Alumni Success: Discovering Design

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Meet Tyson Davis – a Graphic Design Media graduate of Nossi College of Art. Tyson, excelling in all things print and design, masters the process of taking an idea from concept to finished print on paper; an undeniable talent that he’s been professionally honing for over 5 years. Why did you decide to become a graphic designer?  Becoming a graphic designer was something that I had no clue people actually did when I was a kid. I, like most people, see ads of all types every day and never thought that someone had to build and create them. I grew up in AZ right outside of Phoenix. Growing up in that area I was heavily inspired by graffiti and street art, so I was always messing around with (don’t hate on me) MS Paint and other things that may not be of the most legit expressions of one’s creativeness… Fast forward a couple of years and you find me sitting at a desk – bored, uninspired and truly unhappy thinking I was going to become a Pharmacist. I ended up taking a creative writing class that, unknowing to me, would be the first steps toward my career as a professional designer. I had an awesome, eccentric professor who always encouraged us to be different and cared about our thought process during our journey. One day she commented on my doodles appearing on every paper I turned in, and that small, yet huge conversation to me, is what led to me leaving school…

Fall Semester Winners

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

It has become a semester tradition. The week before finals, graduating seniors gather to show off their hard work created during their college career. Portfolios are displayed proudly as family and friends interact and let loose. Creative professionals from Middle Tennessee arrive to check out the up-and-coming talent and hire the ones who will perfectly fit with their team.  From graduating seniors to first-semester freshman, the Nossi community gathers to end the Senior Show with an award ceremony, highlighting successes from the past 15 weeks. Each semester, faculty and select staff nominate students who stood out from the rest – those who got more involved, pushed the creative bar, tackled their grades and helped fellow students when needed. We honor students in each of our degree programs: Photography, Video & Film, Graphic Design Media, Web & Interactive and Commercial Illustration.  This fall, 27 students were nominated for six awards, several students even saw multiple nominations.  Congrats to all our winners Class Participation: Kayla Swedberg and Jaime Rock Most Improved: Bridget Turner and Carelissa Young Most Creative: Hector Mendoza and Brittney Stewart Ambassador: Ryne Anderson Academic All-Stars: Kayla Crumbley, Derek Gray, Hector Mendoza, Jordan Shumate and Brandon Sprinkles Perseverance Award: Chelsie Boyette View more images from the Senior Show and Open House by clicking here. Congrats again to all the award winners and we will see you January 8 for the start of our spring semester!

Alumni Successes: Going the Extra Mile

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Mike Gribble is a creator. He has always been and noticed it especially when he looked back on his experiences and realized he’s been artistic since high school. Each job he landed, he found himself working creatively to complete each task. Even working for Southern Trophy House, he was tasked with designing Advertising Awards for local and national ad agencies. He decided to take control of his life by going back to school and earning his Associate Degree in Interactive Graphic Design. He graduated in the Spring of 2017 and now has other goals to accomplish. How did you get into Graphic Design? Have you always been creative?  I got into graphic design working for Southern Trophy House without even knowing I was doing graphic design. I was engraving and doing sublimation for customers like The Tennessee Titans. Sublimation works by creating a layout then printing it, reversed, on a special heat-resistant paper. The heat-resistant paper is taped to the surface of the item you’re wanting to have sublimated – usually brass or aluminum. It’s then placed under a heat press for 30+ seconds at around 380 degrees when the printed ink turns from liquid to a gas and is transferred onto the material. I would also work on awards, such as the Titans Hall Of Fame, which aired on News Channel 2 and think to myself, “Hey! I did that earlier today!” It was exciting to see something I created on TV every week. That same company had a…

LGBT Chamber Foundation Unveils Logo Design by Nossi Graduate!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

The Nashville LGBT Chamber’s sixth annual TASTE fundraiser will be on Sunday, November 19th in Nissan Stadium’s West Club. Event proceeds provide educational, networking and community-building opportunities for the organization’s LGBT members, businesses and allies.   The LGBT Chamber unveiled a new TASTE logo at their Brewing Up Business networking event on August 22 at Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT). The new logo was created in partnership with Nashville’s Nossi College of Art, a professional art school encouraging students to get involved and give back to the community through their creative talents. Elisabeth Hunt, a summer graduate from the Graphic Design Media program created the logo in conjunction with Nossi College’s All Access office. Nossi All Access helps give students real-world experiences while in college.     Libby Funke Luff, Director of Marketing and Student Activities, shepherded a committee comprised of members of the LGBT Chamber’s marketing committee, a board of directors and members through the creative brief process starting in June 2017. “We recognized our largest annual fundraising event did not express the experience that attendees were experiencing and sharing,” said Ron Snitker, Vice-President of the Nashville LGBT Chamber. “We are ecstatic this new logo conveys the journey guests experience as they TASTE their way through Nashville’s top tastemakers with food and beverage tastings and an exceptional silent auction. Every year there are surprises.”   VIDEO OF THE LOGO UNVEILING (fast forward to the 9:50 mark for the Nossi introduction)   TASTE, the Chamber’s sixth annual signature event, features food and beverage…

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