Monthly Archives: September 2014

Marketing Assistant job

An international language services company is seeking a Marketing Assistant to support the daily operations of the marketing department.  This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to start a career in marketing, design and media production.

Salary: $35,000/year

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in production of art work by editing existing marketing materials, choosing appropriate photos, and checking copy
  • Design simple marketing materials
  • Updating and maintaining  photo and video archives and marketing materials
  • Edit photographs in Photoshop/Lightroom
  • Conceptualize ideas for promotional videos
  • Assist marketing manager in social media initiatives including scheduling social media posts, coming up with creative ideas to further bolster Rennert’s social media initiatives, among others
  • Update Rennert’s  website as needed
  • Administrative work, including filing, processing of vendor invoices and departmental credit card receipts, etc.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
  • Good understanding of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • Must have the ability to design simple marketing materials such as flyers, banners, etc.
  • Ability to multitask and work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and diverse team environment
  • High level of organizational skills
  • Proficiency  in another language in addition to English a plus
  • Photography or videography experience a plus

Please send your resume with a cover letter to for review.


Rennert International

216 E. 45th Street

New York, NY 10017

Ph: (212) 867-8700

The ShopRite “Designed to Fight Hunger” Bag Design Contest


ShopRite Designed to Fight Hunger Bag Design Contest Poster

ShopRite is back with another great opportunity for up-and-coming artists to raise hunger awareness in their communities by putting their creativity and design skills to the test.

The design contest will open on October 1, 2014 and end January 31, 2015. The ShopRite “Designed to Fight Hunger” Bag Design Contest invites people ages 18 and over to submit their original hand-drawn or digitally created designs, depicting how they would fight hunger in their community.

Designs must be:

Submitted in either .eps or .jpeg format

Created to fit within a 12” wide x 13″ high area when printed

Accompanied by a complete official entry form (can be found on the below website)

Submitted online at by January 31, 2015

The person with the winning design will receive $2,500 and will have their design featured on reusable shopping bags at ShopRite stores. First and second prize winners will receive checks for $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.


TheDream.US – Up to $25K College Scholarships to CUNY for Undocumented, DACA-eligible Students


CUNY is pleased to announce an important partnership with TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for DREAMers across the nation.  DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates at CUNY  and who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approval could be eligible for college scholarships of up to $25,000 to help cover tuition for two-year or four-year degrees. 

Help us to spread the word about this incredible opportunity for DREAMers who, without financial aid, might not be able to afford a college education.  If students whom you serve meet the scholarship’s eligibility criteria and are currently enrolled at CUNY or intend to enroll at CUNY by the fall of 2015, please encourage them to apply.

The scholarship application deadline is October 26, 2014.  CUNY will be a leading partner to TheDream.US and appreciates your role in building our University-wide community of DREAMer Scholars. 

For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, please

CUNY IBM Watson Case Competition

Thursday, September 18, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, a representative from the IBM Watson Team will be visiting Queens College to brief students interested in learning more about the CUNY-IBM Watson Competition. The meeting is open to all Queens College students and will be held in Rosenthal Library, Room 230. The competition will award a total of $10,000 in cash prizes, with the winning team receiving a $5,000 award. The top three teams will win cash prizes.

For more information about the competition go to

For an introduction to IBM Watson view video at



NYLON Art Internship–Unpaid

NYLON Magazine is looking for an Art Department Intern to begin ASAP! Main responsibilities include updating our issue wall and book, collaborating on illustration and photography projects, and providing some design support for our iPad issue. We are looking for strong, creative designers with an understanding of and love for the NYLON aesthetics. All internships are unpaid, and interns must be available 2+ days a week (with flexible hours!).

  • Position: Internship
  • Area of Focus: Design
  • City: New York City
  • Region: NYC tri-state
  • Duration: Part-time
  • Contact
  • Contact Name: Haley Stark
  • How to Apply: Please send a resumé, a link to your portfolio, and a brief statement of why you’d like to intern with us.
  • Job Requirements: Must be skilled with InDesign and Photoshop. Experience with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and/or illustration is a plus. Love of pizza/donuts/fun is also a plus.

Guest Designer–Felipe Taborda

Felipe Taborda, Guest Designer Talk

Felipe Taborda, Guest Designer Talk

Felipe Taborda is coming to speak at Queens College
Monday, September 22, 2014
Free Hour (12 noon-1:00pm)
Klapper Hall 403

Felipe Taborda is a graphic designer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A graduate of Rio’s Catholic University, he studied cinema and photography at the London International Film School (England), Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts (USA). He has had his own office since 1990, working mainly in the cultural, publishing and recording areas. He also devotes himself to personal projects, such as the co-ordination and publishing of Brazil Designs, a special number of the American magazine Print, the idealization and curatorship of the event 30 Posters On Environment and Development, during Eco’92 in Rio, the concept and curatorship of The Image of Sound, a project paying tribute to Brazil’s leading composers through the visual creation of contemporary artists, and the recent exhibition Brazil AdDesign, at the Art Directors Club Gallery in New York. His works appears in the books Graphic Design for the 21st Century – 100 of the World’s Best Graphic Designers (Taschen – Germany); World Graphic Design (Merrell Publishers – England); The Anatomy of Design (Rockport Publishers – USA);Logo Design 1, 2 and 3, Brand Design Now and Contemporary Graphic Design (Taschen – Germany). In 2008 he launched his book Latin American Graphic Design, the very first comprehensive compilation of historical and contemporary design of this region, published by Taschen. In 2012, for the Rio+20 / United Nations Summit, he conceived the project Glob-All Mix / 30 Posters for a Sustainable World.

Felipe Taborda website

Sept 24–Invitation to Here Are All The Black People– A Multicultural Career Fair

Register Now for
Here are all the Black People–A Multicultural Career Fair
It’s free, but you need to register


The One Club’s celebrated Here Are All The Black People is the most highly anticipated multicultural career fair for aspiring creatives in the advertising and design industries.

This year’s agenda includes testimonials by top creatives, workshops, portfolio reviews, live “elevator” pitches, mentoring sessions, one-on-one interviews with agency recruiters and more!

The event is FREE and is open to students, recent graduates, and professionals looking for a career change. We also welcome advertising industry creatives who are looking to meet, mentor and hire new, diverse talent.

Visit for more information and to register to attend.

Interview with Natalya Balnova

Natalya Balnova © 2014

Natalya Balnova © 2014

Natalya Balnova is an illustrator, graphic designer and artist. In this interview Professor Balnova shares a little bit about her life, passions and projects. This semester, Professor Balnova is teaching Book Design & Production and Color and Design 2.

Tell us a little bit about your background?

I grew up in St-Petersburg, Russia. My original background was in fine art, then I switched to a design major. I graduated from the Academy of Industrial Art and Design, St-Petersburg, Russia, after studying design and printmaking. Later, I received my second BFA in design at Parsons School of Design in New York, and last year I graduated from the MFA Illustration program from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Why did you decide to pursue a BFA in Communication Design at the Academy of Industrial Art and Design in St. Petersburg?

It was an amazing and fun place to be, known for it’s experimental spirit, very challenging with inspiring, creative people. Students from different departments interacted with each other, making shows, performances, exchanging ideas. It was an ideal environment for artistic and intellectual growth. I wanted to be a part of this world.

Natalya Balnova © 2014

Natalya Balnova © 2014

Why did you decide to pursue another BFA in Communication Design at Parsons New School of Design?

Studying at Parsons became a logical step after moving to the US. I wanted to continue my education in order to expand my knowledge in design, get some practical skills in computer technology, and meet people from my professional field.

Do you think there is a difference in the way design is taught in Russia versus United States?

I am not sure how different it is now since I moved to the US many years ago, but at that time the main difference was in the intensity of the program, structure of the classes, and the overall program set up. It felt way more intensive in NY and was shorter and more complex. In St-Petersburg we had a certain curriculum for each semester with a focus on a particular field and with one teacher for each topic of design. In addition to graphic design classes we took painting and drawing on a regular basis during the whole program. We also had printmaking classes for five years, each semester was dedicated to a certain printmaking technique.

At Parsons we could choose classes and teachers and had to complete various assignments in a very condensed period of time with a focus on conceptual thinking and experimentation. On a top of that, the attendance was very strict, and it felt like an army. Also, New York’s diverse cultural mix of people brings a wide array of artistic aesthetics and visions from around the world, which added a lot to the program.

How did you become involved with designing books and book covers?

A year after graduation from Parsons, I luckily got into the publishing industry and have been working in this field ever since. I had several internships prior to that, including an internship atPentagram and at Interview magazine. My friend and classmate from Parsons School of Design was working in an independent publishing house and they needed an intern, so it started from an internship and three months later led to a designer position.

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

It was great, since working in book publishing was my dream work. I always wanted to work with books or poster design or create design products that connect to the music industry or theaters. So working in the publishing house was within my sphere of interests. Since it was a relatively small publishing house we had a chance to see all stages of book publishing, from meeting with authors and the approval of the manuscript to the color proof in the printing factory. We worked very closely with the editors, authors and marketing department. Publishing has a special flair, which I really like.


Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Why did you decide to pursue an MFA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts?

Since my original background was in Fine Art, I always missed this part in my life. While I was working, I started to take continuing education classes at the SVA printshop, which literally became my second home. I met many graduate students from the MFA Illustration department so I had a very good feeling about this program. I have been drawing all my life and illustration feels very natural to me.

Plus I felt certain emotional and professional stagnation and wanted to move forward, to see new people and get new experiences. It was necessary to make this step in life.

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014


What was the inspiration for Day Job?

My “Day Job” book project which I did in my first year of the MFA program was based on biographical facts from the lives of famous artists, writers, poets and musicians and the day jobs that allowed them to maintain their creative careers. I felt very passionate about this subject matter since the dilemma of making a living doing art and not succumbing to the daily routine is quite familiar to any creative person. I wanted to do it as an inspiring and at the same time a very personal book with a sense of drama and hope. The book has a lot of funny, sarcastic, bitter and sad quotes that reflect the emotional tension and sensibility of the characters.

Who have been your biggest influences?

My mother. She was my biggest supporter, a very brave, enthusiastic person and an original thinker. She was a designer, and introduced art and design to me.

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

What projects are you working on now?

Several book covers for non-fiction titles, a series of illustrations for a novel, and I am working on my personal silkscreened book about alternative visions of sweets and desserts.

What’s on your reading list?

Most recently I was rereading Chekhov and Dostoevsky. I love poetry, so a big portion of my reading list belongs to this form of literature.

To name a few poets whose work is very important to me: Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Francis Picabia, Paul Éluard, Tristan Tzara, Velimir Khlebnikov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Aleksei Kruchenykh, Marina Tsvetaeva, Charles Bukowski.

In terms of literature on professional design practice, I look forward to reading Peter Mendelsund’s book What We See When We Read.

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

What was the best exhibit you’ve seen in the last year?

I can give you a list of events and shows that I like to visit. I am very interested in printmaking, so I try to visit exhibitions that relate to printmaking.

IPCNY (International Print Center New York) usually has great shows, which gives a lot of inspiration on techniques and ideas. MOMA has great shows on printmaking and drawing. I am looking forward to seeing The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters exhibition. The NY print week is always great. It is running in November.

I really love alternative book publishing and NY Art Book Fair is a great event to visit. It is coming soon on September 26–28 and will be running at MoMA PS1.

What skills are needed to become successful in the field (either as a designer or as an illustrator What advice do you have for students on how to break into the field?

Persistence, hard work, creativity, faith in what you are doing, and love of what your are doing. Find an internship in your creative field as soon as possible, so that you can get to know the industry and get a sense of what you like and what you do not like. Try not to waste your time on jobs that do not relate to your profession, it has to connect somehow, otherwise you just loose your professional skills. Keep in touch with your classmates, because they are your support group and your first network.

You also have to know the industry and be aware of what is new in your creative field. Experiment, self-initiate projects, since a lot of your professional projects might not live up to your expectations. You have to deal with tons of restrictions and it might dull down your passion for design and art in general.

Natalya Balnova ©2014

Natalya Balnova ©2014

I personally love to work on my own projects to keep an interest in art, where I can experiment and say what I want to say. You have to do something crazy, don’t let boring jobs drain your energy and talents.

What was the most valuable advice you ever received?

Don’t give up and trust your intuition.