Great Resource for Designers

If you’re a graphic designer without the talent of also being an artist, sometimes you need a little help. My go-to for elements for my design is Creative Market.

Creative Market is like an Etsy for designers. Other designers create and post their images, typography, website themes, web elements, product mockup photos and just a whole lot of things, all for sale at very affordable prices.

For example, this font:



You can buy it to use in your personal projects for just $16, or license it for a project for a client will sell (say a book), you can by an extended license for $40.  I’ve purchased stuff for as little as $4 to use in my own personal projects.

AND if you subscribe to the Creative Market newsletter, every Monday you’ll get an email offering 6 items for free for the week! And it’s good stuff!

Check it out:

Paid 12-month post grad internship at the Met in NYC!

This is an unbelievable opportunity and perfect for GIT students.  It’s an internship in Digital Media for seniors who are graduating by June 2014 (so Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 grads).  And it’s PAID.

A description of the internship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website:

The Digital Media Department offers one twelve-month internship for an individual with a background in video, media, design, art history, computer science, or related fields who would like to participate in the creation of new media and technology solutions. Digital Media leads the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of the Museum’s multimedia content to support the viewing and understanding of the Met’s collections and exhibitions, both in the galleries and online.

Click here to go to the Met’s Internship page to read more.

Lots of Help!!!!

Whether you’re in Prof. Knab’s GIT230 or my 303, 413 or video class, you might want to add a little sparkle to your final projects, so here’s a big ‘ol list of tutorials and websites about Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere and After Effects (and probably other stuff, too).  Here we go…

  • Typography:
  • All kinds of photography editing help:
  • Photoshop & Lightroom tools: (lots of freebies!)
  • Photoshop help and templates/brushes:
  • LOTS of free presets for Lightroom, Camera Raw:
  • Lightroom presets, brushes, tutorials:
  • A “Groupon” type site for photography stuff:
  • InDesign tutorials: (Creativebloq has TONS of stuff about graphic design, animation, illustration, etc)
  • Adobe tutorials galore:
  • Pinterest board littered with InDesign tutorials:
  • InDesign plugins:
  • Premiere tutorials:
  • Adobe TV:  TONS of great videos on all of the Adobe products

Video Class Visits Gangplank Chandler

Shooting the "Road Trip"The students from GIT294, Intro to Video Content, and I headed down to Gangplank in Chandler today.   They have a small collection of video equipment, including a green screen and a very cool camera jib (a fancy tripod).  The students got to use some new equipment they haven’t seen yet in class and experiment with the setup.

After setting up, the hard work started… we had to do some goofy things with the green screen so that we’d have some footage to edit next week.  It was some great stuff.  Look for a post or two next week with results of the students taking a stab at compositing the green screen footage.  It is not to be missed!

In the meantime, here are a couple of shots from class.  Spencer and Emmanuel take a long road trip to Las Vegas (are we there yet?), as Kayla runs camera.

Kayla at the Helm

I was telling some of my students about this today…  Good lenses cost $$$, but you can rent a lens for a lot less if you have a big shoot or want to test drive one before you drop the cash for it.


It’s great – you order the lens, they ship it to you, you use it, then ship it back in their prepaid addressed box.  If you’re in California, they have a LOT of places you can go and pick it up instead.  Also, pick up is available in Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle.

But wait – there’s more!

They also rent cameras, video cameras, lighting equipment, audio gear… you name it.  They also have a small selection of used gear for sale.

The prices seem reasonable.  For example, a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF lens rents for $18 for 3 days, $27 for a week up to $71 for 4 weeks.  You can reserve them in advance and the selection is pretty awesome.  Besides Nikon gear, they have Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax and Leica.  They also have Sony, RED, Canon, Panasonic and GoPro video cameras.

Sign Up for Summer Video Class!

There’s limited seats in my Summer 2012 Intro to Video Content course, so get signed up as soon as you can.

The 2nd session 5-week course will cover:

    • Shooting theory
    • Operating the video camera
    • Pre-Production (storyboarding, scripting)
    • Production (shooting footage)
    • Post-Production (editing)
    • Sharing (formats, online venues)

Here’s a quick little video I put together from footage I shot at last week’s CTI Car Show.  If you want to learn how to do this kind of stuff, sign up!