First PRAD Meeting of the 2010 Fall Semester!

•August 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Public Relations and Advertising Club will be having its first meeting September 1st, 2010 at 4pm in the Inaugural Room of the Overman Student Center. We will be talking about what the club has to offer its members and what the members will be involved in throughout the year. Pittsburg State University students, please, feel free to come by. All majors are welcome! You can join for $5 a semester or $10 for a year!

So come see us!


We look forward to seeing you there!


Get That DREAM Job!

•July 20, 2010 • 2 Comments

Ever wonder what you can do to get ahead of everyone else out there? Worried about not standing out when you apply for a job?

On March 31, 2010 the Public Relations and Advertising Club had a guest speaker for their Inspiration Cramsession. Her name is Christel Benson and she is a professor at Pittsburg State University in the Department of Graphics and Imaging.

Christel spoke to us about her portfolio, how to advertise yourself to the job market, the best way to build your resume, and many other things. After the session, many who attended were filled with inspiration and new ideas on how to get themselves their dream job.

Now it’s your turn to learn how to get that job . . .

The first and most important point is to BE AWARE of what you are APPLYING FOR! Be sure to go over what you are sending to the company and make sure your information applies to that company. You want your resume to be exactly what they are looking for, so be sure to tweek it so it will relate to the job.

Also, make sure you know about the company you are applying for. Take an interest in the business you want to work for. Find out what they are doing in their community, their biggest clients, their treatment of their workers . . . ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. These companies want to know that you are interested in them.

After sending your resume and cover letter, follow up with a packet of your work. Make yourself stand out and show that you want this job and are willing to work hard to get it. If you have a unique name, quality, etc., then make that stand out about you!

Be sure you don’t just write down references, call them up and/or email them to let them know what you’re applying for and ask if they are willing to help you out. That way when the employer calls them, they already know what to talk about.

Everybody has their weaknesses. Understand yours. Turn them into something positive. You will be asked what your weaknesses are, so be ready to talk about them in a good way rather than being completely negative.

If you’re good at something, talk about it. If you worked hard for your GPA, point that out. If you have great team collaboration, inform them about it. Talk about jobs that you held for a long time, coordinating events, the signage you created, your public speaking abilities. All these help make you into a better candidate!

Finally, you’re leaving the interview but there are still 10 other candidate to interview. What can you do so that the interviewer will remember you out of all of them? Leave something behind. Whether it’s a brochure, piece of work, business card that stands out. I have heard of applicants leaving drumsticks behind because that was their hobby. It stood out to the employer. Figure out what this piece will be for you! It’s an easy way to market yourself to them!

If you are still in College, look at ever assignment as a portfolio piece. This is when you have the students and teachers surrounding you to make sure your piece is as good as it can be. Work hard! The more work you do now, the less that you have to worry about later.
Just like your resume and cover letter, customize your portfolio to fit the job. BE CONFIDENT about the way it looks, the way it’s assembled, and the pieces you have in it. You have to be able to talk about the pieces of work comfortably. Talk to others about your portfolio. Practice makes perfect. Talk to other companies you know aren’t hiring about letting you sit in on a mock interview. It’s a competitive job market out there, so you have to be your best!

The job is going to go to the one who is most prepared. Do what you can to be THE person they need.

To check out more about Christel Benson, go to her blog at

Follow Design Avenue on Facebook and Twitter!

•July 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Would you like to easily stay up to date with Design Avenue by using websites that you’re on everyday? If that’s a yes, then join Design Avenue on Facebook and Twitter today! The links are listed below!



Follow Me on Twitter!

Gamma Epsilon Tau

•April 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Gamma Epsilon Tau is a printing fraternity and I recently became a member of at Pittsburg State University. It is a honorary fraternity that focuses a lot on grades, community  service, and activities within the organization.

There is a contest going on right now for a new t-shirt design. I wanted to go with something that related to the printing industry. I mostly wanted to play on the words, “Ink and water don’t mix,” since it’s a famous statement in the printing industry. As soon as I downloaded some ink stain brushes, I was playing immediately with text and creating a ‘mess’. I feel that it is the perfect shirt for a printing fraternity. We will see what the club thinks soon! What do you think?

GET T-Shirt Front

GET T-Shirt Front


•April 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

Profile Typography

Profile Typography

Think Green

Think Green

The “Profile Typography” poster I designed just for fun. I was looking at some photos of my friend Jason Landrum and thought this high contrast photo could be interesting if designed with typography. I used words that I felt described Jason. I have a feeling I will be creating more of these as I have more time to spare. This is only just the beginning.

The “Think Green” type is from a tutorial on It was a step by step tutorial that taught me how to create a rather simple but pleasing design. I learned quite a few techniques that have helped me to become a better designer.

Life's Instructions

Life's Instructions

This is a typography poster that I designed to give myself some advice and ‘life instructions’. Sometimes life can be a little tough but with a push of encouragement, it’s amazing how much farther we can go than we ever thought.