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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Infographics (But Were Afraid to Ask)

daniel zeeviReady to respond to requests of “Show me the data!” with more than a sad little bar graph? The Mediabistro mothership is now recruiting would-be data visualizers for an online course in infographics that can “engage an audience in your brand, cause, or mission.” Guided by digital communications pro Amanda McCormick, whose resume includes projects with New York City Ballet, Bitly, and Bertlesmann, students will get up to speed with online tools (we’re looking at you Many Eyes) and develop a robust spec for a data visualization. The infographical fun starts January 20. Learn more here.

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Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on Janaury 27  at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media compaies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!

Illustration for Fun and Profit

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Take your drawings from the page to publication with the help of Mediabistro’s short course on publishing your illustrations and cartoons. Writer and illustrator Jessica Olien will guide you through the markets for your illustrated work, from approaching online and print publications with ideas to preparing a picture book dummy for submission to an agent or editor (Olien’s own picture book, Shark Detective, attacks next fall from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray). By Christmas, you’ll have brainstormed ideas for illustrated work and come up with a list of places to submit.You’ll also have a list of resources to turn to whenever you come up with new ideas. The online learning fun starts tomorrow night, so sharpen your Prismacolors and register now.

Learn Infographics and Party Like a Chart Star

daniel zeeviReady to respond to requests of “Show me the data!” with more than a sad little bar graph? The Mediabistro mothership is now recruiting would-be data visualizers for an online course in infographics that can “engage an audience in your brand, cause, or mission.” Guided by tech-meets-branding whiz Amanda McCormick, whose resume includes work with organizations such as New York City Ballet, Bitly, and SocialFlow, students will get up to speed with online tools (we’re looking at you Many Eyes) and develop a robust spec for a data visualization. The infographical fun starts Tuesday, January 20. Learn more here.

Pratt to Honor Kim Hastreiter, Iris Apfel, and David Yurman at Legends Gala

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The age-old battle of statement eyeglasses versus statement jewelry will be waged this evening at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental as Pratt Institute entices art and design-loving donors to open their checkbooks and their autograph books for the school’s annual Legends scholarship benefit. The 2014 honorees, “distinguished individuals whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt,” are PAPER magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter (fresh from breaking the Internet avec longtime PAPER collaborator Jean-Paul Goude), style icon and designer Iris Apfel, and designer and jewelry honcho David Yurman. Doling out the honors will be presenters Padma Lakshmi, fashion designer Duro Olowu, and Paul Greenhalgh, director of the Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, respectively. Among guests expected to party the night away against a sweeping backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline are Pratt alums such as photographer Sylvia Plachy and Publicolor Ruth Lande Shuman, designer and Tolix chair skeptic Karim Rashid, artist Kehinde Wiley (a 2012 Pratt Legends honoree), and writer/host Kurt Andersen, a Pratt trustee.

Wanted: Designer to Pick Up the Pace (University)

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Put your design skills to scholarly uses at Pace University, which is looking to add a junior-level graphic design/communications specialist to the communications team responsible for all of the university’s marketing materials: think banners, fliers, brochures, invitations, fact sheets, ads, and presentations. Among the required school supplies: Photoshop and InDesign prowess, an understanding of visual storytelling, and strong writing, grammar, and proofreading skills.

Learn more about and apply for this graphic design/communications specialist, Pace University job or view all the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

Learn HTML Online, Just as Nature Intended

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Admit it: Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where Mediabistro comes in. Our mothership has confirmed its next online course in HTML and CSS, and it’s never too early to start planning ahead. Over two fun-filled sessions, web design design guru Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins November 24, and soon you’ll have brought a pre-designed webpage to life through the magic of HTML. Preview the course syllabus and register here.

Put the ‘Fun’ in ‘HTML Fundamentals’

Admit it. Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where the Mediabistro mothership comes in. They’ve asked us to tell you about the upcoming online course in HTML Basics that kicks off just in time for you to brag at Thanksgiving that you’re “getting into coding.” Over two fun-filled sessions, web designer (and illustrator) Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to a glimpse toward a future of semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins November 24. Preview the syllabus and register here.

Parsons Adds Industrial Design MFA Program

(Alessio D' Aniello)Would-be undergraduates aren’t the only ones with innovative new educational opportunities at Parsons The New School for Design. There’s also a new Master of Fine Arts program in the works. Slated to launch in the fall of 2015, Parsons’ full-time Industrial Design MFA is geared to professionals who want to further develop their industrial design practice as well as those who are new to the field. As for the curriculum, developed by Rama Chorpash, expect well-crafted opportunities “to employ advanced making skills and critical inquiry to design products at various scales of production, from low- to high-volume, and from desktop manufacturing to systems involving global supply chains.” Students will cap off their two years of study with a thesis project “that develops innovative or provocative designs carrying forward or challenging industrial design theory and practice.” Excited? The program’s official kickoff will take the form of “Product City: Shortening the Supply Chain,” an October 30 panel discussion featuring Matthew Burnett and Tanya Menendez (founders of Makers Row) and Stephanie Schacht (head of responsible growth at Etsy), with Chorpash and Victoria Hattam (professor of politics at The New School for Social Research) moderating.

The New School, Parsons Launch Journalism + Design Program

logo_horiz_sm2-300x46The goal? “To build a community of students and practitioners dedicated to building a future for journalism that isn’t dictated by corporate PR, wealthy individuals, or government spin.” The means? An interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program at The New School in Manhattan that merges design thinking with traditional journalistic principles. The catalyst? A $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will fund the pilot initiative along with a journalist-in-residence program to bring in practitioners and thought leaders as well as social media editors, technologists, and data reporters. “The Journalism + Design program recognizes the critical and growing role design plays in the creation, consumption and experience of media,” said Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons The New School for Design, in a statement issued recently by the Knight Foundation. “It creates an exciting new space to explore emergent methods and channels for relaying information that will transform the media industry of the 21st century.”

Go West: Louise Sandhaus on Graphic Design, California Style

earthquakesTo understand the shape-shifting nature of the California design scene, look no further than earthquakes, mudslides, fires, and riots. These natural and manmade disasters endemic to the Left Coast provide the cataclysmic title of a forthcoming book by Louise Sandhaus. The designer and CalArts faculty member focuses on five decades—1936 to 1986—that span Alvin Lustig to Deborah Sussman, from Saul Bass‘s mod film titles to Atari video games, with pit stops at Disneyland propaganda posters, Alexander Girardiana, and early animated abstractions for Robert Abel and Richard Taylor‘s bubbly 7-Up ad of the 1970s.

CalArts students are picking up where the book—out November 30 from Metropolis Books—leaves off by identifying, researching, and documenting neglected designers in Sandhaus’s “Making History” course. Their findings will be compiled in a new website dedicated to California design history. “Earthquakes is a conversation starter,” says Sandhaus. “I want to inspire others to add to the history of California design. There’s a lot of ‘wow’ work and makers that are going to end up in the dustbin of history if documentation doesn’t happen.”
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