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Top 2016 Design Trends You Need To Know

As 2015 comes to a close, the question on most design fanatics’ minds is: “What’s next?” Which design trends will be popping up everywhere in the coming months?

We have compiled a list of what we predict will be the biggest 2016 design trends. Here’s the scoop on five key design elements to keep an eye on as the year unfolds, as well as tips on how to seamlessly incorporate modern takes on these looks into your existing interiors.

2016 Design Trends

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Modern Metallics

The breakout star of 2016 is going to be metallics, and — given their ability to instantly bring a sophisticated and glamorous touch to any space — it’s not hard to see why. Whether adding a sleek touch with silver or chrome or warming a room with gold, rose gold or copper, every school of design can benefit from this trend.

One key difference that sets this year’s take apart from previous metallic trends is the flexibility to mix and match. Don’t hesitate to use one type of metal as the focal point of the space while working in a different type for a smaller accent role.

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Sustainable Design

Cultural trends have long been known to influence design, and this coming year we can expect a big push toward eco-friendly interiors. Just as sustainability in architecture prides itself on blending form and function, it’s important to focus on using interior design elements that not only look great, but also are well made and minimize the impact to our ecosystem.

Incorporating natural materials such as wood or stone into your interiors is an easy way to achieve that goal. Whenever possible, look for artisan products. In addition to having a smaller carbon footprint than their mass-produced competitors, these products often have a longer lifespan.

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Outdoor Prints

This term may seem vague, but in this context, we mean prints that can be found in nature. The coming year is poised for a comeback of plant-inspired decor, florals and animal prints. As with any print, a little goes a long way — especially when it comes to these bold looks.

Rather than decking out an entire room in a big or heavy pattern, use it on one or two pieces that will be the focal point of the space. To ensure that your take on these wild looks stays modern and not too far over the top, consider incorporating prints that fall outside of their natural color scheme.

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Groovy Geometrics

When it comes to adding visual interest to a room, there’s no easier way to make an impact than by adding a few geometric shapes. The recent interest in these shapely designs is a continuation of the ’70s-inspired trend that has been turning heads.

The great thing about this trend is that it can easily be incorporated into any style of design. Those who like an ultra-modern look should consider making a statement with shapely furniture pieces or light fixtures. For a more traditional look, simply incorporate a geometric pattern into the room using floor tiles or accent textiles.

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Bold Blues

Every year has its own color trends, and 2016 is no exception. Bold blues such as cobalt, navy and royal blue are the hues to use for the upcoming year. Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways to incorporate this shade into your interiors. It all depends on how impactful you want the color to be.

For those looking to create a truly intimate and relaxing atmosphere, consider giving your walls a new coat of blue paint or bringing some brightness to your kitchen cabinets. You don’t have to go all out, however. Adding a pop of blue through a statement piece of furniture or accent piece is a great way to stay current without making a major commitment.

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We hope these top 2016 design trends have inspired you as we head into the new year. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.



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Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015

Jan. 2, 2015 11:25 a.m. ET

Mixed Metals
In London, designer Kelly Hoppen says mixing warm metals, such as copper and rose gold, with cool ones like silver is particularly hot right now. Los Angeles designer Jamie Bush agreed, saying he is no longer interested in matching every metal finish in a single room: “It’s too staged.” New York designer Thom Filicia suggested a “strategic, layered mix” of silvery, gold and black metals as a “riskier and more stylish” option. A great example: Arteriors’s Nolan Pendant, a brass-finished iron light with a dark bronze band.

Moody Indigo
Several designers are developing a case of the navy blues. Paris-based Stephanie Coutas said dark navy, as a counterpoint to white marble and mother of pearl, is a growing trend in luxury projects in the City of Light. Los Angeles designer Sasha Emerson hailed the color’s versatility: “It plays so well with other colors, such as pink, cream, gray, coral and sage.” Architect Barbara Bestor ’s tried-and-true: Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy mixed with a little black.

Painterly Rugs
Whether it looks like a Motherwell or a Monet, a rug “that is visually fluid with irregular patterns breaks the grid of rectangular rooms and furniture,” said Mr. Bush. (See examples from Marc Phillips’s collection here.) “They are true art pieces,” said Sydney designer Thomas Hamel, especially those rendered in silk “that shimmer and constantly change color.”

Smoky Glass
“Clear is so last year,” quipped Mr. May. Instead, Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler opts for smoked glass to “strike a tension between raw and refined, masculine and feminine.” That smokiness “adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to an otherwise typical material,” she said. For Mr. Harris, the effect, as seen in Sebastian Scherer’s Isom tables for Neo/Craft, “exudes a sultry 1970s vibe that reminds me of an intimate club that serves really good Manhattans.”

Graphic Tiles
Thanks to the allure of indoor/outdoor living, colorful concrete tiles (such as these from Amethyst Artisan shown here) continue to move from commercial to home spaces, said Los Angeles designer David John Dick. “It’s a perfect combination of graphic design and interior design.” Sam Allen, a Connecticut designer, views them as a sneaky image-booster. “These unusual ethnic tiles give the appearance that you are well-traveled,” he said.

What’s Out

What’s out for 2015 (clockwise from top left): Chevron prints, text as décor, the ombré look, Beni Ourain rugs and mirrored furniture David Chow for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas (chevron); Photo Illustration by Ryan Mesina/The Wall Street Journal; iStock (chairs); iStock (sign)

Chevron Prints
If used simply and elegantly, the ever-popular military motif “can be a strong look on its own,” said Simon Rawlings, creative director of David Collins Studio in London. But as a repeated zigzag on wallpaper or pillows, it’s passe. “You know it’s time to kill the trend when you can buy a Crock-Pot with a chevron pattern on it,” observed Atlanta designer Kerry Howard.

Text as Décor
“French writing on linen is o-u-t,” said San Francisco designer Lisa Lorino. Ditto “Keep Calm” posters, suggested Lana Sexton of Manhattan’s Nest Interiors. And metal letters lit with light bulbs darken many a designer’s mood. When Boston-based James Swan, author of “101 Things I Hate About Your House,” spotted one such installation, spelling “EAT,” in a home, “I took a houseful of strangers out to dinner—on me—rather than be trapped staring at that sign,” he recalled.

Mirrored Furniture
This attempt to evoke 1930s Hollywood glamour is starting to show its age. “A mirrored accent piece may be gorgeous,” Los Angeles designer Christian May acknowledged, “but if I see the scuffs on my shoes reflected in one more cheap catalog credenza, I’m going to scream.” Only the reincarnation of Carole Lombard, said Atlanta designer Stan Topol, could make him reconsider the look.

The Ombré Look
When they first arrived on the scene, dip-dyed furnishings were a clever way to update familiar shapes, said upstate New York designer Jeffrey Harris, “but now Pinterest is full of the sad, clichéd DIY results.” Ombré fabric, Mr. May said, “will always be a décor classic, but chair legs dipped in paint are another thing entirely.” Richard Misso, design director of the Stylesmiths in Melbourne, Australia, offered this succinct advice: “Keep ombré in the hair salon.”

Beni Ourain Rugs
Along with overdyed patchwork Persian rugs, these shaggy Moroccan black-and-whites are overexposed. “Vintage Beni Ourain rugs that cost $10,000 are now being knocked off on eBay,” noted Ms. Sexton. Los Angeles designer Mark Cutler offered a more blunt assessment: “They got us through the recession with luxurious pile, simple color and a tempting price point, but it’s time for them to stay in the souk.”



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Latest Trends in Home Decorating and Interior Design 2015

Lushome shares latest trends in home decorating that define modern ideas for creating unique, rich and beautiful summer decorating. This collection of home decor accessories and lighting fixtures demonstrate the latest trends and offer inspiring items for creating attractive and stylish interior decorating or home staging with rich and neutral color combinations and beautiful materials.

Modern decorating ideas, unique home decor accessories and lighting fixtures can dramatically transform rooms, creating pleasant interiors and prepare homes for gorgeous presentations when you need to sell your properties. The latest trends in home decorating are inspiring and bring lots of interesting ideas that you can steal and use for creative and bright interior decorating.

Expensive decorating materials, rich color accents, nature inspired designs, ethnic motifs, transparency and shine are latest trends in home decorating that can brighten up and style modern interior design, beautify home decorating ideas and create fabulous home staging in 2015.

Latest trends in home decorating and interior design

Pendant lights suspended with metal chains

1. Expensive decorating materials

Imitation of expensive and semi-precious stones, home decor accessories and lighting fixtures that look like jewelry pieces are one of modern interior design trends for 2015. Diamond decoration patterns and shiny metal details, chains and lamp bases add bright elements to modern interior design and home decorating 2015.

Table lamp with beautiful base featuring diamond pattern

2. Shiny surfaces

Shiny metal and ceramics, natural stone surfaces and colored glass are modern interior design trends that help create festive, attractive and energetic home interiors.

3. Rich room colors and white decorating ideas

Saturated room colors and rich colorful accents are one of the latest trends in home decorating that can be used in any season. Bright room colors and accent color shades enliven modern interior design and can be used for emphasizing unique home decorating ideas. Snow-white and gray color tones can be combined with turquoise blue color accents that bring stylish Mediterranean charm into modern interior design.

Light interior decorating ideas, perfect for summer home decorating

4. Nature inspired designs

Natural motifs and nature inspired images are wonderful trends in home decorating that enhance interior design in eco style. Mirror frames adorned with ivy leaves or lamps decorated with corals details, nature inspired figurines and decoration patterns are a beautiful way to add chic to interior design and home decorating. Semiprecious stones and wooden crafts, metal and colored glass decor accessories are modern trends that add interest and uniqueness to modern home decorating ideas.

5. Casual chic

Chandeliers made of transparent globes, egg-shaped lamps on marble bases, silver lining and bronze details bring chic and luxury into modern interior design, setting one of the most elegant latest trends in home decorating for 2015.

Glass globe chandeliers with shiny metal details

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    Designer of 2015 trends

    Six major trends, and the challenges they pose for the profession (which AIGA will take on as its challenges), emerged from our research. These trends define design’s role in a much broader, strategic context than its roots: the making of things and beautiful things. Although that remains an important contribution, they will be a manifestation of a solution that may involve many different forms, including intangibles such as strategy and experiences. Among designers and educators, there has been an enthusiastic response to taking on these trends, although there is also anxiety about whether designers are adequately prepared to take on the broader context of the roles these trends imply for them. They were, in the order of importance as identified by designers:

    Wide and deep: meta-disciplinary study and practice

    Designers must be able to draw on experience and knowledge from a broad range of disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities, in order to solve problems in a global, competitive market of products and ideas.

    As the contexts in which communication occurs become more diverse, designers need to experience meta-disciplinary study as well as training deeply in specific disciplines. They must understand the social sciences and humanities in order to understand the content they are asked to communicate and they must understand how to work collaboratively with other knowledge and practice specialists.

    Expanded scope: scale and complexity of design problems

    Designers must address scale and complexity at the systems level, even when designing individual components, and meet the growing need for anticipation of problem and solution rather than solving known problems.

    Design problems are nested within increasingly complex social, technological and economic systems and address people who vary in their cognitive, physical and cultural behaviors and experiences. The role of the designer is to manage this complexity, to construct clear messages that reveal to people the diverse relationships that make up information contexts and to deliver sustainable communication products and practices to clients.

    Targeted messages: a narrow definition of audiences

    Messaging will shift from mass communication to more narrow definitions of audiences (special interest design), requiring designers to understand both differences and likenesses in audiences and the growing need for reconciliation of tension between globalization and cultural identity.

    The most effective means of communicating has shifted from broad messages for large audiences to narrowly targeted messages for specific audiences. This is the result of both media capabilities (in terms of narrow-casting and mass customization of messages) and also global dynamics. This trend demands a better understanding of a variety of cultures, the value of ethnographic research, a sensitivity toward cultural perspectives, and empathy.

    Break through: an attention economy

    Attention is the scarce resource in the information age, and the attention economy involves communication design, information design, experience design and service design.

    The trend toward an “attention economy” encourages discussion of what is currently driving clients’ conception of form, the attraction of business to design and the problems of designing for a market that values the short term “grab”.

    Sharing experiences: a co-creation model

    Designers must change their idea of customers/users to co-creators (mass customization) to coincide with the rise in transparency of personal and professional lives (social networking, blogging, etc.).

    This trend focuses on user-centered issues through a filter that identifies appropriate methods for understanding people (for example, the current movement toward ethnographic research, rather than focus groups). It brings communication design closer to the work of product designers (who really have the attention of business) and the emerging area of service design. Social advocacy issues both emerge from this phenomenon and are empowered by it.

    Responsible outcomes: focusing on sustainability

    Designers must recognize that the pursuit of excellence involves focusing clearly on human-centered design in an era of increasingly limited resources, in which appropriateness is defined by careful and necessary use of resources, simplicity, avoidance of the extraneous and sensitivity to human conditions.

    Popular, political and business forces are all coming to grips with the challenges of working in a world of limited resources. Designers, as those who use creativity to defeat habit in the solutions they propose, must assume a leadership role in proposing responsible uses of resources. This involves both the traditional concept of sustainability and also an understanding of appropriate technology and resources for the uses proposed. Responsible outcomes embody ethical issues, social need, global imperatives and the unique contribution of design thinking.

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    Top 10 Popular Interior Design Trends 2015

    Popular interior design trends 2015 include comfortable luxury and organic designs, Green home decorating ideas and romantic accents, brightness and functionality of Nordic design and always surprising and warm ethnic interior decorating ideas. Popular interior trends 2015 allow to create fascinating blends of pure classic and chic with contemporary minimalist style, weave matte pastels and vivid room colors into room design with striking contrasts of black and white decorating ideas.

    Modern interior design trends 2015 mix natural elements, neutral colors and rustic textures with novel and surprising decor ideas, contemporary man-made materials that mimic solid wood, metal and natural stone textures. Colorful decoration patterns and fabric prints look great with the driftwood furniture and lighting fixtures in gray color tones.

    Perforated ceramic and metallic surfaces, textured walls and stunning fabric prints, artificial and natural stone, solid wood and glass, creative designs and bright colors, including yellow, pink and purple color shades, blue and green color combinations, combined with advanced wall painting ideas and spectacular lighting fixtures are popular interior design trends in 2015 that are demonstrated by Lushome collection from Milan iSalone.

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    1. Green ideas, natural interior decorating materials, nature inspired designs and decorating color schemes, neutral colors and eco friendly products for home design and decorating, room furniture and home fabrics made with natural fibers, bright color accents that nature creates are great ways to enjoy modern interior design trends in 2015.

    Bright red of strawberries and lush green colors, sunny yellow and golden colors of sand on a tropical beach, juicy orange color shades of exotic fruits and turquoise blue color shades of spectacular ocean waves are gorgeous color trends 2015.

    Simple and functional bedroom design, bright red, pink and black and white decorating ideas

    2. Simple and functional interiors design, especially for masculine style rooms or spacious apartments for loft living style, comfortable home furnishings and clutter free room decor ideas define one of contemporary and very popular interior design trends for 2015.

    3. Personalization is one of forgiving modern interior design trends that allow to use favorite room colors, mix textures and create unusual decorating combinations with room furniture and home fabrics to give living spaces unique character.

    Modern interior design materials and wall decoration ideas, light turquoise blue and green colors for bathroom design

    4. Breaking rule is one of most wonderful, exciting and modern interior design trends 2015. Creative furniture design ideas and surprising home decorating ideas, combinations of room colors, unsuspected details and decorative accents are a fantastic way to design truly interesting and intimate home interiors.

    Modern interior trends 2015, blue color for living room furniture and wall decoration

    5. Scandinavian style and ethnic interior decorating are popular interior design trends that offer calming and relaxing or comfortable and exotic room decor idea, depends what you prefer. Trendy white decorating ideas that make even small and cluttered rooms look modern and bright can be used for emphasizing stylish interior design in Scandinavian style or creating a nice background for displaying exotic home furnishings and ethnic interior decorating accents.

    Modern bedroom design in neutral colors

    6. Black and white decorating color schemes are one of timelessly modern interior design trends that all loves. Black and white decorating allows to harmonize and balance home decorating while displaying interesting shapes and playing with captivating decoration patterns and textures, or add drama with bold and vivid decorating accents that energize black and white decorating. Perfect for classic home interiors, high-tech and retro styles, Scandinavian style and Art Deco decor, black and white decorating color schemes provide gorgeous tones that can please anyone.

    Modern wall decoration ideas, interior trends 2015

    7. Chic industrial style accents and surprising combinations of textures, antique brick, concrete, plastic and metal, bring one of best modern interior design trends 2015 what allow to create impressive living spaces on large and small budgets.

    Stylish lighting design for dining room decorating

    8. Recycling ideas and creative designs that repurpose useless items are popular interior trends in decorating which allow to save money and helps protect the environment.

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    9. Modern furniture and decor accessories made with transparent plastic or glass and their combination with solid wood and metal items are super modern interior design trends for 2015.

    Black and white room design with creative wall decoration

    10. Modern interior design trends 2015 bring many exiting wall decorating ideas. Unusual wall shelves in cubic shapes rotated 90 degrees on walls, meaningful letters and words, striking painting ideas and surprising wall decorations, like bicycles, shiny wall panels, imitating stone, wood or concrete wall tile designs and amazingly textured wallpaper patterns are fabulous home decorating ideas that reflect popular interior trends 2015.

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    Hot Interior Design Trends to Watch Out for in Summer 2015

    While we are still enjoying the sights and sounds of spring, now is also the time to think about prepping our homes for the hotter months ahead. If you haven’t really revamped your interior since the holiday season, it probably is still stuck firmly in winter mode and needs an urgent makeover. And just like we always do, we bring you some of the hottest decorating trends that will rule the interior design world in the next few months so that you can plan in advance and make the right choices for your seasonal decor and design revamp.

    Today it is the turn of four hot trends that promise to shine in homes across the world as the summer of 2015 draws near. From exquisite and exclusive water features that make their way indoors to the classy and classic beach style, it is a blend of the trendy and the timeless. With 30 fascinating inspirations to go along, this is all about getting your home dressed up for some fun summer times!

    Indoor Water Features

    Gone are the times when waterfalls, ponds and fountains were just relegated to the backyard and the lovely garden. Contemporary designers are pulling out all the stops as they add stunning and soothing water features to elegant interiors. A water feature is much more than just an aesthetic addition, and it brings a balance of elements along with immense tranquility. Even proponents of Feng Shui talk about the balance that water brings to an interior dominated by stone, metal, glass and other solid elements. Instantly becoming a ravishing focal point, water features can also help cut down on artificial cooling needs when used properly.

    There are plenty of ways that you can add a water feature to your existing home without opting for something outrageous and extravagant. A small pond in the foyer with a glass walkway above, a cool waterfall below the contemporary staircase and a small indoor koi pond seem to be the most popular options. The classic ‘giant fountain’ in the entrance foyer seems to be fading away, but if you love Mediterranean or Victorian styles, then it still looks absolutely amazing and definitely regal!

    Reclaimed Beauty!

    We talked about indoor living walls and herb gardens making their presence felt in our previous trends report, and this movement towards more planet-friendly options and sustainable style continues with the newfound love for all things crafted in ‘reclaimed wood ’. Whether it is accent walls in living rooms or bedrooms, a sensational kitchen island design, a cool custom-craft coffee table or even a barn-style door, reclaimed wood is currently a hot property! It also fits in with a relaxed spring/summer style that puts the focus on natural materials and a relaxing, laid-back backdrop.

    Apart from its green credentials, feature walls and decor additions in reclaimed wood also provide a wonderful cost-cutting option that reduces wastage both in terms of material and expenses. With ‘adaptive reuse’ becoming a focal point in contemporary architecture, expect the use of reclaimed timber to only go up in the coming months and years.

    Inspired by the Beach

    There are trends and then there are styles that define and defy changing trends. When it comes to decorating the home with the flair and cheerfulness of summer, nothing matches the tried and tested beach style. It is simple, easy to work with, and the style will work for you all year long with some minor tweaks. If you happen to live in the tropics, it becomes all the more easy to pull off. Combine your favorite colors with touches of blue, turquoise and coral to create a chic, soothing and bright setting.

    Pastels and Watercolors

    If you are a fashionista, you will already be pretty familiar with the hold that pastels have over the spring/summer 2015 collections. Borrowing from the world of glitz and glamour, it is time to throw some dreamy pastels around your home as well. When used right, pastels work well in the most neutral or even masculine settings, and you need not be bothered about giving the space too much of a feminine vibe. If candy pink seems way too sweet, opt for shades like minty green that work well in rooms with themes ranging from modern to retro and midcentury.

    While pastels are far more popular, it is watercolors that truly encapsulate and unleash the breezy charm of summer and the brilliant color of spring. If you have not seen decor and accessories with watercolor prints, check them out this very instant, as you are missing out on a whole lot. The watercolor decorating trend is picking up the pace across the globe, and it is definitely the right time to jump on the bandwagon before it s too late!

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    Photography Schools in Virginia

    Did You Know. Full Sail University offers online degree programs in computer animation, game art, and game design? Learn more about Full Sail University’s online programs.

    If you are interested in a photography career, the first step is to decide what type of photographer you would like to become. Would you like to work in the exciting world of fashion photography? How about photojournalism or something unique such as a food photographer? These are just a few focus areas, so once you have decided which one is right for you, you can begin searching for a suitable training program. Fortunately, The Old Dominion State is home to more colleges and universities than most other states, and many of these schools offer excellent programs for aspiring artists and designers—including photographers.

    Just a few of Virginia’s best schools for artists and designers are Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Marymount University in Arlington, Bluefield College in Bluefield, and Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Continue reading to find out which Virginia schools are tops for aspiring photographers and where to find them.

    Virginia Photography Schools

    Virginia is home to 129 Title-IV degree-granting colleges and universities. This means, the state has the tenth highest number of Title IV schools in the U.S. Of the state’s 129 Title IVs, 38 are private not-for-profit, 52 are private for-profit, and 39 are public. Whether public or private, all Title IVs are eligible for federal financial aid programs, so even the most expensive private schools in the state are accessible to talented students with financial need.

    The following is an extensive list of some of the top schools for aspiring photographers and some of the other programs that they offer. All are Title IV degree-granting schools.

    Bridgewater
    Bridgewater College – Degrees Offered: BA, BS Art, Studio Art with Specialization in Photography, Digital Media, Drawing, Visual Design; Minor in Art

    Harrisonburg
    Eastern Mennonite University – Degrees Offered: BA, Minor in Photography, BA Art, BA Digital Media, BA Digital Video Production, BA Digital Communication; Minor Art, Digital Communication, Digital Video Production

    Lynchburg
    Liberty University – Degrees Offered: Minor Photography; BS Studio Art, BS Studio and Digital Arts: Graphic Design, BS Communication with Cinematic Arts Concentration, BS Communication Studies with Digital Media Concentration, BS Visual Communication Arts with Studio Art Concentration, BS Web Technology and Design; MA Communication Studies with Media and Communication Studies Concentration; Minor Graphic Design, Studio Artn

    Lynchburg College – Degrees Offered: BA Art with Studio Art (includes Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography), BA Art with Emphasis in Graphic Design, BA Communications with Electronic Media Focus; Minor in Studio Art

    Petersburg
    Virginia State University – Degrees Offered: Minor in Photography; BFA Visual Arts with a Concentration in Animation, Graphic Design or Studio Arts; Minor Animation, Art Design, Graphic Design, Web Design

    Radford
    Radford University – Degrees Offered: BFA Studio Art with a Photography Emphasis, BFA Graphic Design; BA Design Culture Design Management; BS Information Science and Systems with a Web Development Emphasis; MA Design Thinking; Minor Cinematic Arts, Design Appreciation

    Staunton
    Mary Baldwin College – Degrees Offered: BA Studio Art with Emphasis in Photography, Drawing, Extended Media, Graphic Design, Printmaking; BA Art Management, BA Film Studies, BA Film Production; Minor Film Studies, Film Production

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    Employment and Salary Trends for Virginia Photographers

    Virginia is home to 1,120 salaried photographers averaging $32,500 per year, down from $41,020 in 2009, when the state was home to 1,220 photographers. It is important to note that many professionals in this field are self-employed, so it is safe to assume that the population of photographers in the state is much higher. These individuals typically earn more and enjoy greater employment growth as well. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the “Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers” ‘industry’ has the third highest concentration of employment for photographers and they earn an average of $47,180 per year.

    Nationwide, the median pay for photographers is $30,490 per year. Employment for photographers is projected to grow three percent for the 2014-2024 decade, which is slower than the average for all occupations. At this rate, the industry is expected to add around 3,900 new jobs in the coming years. Overall growth will be limited because of the decreasing cost of digital cameras and the increasing number of amateur photographers and hobbyists, says the Bureau.

    In addition, stock photographic services available online give individuals and businesses access to stock photographs for a fee or subscription, possibly dampening demand for photographers. Declines in the newspaper industry will reduce demand for news photographers to provide still images for print, says the Bureau. Employment of photographers in newspaper publishing is projected to decline a staggering 41 percent for the 2014-2024 decade, according to the BLS.

    However, employment of self-employed photographers is projected to grow nine percent for the 2014-2024 decade. Projected growth, says the BLS, will be due to the demand for portrait photographers, which will persist as people continue to want new portraits. In addition, corporations will continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.

    The top paying states for photographers are:

    • District of Columbia ($66,410)
    • New York ($54,030)
    • California ($52,750)
    • Hawaii ($47,740)
    • New Mexico ($46,220)

    The top paying industries for photographers are:

    • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing ($76,090)
    • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories ($69,230)
    • Motion Picture and Video Industries ($67,160)
    • Scientific Research and Development ($63,530)
    • Other Information Services ($61,090)

    The industries with the highest levels of employment for photographers are:

    • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
    • Radio and Television Broadcasting
    • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
    • Motion Picture and Video Industries
    • Other Personal Services

    The Industries with the highest concentration of employment for photographers are:

    • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
    • Radio and Television Broadcasting
    • Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
    • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
    • Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water

    The states with the highest employment levels for photographers are California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.

    While employment growth for photographers is projected to be slower than average overall, Virginia-based photographers can do a few things to increase their chances of finding employment. Consider checking into portrait studios, local publications, technology firms, schools, creative agencies, and design studios. And stick to major cities such as Virginia Beach—the state’s largest, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, and Richmond. Also worth exploring are Newport News, Alexandria, Hampton, Roanoke, and Portsmouth.

    Awesome Animation Fact. Hayao Miyazaki wrote, directed, and drew the storyboards for his the Academy Award winning film for Best Animated Feature—Spirited Away (2001). So, Miyazaki essentially wrote the movie with drawings. When you watch the film, you’re seeing one man’s work and vision. The filmmaker is so influential and involved in the production that the New Yorker once called him “the auteur of anime.” –mental_floss

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    3 Trends in Early Childhood Education that You Should Know About

    In 2016, educators, lawmakers and researchers put a lot of time and effort into analyzing the true importance of early childhood education (ECE). Studies have concluded that, when done right, ECE provides lasting benefits to all students although the impact is even greater among low-income students.

    With the world of education constantly adapting to the changing times, it can be difficult to keep up with the trends that make ECE so effective. Whether you have children in preschool or you are working in the field, we compiled three trending topics to help keep you in the loop on the current and future trajectory of ECE.

    3 trends in early childhood education to watch for

    1. Minimizing the achievement gap

    The achievement gap focuses on the academic achievements of different social and economic groups. Output includes the differences in grade point averages, standardized test scores, dropout rates, college enrollment and college graduation metrics. The gap is measured between low-income and high-income households, white and minority students, males and females, students whose first language is English and students for whom English is a second (or third) language, among other factors.

    The achievement gap is often used to determine funding for ECE. On a federal level, a new policy will go into effect during the 2017 2018 school year. It is called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and it overturns the No Child Left Behind policy of 2002. Instead of the Federal government determining progress, this new policy gives the power back to the state to determine how its education system can improve.

    How does it affect early childhood education?

    The assessment of students is a crucial element of a successful education, as it can help educators identify learning needs early on. ECE providers can then make parents more aware of a child s learning style and their individual needs.

    Early education centers with disadvantaged students such as children from low-income families, foster children or children who are learning English as a second language may gain more funding from the state when they can prove academic progress with these students is closing the achievement gap. The demand for quality educators with a contagious passion for learning can only grow.

    What does this mean for those working with children in early education? Expect more ongoing education, formal assessments and technical help such as Shine Early. If you are a parent, there are four habits you can help develop at home to encourage your child s growth.

    There are a handful of things you can do to support your child s learning at home. Here are some habits you can start implementing today:

    • Read to your child at least 20 minutes a day.
    • Speak to them about small things, such as selecting food at the grocery store.
    • Establish consistent routines at home.
    • Use positive reinforcement praise the child when they do something good, instead of saying no when they do something wrong.

    The more communication among parents, teachers and children, the better the learning process will be.

    2. Technology and the classroom

    One way the achievement gap is being minimized in ECE classrooms is through the use of technology as a resource. However, an ongoing trend in the field is to debate the pros and cons of technology for children.

    Technology is so widespread that more and more resources for learning are made available to the public. For instance, low-income households often still have access to computers and internet, making technical skills and knowledge more available. In fact, 84 percent of U.S. households own a computer and 73 percent of U.S. households have a computer with a broadband connection to the internet, according to the Pew Research Center .

    Of course, at an early age, technology can be destructive if not used properly. Some fear that too much screen time can stunt growth that comes through exploring the outdoors and the community, interacting with peers and gaining patience and fine motor skills through hands-on activities.

    How does it affect early childhood education?

    Discovering the software and resources that meet the needs of students can greatly enrich the current material they are learning. Even with the proven effectiveness of technology in the classroom. educators are left with a few questions: Which technology is best? How should we incorporate it into our lesson plans? How often should technology be used with our students?

    There are varying answers to these questions, but consider the following example. Social skills are rapidly developing in children during their time in early education centers. Early Childhood News suggests that instead of students working individually with their own computers, once children are each practiced with a computer program, they might work in groups around an element of technology. This gives an opportunity for peer tutoring and for cooperative learning activities.

    As far as which technology is best, it depends on the effectiveness and the accessibility of the technology. If it is something accessible to all the students, even from home, it is even more desirable. One of the most important elements to consider is how children are interacting with the technology, ensuring the new tools are developing positive behavior. Technology or screen time also comes in many forms. According to the Common Sense Census. these are the four main forms:

    • Passive consumption: Watching TV, reading and listening to music
    • Interactive consumption: Playing games and browsing the Internet
    • Communication: Video-chatting and using social media
    • Content creation: Using devices to make digital art or music

    When it comes to the question of how much technology to incorporate into lesson plans, Common Sense Media recommends no more than one hour per day.

    3. Classroom principles

    In any classroom but especially for students at an early age teachers are encouraged to integrate core principles to develop Emotional Cognitive Social Early Learning (ECSEL).

    ECSEL helps children to manage emotions to become confident, resilient and understanding all of which are important components in learning and growth. At this age, emotional experiences shape the brain.

    For ECE professionals, this means understanding family dynamics and leading by example in how to handle emotions. Teaching children how to identify feelings and respond to them spurs on understanding, acceptance and healthier relationships.

    Are you prepared for the future of ECE?

    An important characteristic of the most effective ECE professionals is the commitment to always continue educating themselves regarding the trends, changes, studies and conversations in the industry. Armed with these three trends in early childhood education, you may find yourself better prepared to help your students succeed.

    Follow ourEducation Blogto keep tabs on career resources, classroom ideas and other hot topics in the world of ECE.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in December 2013. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.

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    SysLog Windows Event Log Archiving

    UNIX/Router/Switches SysLog and Windows Event Log Archiving

    EventLog Analyzer automatically archives all event logs and syslogs collected from Windows and UNIX devices, Routers Switches, and other syslog devices on the EventLog Analyzer server itself. The event log archive is invaluable in forensic analysis and determining performance and usage statistics for a device.

    Encrypting Archived Log files

    Now, EventLog Analyzer encrypts the event log archive files to ensure the log data is secured for future forensic analysis, compliance and internal audits.

    Hashing

    The hashing of the archive log data files further secures the event log data.

    Time stamping

    The time stamping technique ensures that the archive data files are tamper proof. If there is a modification of file, this technique will reveal that the file has been tampered.

    The three point security keeps the archive log data safe.

    Configurable Log Archiving Intervals

    The default log archiving interval creates a log archive file of the all the received raw logs every 24 hours. And these log archive files are then compressed (zipped) after every 7 days, to conserve hard disk space. You can configure the archive file creation and compressed file creation any time depending on how often you need to archive event logs. You can even disable log archiving entirely if needed.

    Reports on Archived Event Logs

    At any time, you can load event log archive file into the EventLog Analyzer database and generate reports from the archived event data.

    Detailed Event Log Archiving

    Every log archive file that is created, is stored along with the time of archive creation, size of the archive, and the device whose event logs have been archived. This makes it easy to load and generate reports from archived event logs.

    Instant Event Log Archiving

    EventLog Analyzer includes options to instantly generate log archives for all event logs collected so far. All event logs collected will be archived, irrespective of the log archiving interval defined. In this way, you can create and load archived files into the database at any time.



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    Contemporary Wallpaper Design Trends

    Contemporary Wallpaper Sets the Mood

    Wallpaper goes way beyond what can be done with paint, says Cadee Wilder of Kreme. Painted finishes, although great in some spaces, don’t equate to the luxury and opulence a few rolls of wallpaper can provide.

    She adds, Designers and their clients are looking for ways to impart the ‘wow’ factor without having to add more costly items, such as tiles, stone or expensive textile fabrics, and wallpaper does a great job of it. This pattern, Painted Gate, is an updated take on Moroccan-inspired designs. Play up the theme, Wilder suggests, or take a less literal approach and play up the modernity of its larger-scale pattern. Photo courtesy of Kreme.

    Create Coziness

    When tackling an oversized room or high-ceilinged foyer, Melissa Gulley of Melissa Gulley Interior Design loves wallpaper to create a more intimate feel. Divide the space in half by using a chair rail and applying wallpaper to the bottom half. A wainscoting-wallpaper combo offers a similar effect. In the master bedroom here, Gulley added crown molding as well, visually altering the space to appear less cavernous and cozier. Photo courtesy of Melissa Gulley.

    Up-to-the-Minute

    Digital printing has enabled wallpaper designers to go in directions that have never been available in previous hand-printed versions, says Wilder. Check out the cool, ombre effect of their Acorn Gate wallpaper. It’s a very tricky screen-printing style that is easily achieved with modern techniques, Wilder explains. New advances in design mean new, fresh looks for your walls. Photo courtesy of Kreme.

    Instant Interest

    Wallpaper has an amazing way of warming up a room and creating rich, layered sophistication, says Gulley. In this dining room, Gulley used unexpected grass-cloth wallpaper below the chair rail, adding texture and interest. Grass cloth did just the trick, completing the elegant and dramatic room with its unique texture and natural color gradation. Even better, the paper was applied horizontally, which saved on paper waste, reduced labor costs and avoided seams, Gulley enthuses. Photo courtesy of Melissa Gulley.

    Size Matters

    Just as wallpaper can help change the feel of a too-big room, it can rescue a too-small space as well. A clever way to open up a room with low ceilings? Says Gulley, Try a vertical stripe, like the crisp pattern shown here, to create the illusion of height. And if you’ve ever avoided wearing horizontal stripes for fear of appearing wider, then you understand why Gulley suggests just that pattern to make a small space seem roomier. Photo courtesy of Kreme.

    Little Gems

    A busy, whimsical or interesting print can transform a small room into your home’s jewel box, says Gulley. Powder rooms are one of my favorite places to use wallpaper. You can go big and bold without fear of committing to too much. Here, she coordinated the window treatment to the wallpaper for an ultra luxe, dramatic effect that might overwhelm in a larger room, but suits this space perfectly. Photo courtesy of Melissa Gulley.

    Make a Statement

    Wallpapers can make almost any type of design statement, says Wilder. Soft, organic lines lend a soothing touch to a room, whereas bold geometrics can really add vibrancy and energy to a dull space. Photo courtesy of Kreme.

    Try using damask prints, like our Folk Flower, for a more traditional look, suggests Wilder. Pair with modern accessories or furnishings to keep the room feeling current.

    Go Bold

    Choose a bold graphic wallpaper, such as these interlocking chains, to instantly create visual energy in a room, says Wilder. Photo courtesy of Kreme.