Author Archives: tggatsby

Hi! I am Professor and Chair of the Web Graphic Design program at DeVry University. Previous to coming to DeVry, I was an Assistant Professor of Communication Design and New Media at the University of North Texas for 10 years. And I have worked in the DFW area as a designer since 1982.

New HOW Interactive site launched

Go to HOW Interactive and take a look at all the new tools, tutorials and links available to artists who work on the web.


BIG CHANGES to FallA…please read!

Because of scheduling issues, there are few classes in MDD/WGD offered in Fall A (November-December).
Please make decisions and arrangements NOW to avoid drastic conflicts and issues when you’re ready to register for FallA.

The on-campus classes offered are:
WGD 250 (Raul Varela) and GMD 341 (Derek Manns). If you are considering WGD 205, 222 or 235, you must decide to either wait until Fall B (all classes will be offered), or take these classes online.

My recommendation is to wait, and take electives that session. If you MUST take any of those three classes, you are left with the online option.

I know this is not a great situation; if you have questions, please see me or Dean McClure.

Career Fair at Irving campus

Try to remember the Career Fair here Thursday, September 29. For specific information, see Tangela Thompson in Career Services.

For graduating seniors…

If you were not able to attend today’s GradFest, you’ll have another chance this Saturday, September 10 from 10am – 1 pm. You MUST attend if you anticipate graduation anytime before June, 2012. Contact Irene Lopez in Career Services for more information.

Apple is Hiring!

Apple Computer has contacted DeVry University about 100’s of jobs available in all areas where Apple has retail stores! They are CREATIVE jobs, so if you would like to see where you might fit at Apple, contact Tangela Thompson in Career Services immediately.

More on Illustrator 5

Since several classes currently in session are deep in work in Adobe Illustrator, I thought you’d find this article in Smashing magazine really helpful right now. Check out the Warp tool (and Liquify).

Hand Drawn contest to check out

Hand Drawn
What is illustration today? Is it pen-and-ink on paper? Vectors on pixels? A cut-paper scene captured in a photograph? A hand-stitched portrait with a touch of Photoshop? We think it’s all of the above. And now, we want to see what illustration is to you.

This competition is open to all participants and all illustrations styles. There are no restrictions and all entries will be judged equally. All files must be submitted electronically and be 2MB in size or smaller.
This competition is open now.
Entry fees
$60/campaign or series
$30/student campaigns

The 2012 competition deadline is September 1.

$500 for best in show
$250 for two runner ups
Placement in the magazine and on

Email us at
Or call 715-445-4612 x13430
To read the full article, click here.

New tutorials beginning next week

Interested in adding great Photoshop and Illustrator work to your portfolio?…in ten minutes or less??? Beginning next week, I will be posting some great tutorials and accompanying files to help you become an expert in CS5! Stay tuned to this blog for details!

New job postings: please take a look if interested!

Creative Circle – Dallas, TX
A Dallas-based agency, is looking for a freelance Illustrator.
You will be responsible for 3 – 9×12 pencil drawings for an ad campaign. Style required is a realistic, furniture/ homewares and person. This is an offsite assignment that starts ASAP as the final drawings are due on Monday.

Graphic Designer (for recent graduate or soon-to-be graduate
Pearson Education – Austin, TX
• Work with Quark 8.0 in traditional paper publishing environment for test item development.
• Work with InDesign in a traditional paper publishing environment for administrative booklets.
• Work with XML content that is published to InDesign for print and Flash for online deliverables.
• Use MathType to create equations for use in print and in online testing environment.
• Work in Flash to publish online test items (no animation involved).
• Prepare InDesign and Illustrator content for use
Go to to apply.

Designer/Photoshop Expert
Holmes Millet Advertising, Inc.
Graphic Designer/Photoshop Expert needed for a 3 week project. Must be expert with Photoshop and have a good eye for design as it relates to video. The job is to design and build multi-layered 1280px X 720px image files that will then be turned into video motion graphics by our editor/animator. Must be well organized and have knowledge of “folders and layers” in Photoshop.

How To Apply:
Email resume, contact info, and pdf of work samples, or website link to:

New Sale for Students at Apple Store

Not that you want a Mac, but right now they’re offering some good deals, including $100 credits. If you want to check it out, go to Apple’s website.