GDA Members Blow Off Steam

GDA members blow off steam
GDA members blow off steam

GDA members blow off steam


GDA members blow off steam as an exercise in creating a larger connection between drawings.

The Graphic Designers Association under the watchful eyes of Tyler Dockery and Marsha Mills created an artistic experiment using the “Exquisite Corpse” Model. Students drew individually and then moved around our whiteboard, picking up where others left off. A thoroughly Good time was had by all.

As our semester draws to a close, many students find that the pressures of the school year are mounting and that even while large projects are graded and completed, still more looms on the horizon.

“If I don’t push down some of this worry and let loose a little creative pressure, I’m going to explode.” GDA President Bri French stated. The artwork was used to begin conversations in the following class, but all good things must come to an end.

“Someone was obviously working very hard,” George Tsai, Instructor of Advertising and Graphic Design said. “I didn’t want to take it down”.

As finals approach, many students will be finding creative outlets for their frustration. As always, the GDA is always on the lookout for those individuals with the fortitude to start something new and exciting.

GDA Meeting Calendar

Here is the calendar for our September meetings. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our meetings! The Graphic Designer’s Association is Wake Technical Community College’s premiere group for graphic design students. From here, you’ll lead the way.

Feel free to contact Marsha Mills, MAEd if you have questions or suggestions. You can also contact Tyler Dockery, MAEd if you want materials from any meetings, or would like to see updates online.


Tuesday, Sept 1

General Discussion

Tuesday, Sept 3

Meet the President

Tuesday, Sept 8

President Workshop

Tuesday, Sept 17


Tuesday, Sept 22

Photoshop Basics

Tuesday, Sept 29

Photoshop Basics

Interview Techniques Roundtable with Julie Evans and Marsha Mills

Interview Techniques Roundtable with Julie Evans and Marsha Mills

On Thursday, March 26th in the 228 ETB Building, Julie Evans and Marsha Mills discussed interview techniques with the GDA. As an important first step, the Design Faculty talked about how students should approach the criticism of a portfolio piece.

“Many interviews fail because an interviewee takes things personally.” opened Marsha Mills. “They cannot listen to the criticism of their work without attacking the person who brought it up.”

Students were able to relate this to critique sessions in the classroom when other students had lashed out at constructive criticism.

“We understand that this work is ‘your baby'” added Julie Evans, “but in the end its just a representation of what you can do. The work is used to communicate an idea to an audience. Its not about you.” Attendees went around the room and discussed the finer points of using their work as an object, and while they worked hard, it was not connected to them personally., in the third person if you may.

“In the real world an Art Director may request you execute this with ‘x,y,z’ added for better effectiveness,” Added Marsha Mills. “If you don’t do what they ask, you better have a good answer, a strong conviction, or another job lined up.”

“Your client may also love your designs, but hate your colors,” remarked Julie Evans. “They might make poor decisions, but in the end, the website is really theirs. You cannot give them what they dislike and expect full pay.”

As time wound down, the roundtable discussed how to begin critique sessions:

  • Starting with the positive remarks rather than negative.
  • Stimulating ideas that make the artist want to explore more by asking questions
  • Making connections between it and other pieces
  • Discussing how the piece might be integrated into a a system
  • Giving constructive criticism to help make it a stronger piece
  • Making sure the objectives are met for that target audience

All told, the session was useful, and students felt they were more prepared.