Check out our fall issue of the Brand Report for the scoop on what we talked about in Happy Half-Hours, upcoming professional development opportunities, a call to participate in the VCN member survey, some tips and tricks, and a look at our featured Communicator of the Quarter.

Notes from Happy Half-Hours

September Happy Half-Hour: Jonathan Egan, Sheldon Museum of Art

Jonathan Egan, Graphic Designer and Media Content Specialist from the Sheldon Museum of Art joined us for September’s happy half-hour. His presentation included his reworking of the Sheldon’s visual identity, in which he gave the museum a much-needed singular visual presence. He also discussed the strategy involved in designing materials that aid the art viewer. Jonathan emphasized the importance of the brand’s single typeface doing the work and avoiding overpowering the artwork on display. Jonathan helps provide an excellent experience for anyone who visits the Sheldon and we were happy to have him present his work.  


Reminder: Take the VCN Member Survey

Your voice's time to sound off! We want to hear how we can best support you as a visual communicator this academic year.

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Free Virtual Adobe MAX Conference, Oct. 18-20

Adobe is hosting their annual Adobe MAX conference, October 18-20. This year it will be held virtually and is free to those with a Creative Cloud account! There will be 350+ sessions discussing everything from how to use their software, to creative techniques, to thought leadership. Register and set your schedule and keep us updated on Teams on what you are learning! Then join us on November XX at our next co-working half-hour to chat about what sessions you attended.

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Award Shows: Get Recognized For Your Best Work

We all know you've been doing great work in visual communications at UNL, but are you aware that you can be recognized for that work as well? There are several ways to be recognized in the visual communication, design and marketing industries. Organizations such as the University & College Designers Association has several categories of awards one could enter. The American Marketing Association has a local chapter as well as the Public Relations Society of America with its regional district. Nebraska has its local American Advertising Federation chapter as well. There are several other organizations in higher-ed and beyond that accept award submissions from University units, such as CASE and its Circle of Excellence Awards. Check with your unit to see if you have budget to enter awards and let us know once you win  so we can celebrate with you!

Tips, Tricks & Resources

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Learn How to Use Figma

Adobe recently announced that it is acquiring Figma, which means that sooner or later, Adobe XD will no longer be Adobe's primary UX/UI Design tool. Figma has a set of very thorough lessons that you can go through at your own pace. Learn more about how to use Figma and get a head start in the transition. 

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