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Course feedback surveys.

May 31, 2013 in News/Updates

Another year has come to an end. For some of you in these classes, this is a welcomed relief. For others, maybe you will miss the class, the projects, or maybe just being with friends. I’m hoping I will see some of you next year or in future years in one of my other higher elective courses:

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-Digital Design II

-*NEW* 6055 (CIT112) Introduction to Gaming and Simulation

-*NEW* 6060 (BIM100) Interactive Media in the Digital Age

As our time together draws to a close, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Your opinions matter. Your feedback matters. The very projects you completed this semester were born out of suggestions and feedback from your peers that passed through before you. Just like them, your feedback will also have an impact on future students taking my courses. Because, frankly, you (the students) are on the receiving end of every aspect of these classes, and I’m sure there are things you like, things you didn’t like, things I did as an instructor you didn’t like, and maybe…hopefully, things I did as an instructor that you liked. Here’s your chance to let me know how I did…and let me know what you thought about the course in general.

Remember…this is completely anonymous, so BE HONEST!


In conclusion, I would like everyone to complete the end of the year evaluation/survey found here.


Enjoy your summer everyone!

Best Practices in Web Design

March 15, 2013 in News/Updates

As many of you are beginning the initial layout stages of your sites (digital wire frames), it would be smart to review example sites (remember the question on your planning sheet) that you visit frequently to get some inspiration and to also view the site from a design point of view. What design items stand out to you? What do you like about the site design wise? Colors? Fonts? General layout?

There are certain design guidelines considered “best practices” among the web design community. As you make your design choices, you should be fully aware of these, and more specifically, what you should and should not do from a design standpoint. Take the time, and visit the following sites that cover these concepts pretty thoroughly (look at the examples), and be sure to consider them when beginning your layout work.

-Current Style in Modern Web Design

-Web Design Best Practices Checklist

Removing boundaries…almost.

February 20, 2013 in News/Updates

We’re at a point in the year where you are ready for some self-chosen direction. Some of you have stuck with the class format pretty religiously, and some of you haven’t. For some, you’ve watched the videos, asked questions, researched, designed, redesigned, became very specific in your self-critique, etc.., and as such, the quality of your work has improved noticeably. Most of you have probably started to develop a feel for what type of design work you prefer, or more importantly, what type of work you feel allows you the most creativity. I’m going to break the traditional mold of our classroom a bit, and we’re going to expand on this self-directed format a bit more. I’m going to remove specific project topics for the time being, and have each of you CHOOSE a direction you want to go within the class. If you want to focus on specific poster designs (PSA’s, Movie Posters, Advertisements, etc.), go for it. If you would like to focus on illustration work (Portraits, Logos, Vector Illustrations, etc.), you can. There will be SOME resemblance of requirements within this new format (hence the title of this post), but just enough to keep you on task, an no more.

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Minimalism…A Step in the Right Direction.

January 30, 2013 in News/Updates

One of the biggest problems for most students just starting out in design is figuring out how much is “just enough” in terms of elements within a design. Many of you are wrapping up your second version/revision of your logotypes, and a few of you have asked me the same question: “Is this good enough?” or, “I don’t know what more to add.” If you haven’t picked up on this by now (through class discussion, numerous examples I’ve linked to, concepts we’ve talked about, etc.), less is often more in design. Simplicity, while maintaining creativity is the key (this video says is best). You must first learn to balance the message of your design (remember, graphic design is VISUAL communication) with the elements you choose to include within that design. Some of you still struggle to find that balance, and often fall back on adding extra effects (drop shadows, outer glows, extra shapes, mismatched fonts, etc.). So, I’m going to challenge you with a project that will force you to think outside of the box, and REQUIRE you to be SIMPLISTIC.


Minimalist Movie Poster…Let’s Get Started.


Course Introduction Surveys

January 23, 2013 in News/Updates

I would like to welcome all of my new students this semester! For me as an instructor, it’s my goal to get to know everyone a little better (both educationally and personally) as we begin this semester. To help me better understand where you come from, what goals you have, expectations for this course, and even how you best learn, take some time, and complete the appropriate survey below for the class in which you are enrolled. I’m looking forward to a great semester with you all.

-Digital Photography

-Digital Design I

-Fundamentals of Web Design