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Congratulations to Juan Peralez and Norman Echols. They have agreed to take on leadership roles in the new Design Club!

Juan Peralez, President

Norman Echols, Vice-President



Don’t forget! Wednesday December 4th there will be a Design Club Meeting. Join us in room 1042 at 4:00 p.m. to help plan our club!!



Be sure to join in on the Design Appreciation Week fun. There will be design challenges, which you can find in the Learning Commons starting Monday, December 2nd.

Aaron Draplin

Aaron Draplin

To get the fun started and our creative energy going, Aaron Draplin will join us for a video chat! Meet us in Room 1041 at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2nd. Aaron has a colorful personality and a great stories to tell about the design field and just life in general. To see some of his amazing work, visit his website at Check him out on this Adobe TV Spotlight. Current students as well as alumni and students from other campuses are welcome!

The fun won’t end there. Wednesday, December 4th we’ll be joined by a panel of four local design professionals. Tim Frick of Mightybytes, Margot Harrington of Pitch Design Union, Barry Lohman of Neiger Design, and William Sholar of Johnson Publishing, Co. will be in Room 1073 at 10:30 a.m. They’ll be ready to discuss ideas on how to explore creativity, conceptualization, freelance and the world of work. Bring your questions!

We’ll wrap up Wednesday with a meeting to discuss starting a brand new design club. Do not miss it!

film-festStudents:  Enter your Flash, Audio/Video, AfterEffects, 3D, or personal moving picture work to be shown in the School of Design Film Fest on July 24 @ 4pm.  There will be prizes for a few different categories.

Submissions are DUE no later than 5pm on Wednesday July 17.

Bring your movie files to Kayce via USB, external hard drive, or CD.

opening-nightThe opening night of our Portfolio Showcase was a success! If you missed it, the show continues through May 21.  Gallery hours Wed. – Sat. 11:30 – 5, or by appointment (

See more photos of the opening night and the show here:


Four of the students in the show were interviewed by Marcus Leshock of WGN TV for a little spot about the Pop-Up Art Loop spaces.  It aired on the evening news last Friday.  Check it out!  WGN-TV’s link:


Come out and support 8 of our Visual Communication and Animation Grads!

Robert Adams, Felicia Bavirsha, Chaniel Clark, Nes Davis, Quittman Farmer, Alfredo Mones, Alex Villanueva,
and Ryan Zarzecki.

Free and Open to the Public!

Details here:

Opening Reception:  Thursday, May 2 from 5 – 8
as part of Pop-Up Art Loop’s “First Thursdays” Art Walk

Right around the corner from the school:
23 E Madison St., Chicago, IL  60602

Refreshments will be served.
Look through design portfolios, watch animation demo-reels, and speak with the artists themselves.  Enjoy a wide variety of work on the walls, shelves, video-screens, and vote for your favorite.  We will award a “Best of Show: People’s Choice” at the end of the showcase, so come in and cast your vote!

The Showcase Dates:  May 1 – 21, 2013
open gallery hours:  Wed. – Sat., 11:30am – 5:30pm

Hope to see you there!


Take this SkillShare course with Margot Harrington of Pitch Design Union to learn the 411 on making an effective contract for design freelancing.

What You’ll Learn:

So you’ve been in business for yourself for a little while. You know you should have a contract, maybe you even have one, but is it really comprehensive? Maybe you can’t afford a lawyer and you’ve cobbled together your own version on a wish and a prayer. It’s time to clear up the gray area before you get burned. (Or, again, as the case may be. Cause let’s be real – it happens to all of us at least once.)

In this class we’ll cover all the steps to a successful contract, including:

  • How to define scope, deliverables, timelines, budgets.
  • What do effective terms & conditions look like.
  • Breaking down the legalese so you can mold it to your own needs.
  • Licensing, Intellectual Property, Warranties
  • General tips for making your self-employed life easier

Come to class with an example of a project you might do and you’ll leave with tools to write your own contract or proposal, giving you more confidence, credibility, and ultimately, a better grasp on your profits.

Click this link for more info and sign-up:  Contract Writing 101 for Freelancers

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