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Thinking Visually: Using Images to Communicate More Effectively

03/01/2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Only a small part of the human brain is devoted to processing verbal information. Photographers, graphic designers, art directors, animators and many other creative professionals are in the business of solving problems visually—a skill that has become even more important in the age of social media. Yet words can be important triggers for visual ideas. Learn how the visual problem solvers on a creative team approach their work—and how non-illustrators working with them can optimize communication for better support and enhanced delivery of the client’s message.

How Do Expert Visual Thinkers Approach Communications?

Meet Our Expert Panel:

Trevor Stone Irvin – Irvin Productions, one of Atlanta’s foremost illustrators with an especially robust background in sports and the arts. Trevor’s multidisciplinary portfolio includes illustration, layout and design, corporate ID, storyboarding, web design, sculpture, mascot and character design, architectural rendering and some animation. He was educated at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, was a member of the debut team at CNN, and has taught design in several area colleges. After 36 years in the business, Trevor’s designs for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games remain iconic for our community, even as he has launched TnT Web Design with a partner to better address today’s web-based opportunities. http://www.irvinproductions.com/


John Nelson is an accomplished artist with 23 years of experience as an illustrator and conceptual sketch artist for corporate, editorial, advertising, and institutional clients. Recent clients include IBM, GE, United Technologies Corporation, Xerox, Georgia Tech Library, Reliance Worldwide Corp, Oreo Cookies, Kimberly-Clark, and others too numerous to list. John’s areas of expertise include visualizing and drawing objects and environments that do not yet exist, and simplifying complex concepts. John studied graphic design at the University of Georgia and illustration with Miami Ad School via the Atlanta Portfolio Center. His approach to visual problem solving involves first listening to a client’s visual needs and then proposing relevant solutions, either on his own or in group collaboration. http://johnnelson.com/


Charles Quinniey is a multimedia specialist and animator who divides his time between Atlanta and Buffalo New York. He has worked as a graphic artist and animator with Western New York Media Minority Professionals and previously worked with WKBW Channel 7 and NABET (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. He is known for his work on the films Henry’s Future, Super Simple Science Stuff, Bad IQ and Something Dark. He studied economics at Morehouse College and has
an MFA in animation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Charles is active in developing the Atlanta animation scene
as a member of ASIFA-South, the local branch of the International Animation Society or Association Internationale du Film d’Animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krd4ecvpH5g


Lynda Green, with her partner Arington Hendley, runs the LAPD Atlanta, that is, Lynda & Arington ProDuctions, a studio as lighthearted as its name. Lynda is known for larger-than-life and often humorous advertising photography focused on lifestyle and work—and for a particularly sweet spot when it comes to photographing animals. In addition to still photography, Lynda and partners offer a range of support services to the film industry and produce all manner of photography involving special effects. Lynda has degrees in zoology the University of Georgia and photography from Sam Houston University and teaches at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Her client list includes numerous national brands including Sheraton, Publix, and Motorola as well as local/national brands such as Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Cooking Light Magazine, the Atlanta Braves, and Emory Medical.                                                     http://www.lapdatlanta.com/


***  SAVE THE DATE: Thursday , March 1st ***

Come at 6:30 pm to enjoy a delicious buffet and great networking opportunities.
Our panel discussion starts at 7:15 pm.

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Freelance Forum programming chair:
Pat Mills Sullivan


Event Location:  PPR – 667 11th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318
Take the Howell Mill Rd exit off I-75 and head south to 11th Street. PPR is next door to Six Feet Under.
Park in the lower lot and trek up the hill. We’ll have a sign on the door & hope to see you there!

Free for Freelance Forum members.
Guests pay $15, $10 for Full-time Students.
Cash/check/credit cards accepted. Walk-ins welcome!
Casual attire is great. Light snacks and refreshments are served. See you soon!

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6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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667 11th Street N.W.
Atlanta , GA 30318 United States
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At the Freelance Forum, it's all Business Casual – until we get down to business.

No atmospheric pressure here! We network and socialize over sandwiches, spreads or pizza, catch up with new and old friends and introduce ourselves to first-time or frequent guests. Then we settle in for the night’s program and its follow-up Q&A.

Our programs always focus on running a creative business more successfully, with topics that address issues like fees, taxes, law, marketing, selling, interpersonal skills, business organization, technology and more. All to help you work smarter, faster, more efficiently and more profitably. So whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at this for a while, you get no-fluff information tailored to your needs.

So join us for a meeting. Bring your questions. Hear that hot tip or horror story. And of course, share your own!

Members: FREE
Non-members: $15
Students: $10

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