Say What?

Quotes get the type treatment in Typography Class. These are just a few of the quote posters from first year students in the Graphic Design and Communications at BSC.

Luis Vilella
Scout Wheeler
Jaiden Ziegler
Natalia Sotomayor
Sophia Jilek

GDC Students Win Six Addys

On Friday, February 26 the North Dakota chapter of the American Advertising Federation held their annual Awards Show in recognition of the region’s best advertising. Members and participants were able to log on to view and take part in AAF-ND’s live broadcast of the ‘At Ease’ Awards Show as winners were announced. Five Bismarck State College Graphic Design and Communications students received Addy Awards for excellence in their respective categories; second-year students Breien Berger, Alison Krein, Peter Pavek, Hailee Presser and Regan Reidlinger.

Regan Reidlinger took home a Gold Addy for her Magazine Ad Campaign for 701 Bakery.

Hailee Presser won a Silver Addy for her illustration for the McQuade’s Annual Softball Tournament.

Presser also won a Silver Addy for her integrated Ad Campaign for Danke Dough.

Breien Berger received a Silver Addy for her Consumer Campaign for Berger Sauce.

Peter Pavek won a Silver Addy for his photograph ‘Bully’.

Alison Krein won a Silver Addy for her poster design.

2021 AdFed winners from left to right – Hailee Presser (two silvers), Alison Krein, Regan Riedlinger (gold winner), Pete Pavek being blocked by Breien Berger. Congratulations on your awards and the recognition that hard work pays off.

New green screen work

The sophomore students worked hard shooting photos with a green screen background and adding their subjects into different scenarios. Below are a few of the best examples.

A visit to the past

Shane Balkowitsch has been a great friend of the Graphic Design and Communications department at Bismarck State College. Each year he has generously welcomed students into his wet plate photo studio to see the process he uses to create amazing images. Thank you for your generosity Shane!

Unreal Reality

First year students rose to the challenge of rendering an item using nothing but the tools offered by Adobe Illustrator to achieve realism. Time-consuming and rewarding work that pushes the boundaries of what can be done in software that is usually producing flat designs. It’s always amazing to see the results.

Jaiden Ziegler
Luis Vilella
Natalia Sotomayor
Scout Wheeler
LaDora Schmidt
Sam Kraft
Sophia Jilek

Photoshop vector challenge

Photoshop handles vectors a tiny bit different than Illustrator. After I’m positive that Sean has done the heavy lifting of teaching the freshmen the pen too, we spend one day looking at vectors in Photoshop culminating in a 25 minute vector car drawing challenge with a $1 prize. Jaiden Ziegler from the M,W,F class and Sophia Jilek from the T,TH,F class both walked away a dollar richer.

Photoshop creatures

I make an attempt to come up with a replacement assignment for the Photoshop creature almost every year. I’ve modified the assignment a couple times, but eventually have come back to almost the spot where it started. This assignment does a good job of showcasing all of the skills the freshmen students have learned up until this point and provides some creative scenarios to learn a few new skills.

Jaiden Ziegler’s character. The parts blend together seamlessly.
Lauren Senescall created a dragon and added a few new skills along the way.
Luis Vilella recreated Mickey Mouse using textures and images. The eyes are made from images on human eyes. Clever use of images.
Sam Kraft created this mechanical insect with many images. Some of the pieces are very small, but add up to a great project.