Alumni Stories: Success in Photography

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Although he first picked up a pencil, it was his grandfather’s old camera and a mistake by his teacher that turned Nathan toward his creative calling in Photography. After earning his degree and learning it doesn’t come easy, Nathan now is a professional photographer out of Louisville. Learn about his journey below. How did you get into photography? Was it something you always did or did something/someone spark your talent?  Funny story. In high school, the area schools would come together for a two-day arts and academic competition. I always competed in pencil drawing and thought I was ok. However, I finished my piece a few days before the competition when my art teacher informs me he had signed me up for photography by mistake. Begrudgingly, I borrowed my grandfather’s old camera and took some nature shots, processed them at a WalMart one-hour photo center, and ended up winning Best of Show. From then on I was obsessed with photography.  When did you graduate from Nossi? Where do you currently live?   I graduated Nossi College in 2006 with an associate degree in Commercial Photography. Back then, Nossi College was still in the Rivergate Parkway area, located in the same building as a Subway. 🙂 I moved to Louisville in 2011 for a staff photographer position at a marketing company and I have been in Louisville ever since. What are you currently up to?  I am a commercial photographer, check out my website, Nathan Pedigo Photography with a focus on food, commercial and portrait photography. I also just started…

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…

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…

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…

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