Monday, December 13, 2010


The Dallas Morning News/
College Student Design Contest
Who can create the best college recruiting brochure?

Are you a graphic design guru? The Dallas Morning News, a top 5 media market newspaper and media solutions company, is looking for a two-fold or tri-fold color brochure that we can use at college recruiting events and conferences such as CNBAM. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges at The Dallas Morning News. This contest is a great addition to your portfolio. And, the winner will receive a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card!

Characteristics of the winning brochure should contain:
Design that “speaks” to the college audience
Accurate grammar and spelling
Information to be included in the brochure is:
We are offering Advertising Media Sales Careers
We offer over 80 different products between print, online, texting and iphone and ipad applications
We are looking for talented, career minded sales people
We offer career growth and financial reward to those who perform well
Vacation and benefits package, mileage and cell phone reimbursement
Base pay and commission
To apply for jobs with us submit your resume to

Please include any other information that you feel would be relevant to a college student. Be creative and innovative in how you present the information. Use this as an opportunity to think about what would be important to a graduating senior when making a career choice. All submissions must be sent to Amber Thigpen, Senior Recruiter for The Dallas Morning News, by February 12th at 5:00 p.m. The winner will be announced on February 22nd. Make sure that your submission includes your name, school, and contact information. If you have any questions about the contest or brochure please email Amber Thigpen at

Friday, December 3, 2010

The ADDY Awards Competition!!!!

Enter your local ADDY competition and let everyone in your market see what you can do, and if you're really good, ad professionals everywhere are goign to find out when you storm through districts on your way to the coveted gold national ADDY! Get entered, get known, get up that career ladder two rungs at a time!
Student entries are $50 this year.

Rules and categories are available here:
For more info on the American Advertising Federation - ADDY Awards, click here:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

DAL Luncheon / CABLE DAY - Tues, Dec 14th

Don’t miss this great educational and networking opportunity. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cable Day
Dallas Ad League EVENT LUNCHEON:

Inside Cable Television – What’s Driving Advertiser Demand
Tuesday, December 14 2010, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Inside Cable Television – What’s Driving Advertiser DemandCable TV advertising is continuing to grow faster than ever. During this past upfront buying season, advertiser demand resulted in a 20% increase in spending over the previous season. In fact, some networks even turned business away.

Although new media and emerging technologies are growing faster than ever, traditional media is not just surviving, it’s thriving.

Why the sudden growth in television advertising with new viewing options available? What do these changes in the $8 billion cable industry mean for advertising?

Come to our December luncheon and discover these answers. AAF Dallas will be hosting a panel of senior-level network executives who will discuss the state of the cable industry, including such topics as:

-the continued growth in ratings
-the innovation behind spin-off launches
-the growth of non-fiction programming
-emerging platforms
-rollout of addressable TV

Our distinguished panel will include:
• Mel Berning, EVP of National Ad Sales – A&E Television Networks
• (speaker to be confirmed) - AMC
• (speaker to be confirmed) – Discovery Networks
• Bruce Lefkowitz, EVP of Ad Sales – National Geographic Channel/Fox Cable Networks
• Jon Steinlauf, SVP of Ad Sales – Scripps Networks

Moderating the discussion is Sean Cunningham, President and CEO of the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:30am – 1:30pm

WHERE: Doubletree Hotel – Campbell Center, 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frank Kopec ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Internships - Dieste

Local advertising agency DIESTE is currently looking for INTERNS to have in place for Summer 2011. They are paid full-time internships. Looking for great talent for their creative department, art directors/copywriters. All about passion and fresh ideas. Bilingual (English/Spanish) are a BIG PLUS!!!!!
TO APPLY, email your resume and portfolio to

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DSVC Meeting -

DSVC Welcomes Designer and Illustrator
Matt Stevens

Date – Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Reception – 6:00 pm Meeting – 7:00 pm
Location – Magnolia Theater (Google Maps)
Members – FREE Non-Members – $20
Students – $10 (ID Required)

NOV 3 - DSVC is pleased to welcome creative director, poster designer, illustrator, fake national brand designer, and semi-pro Layer Tennis player, Matt Stevens.
At his day job, He is the creative director for HAWSE (a Brand Agency) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Away from work, he has made a name for himself with after-hours design endeavors like Nike illustrations, fine art printing, donut shop rebranding, and the occasional game of Adobe's Layer Tennis.

Matt will talk about how his hard work has turned a bit of internet fame, real opportunities with Facebook, The Salvation Army, Inksie (design and culture), some top secret sneaker projects, and a speaking gig at the oldest and largest independent design club in the country
We aren't Matt's only fans. His work has been featured on: abduzeedo, Blogrocious, Brand New, quipsologies, Coudal's Fresh Signals, DesignWorkLife, The Donut Project, Draplin, ffffound, Grain Edit, Graphicology, Northcoast Zeitgeist, Nalden, Signalnoise, and Sneaker Freaker.

We hope you'll join us Wednesday, November 3rd, for a night of drinks and laughs with all your Dallas creative friends, and our special guest, Matt Stevens.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

T-Shirt Design Contest

10th Anniversary 48 Hour Film Project
T-Shirt Design Contest

We are happy to announce our tenth anniversary! That's right, the 48HFP has been bringing filmmaking mayhem to cities around the globe for 10 years. We're proud of all of our filmmakers—you deserve fanfare, accolades, laurels, and of course an anniversary t-shirt! In order to have a great t-shirt design, though, we need your help. So we've started a t-shirt design contest. The details are below.

Prize: Bragging rights, $250, and four t-shirts.
Due Date: December 3, 2010
Colors: Use one or two colors in the design. You may propose a background color. (Note: Our official colors are periwinkle blue and tangerine. Black t-shirts have been our best sellers.)
Sides: Please design for only the front of the t-shirt.
Specs: The shirt must contain:
• Our 10th anniversary slogan: "Celebrating 10 years, 48 hours at a time"
• Our logo (which can be downloaded below)
• (optional) Our name: "48 Hour Film Project"

How To Enter
Download and complete the T-Shirt Design Submission Form and send it, along with your design as a PDF or JPEG file, to

Additional Info
If you want to know more about the 48 Hour Film Project, check out what we're about.

Download the 48 Hour Film Project Logo
GIF, on a white background
GIF, on a black background
JPEG, on a white background
JPEG, on a black background
Adobe Illustrator format
Corel Draw format

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Portfolio Show - Monday, 9/27

Come and view the work of our next group of designers!
Monday, Sept 27th
Drop-In anytime between 12pm-3pm
Fellowship Bible Church Dallas
9330 N Central Expwy, Dallas, TX 75231
Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Photography, Web Design, Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion and Retail Management

Monday, September 20, 2010

A "No Cutting Corners" Guide to Getting the Job You Want at a Major Ad Agency

Robin Marco (pictured below), Creative Recruiter at Tracy Locke, has provided some great tips on what she looks for in great candidates.

1. The idea comes first. Will it catch attention? Will it sell the product? Is it relevant? Is it engaging? Does it connect on an emotional level or hit you on the funny bone? Would the client buy off on it? Is it a viable option to do something like this? Does it cut through the clutter? Is it original, fresh, different or unexpected? Is it memorable? Will people talk about it? Does it have legs? Is it compelling? Less is more. Keep it simple.

2. Must have killer visual and design skills. Typography. Textures. Layout.

3. Flawless execution. Pay attention to ALL the details. That’s what art directors do. Flow. One overall presentation. Brand yourself.

4. Minimum 15 samples – maximum 30. All must be great. Most of your samples are in a campaign format – at least three or four campaigns. Catchy, compelling or clever headlines, taglines and body copy. Tell a story.

5. Demonstrate 360˚ thinking. New media (web, mobile, social media), outdoor, promotions, guerilla/non-traditional, in-store, packaging, field marketing, stickers, stencils, etc.

6. Website with downloadable PDF of your portfolio and resume. This can be your own website or one of the portfolio websites, (, or
but you really need to be able to send out a link of your work. This is by far the best and easiest way to get your work seen.

The site MUST be easy to navigate. Not slow to load. Ads not too small. Be able to enlarge ads or be able to read the copy.

Make sure your name, discipline and contact information is on your portfolio, resume and cover letter. Always put your website, a phone number and an email address on all of your documents.

Make sure to state your discipline front and center on your resume, cover letter and portfolio. John Smith. Art Director. Joe Blow. Copywriter. Jane Doe. Graphic Designer.

Label your attachments or downloadable files with your name and what the document/file contains. (jsmith_portfolio, jsmith_samples, jsmith_book, jsmith_resume, jsmith_cover_ltr).

7. Have a hard copy/physical copy of your portfolio for your interview. I prefer to see portfolios in a book format (11”x17” or 12”x18”). No presentation boards. No plastic sleeves. I don’t like plastic-sleeved portfolios. In fact, I have an extreme aversion to them. They reflect the light and make it hard to see the work. I would much rather see a handmade portfolio that reflects the candidate’s personality.

8. Have a leave-behind/mini book for interviews. The leave-behind should not be bigger than 8.5”x11”, but it certainly could be smaller, as long as you can still read the copy with ease. I don’t like CDs, but that is my personal opinion. Why would you even need one if your work is on the web? It’s so much easier for someone to click a link than to open the CD, put it in the computer, wait for it to load and then open it.

9. Resume/Cover Letter. Does it make me want to meet you to find out more about you because you are so interesting and cool? Or is it just the “blah, blah, blah” same old boring form-letter-resume that you copied off the Internet that I’ve already seen a million times?

I like and expect to see some elements of design incorporated into the resume. Don’t go too crazy with your resume design. It still needs to be professional. You don’t want to get noticed for your garish, over-the-top, unprofessional design. Less is more. Keep it simple.

Have several hard copies of your resume for the interview. Your cover letter and/or email letter should be engaging and intriguing. Not a form letter. Not a long letter; it should be a short, sweet and a to-the-point letter that comes across in a compelling way.

10. Presentation Skills. You must have them. Could we put you in front of our multi-million-dollar client so you can sell your killer idea to them?

11. Personality. Would this person fit in with the overall agency culture and the specific group that is hiring?

TracyLocke has a subsidiary called N-GEN Studios , N-GEN employs production artists, illustrators and retouchers. If your strengths are in these areas, you should definitely look further into N-GEN.

If your portfolio meets the requirements here and if you feel like you can adapt and be a key contributor, feel free to apply to TracyLocke through their “Careers West” page on their website, Be sure to include the link to your portfolio on your resume.

(See Jennifer Magee or Amy Young, if you would like to see an example of a portfolio of a recent hire at Tracy Locke).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Please pass on to CURRENT students. Apply for $9,000 in Scholarships!! The Dallas Ad League and the Dallas Ad League Foundation are proud to offer two scholarships this fall for Dallas area advertising students. The $6,000 AT&T Advertising Excellence Scholarship, and the $3,000 Morris Hite Memorial Scholarship, presented by TracyLocke, are for students that are pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in a marketing or advertising related field. Visit the to download the application and get more information. Hurry, submission deadline is October 15th!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

September Meeting: An Evening with Stan Richards

Date – Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Reception – 6:00 pm Meeting – 7:00 pm
Location – Magnolia Theater (Google Maps)
Members – FREE Non-Members – $20Students – $10 (ID Required)

Summer is over and school is back in session. We're kicking off the 2010–2011 season with Richards Group founder, and national advertising legend Stan Richards.

Stan founded The Richards Group as a freelance practice after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York. Over the next 20 years, it became one of the nation’s premier creative resources. In 1976, it became a full-service advertising agency.Stan’s work has received awards in virtually every major competition in the world. In 1976, Stan was chosen by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications as “the single individual who, over his career, has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of creative standards in the Southwestern United States.”In 1981, 1983, and 1984, Stan was named by Adweek to the Southwest Creative All-Stars Hall of Fame. In 1985, Stan was honored by Pratt Institute as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 1986, he was honored with an Advertising Age cover story. Also in 1986, Adweek named him Executive of the Year, and he was included in The Wall Street Journal’s “Giants of Our Time.” In 1988, the firm was named Agency of the Year by Adweek. Again in 1990 and 1994. And once more in 2002. In 1995, Stan was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine.

The University of Texas named him the 1996 recipient of its Reddick Award for leadership in communication. Previous honorees include Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner, and Bill Moyers. More recently, Southern Methodist University announced the Stan Richards Creative Chair.Also in 1996, Stan received the AIGA Gold Medal, the award for career achievement in design. In 1997, Graphis magazine named The Richards Group one of the 10 best agencies in the world, and the American Association of Advertising Agencies honored the firm with its A+ Award, given annually to America’s best agency. In 2007, Graphic Design USA named the firm one of America’s six most influential agencies.

In 1999, Stan received the highest honor available to a creative with his election to the Art Directors Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Walt Disney, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol. Apart from business, Stan’s interests include skiing in Utah and fly-fishing the backwaters of Laguna Madre. He is an avid runner, having logged 40,000 miles.

In addition, Stan serves, or has served, on many boards: The Salvation Army, Episcopal School of Dallas, YMCA, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Dallas Symphony Association, United Way, the Creative Committee of the AAAA, Pratt Institute Board of Trustees, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. Stan and Betty have been married 53 years and have two sons. Grant is a creative director at his own agency in San Francisco, and Brad is a clinical psychologist.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Geek Meet Event:

Summer is practically over and I'm sad to see it go. But this also means we can get back to our normal networking schedules and catch up with everyone. I'm looking forward to a great year and hope to see everyone out on the 19th. We're going to Hacienda on Henderson this month. We'll be inside so the heat won't be an issue. There is also plenty of parking (use the valet). Let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 19th
6:00 - 9:00PM

The Hacienda on Henderson
2326 North Henderson Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
$10 cash per person at the door

The Hacienda on Henderson offers a unique, casual dining experience inside a newly restored 1940’s Henderson Avenue home. Hacienda features a mix of traditional Tex-Mex and authentic family recipes. Come early to eat, stay late to drink. Enjoy watching your favorite sports at the top-shelf tequila bar or just come to relax on the patio.

More Details about Geek Meet:

Ad Club Presents Dustin Ballard

Dustin Ballard from The Richards Group at this week's Ad Club meeting!

Tuseday, August 10 - TONIGHT
Room #217

Dustin Ballard, a copywriter for The Richards Group, has been with the company for around 4 years now, and has offered to come speak to us about various everyday issues at an ad agency, as well as give us some tips about what to expect. He will also be taking questions at the end, so be thinking of what you're going to ask.

We need to make a good showing and speak and act professionally, so please tell fellow students about the speaker at this week's meeting!

Open to all AID students.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 2010 Meeting - Business of Production

The Dallas Producers Association, Women in Film/Dallas and the Dallas Screenwriters Association are joining forces to present a panel discussion on the Business of Production. This meeting will focus on insurance, taxes, legal issues, contracts, payroll - anything and everything concerning the business side of production for features to television to corporate media to documentary to commercials. Join us at InMotion Imagery for this informative evening.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
6:30pm to 9:30pm – Program
DPA, WIF/D & DSA Members – FREE

InMotion Imagery
922 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75207

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AiDallas student wins -

2010 Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners in The Art Institutes Student Design Competition 2010 Sponsored by Adobe. This competition challenged students currently enrolled in an Art Institutes school to submit a design created with Adobe products. There were more than 150 entries into this year's competition! And the winners are...

Dylan Foy, The Art Institutes International - Minnesota
The Grand Prize winner and their faculty sponsor, Anne George, will each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the HOW Design Conference in Denver, CO June 6-7, 2010. The grand prize winner will also receive Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium software and a Canon PowerShot digital camera.
Click here to view art work

Daniel Flach, The Art Institute of Dallas
The Second Place winner will receive Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium software and a Canon PowerShot digital camera.
Click here to view art work

Colin Brandt, The Art Institute of Portland
The Third Place winner will receive Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium software.
Click here to view art work

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Save The Dates!!

Flash Is No Longer Necessary?

The debate over Flash support on Apple devices was escalated with Steve Jobs' recent letter on Flash. If you want to read the full text of the letter, you can do so here:

As a developer, specializing in Flash development, the debate is of great interest to me, and as you can probably guess, I am not all that thrilled with the stance that Apple is taking. I have a hard time understanding why Jobs is so adverse to Flash, if nothing more than the fact that omitting Flash from the iPad, and iPhone, is omitting any and all profits that could be made from the sale of Flash built apps being sold through the iTunes store.

Let me first mention that I am by no means against abandoning one technology, for a superior technology. My livelihood depends on my ability to maintain my edge, and not become a dinosaur. When Flash introduced AS3.0, I made it a priority to abandon AS2.0, and learn my way around the overhauled language so that I could develop faster, lighter, more powerful, and ultimately better products. If something other than Flash gives me the power to do all I can in Flash, and more, I will be all over it.

While Jobs makes several of his opinions come off as though they are facts in his letter, the one I find most outrageous is that thanks to HTML 5, “Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content.”

Who is Jobs to tell us what is necessary and what is not. Was James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D necessary? Is an Aston Martin necessary? Is a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label necessary? All online content should serve a purpose – sometimes that purpose is to get the right information quickly and without a lot of fluff (which is usually true for mobile devices with small screens), and other times that purpose might be to get a 15-year-old boy excited about the soon-to-be-released installment of Call of Duty for their Playstation or XBOX 360. And just like any tool, Flash, HTML 5, Objective C, PHP, or AJAX… you need to select the proper tool for the job.

I’ll be honest, I am not an expert on HTML 5… yet, but from what I have seen, it is impressive, and shows a great deal of potential, and is ultimately a step in the right direction.The only problem is, since HTML 5 is not plug-in based, if your browser does not support HTML 5, you are out of luck. I know that most of us in the design and development industry are savvy enough to install and run the latest technology, especially when it comes to browsers, but sadly we are the exception, not the norm.

Macromedia, and now Adobe, have worked hard over the years to make upgrading one's Flash player a simple, smooth, and painless experience for even the most novice of users. This is one of the reasons Flash has become so successful over the years. Not only being able to tell your clients that what you are about to build for them will be viewable by over 98% of the population, but also allowing us developers to spend more time developing content, rather than fussing around with browser compatibility issues.
If HTML 5 can help make H.264 encoded video the standard, I have no real problem with that, but when it comes to the demand for rich, engaging, brand driven content and interaction, I just don’t see how HTML 5 can compete with Flash at this time. And by the time HTML 5 becomes any sort of realistic standard, with enough browser support for us to start responsibly pushing HTML 5 upon our clients (which I estimate is still 3 to 5 years out), I expect advances in what Flash can do, will make HTML feel severely outdated.

The simple truth is that player based technology, proprietary or not, is not only a great way to develop once, and run anywhere, but it is also the best way to minimize the span of time between when the latest technology becomes available, and when the latest technology is accepted as a standard.
If Flash is really so lousy, Apple should trust that the market would naturally weed it out, rather than playing the Big Brother role, and restricting it from their devices. If the claim that Flash content chews through battery life on mobile devices, people can choose not to install those apps if they don’t feel the sacrifice is worth it. If Flash content experienced through multi-touch yields a subpar experience, again… let people choose to not run those apps in favor of ones that do.

In the end, it’s not Flash, or any other language/platform that is to blame for bulky content, or lousy experiences, it’s the development community. Depending on the skill of the developer, any program, written in any language, can be well written and highly optimized, or it can be sluggish, full of memory leaks, and prone to cause a system crash.

Like myself, there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Flash developers who have spent the last 3, 5, or 10 years refining their craft when it comes to using Flash to create anything from non-interactive animations, banner ads (which help keep much of the online content free, by the way), embedded components, micro-sites, custom video players, touch-screen kiosks, games, etc. And I’m guessing most of us would like to start applying that experience to building iPhone/iPad apps, which could be sold via iTunes to the benefit of Apple’s bottom-line – but thanks to Apple and Steve Jobs, that reality was snatched from us in a spiteful and vindictive fashion that proves there is more at play than Apple wanting to “provide the most advanced and innovative platform…”

Regardless, the fact remains that there are still billions of dollars worth of web content that has been developed, and will continue to be developed via Flash, and the thought that businesses around the globe have the desire and or budget to scrap these sites and components, and rebuild it so that nominal iPad community can consume the content is simply unrealistic. This coupled with the lack of USB port or SD slot, means the device is effectively hobbled as a serious consideration for a laptop replacement. And as Google and others begin releasing their tablets to the market, without such restrictions, it will be hard for those of us who don’t worship at the altar of Apple to justify the purchase of a device as restrictive and limiting as the iPad.

Apple is an impressive organization that has done so much to help define and refine the user experience, and for that I commend them. I personally love my iPod, and my iPhone, thanks to their sleek and compact design, the ease of use, and the utility they provide on a daily basis. But more and more lately, Apple is starting to evolve into everything they hated about Microsoft twenty years ago. I also expect that the 10 years from now, we will probably look back on the recent letter from Steve Jobs and chuckle just a little, just like when we look back on the quote from Bill Gates, from 1981, where he made the claim that “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

Joe Mease is a Denver-based designer and developer, specializing in building heavily branded, dynamic, user-centric applications using Adobe Flash. Joe has been a respected member of the Flash development community for over 10 years. Find his work at

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dallas Ad League / ASMP Happy Hour Social/Networking Event - Thursday, April 29th

Join us for a great social and business networking HAPPY HOUR at Margarita Ranch in The Mockingbird Station (5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.Dallas, TX 75206)
Thursday, April 29 2010, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Dallas Ad League / ASMP Happy Hour

This month, Dallas Ad League is having a joint event with the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers).

The ASMP has over 5,000 members, including many of the world’s greatest photographers.The organization has three purposes:- To protect and promote the interests of photographers whose work is for publication.- To promote high professional standards and ethics.- To cultivate friendship and mutual understanding between photographers.

ASMP: The Dallas Chapter
The Dallas chapter is one of 40 chapters nationwide of the American Society of Media Photographers, a trade organization which promotes photographers’ rights, educates photographers in better business practices, and produces business publications for photographers. It was founded in 1944 by a handful of the world’s leading photojournalists and is recognized internationally for its leadership role. Photographers helping photographers since 1944. For membership information go to the National ASMP site The more the merrier so bring a friend, colleague or client along. It's sure to be another great social and business networking event! Great drink specials and appetizers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Career Services Week Workshops AND Job Fair!!!!!!!

Make plans to attend CAREER SERVICES WEEK ~ All week-long!

Job-a-Palooza Job Fair – 8th floor – Tuesday 11:00am to 1:00pm

Network Workshop – Room 216 – Wednesday 12:00pm to 1:00pm – You will leave with a Networking Action Plan!

Freelance 101 Workshop – Room 216 – Thursday 12:00pm to 1:00pm – You will leave with a greater knowledge of how to run a freelance business!


If you are IN NEED OF A JOB, attend...

JOB-A-PALOOZA: Student Job Fair & Student Clubs Fair

Week 3: Tuesday, April 20th
11AM – 1PM
8th Floor

  • Apply for part-time/full-time survival jobs, and some part-time industry-related jobs & gigs!

  • Dress to Impress!

  • Bring copies of your updated resume if you have one

Questions? Contact Jennifer or 469-587-1213

As of 4/19, these COMPANIES (JOB OPENINGS) will be there:
· American Industries (Graphic Designers, Fashion Merchandisers, Web Designers, Fashion Designers – All Contract Positions)SouperSalad (Various Positions)
· White House Black Market (Sales Associates – full & part-time, and Management)Victoria's Secret (Sales Associates, Stockpersons, Visuals)
· Old Navy (Sales Associates, Stockpersons, Supervisors)
· FC Dallas and Pizza Hut Park (Event Staff, Culinarians)
· Dallas Market Center (web designers, temporary positions)
· Food Team (Kitchen Staff, Bartenders, Servers)
· Swagg Magazine (graphic designers, website designers)
· Green Mountain Energy (event Agents)
· UPS (warehouse, package handlers)
· FedEx Ground (package handlers)AiDallas School of Design Internships

10 Job-Search Mistakes

People entering the job market (and all job seekers) should avoid these common errors.

Although this year's college graduates are facing a tough job market (and the smart ones are facing it now, rather than waiting until after graduation), they have an advantage over other job seekers, according to Andy Chan, vice president of career development at Wake Forest University: they are among the age group most likely to be hired in coming months.

"Organizations are very interested in hiring young people because they have a lot of energy and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done," Chan says.
But no matter how well-positioned these young people are, they--and all job seekers--will have a better chance of success if they avoid these common job-hunting mistakes of new college grads:

1. Not being proactive enough Emily Bennington, the author of "Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job," says, "This isn't the time to sit back and be casual in your approach. Create a hit list of five to ten target companies, and really utilize your network to locate an 'in' at each."

2. Relying solely on the Internet In a recent Yahoo! HotJobs poll, 57% of respondents said networking was a factor in landing their current or most recent job. Brad Karsh, president of JobBound, says, "When thousands of candidates are applying to the same jobs online and posting their resume to the same job boards, candidates need to stand out by making connections and networking their way into a company." Job boards are an important tool, but Karsh says new grads also need to focus energy on networking.

3. Not creating wide networks Career expert Liz Ryan agrees: "Use your parents', grandparents', and friends' networks to help you in your post-graduation job search," she says. "Don't be shy--reach out to any long-ago Scoutmaster, choir director, or babysitting or leaf-raking boss. ... There's no statute of limitations on networking." (Read more Yahoo! HotJobs articles about effective networking.)

4. Not creating customized resumes Ryan says, "Don't send out any resumes that simply list your courses, the degree you've earned, and your part-time and summer jobs--use this opportunity to make a stronger statement about what you want to do with your adult life." And according to Jay Block, the author of "101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times," younger job seekers often haven't thought about what they have to offer an employer (as opposed to what they want to get from one). With this mindset, they create resumes that are "boring biographies" instead of effective marketing tools. (Read more Yahoo! HotJobs articles about crafting better resumes.)

5. Misusing the Internet Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire and the author of "Fired to Hired," says, "New grads don't use LinkedIn--it's not sexy like Facebook or Twitter. But it's the best resource for getting names and building a professional identity. Don't overlook it."

6. Failing to follow up Johnson says, "It's not enough to send resumes and pray the phone rings." She cautions that job seekers can't expect a resume to be discovered in that "big black online hole." "Hustle to follow up," she says.

7. Setting expectations too high Johnson says new graduates too often focus on looking for the perfect job, instead of a first job: "Especially in this economy, the first job should be about finding a position where you'll learn a great deal, you'll be super busy, and you'll be surrounded by lots of people."

8. Appearing unprofessional Make sure you're ready for employers' scrutiny, says Tim McIntyre, president and CEO of The Executive Search Group. That means you should "sanitize your MySpace page--right now. It will be checked," he says. He notes that many college students will need to change off-color voicemail greetings. Ryan adds, "Don't assume that Facebook's privacy settings will keep your youthful antics away from curious eyes. Rid your profile page of any photos of the 'three Bs' (beer, bongs, and bikinis)."

9. Not taking the job interview seriously Even when you're applying for an unpaid internship, you need to adhere to common standards of professionalism. McIntyre says those standards include demonstrating you've done your research on the company and dressing appropriately. Block adds that new grads are often unprepared for tough (but standard) interview questions, such as "Where do you see yourself in three years?" and "What are your weaknesses?" (Read more Yahoo! HotJobs articles about effective interview tactics.)

10. Not using the college's career office "A career office can help [students] identify networking contacts, learn important job-search skills, and significantly improve their resume and cover letter," says Wake Forest University's Chan. Ryan agrees, but adds that this is just a first step. The career office's job is to "to prepare you for your job search, not to conduct it for you," she says. "Use LinkedIn, reach out to everyone you can, and begin researching employers who'd be likely targets for your job-search." (Start your job search now.)

by Charles Purdy, Yahoo! HotJobs

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Design Competition

Got a great print that would look fantastic on the textiles used to create PJ Salvage pajamas?

Click HERE!

Submit all artwork to in JPG, PDF or TIFF Format (No larger than 5MB). Submissions due by May 21st!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DSVC & Ai Dallas Meeting @ The Magnolia Theater - Wed 4/14!!

The Art Institute of Dallas is DSVC's School of the Month!! Please come and show your Ai support!! Also, it's a perfect way to meet industry folks with your fellow Ai peeps!

WHO: Dallas Society of Visual Communications (DSVC), Ai Dallas, & Lousie Fili

WHERE: The Magnolia Theater in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX (Uptown Dallas)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14th


WHY: Meet industry pros, students, and listen to a great speaker

HOW: The Art Institute of Dallas is DSVC's SCHOOL OF THE MONTH in APRIL!!

PRICE: Bring $5 and your Student ID for a special price!

For more information, visit

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Career Services Week! April 19-22

Students and Alumni are welcome to attend all events! Alumni should RSVP to

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

KERA's CEO Series features Stan Richards of The Richards Group - March 26th

On Friday, March 26th, CEO (a KERA television and radio series) will explore the unique culture of a company considered one of the best places to work in North Texas. As the founder of the Dallas-based The Richards Group, Stan Richards leads the largest independent advertising agency in the country. Richards tells host Lee Cullum what it takes to create large, effective campaigns for national brands like Chick-fil-A, Home Depot and Motel 6.

Tune in to KERA Channel 13 at 7:30pm, on Friday, March 26th, to hear his discussion.
Sunday following the TV broadcast, 5pm, KERA 90.1 FM

CEO is a KERA television and radio series hosted by Lee Cullum featuring Texas chief executives from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. The show explores what it takes to make a company successful in today's global marketplace, asking questions about leadership style and ethics.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Listen Up, People!

The Art Institutes and The Creative Group have teamed up to create meaningful contnt and relationships that will positively benefit the students of The Art Institutes nationwide.

The podcast series was designed with you in mind by The Art Institutes and The Career Blueprint Podcasts give you smart, insightful information from those in the know. Why not invest five minutes in yourself and your career? You're worth it!

Click the link below to hear Megan Slabinski, District President of The Creative Group give practical tips on finding early career jobs and internships that are the right fit for you.

Groundfloor Opportunities: Doorways to the Future

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Free Portfolio Review event - March 20th!

AIGA DFW is putting on a no-frills portfolio review on March 20th from 12noon-4pm at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). This would be a great tune-up for soon-to-be design graduates! It's FREE, but you will need to register via the link below so we can get a head count. Details in this link:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Design Portfolio Show -

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GeekMeet Networking Event -

GEEKMEET - This Thursday we will be at Duke's Original Roadhouse in Addison. Meet us by the main bar. We will have $5 pitchers, $3 vodka, $5 burgers and a free taco bar too! Bring your business cards and get ready for a great night of networking.

More Details:

March 11, 2010
6 to 9pm
Duke's Original Roadhouse
4180 Beltline RoadAddison, TX


Monday, March 8, 2010

AIGA Dallas Meeting - Alexander Flores

AiDallas Alum, Alexander Flores, will be speaking at the next AIGA Dallas meeting...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Clampitt Creative Center
9207 Ambassador Row
Dallas, Texas 75247

For more information, click here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Have you heard about MeetUp?

It is a great online resource to find groups, organizations, happy hours, etc. with people in your industry! MeetUp today!

Disney Internships

Disney Professional Internships: Apply Now!

We wanted to make you aware of some exciting news! The recruiting season has officially begun for Disney Professional Internships and you can start applying for internships in which you are interested today!

Disney Professional Internships are available at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney Imagineering. Each of these unique areas of our global company offers students the ability to apply classroom learnings while networking with Disney professionals, gaining valuable experience from a Fortune™ 100 Company and having fun!
Internships are offered in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to:

Disney's Animal Programs
Art and Graphics
Human Resources
Information Technology
Labor Operations
Operations/Guest Relations
Sales and Marketing

Visit for more information and to apply!

Disney Professional

Friday, February 5, 2010

"Me 2.0" by Dan Schwabel

Check out

"ME 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand To Achieve Career Success"

#1 Career Book for 2009 - New York Post

It was an honor to have him speak on a conference call that I was a part of today. Dan Schawbel is profound and inspiring! I highly recommend you go to your nearest bookstore and buy this book.

Some highlights from the book include:
- A proven 4-step process for building a powerful brand (discover, create, communicate, maintain).
- Tips on using social media tools for personal empowerment, confidence building, and professional networking in order to attract jobs directly to you, without applying!
- Tested advice on how to create an online and offline presence for career protection and self-promotion.

Bottom line:
This is the handbook for surviving and thriving
in the digital age !

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Building an Online Portfolio -

Whether you're a new media professional or in the marketing or communications field, it pays to put your work on the Web. Your online portfolio holds the advantage of showcasing your services 24/7, enabling potential clients to find you with just a few clicks. When building a website, keep in mind that anyone can visit it at any time before contacting you. Therefore, a key goal should be to provide enough information about your services to convince prospects to take the next step: making personal contact. Following are six essential elements every site should have to ensure a positive user experience:

1-Home page. Some visitors may not go any further than your home page, so make sure it clearly conveys who you are and the services you offer, and provides complete contact information.

2-Biographical information/credentials. Your visitors will want to know about the person behind your website. A brief professional biography gives clients a snapshot of your qualifications, experience and expertise.

3-Printer-friendly resume. This is especially necessary if you're looking for a full-time job, so make sure it's easily accessible and ready to print. (PDF files work well for this.)

4-Work samples. The primary reason anyone will visit your website is to see your work, so give them enough to look at - but not too much - and organize your pieces strategically. Be sure you have permission to post any work that belongs to clients or employers.

5-Partial client list. Include a list of your past employers and clients (with their permission). Testimonials lend even more credibility.

6-Contact information. Make it as easy as possible for anyone with the slightest interest to reach you. Give them as many options as possible: phone, fax, e-mail, mail - and make the contact information accessible from every page on your site.

Here are some additional tips for creating an effective online portfolio:

* Keep it clean and concise. The best web portfolios are succinct and straightforward. You risk irritating visitors by showing too many samples or requiring excessive scrolling and clicking. Include only your best pieces and make them prominent or easily accessible from the home page.

* Make it "mega-lyte." All your files should be sized appropriately for the Web. The last thing you want to do is cause a prospective client's computer to crash.

* Tell the story. Just as you must clearly label the pieces in your print portfolio, you also should describe the samples you post online. For each item, provide the client name (with their permission), your role in the project, the date, and any software or special skills used.

* Take it a for a test drive. Make sure your e-portfolio can be accessed using a variety of platforms and browsers before directing anyone to your site. Also, check that all URLs you post are still active and displaying your work.

Contributed by The Creative Group

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GeekMeet Networking Event:

Come out to La Duni at North Park Mall and enjoy another great networking event with professionals in the technology industry. See you on the 28th!

Happy Hour information: January 28th Happy Hour

La Duni is providing several drink specials for us - $5 mojitos and margaritas, $3 import beer and $5 house wine selections. We will also have a few munchies available. See you there!

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time: 6pm-9pmAddress:La DuniNorth Park MallDallas, TX
Cost: $10 cash per person at the door

More information regarding GeekMeet:

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thanks for the Copyright Info!

Dear Columbia Law School,
Thank for creating

As a designer, I know how important copyright management is, and has helped me understand my rights and responsibilities. I believe that all graphic designers and web & interactive media designers should check it out!


All March AiD graduates...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

An Evening with a MadMan...

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Event Details:
AAF-Fort Worth harkens back to the golden age of the advertising industry by taking a closer look at the Golden Globe winning television series Mad Men. On January 14, 2010, join us for an evening with Matthew Weiner, creator and executive producer of the show.
Practitioners from all aspects of the advertising profession – and even those who are intrigued or infuriated by it – are invited to hear historical perspectives and anecdotes of the industry. The stunning Casa MaƱana theatre will provide an ideal backdrop.

7:30 pm
Historic perspective on the American Advertising Federation – Fort Worth and area industry professionals

7:45 pm
Matthew Weiner presentation focusing on the development of Mad Men and its characters

About Matthew Weiner:
Matthew Weiner is creator and executive producer of Mad Men, an AMC original series set in the ruthlessly competitive world of Madison Avenue advertising executives of the 1960s. Previously, Weiner was executive producer and writer on The Sopranos, HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series. The show garnered him an Emmy nomination with co-writer Terence Winter. Weiner’s credits also include a 2007 Writers Guild Award (TV) and a 2005 PGA Golden Laurel Award, as well as stints working on various television series such as The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.

About Mad Men:
The sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama follows the lives of men and women in an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. Mad Men has received wide critical acclaim, particularly for historical authenticity and visual style. The series has won numerous awards, including 3 Golden Globes and 6 Emmys. It is the second cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and the first basic cable series to do so.