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New NC State University Brand Book July 20, 2009

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NC State University Brand Book

NC State University Brand Book

On July 1, the university rolled out the new North Carolina State University Brand Book.

The book contains standards, guidelines and templates that individuals across campus can use to present the university brand correctly in any form of communication, whether it occurs in print, online or in PowerPoint presentations. The standards established in the NC State Brand Book were developed with the broad involvement of the university community and were created to help bring consistency to the way we all communicate about NC State.

The expectation is not to adjust communications already produced. However, it is expected that during the next 18 months, everyone will work to comply with the standards set forth in the brand book, and to begin that process now with any new work.

Please visit http://www.ncsu.edu/brand to download a copy of the book and to find other resources such as PowerPoint templates and design examples.

Innovation in a Down Economy July 15, 2009

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A great panel interview with guests:

Monty Montague – Co-founder and Design Principal, BOLT Group
Paul Wetenhall – President, Ben Craig Center Business Incubator, UNC Charlotte
Barbara Spradling – Director, Innovation Institute, McColl Center for Visual Art

The concept of using innovation in business has gained popularity in this difficult economy. Companies are working to “gain a competitive edge” by being more creative and innovative about the products and services they provide.

A few comments on the  balance of risk, not too much on accepting the possibility or  consequences of failure. They talk a little about the willingness of people/organization to accept change or be comfortable with new innovation/innovative thought – it’s more then just difficult. Good overview of some different strategies at approaching innovation or introducing it to newcomers.

It’s unfortunate to see businesses now “finding” out that design practice is something that can be introduced throughout the process and not just “lipstick on a pig” or to be ascertained only at the tail-end of the process. With the change in climate and the economic pressure it is a good time as any for design to be brought into the forefront to help change what has been longstanding ideology and practice. It’s not a silver bullet for all the problems but it can be a good way to get people and organizations out of their comfort zone and be more forward thinking about their product or industry as well as their customers.

I had a great chuckle when there was this awkward momentary pause as the panel was asked whether it was easier to “teach” an artist/designer about business or a business person about design… coming from both I knew exactly what was mulling in their head.

Listen in…

[ Via Charlotte Blogs ]


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“Design Center Tour”

Friday, March 27th, 2009 –  2:00PM to 3:30PM
IBM RTP Campus, Building 201

Get an email invitation to this open-house event where you will hear about design projects from several IBM Designers in various fields such as Client Experience, User Experience and Industrial Design.  These designers will walk you through projects where they have created new technologies, processes, products and experiences.  Time for Q&A, along with the opportunity to view design models will follow the tour.

Questions: Linda Brown, blinda@us.ibm.com


Job Opportunity: Public Art Coordinator February 26, 2009

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The Raleigh Arts Commission is seeking a Public Art Coordinator, 32 hours/week, temporary one year contract. Coordinate development of public art for the City as part of a new percent for art program.

Develop strategic plan, timeline and budget and manage project implementation from selection and commissions through installation. BA/BFA (concentration in visual arts/art history, or related fields); graduate degree in arts and/or related business field preferred. Professional level experience required.

Salary: ~$50,000 range.

Deadline to apply: March 23.

Complete job description/application details at www.raleighnc.gov/arts.

Red Storm Rising March 10, 2008

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Red Storm RisingRed Storm Is on the Prowl for New Gaming Talent 

Red Storm Entertainment, one of the larger game development studios in the Triangle, wants a few good men and women for its growing army of developers..  Elizabeth Loverso, director of product development at Ubisoft/Red Storm Entertainment, took the Morrisville-based studio’s search to the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In an exclusive interview, Loverso discussed Red Storm’s search, the role GDC plays in the studio’s strategy, and the continuing growth of the gaming industry in the Research Triangle area.

However, Loverso wouldn’t discuss Red Storm’s current game project. The company, which was launched by Tom Clancy in 1996, released last November “America’s Army: True Soldiers.” In a Q&A, Loverso, who is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and has been ranked as one of the most 100 influential women in the gaming industry, did discuss a variety of topics.  Read More…

[via WRAL.com]

Network offers contest for viewer ads February 27, 2008

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Wrapping up soon… Current TV, a peer-to-peer news and information network, is sponsoring Viewer Created Ad Message competitions. Various brands hold contests, with the winner receiving $1,000 if their work airs on Current TV and $60,000 if it airs elsewhere. Competitions are being updated once a week through March.

HASTAC Digital Media + Learning Awards February 21, 2008

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A mixed reality game for high school students in Los Angeles and Cairo to learn about the real-time impact of air pollution in their neighborhoods. A web application that aggregates news and nonprofit needs, where every news story is linked to real-world actions that users can take. A mobile musical laboratory that allows students to explore new ways of making music with laptops and local area networks.

These are three of the 17 projects that will receive up to $238,000 in funding as part of the first ever Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). Selected from a pool of 1010 applications, the winning projects are expected to produce promising innovations in the use of digital media for formal and informal learning. For details, go to http://www.dmlcompetition.net/

Freelance Opportunity – NC Justic Center January 10, 2008

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The NC Justice Center, Raleigh non-profit organization, has a project that requires creating 4 interactive graphs/tables for their website.

NC Justice
NC Justice Center organization purchased Adobe After Effects and they have an in-house design person, but are looking for someone who has a good knowledge of the Adobe program to assist in design/development. They are equally interested in finding someone who may be able to do this project (we have completed the static graphs and accompanying text), but along with their graphics person so they could build on the process.

This could be a good project for students who are looking to build their portfolio;however, they are on a tight deadline so they need someone who could begin working with next week.

Interested students should contact:
Meg Gray at 919/856-3192


Rebekah Sedaca on Comics September 20, 2007

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Rebekah Sedaca on Comics
TriUPA Local Lunch — Raleigh

When: 12pm — Friday, September 28th
Where: Capstrat in Raleigh [map]

Rebekah Sedaca

Join TriUPA for our next local lunch, hosted by Capstrat.  Rebekah Sedaca, a user experience designer at Capstrat, will be talking about her experience using comics to communicate complex information to stakeholders in the design process. You might have seen Rebekah’s article “Comics: Not just for laughs!” in Boxes & Arrows.

Lunch will be provided. Interested? Please RSVP online by Wednesday, September 26th. Registration for this event is limited, so sign up soon.

(To RSVP, click “Register Now,” then log in if you are a TriUPA member, or enter your contact information if you aren’t a member).

Contact Jackson Fox with any questions.

Spark Con 2007 September 11, 2007

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Raleigh, NC – September 20-23

Spark Con (http://www.sparkcon.com) is a four day event in downtown Raleigh featuring live music, runway fashion, art, local films, inspiring speakers, and a variety of opportunities to connect with and contribute to our creative community.

This year they are offering students free admission to IdeaSpark! (http://www.sparkcon.com/ideaspark.html).

Each day four speakers will talk about and demonstrate creative methods they’ve used to develop new technologies, advance the state of the arts, help independent business thrive, and foster an attitude of inclusivity. They will then challenge us with a provocative question, which we will develop lively responses to in informal, 90 minute workshops.
All you need for free admission is to present a photo student ID upon entry.

To find out more information jump over to SparkCon.

Reuer Design / DesignBox
323 W. Martin St.
Raleigh, NC 27601