Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Full-time Business Marketing Position

While this job opportunity sent to me is beyond what our program prepares students to do, there are many of the qualifications our some of our students could meet. Perhaps there are students in our program for whom this may apply.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  1. Update and proof content on company website;
  2. Manage promotional events and Acquired Customer Lists;
  3. Manage the timing of all email and fax campaigns, direct mail campaigns and Web Based promotions.
  4. Oversea database research and data mining
  5. Developing and implementing effective online and social media strategies
  6. Support campaigns with basic graphic design.
Basic Qualifications:
  1. MUST be detailed oriented; must be comfortable with Internet research.
  2. Bachelor's Degree in marketing, communications or related field preferred (experience can be substituted).
  3. Excellent Administrative Skills; organizing and time management of files and campaigns required.
  4. Understanding of Basic Marketing and an eye for Design (basic Photoshop knowledge a plus).
  5. Able to speak, read, and write English fluently.
  6. MUST type and possess strong EXCEL skills.
Advanced Skills or Willingness to Learn:
  1. Internet Searching, Excel, Photoshop, Acrobat (PDF Maker), Outlook
  2. Broadcast fax and Broadcast email
  3. Design and Layout graphically campaigns geared toward targeted markets
  4. Understanding of privacy laws and anti-spam/anti-fax rules
Please email resumes to: elizabet@panda-windows.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

Need Tutoring in Your GRC Course?

Tutoring Services is in the process of setting up a tutoring lab for students who need help in GRC courses. Since GRC 103 is a critical course (prerequisite to a few other GRC courses), this service could benefit a number of students.

The tutoring lab will be open at certain hours to help any student or students who show up.
If you would be interested in getting assistance for a particular course or courses you are currently taking by being able to stop into an open lab environment and ask questions and get help from a tutor on duty, you can pass along your interest.

There is the hope that this lab can be set up in the next week or so, but that depends on response.

For those interested, send an email to ed.kanet@csn.edu with the following information:

  • Confirm that YES, you are interested in receiving tutoring help.
  • List in which course or courses you need tutoring.
  • Give ALL of the times you are free to sop in.
Thank you for your input. Good success with the rest of the semester.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Graphic Design Part-time Position

Las Vegas Sweets, a local producer of customized packaged candies and gourmet treats, is looking for a part-time designer (up to 24 hours or 3 days a week) to help in their Graphic Design department.

Located close to the Cheyenne Campus, this could be a convenient opportunity for CSN students attending there, although some flexibility is possible with piece work wherein the designers need not actually work on premise at the North Las Vegas warehouse/office at 209 E. Brooke.

For more information, contact Rhonda Ivie at rivie.lasvegassweets@embarqmail.com or Ed Kanet at ed.kanet@csn.edu.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Web and Graphic Designer Position

Tom Akers, President of Akers & Associates, a local firm who deals in the areas of small business consulting, computer software design and programming, television and corporate video production and program development of minority, women, handicapped and other small business enterprises, has a company he works with that is looking for person who is proficient in both print graphic design and web graphic design, with proven talent in each area.

The ideal person should be fluent in speaking and writing both English and Spanish; proficient in Mac OS X 10.6–10.8.

Requirements—Working knowledge (in order of importance) of the following:

  • InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro (CS5 or CS6)
  • HTML, CSS, Wordpress, Joomla, PHP, MySQL, Dreamweaver

The candidate also needs to be a social person, able to communicate easily with other staff members and clients.

Interested parties should send their résumé to Tom Akers, tom@akersinc.com.

Links to your work is recommended to be included.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Graphic Design Enter-level Position Available

Hospitality Company Seeking Graphic Designer

A leading, local hospitality firm has an entry-level graphic designer position it is seeking to fill. The work environment is fast-pasted; the individual will be hired to help create web materials and advertising materials.


Candidates must have a working understanding of layout, type and color, and is able to take instruction from a designer and create a complete layout, working proficiently in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Responsibilities also include producing final files to be sent to print or placed online.

Other duties include:
  • Basic knowledge of the printing process.
  • Able to communicate to outside vendors.
  • Able to communicate and work with a team of designers.
This is a full time in house position with a wage based on design knowledge and experience.

Lauren Hanley
The Light Group - Human Resources
O: 702.693.8300 M: 702.301.6746 
6268 S Rainbow Suite A110, NV 89118

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Top CSN Design Student Posters On Display

Missed the CSN Design Event of Spring Semester:
the 6th Design Exhibition by students of the CSN Graphic Communications program?

Well, now on display on the Cheyenne Campus are the posters from that event, created by students of Dan McElhattan III's Electronic Design course. They were created by participants in the student show titled "Persistence of Vision — an Optical Representation of One's Inner Meaning or Significance."

Show Promo Poster by Brad Beard.
Held at the end of Spring Semester earlier this year (see May 6, 2012 post) in the world-class venue of the Las Vegas Design Center of the World Market Center, the show has been a semesterly event for McElhattan's GRC 207 class.

The students design and plan the show under McElhattan's watchful eye. They decide on the theme and choose from among their fellow student's work which poster will be used for the event's promotional poster. This show was represented by Brad Beard's artwork (see above).

McElhattan commented that the judges, selected from the local art and design community, were "blown away by the work" the students did. Some of them came up to him and said, "Dan, these are world class. These guys can right now get some serious work done. Now."
Referring to their statements, he said "that is a powerful thing." McElhattan told his students afterwards that they can start pitching themselves to large agencies and get some world-class work.

The tally of the judges showed a three-way tie for the "Most Memorable": Jared Williams, Siun Pak, and Brad Beard.

Jared Williams' poster proved to be the darling of the judges.
The "Judges' Choice" went to Jared Williams (see right).

At the end of the event, McElhattan commented to all in attendance on the work of the students. "Every single poster is absolutely unbelievable. They worked their butts off. Every single one of them is a winner in my eyes."

The event was catered and xylophone music was played by Pierre Dubé

The event was sponsored by CSN, M3AD (www.m3ad.com), Las Vegas Design Center, Lapour,  the MetroMedia.com, caper entertainment, Pierre Dubé.

Those who finished the course participated in the show are Bradley Beard, Omar Diaz, Tamara Favela, Sandra Frate,  Siun Pak, Daniela Torrico, Keith Widman, Jared Williams, and Ben Wolston

All 9 posters are on display in the northern hallway of the ground floor of the Telecommunications Building on the Cheyenne Campus. Follow the poster on the north end of the building's lobby.

View a Video of Student Show of the event.

Da Vinci tied to CSN Graphics Program

The current exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci on a limited engagement at The Venetian in Las Vegas through October 15 includes a piece of artwork of the Master and Genius of the Renaissance—newly unveiled to the world just 2 weeks ago—that has ties to the Graphic Communications Program at CSN.

Horse and Rider
That piece of artwork, a sculpture titled Horse and Rider, is being promoted with an identity created by CSN graphic communications instructor Dan McElhattan III and a website fashioned by CSN program graduate Danny Figueroa.

Web site developed by CSN grad/designer Danny Figuora.

This past summer, instructor McElhattan received the invitation of all invitations: to develop the visual identity of a work of art of a Legend, the Renaissance Man himself, Leonardo da Vinci.

While da Vinci is the master of many art forms—from paintings to sketches to encrypted notebooks that now command a price of over 30 million per book—his sculptures never came to fruition, until now.

Through Brand Ltd, Dan had the privilege and honor to meet the men behind one of the Greatest Discoveries in the Art World, a rare—and only surviving sculpture—made by da Vinci's hand.

Identity artwork created by Dan McElhattan III
"Nothing compares to designing an identity for “Horse and Rider,” the only existing sculpture crafted by the hand of Leonardo da Vinci himself!" McElhattan exclaims.

That identity was used to promote the world tour of the sculpture and is to be used in promote copies of the piece by Las Vegas' fine art dealer Art encounter.

The statue was first unveiled at a private gallery showing in Las Vegas, before it World Premiere in Los Angeles.

Taking on corporate identity for corporate America is day-to-day routine for McElhattan, who works for Brand Ltd in addition to teaching full-time at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas.

He has been challenged by projects from the likes of Bill Walters of Walters Golf; Arnold Palmer, Golf Legend; Wolfgang Puck, Celebrity Chef; and video gaming corporation Electronic Arts.

He has also developed packaging and identities for Cult Classics Blade Runner and Dune games for Westwood Studios, Coca-Cola, Mikasa Volleyballs, Urban Hip Hop Rap stars and the clothing line Billionaire Mafia. His experience and creative approach to everything he does played a critical role in his hiring as a design instructor on the Graphic Communications program at CSN in 2010.
CSN Graphic Communications instructor Michael Meagher with wife Christine attended the unveiling for the first time in Las Vegas at a by-invitation-only private showing of the statue in the gallery of Art encounter.
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 The “Horse and Rider” story began in 1985, when four businessmen traveled to Switzerland to inquire about the purchase of a museum. During their visit, they were introduced to a centuries-old sculpture languishing in a vault, hand-carved from beeswax. The piece measured 10 inches high, 8 inches long and 3 inches wide. The sculpture depicted a warhorse and its distinguished rider…and was purported to be by da Vinci.

Intrigued, the men contacted Professor Carlo Pedretti, the world’s authority on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci. In addition to his status as Professor Emeritus of Art History and Italian Studies on Leonardo at UCLA, Professor Pedretti has written over 50 books and more than 700 scholarly articles and essays on the Master. On July 10th, 1985, following a thorough examination of the wax, Professor Pedretti stated, in a letter on UCLA stationery: “…this wax model is by Leonardo himself.”

Dubbing the work “Horse and Rider,” Professor Pedretti stated that the sculpture was “possibly an equestrian portrait of Charles d’Amboise.” D’Amboise, the French Governor of Milan, befriended Leonardo upon his arrival in Milan in 1508, and quickly became one of his greatest patrons. The resemblance between the sculpted rider and Andrea Solario’s portrait of Charles d’Amboise, housed in the Louvre and of the same period, is remarkable.

Based on their discussions with Professor Pedretti, the businessmen decided to make a mold from the delicate wax sculpture. (Over the centuries, the work had sustained damage to the arms of the rider and the legs of both rider and horse.) They then left Switzerland for New York City intending to make bronze sculptures from the mold and to market a limited edition. For financial or other reasons, this never took place. Today, the whereabouts of the original Leonardo da Vinci wax sculpture are unknown.

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You can view the design elements and identity Dan created  at www.davincihorseandrider.com, a website created by Danny Figueroa, a former student of McElhattan's, who himself is an alumnus of CSN.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fall Semester 2012 Begins Degrees Consolidation

Starting Fall 2012, the five primary fields of study in the Computer Graphics Program were consolidated into four: Animation Design, Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Web Design, and renamed from Graphic Technology to Graphic Communications.
This was an action based on the fact that all courses in the program have been carrying a GRC (for Graphic Communications) designation and so it was only natural to carry the name over to the degree and certificates offered.

Now there will be certificates (one-year program with only one General Education requirement) offered as follows:
  • Graphic Communications—Animation Design
  • Graphic Communications—Graphic Design
  • Graphic Communications—Multimedia Design
  • Graphic Communications—Web Design
In addition to the renaming of the certificates to match the new concentrations, two certificates are no long offered: Electronic Publishing and 2D Animation.

With the name change comes a consolidation of the three previous areas of emphasis (Computer Graphics Design, Multimedia Authoring, and Web Design) into one Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with four concentrations shown above.

Here is the new degree sheet (pdf) that will apply to any student beginning the program.

Students with any questions about the change should contact one of the full-time faculty, preferably a faculty member in the area of their study.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Layout & Typography Offered This Summer

Online • Summer • 8 Weeks

For those who like to get through GRC 104—Layout & Typography Fundamentals in a mere 8 weeks can take it this week.

Because of a snafu in the computer setup for the class, it has not been allowing students to sign up.

The call # is 50826. It begins on June 4, but the instructor will be contacting students (by phone or email) the week before so that they can "hit the ground running".

Course Information on how this class is conducted is found here.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

CSN Senior Design Students Shows

VI Gallery Show Poster
Two shows touting the work of students from GRC 294 (Portfolio Preparation) and GRC 207 (Electronic Design) will be held on May 14 and May 17 respectively in Building C of the Las Vegas Design Center at the World Market Center.

Titled "The Persistence of Vision" that shows have been a semesterly event for the students of Dan McElhattan III.

These students are at the end of their program and are showing what they have learned and are able to do with design, layout, typography and technical software skills. Students are judged by local community members and will include design legend Mike Salisbury this time around.

After the judging each night, the friends and family of the featured artists will be able to view work from 9:00 to 10:00. Any students and the general public are also invited to attend then. The location of the Design Center is 495 S. Grand Central Parkway, Building C, #2203, Las Vegas. Light Appetizers and refreshments will be provided as well as live Jazz Music. And, of course, meet the artists.

Monday, May 14—GRC 294–Portfolio Prep
12 artists with Bio, Resume
On show: logo, stationery, leave-behinds and their portfolios
Included inside their portfolios are three pieces that were
selected by them to be the kind of design work they want to do.

They also were asked to develop an online social experience and
a web site; work on something unique that will make them stand out.

A portfolio is an extension of themselves. McElhattan said he pushes them to develop custom portfolio experiences or retool existing resources to showcase their strengths.

Thursday, May 17—GRC 207–Electronic Design
11 artists with poster
This class  named the event,  picked a theme and designed, illustrated, sculptured mixed media and created a poster to reflect the theme. They were pushed to their limits in type development, use of negative space, ability to create an original idea and final execution based on the message they will communicate.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Part time graphic/production artist

TeamAMC, a full-service advertising agency in Las Vegas is currently looking for a part-time graphic artist.

This fast-paced ad agency and design firm, located at 6023 McLeod Dr., is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic production artist/graphic designer with demonstrated Illustrator and Photoshop experience. Website design experience would be a big, big plus. This is an entry level position with flexible hours.

Qualifications: Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photo Shop and InDesign), Flash, HTML 5, Dreamweaver.

Remuneration is based on experience. This position could turn into full-time employment.

Contact: Eric Selvig at 702-251-3100 or via eric@teamamc.net

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes

It's a new year and there is a lot of anticipation for it being a successful one.

Finishing a degree looking for a job, looking to take a class and improve your skills for promotion or job switching, or seeking future clients may be part of your professional plan for 2012.

Networking is certainly a common topic about how to leverage your efforts to connect with others and make things happen.

So, be you a graphic designer or other type of creative, here are some tips for making your networking efforts successful from inc.com.