What do you do all day? UXUI Web Designer

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Meet Brandi Leath, a Nossi College of Art graduate and current UX UI Web Designer at Parachute Media, a local ad agency focused on social media and digital marketing. Brandi graduated with an Interactive Graphic Design degree and is putting her skills and experience to use on a daily basis. Learn a little bit more about Brandi and what she does:   Why did you decide to become and Web & Interactive Designer?  In the 10 years of my accounting career, I constantly found myself working on UX/UI and graphic design projects within the companies I worked for. This was in addition to my accounting responsibilities. I would freelance web design projects and work after work just for fun. I know it sounds a bit silly, but this is literally what happened. I turned 30 and was watching the movie The Vow. The one where Rachel McAdams was in law school and decided to quit and go to art school instead. I left the movie feeling extremely overwhelmed by the same feeling. I wanted to make art, all the time, not just for fun. So I quit my job and two weeks later I signed up for art school at Nossi College. I wasn’t even sure if I had any talent; I just knew that’s what I wanted to do.   I’m so glad I listened to my gut feeling, it has worked out better than I ever imagined.   What does a typical day look like for you? The very…

Salary Trends This Year – Web, Interactive, UX, Graphic Design among Top Hot Jobs!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

************************************************************************   The Creative Group is a Nashville staffing agency specializing in connecting talented creative and tech professionals with companies needing to hire interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent. Not only have they been a big help to creative professionals in Nashville, they have also impacted the lives of many Nossi College of Art graduates. The best education an art school can provide in addition to their strong curriculum is experiences and interactions within the ‘real world.’  To help seniors transition from the status of student to the status of Creative Professional, Nossi’s Career Services office implemented programs to help with professional development.  Helping Nossi succeed with this programs, the Creative Group sends employees to Nossi’s Senior Show each semester. The Senior Show allows graduating students to show off their portfolios and network with friends, family and business professionals in Nashville. The following day is Mock Interviews, where companies interview graduating seniors as if they were applying for a real job. Seniors get multiple opportunities in one day to help them hone their interviews skills, talk about attire, discuss strengths of their portfolio and learn how to best communicate. Some of our students have even been hired on the spot that day. Each semester we can count on The Creative Group to participate and help shape our students into stronger professionals (If you are a creative company who want to help like The Creative Group, please email Dax Gomez). The Creative Group knows Nashville’s Creative Industry. As part of their research, they created…

Bringing Murals to Life

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Walking down a hallway in Antioch, a giant orca jumps out of the ocean, it’s black and white, slippery skin glittery from the water droplets. The orca is playing with her new friend, a vivid, pink octopus wildly waving its tentacles. The children’s eyes light up as they watch the scene unfold in their imagination. “When Lance sent me proofs, I loved the sea world [mural],” said Marcus Meneese, Director of Stronger than my Father, a non-profit based in Antioch, Tenn. “We want the kids to have something fun to look at every afternoon, something that will inspire them to live out their dreams.” Stronger Than My Father was excited to showcase three murals commissioned by Lance Askins during their Grand Opening featuring Mayor Megan Barry. The non-profit is an after-school program designed to give encouragement and education assistance to students in kindergarten through eighth grades within the Antioch Community. “After listening to what Marcus was trying to achieve with this new community center, I was excited to be part of the project,” said Lance. “This organization helps children who do not have a father figure at home,” he continued. “Kids who grow up in single-parent homes need some kind of guidance. [Marcus] is trying to help these young people get pointed in the right direction so they can get a good start in life and achieve their own goals.” Lance is currently getting his degree at Nossi College of Art in Commercial Illustration. Working on projects outside the classroom…

Learning How to Create a Comic Book!

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Starting with brainstorming session in Sequential Illustration II, Instructor Hugh Shelton lead a 15-student team through the development and creation of Threshold, a 48-page comic containing a 32-page story written, sketched, inked and colored by his Comic Class. Unveiling details of the alien planet, Vidrolas, it’s three moons and the two-star binary system iis located in was one of the first concepts generated by class. Creation of the planet was followed by creating archetypes including the Hero, the Mentor, the Shadow, the Herald and the Trickster, just a few of the characters and themes highlighted in the comic novel. Using the 12 Stages of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero Monomyth to explain the process of the Hero’s journey, students were fully immersed in creating this comic during their 15-week semester. A comprehensive description of the planet helped set the stage for Eden Nox, the Hero, to unravel his story. Imagine a harsh environment with extreme temperatures ranging from desert hot to extreme cold. Vidrolas is made of a crystal that is harvested to help advance technology of the planet’s floating cities.  Nox is a gritty protagonist seeking revenge on the Company. The class’s first weeks focused on the developing story, naming the characters and constructing locations for their scenes CLICK THE BELOW PICTURE TO ACTIVATE THE GIF “Once the characters, locations, vehicles, and creatures were developed, the story virtually wrote itself,” said Shelton. By week four, the script was finished and the illustrating process began. Shelton divided students into three teams of five, each…

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