Friday, November 21, 2008

A vital photography resource in Seattle

I've just spent the better part of the last two days with the folks in the Creative Academy at Seattle Central Community College. Along with Chad Jennings, Blurb's VP Design, and Dan Milnor, an FOB (Friend of Blurb) and a great photographer and communicator, we were invited in to share the Blurb story with the commercial photography, graphic design and publishing arts students. We had a blast and it's great to see the energy and life at the SCCC campus.

For those of you who are not aware, the SCCC Creative Academy, which opened this spring, is one of the best learning environments for visual communications in the country. After an $8.1 million renovation, the 38,000 square foot facility boasts natural lighting throughout, sweeping views of Seattle and Puget Sound along with a spectacular vista toward Mount Rainier.

Included in the facility is a 10,000 square foot photography studio, commercial digital printing, production binding labs, four graphic design studios full of Mac desktops, a 2,000 square foot print production lab and a color science laboratory. I just can't say enough about the place, the faculty and the students there.

It's always fun to spread the gospel of Blurb but it is especially gratifying to be able to help educate the future of photography and printing. Hats off to our hosts Tomas, Robbie and Natalie for inviting us into their curriculum and to get a first-hand look at the great work they are doing. More on the commercial photography program at SCCC is available here.