What are you looking forward to next year??

Next year?

Oh man, I can’t wait untill next year. Next year I will be half way through college. I will be done with WVC courses and will be able to take more graphic design classes. 🙂

Hopefully, I will get to move off campus next year and rent a house with some friends. 😀

I’m looking forward to more growth. Since I’ve been here I’ve learned so much. I chose to go to a place where I knew no one and feel like I’m thriving here. Belhaven is such a great school for me. I’ve met so many great people and can’t wait to continue growing those relationships.

I’m ready for whatever God has in store for me next year!


Art Factory

I just wanted to do a quick post and shout out to a place of healing and art.
…. and has a cool Belhaven connection as some of the founders of this place are the parents of a Belhaven Student…. 🙂

The Art Factory Revealed from Rick & Mary Beth Holladay on Vimeo.

Opportunities for visual artists and those supporting the visual arts in Europe. The Art Factory is a faith-based initiative to rediscover the possibility of a creative and restorative relationship with God and encourage and enjoy the making of art.

Retouching results in half the time.

Adobe has now made a designer’s job that much easier by providing us with an amazing new feature in CS5.  The content-aware healing feature within Photoshop, allows the Photoshop application to examine your image as it tries to figure out the best way to remove or repair the damaged or unwanted area you’ve selected.  How’s that for making it easy? The Spot Healing Brush is still best suited for smaller areas that you can easily click on or paint over. However, the content-aware fill, lets you repair or replace larger, more complex areas, and even multiple areas at once, simply by drawing selections around them and letting Photoshop do the rest!  How about that for saving time?

Using the Content Aware Healing brush is easy.  Simply open your image, select the “Spot Healing Brush” from the tool menu on the left,   then make sure the “Content-Aware” button is toggled on the “Applications Bar” up top. Using the “Spot Healing Brush” begin drawing over the area you wish to remove, the content-aware will begin filling in the area you wish to remove.  Finish up with the spot healing brush.

For a simple tutorial, I have linked a sample video to show the process. Enjoy!

Defining Belhaven University – “Purposeful Stewardship”

In June, I was locked in a conference room for two days with our Administrative Team, the Directors of Admission and Integrated Marketing, and some incredibly gifted marketing consultants.

Our time together was for one simple task – to articulate exactly what Belhaven University does that distinguishes us from all other colleges and universities.

You’d think that assignment would be easy – but it wasn’t. And fortunately, we had Liza Looser and the Cirlot Agency, one of the country’s top marketing firms, leading us through this analysis – a gift of their time given to Belhaven, worth far more than we could ever afford, had we hired their council like other clients for this analysis.

We were charged with distilling everything special about Belhaven into one or two words. If you had only one or two words to describe everything that is unique about us – what would you say?

I’ve suggested to the campus that “Christ focused” would be those two words, and while true, we were quickly convinced in our session that those words didn’t articulate what made us different from every other evangelical school.

Well, it may not be the perfect answer, but to summarize the nature of what distinguishes Belhaven University from all the other 4,168 schools in America we chose the words: “purposeful stewardship.”

Not too catchy for a billboard is it? Yea, we didn’t think so either, but it’s the truth, and we’ll find some good ways to explain it.

It comes down to this idea – we have a drive and culture ingrained in Belhaven that seeks to get the best out of everything that God has given to us. We are purposefully good stewards of whatever the Lord entrusts to us.

If we take all the complexities and distinctives of this University, and distill them into this core idea of “purposeful stewardship,” everything we do boils down into three critical stewardship callings given to us by God:

1. Purposeful stewardship of teaching an unchanging biblical

2. Purposeful stewardship of valuing every student

3. Purposeful stewardship of honoring God-given opportunities.

Dr. Roger Parrott
President, Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
(601) 968-5919 voice — 352-1911 fax

Blog:  http://blogs.belhaven.edu/president/
Home page:  http://www.belhaven.edu/

Belhaven University – Our Standard is Christ
Be strong and courageous! … The Lord your God will go ahead of you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 …. Belhaven University 2010-11 Verse of the Year

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: www.apartmenttherapy.com <http://www.apartmenttherapy.com>

Favorite Graphic place of inspiration via the web: www.beastpieces.com <http://www.beastpieces.com>

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 http://www.facebook.com/parlormarket

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 !!