Coke’s David Butler and the Entrepreneurial Revolution

Portfolio Center invites you to a lecture by David Butler, Vice President of Innovation at The Coca-Cola Company, on Thursday, August 15 at 10 am.

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David got his start developing brand identity systems for a wide range of global brands including Delta Airlines, Cartoon Network and UPS. David joined The Coca-Cola Company with the intent to build the company’s reputation as a design-driven company with a global strategy. Fast Company says of Master Designer, David Butler he is “responsible for how they think and what they do with design at The Coca-Cola Company”. He will be speaking at Portfolio Center about the impending Entrepreneurial Revolution and the idea of making something from nothing.

Location: Portfolio Center, 125 Bennett Street, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-351-5055, www.portfoliocenter.eduTime: 10 A.M.  Date: Thursday, August 15. Parking: Free parking is available in front of and on either side of the Portfolio Center building. Admission: Free to all students, professionals and the general public. Questions? Please contact Hank Richardson at hank@portfoliocenter.edu

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Open to the Public. All Welcome.

Open to the Public. All Welcome.

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Design Students tour Ball Corporation Packaging Division of the America’s

Ball Corporation, the worldwide leader for metal and aluminum beverage packaging hosted a select team of Portfolio Center’s design students at their Packaging Division of the America’s this week. The students were able to see first hand how aluminum can’s are mass manufactured, printed and produced. Ball Corporation is the worldwide

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leader for metal and aluminum beverage packaging. The students toured the plant, and learned how industry partnerships and client collaborations occur. The Designer’s discovered the importance of innovation and state of the art technologies. They discovered how cutting edge technologies as Ball’s proprietary Dynamark™ printing provides variable identities and designs that provide promotions which generate excitement for consumers. Ball Corporation Packaging is the fastest can plant in the world and produces 3800 fully finished cans a minute and over 50 billion cans a year. 

Students, Faculty and Industry leaders participating in the Ball Corporation, Packaging Division of the America’s field trip: Brie Florence; Hank Richardson, Director of Design, Portfolio Center; Skot Waldron, Multiple Design, Creative Director, Atlanta; Kimberly Dyches, Packaging Engineer, The Coca-Cola Company; Kembria Foster, Ball Corporation, Quality Assurance Manager; Bill Walton, Ball Corporation, Plant Manager; Terrance Raines; Alexandra Rancier; Sam Kelly; Mary DuRant, and Maggie Lines. 

~o¿o~ < Hank

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Portfolio Center Music Aficionados

Looking for something you probably can’t find anywhere else? Vinylist Doyle “D-Funk” Davis, co-owner of Grimey’s Record Store in Nashville sends along his eclectic newsletter loaded with a host of happenings and events. If you are a crazed Nashville music fan or anything close then you’ll like to know this the best music store in the amazing music centric town. It has to be one of the 2 best music stores in America. For those of you interested in finding new and old music of every sort Grimey’s is really a paradigm of indie and vintage goodness.image

You’ll never know who you’ll meet down in the basement as musicians from Music Row to Ryman Auditorium are constantly dropping in along the way for in-store jam sessions. Take a look for yourself: http://grimeys.com/news.html.

~o¿o~ < Hank 

PS: If you might be wondering who the other best record store in America is that would be Waterloo Records in Austin, Tx. Waterloo is located on Lamar Street and has a special propensity for Texas artists of which there are many. Waterloo is the favorite of Austin’s music lovers and they have a most extensive selection of music spanning all styles. http://www.waterloorecords.com/Home.

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Color Your Opportunities

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A grand day was had by all as color took the Packaging class by obsession today. The joy and studying of color opens up whole new worlds for the students in Ali Dick’s Packaging class. Their adventure is a world of the kaleidoscope and all the newly sorted possibilities of colors they discover, create and match. 

Hank

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Today&#8217;s Location: Portfolio Center visits the Ranch and tries to find it&#8217;s Inner Nerd! (at Big Nerd Ranch)

Today’s Location: Portfolio Center visits the Ranch and tries to find it’s Inner Nerd! (at Big Nerd Ranch)

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Tomorrow morning’s seminar speakers. 10am. 7/11.  Public Welcome…
Big &#8220;Thank You&#8221; to Aaron and Brandy for sharing their expertise this morning. Our thoughts and minds are very much expanded.

Tomorrow morning’s seminar speakers. 10am. 7/11.  Public Welcome…

Big “Thank You” to Aaron and Brandy for sharing their expertise this morning. Our thoughts and minds are very much expanded.

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Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi

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One of my favorite portrait projects from the last few years is mentioned today on the NYTimes Blog. It’s Richard Renaldi’s “Touching Strangers.” He shoots portraits on the streets of New York with an 8x10 film camera and is able to convince strangers to embrace, hold hands, even kiss. It’s beautifully executed and very much a study in contrasts.

I’m sure the big view camera helps convince people of his seriousness, but still, Richard must be a very smooth operator. Link here:

-Russell

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WRITING IT REAL

Portfolio Center alum Elizabeth Hall sends along her favorite top 10 Grammar errors to avoid so you might arrive at your own great writing. The list is assembled by the Grammarly website, which provides excellent proofreading and grammar checks. Can you think of any additions to the list!?
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Elizabeth is the founder and Creative Director of The Branding Garden, based in one of the South’s hottest new creative hubs, Charleston, S.C. They specialize in verbal branding, design and branding, ideation, and award-winning strategy work.  
Hank
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PS: A favorite book recommendation for all copywriters and creative communicators: The modestly updated Strunkian wisdom now in it’s 4th Edition: The Elements of Style, authored by William Strunk and E.B.White, and so amazingly illustrated by Maira Kalman. H.

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Bringing Home the Gold

Congratulations to Sallie and Elliot Allen. What an amazing designer and copywriter collaboration from San Diego’s Studio 32 North (not to mention they are husband and wife and both alum’s of Portfolio Center). Sallie expressed her happiness in a recent note: "A GOLD IN GRAPHIS 2013 DESIGN ANNUAL! We are excited beyond words… next up, bourbon! will toast you next time we’re in Atlanta.”

Masterson’s Rye Whiskey is uniquely packaged with a striking reference to Bat Masterson’s life and love. Serving nostalgically as a tribute to Masterson’s days as a frontier journalist, the packaging features a die-cut label complemented with imperfect newspaper columned torn edges. The copy uses a distinctively verbose and dramatic turn-of-the-century voice. Such inspiring packaging brings home the 2013 Graphis Design Annual Gold awarding as it beautifully integrates words and images.

Hank

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Thoughts On A Portfolio

Hank spoke at the high-energy HOW Design Conference in San Francisco this week to a packed house at the Moscone Center. His presentation, Thoughts on a Portfolio, explored how professionals and students alike might boost their own brilliance, creativity and rediscover inspiration. Go Hank!

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San Francisco Reunion

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Great turnout at San Francisco as alum get together for a West Coast reunion. Faces from 1996 - 2013: Lisa, Jess, Hasani, Dave, Shannon, Allison, Doni, Jennie, Sato, Rueben, Lauren, Jesse, Reena, Annabel, Julie, Yuki, Matt, Lisa, Tayler and Hank pictured. Everyone’s doing GREAT! Hank’s speaking at the HOW conference.

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Understanding Responsive Web Design

The fastest way to understand Responsive Web Design… Click here

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George & Ruby and a Mom-on-the-Go

It’s been amazing, “and I feel like it’s a bit of a breath of fresh air,” said Marissa Kraxberger, Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta and creator of the highly acclaimed blog,’George and Ruby.’

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Whether she’s having a date night with her husband photographer Nate (also a Portfolio Center alum), or taking her kids to a dragon boat festival, or working energetically on behind-the-scenes footage of an Oscar de la Renta fashion show,” she gives you a peak via George & Ruby (www.georgeandruby.com) at how cool it is to love your family and your job. 

Hank

PS: Check out the ABC interview: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news%2Flifestyle&id=9076405

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Fasten Your Seat Belts

Congratulations to alum Ricardo Gandolfi, Creative Director at Terremoto Propaganda, and his team (G-lerm Rubini, Fabian Oliveira, Cintia Suzuki Tattoo and Ernst Photography) in Brazil. Their super campaign for road safety,“Stop the Violence,” is featured on the cover of the new issue of Archive Magazine. 

This striking piece was designed as a preventive awareness campaign, reaching out to young people. Their imaginative and motivating work showcases an upsurging creative trend that finds Brazil perhaps the ‘hottest country on the planet, scorching communications within the advertising world.”

Hank

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