SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE, based in Durham, NC, is a monthly tabloid publication with investigative news stories, features, columns, calendars and commentaries that empower, enlighten and entertain readers in Durham, Wake, Orange, Granville, Vance and Person counties. In addition to SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE being available free of charge at cultural centers, colleges, bookstores, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants, distribution of SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE also includes African American churches in the six counties. Learn more at www.spectacularmag.com.
LAYOUT & DIGITAL DESIGNERS
Spectacular Magazine is seeking part-time Layout & Digital Designers with flair for creative, attractive and compelling page design and layout, as well as the digital savviness and skill to manage web and social media content. Layout & Digital Designers must be able to work independently but should also possess the communication skills needed to collaborate with peers and take instructions from editors. The salary will be dependent on the candidate’s experience.
Previous experience with InDesign and/or Quark Xpress, as well as Adobe Photoshop desirable, but will consider recent graduates or students. Experience with and working knowledge of digital content management systems and social media also preferred. This person must be able to multi-task, balancing the demands of layout deadlines, designing/updating website and social media as well as creating back up files and solving code problems.
SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE will conduct interviews on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (4912 S Miami Blvd – Durham, NC). Registration is from 9:00am – 10:00am ONLY with interviews from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Please bring design samples to the interview.
Graphic Design Professors Meredith Davis and Denise Gonzales Crisp have two new publications coming out this fall 2012 in a new series “Graphic Design in Context” published by Thames & Hudson. Stay tuned for more information regarding these new publications, it’ll be a must-have.
Photos courtesy of Assistant Professor Andy Fox.
Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Andy Fox invites you to the ribbon cutting of the Lee Hall Rain Garden which is nearing completion on September 13 from 2-3 p.m. behind the Lee Residence Hall on West Campus. Designed by four landscape architecture students under the guidance of professor Fox in his Design Build landscape architecture course, the project was managed by University Housing and completed by the University’s Landscape Construction Services. Join professor Fox and students for the ribbon cutting as University Housing wants to recognize the accomplishments of the four exceptional students.
Professor of Architecture Patrick Rand, whose research mainly centers on sustainability techniques in architecture, has found several audiences for his ideas recently through a number of initiatives:
- Rand co-authored a book, Detailing for Landscape Architects, which has recently been published by Wiley. Collaborators were Edward Allen, FAIA, and Thomas Ryan, FASLA. The book approaches the subject of detailing in a systematic manner, and provides a balanced framework for design and workmanship that should be useful to students as well as practitioners. Rather than being a collection of stock details, this book guides the designer through a rational process to create innovative solutions that are functional, constructible, sustainable and aesthetically appropriate.
- In February, Rand presented a half-day seminar “Mastering the Details of Masonry Construction” in Greensboro, NC. This was an invited presentation that is part of a series of seminars sponsored by the North Carolina Mason Contractors Association. By attending the seminar and passing a test, mason contractors can earn their Certification, qualifying them to work on projects that require this credential.
- A paper by Rand, “Comparison of Masonry and Other Cladding Materials in terms of Embodied Energy and Carbon Dioxide Costs,” has been accepted for presentation at the North American Masonry Conference at the University of Minnesota in June, 2011. The paper examines various exterior wall materials used in buildings on the NC State University campus, and inventories their energy and carbon costs in terms of both initial construction and long term maintenance processes. The article provides a methodology that architects can use to choose materials that have favorable life cycle performance. It also shows that material selections significantly influence the energy and carbon dioxide impact of building construction.
Park Shops, a building on at NC State University’s North Campus, was selected by Architecture Record Online to be part of a special highlight section on notable adaptive reuse projects. The designer for the project, Don Kranbuehl, AIA, is an adjunct professor of architecture at the College of Design and an associate architect at PBC+L Architecture. View the magazine’s treatment of the project at:http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/building_types_study/TypeIndex.aspx?bts=AR
Feature photo by James West.
Associate Professor of Graphic Design Scott Townsend recently finished a cover feature article for “Design and Culture” on past projects, methods and application of frameworks. “Design and Culture” is an academic, peer-reviewed publication.
Title: Situated Design: A Space for Interaction and “Reading”
Reading is becoming a more diverse activity. While the act of reading engages a reader through intense interiorization and reflection, reading is also placed within more exteriorized social contexts through ubiquitous computing, networking, and densely designed public spaces. The proliferation of these contexts elaborate and compete with the primacy of a traditional reader’s experience with a codex. These forms of reading are more contingent on a reader/participants settings and activities. This in turn makes a different kind of cognitive and social demand on the individual.
Using semantic/episodic/procedural ideas of cognition as a framework, this paper develops “situational design” as a conceptual basis for looking at a reader/participants experiences as a user. Three design case studies (building audience discourse regarding changes in local neighborhoods situated at the Berlin Wall, building community discourse in urban areas in the United States experiencing an influx of bilingual immigrants, and an example of supplementary interactive course material for education) are examined that develop practical concepts for understanding users. The case studies are used to outline processes and methods applied from semantic and episodic experiences, the use of “point of view” and audience discourse, and lastly integration of concepts of image schemata (Lakoff and Johnson) applied to motion/interaction to aid in the comprehension of more abstracted written information.
The focus on design processes and user activities includes arbitrating situations, activities, social discourse, and more specific content that the user is familiar with in their local milieu. Finally, user-oriented experiences and “design processes” are shown as being integral to each other and must overlap the reader/participants/users environment, since these new contexts privilege production and dissemination by the users themselves.
Professor Thomas Barrie’s article Symbols of a Sacred Landscape: Tongdo Zen Buddhist Monastery, Korea was recently published in Faith & Form (No. 3, 2010).
Professor Thomas Barrie, AIA, presented a lecture at the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, The University of Idaho, as part of their fall lecture series. The event included a book sale and singing of his recent publication The Sacred In-between, The Mediating Roles of Architecture (Routledge, 2010).
Barrie was also an invited speaker and session moderator at the Architecture for Change Summit, conducted at the University of Illinois, Chicago, September 2010. The summit featured national leaders in affordable housing research and design and included a 2-day, pre-conference leadership think tank.
Professor Thomas Barrie recently published the Wake County Affordable Housing Project: Types – Strategies – Models. This College of Design publication documents the outcomes and recommendations of a studio and research project funded by the Wake County Department of Human Services. The project included research on housing needs in Wake County, national and international best practices of affordable housing, and the design of a range of affordable housing models.