was taught some of the ins and outs of the Graphic Design profession that I feel I really needed to know before I step my foot into the real world. Taking this class opened my eyes to things that I think I would have been surprised to see in the future if I was not taught how to deal with them. I am really glad that the Belhaven University Graphic Design major requires you to take this class because I think the things taught in this class are essential to becoming a professional Graphic Designer.