“The 2013 Trinity School Spotlight on Art,” by Shane Dobes

Every year, Trinity School in Atlanta, Georgia, brings artists from around the southeastern United States together and helps them to reach art lovers with its Spotlight on Art. In 2013, Spotlight will stretch from January to February and will include 350 artists working in sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and other forms.

The festivities began in late 2012 with a gallery event at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Spotlight kicks off officially on February 4 with the Artists Market at Trinity School; this event will feature pieces ranging in price from $5 to $5,000. On February 16, Spotlight wraps up with a 650-guest gala and auction.

Proceeds from Spotlight on Art benefit Trinity School scholarships and teacher education. A portion of the funds raised will be donated to a charity selected by Trinity School students.

About Shane Dobes:

Agency A3 founder Shane Dobes has worked with clients around Atlanta as a photographer and graphic designer. In 2008, he won an award at Spotlight on Art for his photography of children.

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Career Choices in the Graphic Design Field, By Shane Dobes

A career in graphic design offers a wide spectrum of choices, especially in an ever-growing technological world. No matter which path you choose, creativity, design sense, attention to detail, problem solving, and knowledge of the most current software are all prerequisite skills. In addition, a degree or training from a college or graphic design school is a must with many employers.

Most graphic designers find jobs with advertising, publishing, public relations, or specialized design firms, and many are self-employed. While there is a range of design-related specialties to consider, here are some popular choices:

Art or Creative Director: Leads a creative team that produces artwork for a variety of media.

Illustrator: Conceptualizes and creates images.

Brand Identity or Logo Designer: Designs visual representations of organizations, products, or services.

Layout Artist: Structures text and images for print media.

Photo-Editing Artist: Uses Photoshop and other software to present photography through a variety of media.

Prepress Technician: Coordinates the process of preparing materials for printing.

Web Designer: Creates graphics and layout for web pages and contributes to web development.

Multimedia Designer: Works with television, film, animation, set design, audio, and other production areas.

Photographer: Captures images through creative vision and technical use of equipment.

What is the employment outlook for graphic designers who are thinking of launching a career? It’s on par with projected growth across all occupations: about 13 percent through 2020.

About the Author:

Shane Dobes is a graphic design professional and founder of his own firm, Agency A3. He has over 12 years of experience in a broad range of design areas, including television video production, print media, online and web media, photography, and videography.