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The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among developed and developing nations.

We train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through this lived experience of the dignity of the person, young people are able to affirm life at all levels of society.

The World Youth Alliance internship program is an opportunity for young people who are inspired by the ideas and work of the World Youth Alliance to contribute practically to WYA regional projects and to study more closely the ideas which have formed the WYA. The program focuses on both project work and training. As the greater emphasis is on project work, interns are able to make real and significant contributions to the WYA’s work.

Deadline to apply for internships at WYA Headquarters in NY:
Winter/Spring period: October 15th
Summer period: March 15th
Combined Fall/Winter/Spring (9 month program): May 1st
Fall period: June 15th

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Until Wednesday, June 27… First prize is a Wacom Drawing Tablet, and the second prize is a free website for a year.  Submissions are due to David’s mailbox in DVD format by wednesday.

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The Flash Forward student film festival is quickly approaching and we need you guys to start submitting your work!

Guidelines

You may submit any moving images.  This can include animation or video work.  Stuff that you did in AfterEffects, FinalCut, Flash etc.  It can be hand-drawn animations, banner ads, 3d animations, basically anything that is moving.

Please submit even the most incomplete work because we would like a nice full show of work.  You can submit as many things as you want.  Please note that we may not show everything that is submitted.

Voting

This time around we will have categories for voting.  Instead of everyone picking their favorites, viewers will nominate their picks for these categories:

BEST IN SHOW:  best looking and most effort put into the project

MOST ENTERTAINING:  maybe the funniest or just funnest project

Prizes

The prizes are still to be announced but first prize will most likely be one of the following:  A terabyte external harddrive, a wacom tablet or one year of free web hosting.  In fact why don’t you vote and tell us which you’d prefer?

Instructions

1.  Convert your work to a quicktime .mov file.  720×480 resolution is good enough.  (the .h264 compression is a nice way to shrink your filesize).

2.  Get a free DVD from the secretary in the academics office.  (where you go to see kayce)

3.  Burn your entries to a DVD.  (it doesn’t have to play.. just burn the files as a data dvd).  You can ask your instructors for help if you aren’t sure how to do this.

4.  Submit the DVD by June 22 to Mr. David Rodriguez’s mailbox.  Just give the DVD to the secretary in academics.

 

Have you ever looked at those “About Us” pages for design/ad agencies?  Or maybe you’ve attended a couple conferences on design… If you are observant, you may have noticed that there aren’t too many minorities in those pictures or at those conferences.   One of the most embarrasing truths of the industry is that graphic design firms and ad agencies have some of the worst rates of diversity in their workforce.

Why is this?  Its hard to say really, as there are probably many factors at play.  This article on diversity in design tries to investigate this question by bringing up some really good points.   But a more pressing question is what to do about this issue?   How can a minority student trying to make it in the design world succeed when most people like to hire folks that talk like, live like and look like themselves?

The only thing I’ve got so far is that the minority trying to get a job in design has to work even harder than everyone else.  And I mean really hard.  Its not enough to be a little bit better than the competition.  The idea is to be so much better than everyone else that there is no hesitation to hire this person.  Not because the agency needs more diversity but because this person is the best fit for the job.   The design world is already competitive as it is, but for minorities (including women and homosexuals) it is more so.

These issues were brought to light on a national level recently during AMC’s new reality show, The Pitch.  The ad agency Muse created a short PSA that quickly and succinctly explained the problem and hopefully made some of those at the top more aware of whats going on in their organizations.

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Until Feb 28, signing up with the AIGA is now only $50 instead of the usual $100. 

In case you don’t know, the AIGA is the professional organization for graphic designers across the United States.  They have workshops, lectures and lots of other benefits for members who sign up.  One really great benefit is the job board where you can find graphic design jobs.

You also get some pretty great stuff in the mail.  For example the will send you the annual salary survey and a book on professional practices such as contracts and copyright.  Finally, there are a ton of discounts on things such as fedex and lynda.com among other things. 

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On Wednesday some of our design students took a short trip (2 blocks) around the corner to visit 2×4, a very cool ad agency who works with such clients as Wrangler and the Chicago Bears.

There we met David Stevenson, the president and creative director of the company, whom for two hours, shared his advice on working as a designer in the advertising biz.   It was enlightening, entertaining and inspiring to say the least, and those of you who missed this trip missed out on a ton of great information and advice.

But fear not! Below are some pictures from the trip and some key points that David spoke about.  The only thing your missing is hearing this information coming from the mouth of an experienced ad man, which is priceless.

TOP TEN TIPS from TWO x FOUR

Devil is in the Details

David started talking about the importance of paying attention to the little details. He says that you won’t believe how many cover letters they get with misspellings and how a really fantastic portfolio or leave-behind can be ruined with just one mistake. “Show that you give a sh*t”

City of Big Agencies

In regards to Chicago, he emphasized the importance in living in a city where three of the largest ad agencies in the world have offices: Energy BBDO, Leo Burnett, Draft FCB. There are also around 200-300 design firms/ ad agencies in this town.

Your Dream Job

Many design students don’t know where they want to work. How many design firms/agencies can you list off the top of your head? If you don’t know, then how do you know where your dream job is? Where do you fit in? What kind of work do they do? What is the culture like?

Designers don’t have Paparrazi

“This is not Hollywood” Don’t be afraid to meet people in the industry. Its perfectly acceptable to walk in to an ad agency and say “I’m a student, can I take a look around?” Most places will say yes without thinking about it. (although it may be harder to do in large places like Leo Burnett)

Don’t “Express Yourself”

The term “Graphic Artist” is misleading. You are not an artist. You have to do what the client wants.

Idea Factory

You need to find a process for coming up with creative ideas. David told us a story of a guy who writes commercials, and whose process includes picking random job titles out of a hat and creating a commercial around that. David himself likes to use Stumbleupon to generate ideas.

Nine to Five ?

Most agencies like to start the working day around 11am or lunchtime.  Although this seems cool it also means they have no problem working until 11pm at night.  David pointed out that you get more work done at 8am when nobody else is around and distractions are at a minimum.

Concept, Concept, Concept

Your portfolio should show a variety of work and a diversity of ideas.  The technical know-how (adobe programs) are not nearly as important as you would think.  The idea is king and your work should reflect that.

Will Work for Experience

Stop complaining that internships are unpaid.  Good internships at a design firm or ad agency actually give you tons of real-life experience you just don’t get in school. “You should be paying us!”  It’s also not unusual to spend a year or two as an internship before getting hired full time.

My Boss Sucks… Awesome!

“You want your first art director/creative director to be a complete *sshole. You don’t need someone to tell you your work is great.  That is what moms are for!  You wan’t someone who will push you to be better than your actual potential.”


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