The best ideas

The sophomore students are starting on new display case designs. The past two years, the cases┬áhave been designed around Bismarck State College-related concepts. This year, the boundaries were minimal – nothing offensive and something that will fit a 15-25 year-old audience.

The images below are from one of the groups. Any guess what the theme is?

Emotional Bunch

The first year students in Sean Thorenson’s Digital Illustration class recently executed their first original vector drawings. Using a scanned image of their hand drawn inking, the pen tool and a lot of patience, the students created this motley crew. This image may appear to be inked, but it is a 100% digital vector creation.

Disappearing Fonts in InDesign or Illustrator CC

We recently had a student who couldn’t select any fonts in InDesign shortly after we switched to the Creative Cloud. They vanished. After some detective work by Jason, he discovered where our fonts disappeared to and brought them back. See the screen shots below for the solution:

When selecting a font only Minion Pro would appear. No other fonts were available

When selecting a font only Minion Pro would appear. No other fonts were available

The culprit was the "Apply Favorite Filter " had been selected.

The culprit was the “Apply Favorite Filter ” icon had been selected.

The solution is to click twice on the "Clear Filter" icon and Voila! your fonts are back.

The solution is to click twice on the “Clear Filter” icon and Voila! your fonts are back.

Kevin Tong Illustrator and Poster Designer Coming to BSC


Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator living and working in Los Angeles. He is well known for his striking limited edition, screen-printed posters commissioned by major bands (The Black Keyes and Bon Ivers) and major movies such as Gravity, UP and Wall-E. Kevin will spend all day at Bismarck State College talking to art and graphic design classes during the day and will give an evening presentation discussing his work and creative/artistic process. The evening presentation is free and open to the public.

Students’ outstanding work recognized at AdFed

The American Advertising Federation is the oldest advertising group in the United States. AdFed’s annual awards ceremony is like the Oscars of the design community. The awards are given regionally with Fargo being home base for the region North Dakota is part of.

Bismarck State College was well represented at the Addy Awards Feb. 28 bringing home five Addys including two gold award winners.

Silver awards went to Trey Bruce, Angela Lipp, and Jacob Wetzel. Gold winners were Lindsey Hefta and the Sophomore Class of 2013 for Proof Magazine.

The students from the Graphic Design and Communications Club attended the awards banquet and did a great job representing BSC.

Of the 19 total awards given to students by AdFed, 12 went to students of two-year programs, both Bismarck State College and Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The remaining seven awards were divided between Minot State University, North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The first week is behind us

The first week of school meant life changing experiences for many Bismarck State College freshmen. The incoming class in the Graphic Design and Communications Department was filled with creativity and enthusiasm. It was impossible not to feel the energy from the new students.

The sophomore class returned to an environment they are familiar with to build on knowledge they have earned. They came prepared to work and are looking into the future – portfolio building and industry employment.