Debra A. Gilbert

Great Falls artist is a finalist in beer-can design contest

GREAT FALLS — Thomas Dunn, a Great Falls artist, has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Pabst Blue Ribbon Can Art Contest. Pabst hosts the contest every year to give artists a chance to have their original design on Pabst beer cans nationwide.

About 4,000 entries were submitted from around the world, and Dunn was one of just 25 to make it to the finals. He hopes his piece – titled ’Super Duper Can Land’ – will take top honors.

“It’s like eye candy. It’s just meant to be really pleasing to the eye,” said Dunn about his piece. “I wanted it to look like you could pick up a video game controller and just start playing the can as if it were a TV.”

Now that finalists have been chosen, the Pabst contest is open to public vote on the top three winners. All 25 finalists will

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Kennedy Museum of Art reopens with exhibit honoring two Graphic Design emeriti faculty | Campus News

The Kennedy Museum of Art opened an exhibit — “Legacy: Don Adleta and Karen Nulf, 60 years of graphic design” — this week, marking the reopening of the museum.

“Legacy” chronicles the contributions of two professors emeritus of graphic design, Don Adleta and Karen Nulf, and their 60 years of combined teaching and creative ventures at Ohio University, according to an OU press release. The use of letterpress as a source of design fulfillment is embedded in this visual history that provides a path to the future of graphic design.

Adleta is one of the four professors of design at Ohio University, the OU release stated. He arrived in 1994 and served as the chair of the graphic design area for 17 years, until 2012. Prior to arriving at OU, Adleta served as professor of design and letterform at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1982 to 1987; taught

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Competition launched to promote Dunhuang art

To promote various applications of Dunhuang art patterns in daily life design, and achieve the innovative development of intangible cultural heritage represented by Dunhuang art patterns, the Chang Shana Design Award in 2021 was announced for the first time on Jan 21.

Chang Shana, an outstanding designer and educator in China, was just 13 when her love affair with Dunhuang began. Born in France, she was the youngest member of a conservation and research team at the Mogao Caves led by her father Chang Shuhong (1904-94), a noted painter who had returned from Paris to become a founding director of the Dunhuang Academy.

Chang has spent her entire life carrying on her father”s commitment to Dunhuang. After conducting extensive research into the variety of patterns found on the murals, she applied these classic motifs to her own, modern designs. She is also a pioneer in Dunhuang design research and application.

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Art Text 4 review: Typography Mac app adds new creative design options

When it comes to creative design work, Adobe Photoshop has been a go-to for Mac users for nearly three decades. But the times they are a-changing, and in recent years a new generation of developers have released apps that are easier to use, have more comprehensive features, and most importantly, are much cheaper.

Art Text 4 is one such app. This app makes it a snap to create whatever kinds of typography and 2D or 3D text effects you can dream up for social media posts, website graphics, or company logos. Rich, colorful graphics complete with customizable backgrounds and textures are just a few mouse clicks away.

Now with support for Metal 2 and Dark Mode, version 4.0 introduces the Spray Fill tool, which uses real-world materials like Lego blocks, vegetables, sand, balloons, or rocks to lay out words in a more realistic way. The software ships with 18 presets

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