Get More Traction from Your Creative Career

Via: Dayton Creative Syndicatetraction_poster

How do you translate exuberant creative energy into a viable career with big-name brands? Find out Tuesday, Sept. 21, as DCS and the school of advertising art welcome Tony Neary and Tom Kisker from Cincinnati’s own Traction. The session kicks off at 6 p.m. at saa.

A founding partner of Traction as well as a talented designer and illustrator, Tony Neary has led creative development for multiple P&G brands as well as several national and global brands including Dave’s Gourmet, MeadWestvaco and Coca-Cola. The plan of launching Traction came to fruition in early 2007. Although, the contingency plan of enrolling in rodeo clown school is still a viable option.

WHO: Tony Neary, Traction
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 21
TIME: 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: saa
PRICE: $10 members, $20 non-members (join today!), $5 students (with valid student ID)

Click here to reserve your spot.


School of Advertising Art

Shot by Showdown Visual’s Kenny Mosher this recruiting video tells you what The School of Advertising Art is all about. Way different than the old digs that I graduated from way back in 1991. Props to Kenny for a sweet promo video and to the good folks at saa for their ongoing efforts to raise the creative bar.

DCS Presents: Chuck Anderson

Get inspired to take your design to the next level. Chuck Anderson will share his experiences of diving into the deep end of the design world and resurfacing with his own firm, NoPattern. You might have even heard of some of his clients — Reebok, Pepsi, Google and Virgin Records, to name a few. How did this fresh-out-of-high-school kid transform into the hottest ad campaign asset since Technicolor? You’ll have to attend the event on April 27 to find out. Come with an open mind and leave with the reassurance that someday it could be you behind that podium talking about your forays into the design world.

About Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson portrait

What started as an experimental period to exercise his inner artist before heading off to college has spiraled into NoPattern, a firm that has garnered more than its share of star clients on its roster in just five-plus years of existence. Visit and prepare to have your eyes pop while you browse his portfolio.



  • $10 DCS/GDAA members
  • $20 non-members (join today)
  • $5 students (cash at the door with valid student ID)
  • Early bird special: register online and get a 20% discount!


Register online for this event

To register, you will be taken to a registration page on GDAA’s website. You may register at the event, but registering online will ensure your seat

Indians: Part I

The newest addition(s) to the skin I’m in started a long time ago in a School of Advertising Art classroom not so far away. Flashback to 1990—the world was a much different place. We watched as the Berlin Wall crumbled, the first pictures from the Hubble space telescope shot back to Earth and the internet became available for public use.

One of our saa assignments was an illustration project. For my subjects I chose these two remarkable looking American Indians. Every since these pieces have remained my favorite pencil illustrations.


Recently, I was speaking with my buddy Tom Davis about some new tats and showed him my Indian illustrations. We agreed they’d make a great pair of tattoos on the back of my calves. To date, Tom’s work has been more along the lines of traditional based tattoos rather than anything of a photo-realistic caliber. It forced him to work a bit outside of his comfort zone but I think that the results so far, speak for themselves.

DSC00798Image Via: Tom Davis

This is the first of the two Indians and is still a work in progress. Each of the finished pieces will be black and sepia-toned with white highlights. More details and textures will be added on my next sitting. Eventually both Indians will be contained within ornate gold guilded oval frames—contrasting the cultures of the American Indian with that of the “white-man’s” society that places great art in ornate frames.

My friend, Brian Ward made an interesting comment that this Indian has gone through several layers of reproduction to end up on my leg. Beginning with the Indians themselves, the film negative from the original photo was imaged, then the film negs and printing plates made for the book were created. From there I illustrated them both and had photostats produced from which a digital photograph was taken. A digital print was then output and a tattoo stencil created to transfer the likeness onto my leg where Tom inked.

Stay tuned for further updates.

2009 saa portfolio show

Via: saa

The school of advertising art invites you to the 2009 Portfolio Show.

View the graphic design portfolios of the saa class of 2009.

11:30–1:00 Professional Lunch with Portfolio Students Present
1:00–2:00 Professional Lunch without Portfolio Students Present
3:30–5:00 Friends and Family
5:30–7:00 Pros Cocktail
7:00 Professional and Alumni Party

For more information please contact:

DCS Adobe Users Group

Adobe User Group

Calling All Creative Pros

We’re holding our first Adobe User Group meeting TONIGHT (2/10/09) , and you’re invited! This first meeting is free for everyone, whether you’re a member of DCS or not. If you use Adobe creative software and you live in the Dayton area, this meeting is for you!


  • Tuesday, February 10 @ 6pm
  • School of Advertising Art in Kettering (Google map)
  • This meeting is free and open to all Adobe users (a small fee may be charged for future events)


  • Presentation – Adobe User Group: purpose, plans, and benefits
  • Demonstration – Joining and using our Adobe User Group online
  • Demonstration – Using Adobe® Kuler™ to create perfect color palettes
  • Networking – Rub elbows with fellow Adobe users

Adobe Use-a-What?

DCS has begun a special partnership with Adobe Systems called an Adobe User Group. We are now the exclusive resource in the greater Dayton area for Adobe-sponsored meetings, workshops, speakers, and events related to Adobe® Creative Suite® Master Collection. Master Collection includes all of Adobe’s Creative Suite software, so we can cover each of the individual programs or creative themes at our events.

What’s the catch?

Our Adobe Group is a benefit of DCS membership, and doesn’t require a separate membership. Currently, DCS and GDAA members have free or discounted access to our meetings. Non-members may attend for a small fee, which varies based on the content of the event.

Adobe User Group online

DCS has a page on Adobe’s website, inside their Adobe Groups section. Everyone who’s interested is strongly encouraged to create a free Adobe ID and join our group.

The online group currently includes:

Join the DCS Adobe User Group for free today!

The DCS & SAA welcome illustrative designer extrordanaire, Von Glitschka!

Artwork Via: Von Glitshka

The Dayton Creative Syndicate, The School of Advertising Art and Scott Hull Associates are proud to sponsor and thrilled to announce that the one, the only Von Glitschka is coming to Dayton on November 11. Make plans to join us for this very exciting and special DCS event as we hear Von inspire and educate us about integrating illustrative design into the creative process. Von spoke about illustrative design at the 2008 HOW Design Conference in Boston.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind speaker presentation right here in Dayton! Space is limited be sure to register online early to reserve your seat today!

Time: November 11 @ 6:00pm (arrive early to register and sign in)
Venue: School of Advertising Art

Registration cost:
DCS members – $5
Non-members – $10
Students – $5

Become an “illustrative designer”
Add illustration to your design repertoire! Illustrative designer Von Glitschka will teach you several systematic illustrative design methods you can immediately integrate into your design process. You’ll not only expand your creative potential, you’ll also be far better equipped to handle your next great concept, even if it does include illustration.

As Von explained in a recent interview with How Magazine, “An ‘illustrative designer’ is a creative person who uses his brain as his primary tool. This person adheres to a systematic creative process that focuses on idea-building and conceptual drawing to work out their design solutions. Birthing ideas, refining those ideas, and locking in unique and original directions before they ever touch the computer to create their art.”