Alumni Stories: Solar Eclipse Edition

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Richard Norris, creator of Little Hawk Design and Apparel Company, is a Nossi College of Art graduate of Interactive Graphic Design. He is currently building his clientele so he can turn his freelance business into his full-time career.  Learn about his journey to become a designer and discover a cool project he is working on for the Solar Eclipse on August 21. Maybe you can get one before he sells out!  Why did you decide on a career in the interactive and graphic design industries?  I have always been an artist; I just never thought there was any sort of future or career in it for some reason. Art was always something I did as a hobby. It was not until my daughter began researching colleges and decided on becoming a designer herself before I realized, with extra training, I could make use of my artistic skills. I already pursued a degree in Computer Technology, so it only seemed natural to combine what I love to do with what I already do for a living, work on computers all day. What does it mean to be an interactive designer, how is it different from being a graphic designer?  Graphic design is art that has a strategic purpose, for example getting new customers or promoting brand awareness. Interactive design is art that also has a strategic purpose, however, its purpose is to prompt interaction with the consumer. Graphic design is a one-way street. You look at it and you are influenced…

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

Nossi College of Art’s adjunct faculty members are active in their careers, always trying to better themselves and their craft. Lisa Taylor (view her amazing work here) will be participating in Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout in Alameda, California this week.  A “paintout” is an event where artists congregate in an outdoor setting for the purpose of completing paintings from life. There’s a variety of paintouts, most fall under being either an Invitational or Juried event and are typically a week long.    There were 40 artists juried/selected to participate in this. Lisa Taylor, along with 39 other artists will be spending the week painting on location in Alameda, California. Each day they setup and paint in various locations across the island, with a goal of completing 2 to 3 paintings a day. At the end of the week (Saturday) there will be a public outdoor exhibition of all paintings from the week, and juror will be selecting winning pieces. During the unveiling, each artist will have a booth to display all of their work.    In addition to the paintout, there’s also a “Quick Draw” competition amongst the artists this week. Participants have a set amount of time to paint within a specified location, after which there is an exhibition and the winning artist is chosen by the participating artists.   This will be Lisa’s third year attending the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout. Attending events like these not only contribute to building upon a profession in painting, they also provide the…

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

Nossi College of Art’s adjunct faculty members are active in their careers, always trying to better themselves and their craft. Lisa Taylor (view her amazing work here) will be participating in Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout in Alameda, California this week.  A “paintout” is an event where artists congregate in an outdoor setting for the purpose of completing paintings from life. There’s a variety of paintouts, most fall under being either an Invitational or Juried event and are typically a week long.    There were 40 artists juried/selected to participate in this. Lisa Taylor, along with 39 other artists will be spending the week painting on location in Alameda, California. Each day they setup and paint in various locations across the island, with a goal of completing 2 to 3 paintings a day. At the end of the week (Saturday) there will be a public outdoor exhibition of all paintings from the week, and juror will be selecting winning pieces. During the unveiling, each artist will have a booth to display all of their work.    In addition to the paintout, there’s also a “Quick Draw” competition amongst the artists this week. Participants have a set amount of time to paint within a specified location, after which there is an exhibition and the winning artist is chosen by the participating artists.   This will be Lisa’s third year attending the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout. Attending events like these not only contribute to building upon a profession in painting, they also provide the…

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

Nossi College of Art’s adjunct faculty members are active in their careers, always trying to better themselves and their craft. Lisa Taylor (view her amazing work here) will be participating in Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout in Alameda, California this week.  A “paintout” is an event where artists congregate in an outdoor setting for the purpose of completing paintings from life. There’s a variety of paintouts, most fall under being either an Invitational or Juried event and are typically a week long.    There were 40 artists juried/selected to participate in this. Lisa Taylor, along with 39 other artists will be spending the week painting on location in Alameda, California. Each day they setup and paint in various locations across the island, with a goal of completing 2 to 3 paintings a day. At the end of the week (Saturday) there will be a public outdoor exhibition of all paintings from the week, and juror will be selecting winning pieces. During the unveiling, each artist will have a booth to display all of their work.    In addition to the paintout, there’s also a “Quick Draw” competition amongst the artists this week. Participants have a set amount of time to paint within a specified location, after which there is an exhibition and the winning artist is chosen by the participating artists.   This will be Lisa’s third year attending the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout. Attending events like these not only contribute to building upon a profession in painting, they also provide the…

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