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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Take the Plunge...

Become a Follower.

The Communication Design faculty believe that the work our students do rivals that of the best-known design schools. Unfortunately, our UNT|CVAD Communication Design program seems one of the best-kept secrets in design education. We are taking steps to change that.

Beginning in the next academic school (2010) year all of our sophomores will be required to submit work to at least one design show, all juniors will be required to submit work to at least one design show and one publication, and all seniors will be required to submit work to at least two design shows and two publications. When our student work/UNT name begin to appear more regularly on the radar, that will help.

In the coming year, the blog will begin to feature alumni stories and work on a weekly basis. Highlighting our alumni will celebrate their accomplishments as well as demonstrate the success of the education the program offers.

Our blog has been a great success as well, with 700 posts and more than 136,000 hits in the two and a half years it's been on-line (the last 36,000 have occurred since the end of January!). Becoming a follower of this blog will also help us achieve our goal. If you publicly show that you are interested in the news, resources and information you find on this blog, your friends and colleagues are more likely to take a look as well. Networking is important and you can help. Just click on the "FOLLOW" link in the column at right. It's easy!

Additionally, we are redesigning the skin for the blog so that it is directly related to the CVAD website, which will help build the CVAD brand. I believe we are also going to add social media icons for you to Facebook, Del.icio.us, Digg, LinkedIn and Tweet posts you want to share with your friends and colleagues. The new skin should be up and running in a couple of weeks.

Our promise to you is that we will do whatever we can to increase the value of your degree from UNT.

We have long been and remain proud of the work you do--alumni and students alike. Help us celebrate those achievements!

PS: Please feel free to make comments on the posts. This blog could be the source of some great dialog as well!