The Design Loop

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

Cengage is Awarding a $2500 Scholarship for a Slice of Life


There’s more than one way to peel an orange, and there’s more than one way to learn. As someone who works daily to engage students, you know that they come to your classroom with unique traits and identities.

We want to hear about them! We’re asking students to get creative and put together a short video that illustrates their identity as a unique learner.

We’re awarding a $2500 scholarship for the best video. 

DEADLINE: April 19, 2013

Learn all the details about how to apply here:

I am seeking a part time graphic designer to help with a diverse range of high profile creative work. My small marketing and creative company serves an exciting base of clientele, mostly in the worlds of hospitality and real estate, and produces print and digital work ranging from basic Flash and HTML to direct mail campaigns, some simple collateral pieces, large format signage, and high-exposure print advertising.

This job offers a very flexible schedule, and will require 15-20 hours per week at $11 per hour. Our office is in my home near the Chicago Avenue Blue Line stop, but is comfortably professional and distinctly separate from my living areas. I like to keep the team in our office very diverse in style and skill set; I think the best way to grow as a designer is to be surrounded by other creative people and share ideas and approches. You will work as a part of a small team, but will need to be a self-starter and feel passionate about your work.

You will need to have a passion for interesting design as well as a grasp on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Additional skills in Flash and HTML are beneficial! Our clients constantly create opportunities for us to grow and learn since the projects that land in our office are always different and original. Accordingly, you can have any variety of skills as long as you’re also excited about growing and developing your creative vision and technical skill.

This role is probably a great fit for someone with an alternative situation — a student, a stay-at-home parent who needs to get out for a few hours each week, someone looking to break into the graphic design career they studied for, etc.

Send me some samples of your work and let me know your situation. If it seems like a fit, we can meet for coffee.

Compensation: $11/hour, 15-20 hours per week

Please reply

We’re an established publishing group in downtown Chicago (near Wells and Washington) and seeking a part time (25+ hours) graphic designer who can quickly design smaller 2×4, 4×5 print ads for our publications and websites. The position is ideal for anyone who can easily use In Design, Photoshop, Illustrator and produce simple ad designs. We need someone in house, not from home.

Familiar with wordpress, html uploading (dreamweaver) and some coding helpful.

Please send resume asap. Can start right away.

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9-5pm.
Flexible 5 hours per day.

Compensation:$11 per hour
Please Respond

General Description
Funeral Prayer Card Printing Company in search for a person experienced with computers to fill the position in the typesetting department who can be involved with one-on-one customer service on a daily basis and is willing to work in a fast paced environment with standard daily deadlines.

Position Description
Responsible for typesetting and proofreading material and recommending changes to ensure that material is free of errors, clearly written, and logically structured. Responsible for correcting sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Committed to continuous improvement by raising questions and gaining knowledge of popular customer terms to ensure that print content is relevant to the target audience. Make editing/proofing corrections of copies reviewed. Knowledge of photo editing and removing unwanted backgrounds is a plus. Knowledge of computers, printers and networking fundamentals required. Review customer faxes, emails and online orders and accommodate feedback with phone calls and emails. Professional telephone personality, etiquette and communication skills are required. Support the laminating team with help as needed to guarantee that print orders make the daily deadlines.

Position Qualifications

High School Diploma
Typing speed must exceed 40 wpm.
Pass drug screening. We are a drug free company. Upon hiring random drug screens scheduled.
Pass background check.

Printing experience preferred. Advertising, Communication, Marketing and Retail experience is desirable.

Additional Qualifications:
Possesses knowledge of widely used PC applications
Knowledge of graphic tools: laminators, trimmers and guillotine cutting machines.
Ability to handle a heavy workload, prioritize work and meet assigned deadlines.
Good verbal and communication skills.
Good attention to detail and quality.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment.

The Poet’s Study 4366 N. Elston Avenue

Fill out application from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Weekdays
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Saturday

Position starts at $10.00 per hour

All applicants “must have a laptop”

Don’t just gain experience during your internship get paid too! We are an automotive marketing firm responsible for producing creative solutions to auto dealerships nation wide for the last 20 years.

We seek a hard working, enthusiastic designer that is looking to gain industry experience. You must have professional skills in Adobe Creative Suite, with strong understanding of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and be able to work fast, with minimal mistakes.

This is a paid internship; you must be able to commute to our downtown location as well as work remotely. Some work will be conceptual but most design work will have specific set of standards and guidelines that must be followed. The duration of the internship is approximately 10-20 hrs/week starting immediately and throughout the summer, with the possibility of continuing work for a successful candidate.

Send resume and cover letter to explaining why this would be a good fit for you. What can you add to our team!

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