When the Clavierinet duo of Julia Heinen (clarinet) and Dmitry Rachmanov (piano) wanted to integrate their unique style of music with a new logo and brand identity, they asked VISCOM to develop a full repertoire of design deliverables. Led by project leader Kyra Key and designers Erica Chavez and Victoria Santiago, the VISCOM team developed a new logo, CD package, brochure and event standees…and a new and exciting website design in currently in the works. In addition to creating beautiful music together, Dr. Heinen and Dr. Rachmanov are professors within the CSUN Music Department, so it’s especially rewarding that the VISCOM team was able to deliver an outstanding performance for the duo.
Two talented nights!
On Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd, 37 students from Design Hub and VISCOM displayed some of their best work at the fifth annual Hi-Rez exhibition in the main art gallery. Hi-Rez is a two-night event that gives graduating seniors a chance to share their original designs with industry professionals on the first night, and then with family and friends on the second night.
Designer / Class of Spring 2015
Gregory “SpaceBoy360” Kustanovich is an out-of-his-world designer, and he’s been adding his unique flair to VISCOM since March 2014. Greg is always busy working and recently completed a few high-profile projects, including the New Faculty Yearbook for 2014-2015, the CSUN Center for Disabilities Catalogs, and the LRC Motion Graphics Video.
Designer / Class of Spring 2015
Becca Smith lights up every room she enters with her bubbly personality! (Hence, her “Sunshine” nickname.) After joining VISCOM one year ago, Becca has worked on many high-profile projects, including the Annenberg Foundation Holiday Card. She brings to the team her leadership skills and her eye for detail, while keeping everyone focused on the goal of each project. For the last several weeks, she has been editing and animating videos for on-campus events and working on CHIME Institute’s branding.
VISCOM Performs for the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication.
Hiring VISCOM to design and produce their Fall 2014 Performance Calendar was just the ticket for CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication. The informative fold-out calendar was mailed out to 200,000 households in and around the San Fernando Valley region. Project leader Jennifer Luxton managed the complex project, which challenged VISCOM designers to incorporate a wealth of information in an organized and attractive manner. Ultimately, Victoria Santiago’s design took center stage and was used for the final printed piece, but it was definitely a team effort that led to yet another outstanding VISCOM project performance!
Designer / Class of Fall 2014
Evee joined VISCOM in 2013, a year after switching her major to Art (CTVA’s loss was our gain). She’ll be graduating in the fall of 2014, but the VISCOM team is keeping her incredibly busy in the meantime as she’s taken full command of our video production team over the past few months. In addition to completing a summer internship at Hamagami/Carroll in Los Angeles, Evee has worked on several high-profile projects, including the Ritz-Carlton stamp animation for Saputo Design, an online holiday card for the L.A. Philharmonic, and the high-flying “Planning Man” video for CSUN’s Department of Academic Resources and Planning, which she illustrated and managed from start to finish.
Concept Exploration? We’ve Got It Covered!
When CSUN’s University Advancement division needed to explore cover designs for the Northridge Magazine International Issue, VISCOM wowed them with a world of options. Led by project leader Michael Cruz and designer Lindsey Reveche, the team explored a wide range of illustrated and photographic styles to convey an international feel for a magazine whose readership is as diverse as CSUN’s own student population — a point emphasized by an infographic panel within the magazine, which was also designed by VISCOM. Shown here are just a few samples from the extensive cover exploration comprised of more than a dozen design options.
As part of an ongoing effort to serve our clients better, VISCOM closed the lids on our laptops for one week in order to provide the team with additional in-depth training during it’s first ever bootcamp. From August 7th to the 14th, the team went through a variety of workshops, field trips, and exercises that grew them as designers, as individuals, and as a team.
Click here to view a day-by-day summary of this week-long training retreat.
Hats (and caps) off to our grads…
After semesters of hard work and long nights, graphic design graduates got to toss their caps in good company at VISCOM and GFX458’s graduate reception after the ceremony on May 19. The event saw the celebration of our seniors and the family and friends that supported them.
Designer / Class of Spring 2014
Lenore has been on the Viscom team since September 2013 and is set to graduate from CSUN this year with her B.A. in graphic design. Like most of her Viscom co-workers, Lenore contributes to an eclectic mix of graphics-related projects. She recently worked on developing a logo for KCSN, as well as a motion graphics video for the Admissions & Records department’s “My Plan to Graduate” course planning tool.
When client Daniel Nasserian (a former CSUN student and Graphic Design graduate) was looking for a heroic creative team to help complete his new children’s book, Viscom rose to the challenge! We handled the design, layout and production, supervised by project leader Kevin Gonzalez and project designer Daniel Botero. Check out the super results, and grab a copy for yourself!
Designer / Class of Spring 2014
Pedro arrived at CSUN in 2009 and will be graduating this spring. He’s been actively involved with Viscom for the last 10 months and has worked on a wide variety of projects. Two of his higher profile clients include the Magic Castle (video and invitation for a local fundraiser) and Ecoponex (new logo design and website development).
The results are in: VISCOM’s seventh annual holiday party was definitely our best yet. Those in attendance used words like “epic,” “awesome,” “spectacular”…and they were just talking about the appetizers! Celebrating at the Orange Grove Bistro made it easier to accommodate nearly 100 guests, including current and past VISCOM members, on-campus faculty and administrative supporters, and our external clients.
Viscom created a beautiful set of Thank You cards (designed by our very own Lindsey Reveche) as our holiday gift to CSUN faculty, staff, and of course, our clients…we’re always thankful for them!
Elena started at CSUN in 2009 as a Graphic Design major, and is set to graduate at the end of 2013. She joined Viscom this past April and has a passion for illustration, but like most of her colleagues here, Elena performs a wide range of duties in order to hone her talents and round out her skill set. She’s worked on high-profile CSUN projects, most notably for Student Housing and The University Corporation, and she especially enjoyed working on a motion graphics video for ECS, one of Viscom’s nonprofit global outreach clients.
The Perfect Marriage of Technology and Design
When sisters-in-law Christine and Kasia Sparks asked VISCOM to design a new logo and website that would take their special event rental company to the next level, we quickly said, “I do.” That sparked a wonderful new look for TheWeddingSparks.com — one that reflects all the style, charm and creativity the company offers its clients.
Designer / Class of Spring 2014
Jessica will be graduating this year with a degree in Graphic Design, but she’s already keeping busy serving double-design-duty working at Viscom (since summer 2013) and as an intern at Hamagami/Carroll since the beginning of this year…after completing a 4-month internship at Fox Home Entertainment! At Viscom, she has managed and worked on several high-profile projects, including a campus-wide registration video and the new logo for QuickCopies.
We’ve Got A Lot To Offer!
When Lot 5 Media needed to create a website that’s as professional and polished as the services they provide, VISCOM made it happen. We showcased the wide range of amenities that Lot 5 provides for production companies, including furnished office space with conference rooms, as well as post-production, online editing and finishing facilities.
William joined the Viscom team in June of 2012 and is on track to graduate from CSUN at the end of 2013. In addition to honing and utilizing his artistic skills, he has also managed several high-profile projects and enjoys the invaluable experience of interacting with clients and guiding colleagues, although he readily admits that design (especially web design) is his primary focus.
Soon after joining Viscom in January of 2013, Krizia proved she could handle most every facet of the creative process, as well as project leadership from concept through completion. Her wide range of duties include design, layout, production, illustrating for video storyboards, and teaching others how to pronounce her name.
At VISCOM, we’re known for staying connected to the latest advances in technology and education, so it’s no surprise that the university approached our team to design the logo, tagline, posters and web banner for the new myCSUNtablet initiative, which launches in Fall 2013. Visit http://www.csun.edu/it/mycsuntablet for more information.
Standing idly by as an observer for a majority of the time during his college years, James found it a challenge to adapt to the fast-paced working environment of all VISCOM has to offer. Switching off from majoring in architecture to that of Graphic design made the experience somewhat more difficult. However, along the process, he made the discovery that he works at his best when given a tight deadline in a stressful environment. That was when he realized that five years without a car worked to his advantage rather than a disadvantage.
Immediately following commencement on Tuesday, we held our first-ever graduation reception for VISCOM and GFX458! The event was a casual fun-and-food-filled celebration where families and friends of our new graduates were given the opportunity to tour the VISCOM studio and see where their loved ones have been “living” for the last semester or two.
A multi-talented artist who excels in illustration and graphic design, Wai (pronounced “why”…not “way”) joined Viscom in the fall of 2012. As friendly as she is fearless, Wai has worked tirelessly—including nights and weekends—on numerous creative assignments. One of her most recent efforts was a live-action promo video created for CSUN’s Tseng College.
Short in stature, but long on talent and personality, Liz has been with Viscom since Summer 2012 and has probably logged in more time at the Center than anyone. Originally a Marketing major at CSUN, Liz soon discovered she had a stronger connection to the artistic side of the business world, so she embraced Graphic Design in order to satisfy her creative passions.
I started working at Viscom in 2011 after transitioning from an illustration major to graphic design. I had taken only a handful of graphic design classes and was eager to learn more. I had heard great things about the opportunities at Viscom and couldn’t say “no” to being a part of it. It was one of the best decisions I made. Not only was I surrounded by amazingly talented people, I also started leading projects which required serious work and gave me the opportunity to interact with clients and other designers. For the next year, I immersed myself into graphic design and Viscom and soaked up everything I could. I came out a very different designer and person.
Jessica is one of the many talented and creative designers at Viscom. it seems that everything she tries ranging from branding to web coding is always executed with a sense of individuality and style. Jessica’s spare time is occupied by riding her beloved bike, eating Ramen and watching Breaking Bad.
Viscom recently produced an invitation for the Autry National Center, a history museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. This invitation promoted their La Cena Salon Series, a set of four intimate evenings shared with celebrated artists to explore and honor Latino arts and culture of all forms.