Tuesday, December 3, 2013

GRC Student Work to be Presented in 9th CSN Design Exhibition

Public viewing both night begins at 9:00 pm.
Location: Art Square  (Behind Arts Factory on Charleston) 
1025 First St., in Las Vegas' Art District.
What has become a bi-Annual event, exhibiting the work produced by students in GRC 207 (Advanced Design) and GRC 294 (Portfolio Preparation) courses, is also open the public for viewing.

The show is held on two different nights:

MONDAY, Dec. 9
GRC 294 - Portfolio Prep -  Logo, Stationery, Portfolio, Leave behind and elements of design will be shown by eight CSN student design students.

GRC 207 - Advanced Design Poster Exhibition
Eight CSN design students will be showcased in this event—Carpé Noctum “Se Night”.

Light appetizers and beverages will be provided (courtesy  of George Harris—Mundo). Beverages  are provided by Chris Hammond of  Rock n’ Roll Wine.

The event is judged on use of  type, illustration, photography and color, and balancing those elements will be part  of the design exhibition.

This exhibition has been dedicated to Rehan Choudry for his contribution to  the Arts through his "Life is Beautiful" event.

This event is produced by Dan McElhattan III (M3) Graphics Instructor / Program Director,
AIGA-CSN Faculty Advisor / Founding Member of AIGA, Las Vegas  Executive Creative Director of BrandLtd.com, and  President/Owner of M3AD.com.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Web Designer

Online Client Services is looking for a website designer who can work well with a small team in a production heavy environment. This is a full-time, in-house position, with benefits after 90 days.

Qualified applicants should:
  • Know HTML/CSS -Have experience working with WordPress
Bonus points for the following:
  • PHP -XSL/XML -Photoshop
  • Knowledge of social media/Internet marketing is a plus
Please send an email to shu@onlineclientservices.com with a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations. Make the subject of your email “Website Designer”.

Friday, October 11, 2013

GRC Design Students Create Posters to Promote the Short Film Showcase

Poster (above) was designed by Sloan Willden; he also did the photography.
The Second Annual Short Film Showcase, sponsored by the Media Technologies' Videography and Film Program is being held on Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm, in the Morse Arberry Auditorium in the Telecommunications Building on the Cheyenne Campus.

In an effort to promote the event, students in Dan McElhattan's GRC 207 Advanced Design class designed promotional pieces, including this poster designed by Sloan Wilden..

Thursday, October 10, 2013

FREE Creative Design Tour

While it is not coming to Las Vegas, some may want to travel to Los Angeles (or other nearby California cities) or Phoenix between now and Oct. 22 to take advantage of this all day FREE workshop.

The Creative Design Tour teaches you to differentiate yourself in an increasingly saturated industry by learning the theoretical principles of design and how to utilize them Photoshop.  

Successful photographers run all-inclusive design centers that use photos as the foundation for a variety of well-designed products.  By understanding and using the fundamental design elements of line, shape, space, texture, color, and value, you can increase the appeal of your brand and your photo products.   

This two-part learning experience also covers aesthetics, typography, product development, and how to create personalized photographic art for your clients with edges, textures, borders, backgrounds, brushes, overlays, and scripts.

More info here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

AIGA @ CSN — New Member Orientation

The new student chapter of AIGA at CSN is holding a meeting for new members, and those interested in finding about the organization.


AIGA-CSN is a group of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and web designers at CSN who want to explore design beyond the classroom.

The gathering is from 2:00 to 8:00 pm on, Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Cheyenne Campus Computer Lab at the Mac Pod.
Join us at our new member meeting for more information on AIGA, AIGA Las Vegas, and AIGA CSN and how to sign up. 

All are invited to come network with CSN’s design family and take your craft further.

Information can be found at www.aiga-csn.org.

AIGA = American Institute of Graphic Arts

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Las Vegas Color Graphics Seeking a Designer

A leading commercial printing company in Las Vegas is seeking full-time in-house Graphic Designer. Must have two or more professional years experience with graphic design. 

LVCG works under short deadlines, so the candidate must be detail-oriented, quick, confident, and able to multi-task a variety of projects. This position will work closely with management to bring concepts and marketing to life through layout and design. 

The full-time position is for Monday through Friday, 9:30am–6pm.

Knowledge, skills and experience needed:
·      Computer skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, HTML and CSS
·      Advertising and marketing principles knowledge
·      Must have excellent communication and social skills to meet with our clients in professional settings
·      Social media knowledge.  Management and maintenance of accounts
·      Understanding of the pre-press production process including knowledge of graphic/image preparation for print and online
·      Able to work in a fast-paced environment
·      Ability to work on multiple projects with effective follow through to meet tight deadlines
·      Ability to manage change in a positive manner
·      Strong project management skills

Candidates must have a portfolio and take a required design skills test.
Las Vegas Color Graphics offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance (after a qualifying period).

To be considered for the position, please email your résumé to resume@lasvegascolor.com.
CSN Graphic Communications Program welcomes any postings for jobs, internship or project opportunities for its students or graduates. Submit them to ed.kanet@csn.edu.
Postings will also be sent to those who are subscribe to its job  and internship mailing lists.
Subscribe to them at sites.csn.edu/cg/html/announcements_lists.htm

Monday, August 26, 2013

Not the Normal Job Offering for Graphic Students

Our program was contacted by a casting agency in New York looking for people that might be just like you.

Do you Sudoku in your sleep? 

Have you thrown away all your pencils because you do crossword puzzles … in pen?  
Do your friends bribe you to join their trivia teams because you know your quantum physics and Qatari princes? 

If solving Rubik’s Cubes is amateur hour for you and you know that your eye is quicker than a magician’s hand, Brain Games wants to hear from you!

National Geographic's Emmy-Award Winning Series, Brain Games, is looking for their fans to participate in Season 3! They will be filming in New York and Las Vegas, so if you are interested in participating, please fill out their online application.

GRC Tutoring Lab to Start Up by end of Week 3 • Tutors Wanted

If you anticipating needing assistance with your GRC projects, or if you would be interested in helping others in their course workout, then these details should be of interest to you.

Last semester was the first time in many years that the program was able to provide tutors to assist students in the GRC Program.

When the lab opens there will be an announcement will be posted and passed on to your instructors.

For now, we are looking for a tutor or two.

Basically, information about becoming a tutor are found here: www.csn.edu/pages/3770.asp

Here is a summary of the procedure:

  • Fill out  the tutorial application (download it here) or pick up an application at any CSN Tutorial Services desk. Information on locations and hours are found here
  •  Obtain a written reference from a faculty member in the program (Tell him/her what courses you are interested in taking and when you took the course; candidates need to have confirmed that they earned a B+ or better in that course.)
  • Turn in the completed application to any Tutorial Services office. 
  • The staff in Tutorial Services will log the application and then send it to our department chair (or his designee) so sign off on your application and send it back to Tutorial Services.
  • Staff in Tutorial Services will determine if the applicant can then be hired. If so, then the staff will generate the appropriate contract and will contact the tutor to complete some hiring paperwork. This can usually be accomplished within a couple of days.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Fantastic Offer for Adobe Students

Students get Photoshop CC and the ENTIRE Adobe Creative Cloud FREE when they attend the Photoshop World Conference, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, on Sept. 4–6, 2013.
And it only costs students $149 to register.

Attendees of Photoshop World who are already members of Adobe Creative Cloud may use their access codes to extend their current membership.

Get all of the details about Photoshop World Conference here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Position for Creel Marketing Graphic Designer
& Social Business Media Manager

Creel Printing is looking for a creative designer and manager of social business-media to work with its Marketing Department.

Key Job Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Create graphic design for sales and marketing campaigns internally and externally
  • Graphic design recommendations to support sales and marketing efforts to grow business
  • Manage print and web design as it relates to Creel Marketing
  • Manage social business-media sites daily, “Join the conversation”
  • Demonstrate use and operation of product services
  • Create and present PowerPoint presentations
  • Monitor and help manage any issues that arise as it relates to Creel Marketing

Education, Experience, Software Skills
  • BA or working on BA in Graphic Design
  • Relevant knowledge of print, advertising, agency work
  • Thorough understanding of social media networking
  • Photoshop
  • HTML
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Flash
  • After Effects
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • WordPress
Key Competencies
  • Very creative
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team oriented
  • Enthusiastic
  •  Customer service orientated
  • Adaptable
  • Able to take initiative
  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • Results driven
Please apply on line at www.creelprint.com or email to Maggie.allred@creelprint.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Web Site Build Opportunity

A proprietor of a product line of jewelry, Ritzybib4me and books, is looking for a web site build.  The prospective client has a web provider (Godaddy) and a domain name (BoutiqueJoAnn.com), pictures and descriptions of all of their products; what they don;t have is someone to assemble all of this to and "make our website attractive".

Also desired is to offer Paypal to their customers.  So, if you are someone who is QUALIFIED to do this and are available NOW to do it, then please contact JoAnn Oppenheimer at 242-4624 or email at her at oppenheimer@cox.net.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

2012-13 GRC Graduates

Aaron Hoppler, receives his degree in Computer Graphics Design.

The CSN Graphic Communications Program tallied 40 graduates from August 2012 to May 2013, the most who had finished a certificate or degree in a single year.

Many of these grads walked at the 41st CSN Commencement held in the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV on May 20.

Four of those grads completed the former Animation program; seven completed the Multimedia Authoring concentration; 12, Web Design; and 17, Graphic Design.
Amir Baidee, Samuel Canales, and Yomaira Sotelo

GRC Instructor Dan McElhattan III and Dr. Elyse Diamond,
applaud as their GRC students walk by at the end of Commencement.

Here is the complete list of those on the Commencement rolls for August, December, and May graduation.


Donielle R. Bradshaw Associate Degree Graphic Technology Animation

Drew A. Borst Certificate of Achievement Graphic Technology Animation

Colby H. Bryant * Associate Degree Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Mark Anthony Hinds Certificate of Achievement Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Elizabeth Baez ** Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Raul Herrera Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Samuel Najarro-Gonzalez Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design


Jacqueline A. Cheshewalla Associate Degree Graphic Technology Animation

Wendy Minatogawa Associate Degree Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Daniel Bradley Riccardi Associate Degree Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Virginia DeSilva Vera Associate Degree Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Shaun M. Keefe Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Brian O'Connor Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design


Patrick J. Breaux Jr. Certificate of Achievement Graphic Technology Animation

Amir M. Badiee Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Angela Erin Cahayag Cabalar Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Bryce Farlow ** Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Kevin Jaffa ** Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Rithya May Lay Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Sasha M. Schalk Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Yomaira Sotelo Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Shaun R. Vital Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Ben Woolston ** Associate Degree Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Domineek Bumpas Associate Degree Graphic Communications Computer Graphics Design

Aaron B. Hoppler Associate Degree Graphic Communications Computer Graphics Design

Luis Rodriguez Associate Degree Graphic Communications Computer Graphics Design

Ruth Robles ** Associate Degree Graphic Communications Computer Graphics Design

Nina Thomasian ** Associate Degree Graphic Communications Computer Graphics Design

Keith Widmann ** Certificate of Achievement Graphic Technology Computer Graphics Design

Jesus Nieto-Almanza ** Associate Degree Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Samuel Najarro-Gonzalez Associate Degree Graphic Technology Multimedia Authoring

Christopher Cabo Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Timothy J. Castillo Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Rithya May Lay Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Brea Rose Sias ** Certificate of Achievement Graphic Communications Web Design

Marcos Rafael Vega Certificate of Achievement Graphic Communications Web Design

Joseph G. Williams Jr. ** Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Christa Youst Associate Degree Graphic Technology Web Design

Rahni Walden ** Associate Degree Graphic Communications

Monday, April 1, 2013

Design Is… "Studio Tour Program" Begins

AIGA Las Vegas has started a new series of studio tours called Design Is ____ providing a way for students to gain exposure to different career options in the Las Vegas design community.

The first stop is BRAINtrust communication + marketing.

The attendance is limited to the first 20 students to register. AIGA student members take priority. A waiting list for potential substitutes is also being formed.

View a video on the event:

RSVP here: braintrusttour.eventbrite.com/http://braintrusttour.eventbrite.com
RSVP closes April 18 at 11pm.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Great Advice for Anyone

Thanks to a post by Richard Becker of AIGA Las Vegas, those who missed that organization's sponsored event featuring Debbie Millman can get filled in on the details of her message to the hundreds who attended.

Top Three Things Becker passed along as wisdom Ms. Millman—a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and radio show host— learned that she wished "she knew sooner than later":
  1. Never, ever give up on anything you want with all your heart.
  2. If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t taking enough risks.
  3. Expect anything worthwhile to take more time than you think.
See his blog entry for all of the details

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

GRC Courses Tutoring Available—Mon.–Thurs.

Students who would like some help with the work in their GRC course can take advantage of the opening of a Tutoring Lab, starting next week.

As of Feb. 11, Room 1722 in the Telecommunications Building on the Cheyenne Campus will be open for business. Tutors for GRC courses will be there Monday through Thursday, from 11:00am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Both Sandra Frate and Marco Ruiz, who have finished the GRC Program, are experienced with Adobe software and design. Sandra will have the earlier shift; Marco will be there in the evenings.

Whether you need a major sit-down with the tutor or just need to pop in for a quick question, take advantage of this opportunity. No appointment is needed.

The tutoring is especially targeting beginning students in GRC 103 and any others who are using Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign in completing projects for their classes.

If you need a quick critique, and some advice, Sandra and Marco are excellent resources.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Join Mailing Lists to Receive Notifications

The CSN Graphic Communications Program will be actively using several mailing lists for those interested in being notified of upcoming events, internship opportunities, and job offerings sent to the program.

In addition, Advisement lists are set up for those who wish to receive important information from the GRC Advisement Committee concerning your declared major / concentration.

Follow the Email Lists link on the GRC Home Page or go directly to sites.csn.edu/cg/html/email_lists.htm.

You can easily sign up there or by directly sending and email request below:

        GRC Events
  • Guest speakers
  • Tours
  • Contests
  • Announcements from employers
  • Hints on securing internships
  • Paid and volunteer opportunities
       Jobs & Projects
  • Part-time positions
  • Full-time openings from employers
  • Individual and team projects
  • Paid, Credit-Only, Experience
       GRC Advisement List
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Animation Design

Print / Web Graphic Designer

Steelman Partners, a local architecture, planning and design firm, is looking for a designer who is proficient in both print graphic design and web graphic design, with proven talent in each area.

Those who work for the firm put in long hours, but the creative content is super cool and consistently exciting. They produce casinos, resorts, hotels and all kinds of other entertainment architecture all over the world. Branding extends to the overall resort as well as the properties within. Everything from the logo to the video, to the web site to the environmental graphics... all up for collaboration and design with the team. Possibilities are endless and creativity is encouraged.

The print graphic design portion requires a working knowledge of these programs (in order of importance): 1. InDesign CS5 or CS6;  2. Photoshop;  3. Illustrator; 4. Acrobat Pro

The web graphic design portion requires a working knowledge of these languages/programs (in order of importance): 1. HTML;  2. CSS;  3. Wordpress; 4. Joomla; 5. PHP; 6. MySql; 7. Dreamweaver.

In addition, the person needs to be a sociable person, able to communicate easily with other staff members and clients.

Also our ideal person should be fluent in speaking and writing both English and Spanish. Proficient in Macintosh OS 10.6–10.8

This referral came through Dan McElhattan. Contact him with any questions.
 If you meet these qualification directly contact Lauren Brown

Recent GRC Students Design Exhibition Posters on Display

Posters from last semester's 7th CSN Design Exhibition are now on display in the Morse Arberry Jr. Telecommunications Building.
Following the exhibition's "Dirty" theme, the posters can be see in the north hall on the ground floor.
Not shown are the four select posters from the show whcih will be on display downtown at Art Squared, curated by Brett Sperry of Brett Wesley Gallery.

AIGA CSN Student Group Starting Up

CSN Graphic Communications Program is seeking this semester to start an AIGA Student Group.
Anyone interested in participating can learn more at www.aiga.org.
Contact GRC faculty Dan McElhattan or David L. Hardy for more information.

Advanced Student Design Show Posters

Posters from the 5th and 6th CSN Graphic Communications Student Advanced Design Show have been brought to campus and indefinitely posted on the walls in Room 1738 of the Telecommunications Building on the Cheyenne Campus.

In Room 1738, posters from ArtPhoria (CSN Design Exhibition 05), bottom, and The Persistence of Vision—VI (CSN Design Exhibition 06), top.

These posters represent the work of students during Spring and Fall 2012 in GRC 207, the advanced design course at CSN and provides some inspiration for students working on their Graphic Communications degrees.

GRC 207 is taught by Dan McElhattan III, who arranges the event each semester as part of the course work. Students take the responsibility of choosing the show's theme and each contribute a poster to the show. The theme for this show was The Persistence of Vision.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AIGA Las Vegas Presents Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman, a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the radio show Design Matters will be speaking for a special engagement on January 25 at the Clark County Library Main Theater. It is sponsored by the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.
She will discuss failure and how the worst moments of your life can turn out to the best thing that ever happened.
This event is open to the public and seating is limited.
Please R.S.V.P. online early to ensure seats and accommodations.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Job and Internship Opportunity with Graphics 2000

Graphics 2000, a graphic design, printing, and marketing company, is seeking a full-time Graphic Artist / Web Designer with a minimum of one year experience. Also being sought is a Graphic Artist Intern for 20-40 hours per week.

These positions are involved with designing quality graphics and marketing campaigns for clients, creating and editing images and graphics for print media and website use, meeting with clients and clearly understanding the clients' needs and creative direction, working individually and with a design team.

The successful candidates will have a working understanding of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign with some web understanding, good time management and organizational skills.

The paid position starts at $24,960; the internship is unpaid and for college credit only.

For more information or to apply, contact Todd Wirth or Kelly at 702-798-6431. Fax (702-798-6431) or email (todd@graphics2000.com) resume or go directly to 6290 Harrison Dr., Suite 16, Monday through Friday, 8am–4pm.