Month: February 2015

Purpose & Vision: City Tech Printmaking Club

This is the vision I originally developed for the City Tech Printmaking Club, and now that we have officers, it is starting to become a reality! Of course, I am just an advisor–what the students make of all of this is up to them. Every student at City Tech should know we exist. Events, demos, classes, shows…the whole community needs to know us as a force for good. Printmaking is about generosity, democracy, opportunity, and making something with what seems tone nothing. Let’s make our own equipment, be scrappy, fight the good fight! This club is about empowerment through personal visual communication. Printmaking taught me problem solving, gave me a history of protest, propaganda, and commerce to draw from as I made my art. Let’s get excited about the potential involved in a few simple items, some ingenuity, and a lot of elbow grease. Let’s build presses, screens, tools! Let’s find all we need on the cheap, or from stuff being thrown away! No dependence upon others! Let’s make some art. Yes, we are in a design program, and we have plenty to learn in …

Making a Type Manual with Students

In my COMD1167 class this semester (Type & Media, City Tech), my class and I are trying to create our own definitive Type Manual. We are hand printing some elements, writing our own content, and designing everything together. I wanted to start writing about the process as I am thrilled/scared and completely proud of my students. They are engaged, willing, and working hard. My methods: Each session, we cover a major topic and work separately on our own attempts on the page. We submit our work for online critique (I am just implementing this, so I am nervous but very hopeful). In the next class, we collect the most successful solutions and apply them to the collective edition. Each person is required to talk to another classmate for 10 minutes every class period, eventually speaking with each person at least once. I want my students to own typography from the bottom up. I have to get out of the way as much as I can while still instilling some rigor and criticality. I hope to introduce project-based …

Interactive / Web 1 Intensive

I have been invited to do a rather impromptu 3 week intensive at Parsons, teaching an introduction to Interaction Design. I have been teaching this subject from all sorts of different directions, so this is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with students. These are all self-selected volunteers who expressed a need for some reinforcement. I am so honored to have been asked to helm the workshop for them. More to come!

Printmaking Club: Valentine’s Day, 2015

Every year, I head to City Tech on or as close to Valentine’s Day as I can with at least 50 pounds of potatoes and some tempera paint. I set up tables with supplies in the Atrium and invite any takers to make handmade cards for their honeys. This year, I’m bringing 100 pounds as we ran out way too soon last time. All photos: Mandy Mei

From the Haptic to the Virtual

I have been chosen to run a workshop pertaining to my research at the 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices and the Design Principles and Practices in Chicago in March of 2015. From the Haptic to the Virtual: Teaching Metacognition to Designers This workshop explores the application of current educational theories through hand skills lessons to help design students improve markedly in a college setting. Specifically, metacognitive strategies are taught through printmaking, drawing, and other haptic projects in order to reach and support students in a variety of design classes. These lessons help students overcome difficulties to find connections to new material, thereby providing them with the confidence and context they need to succeed academically. As more students come to us with less exposure to hand skills, we need to be strategic and judicious in how we ramp them into the computer-driven design space so they are not seduced by interfaces and features but able to conceptualized whatever the modality at hand. Attendees will go through actual tested exercises, discuss methods, and walk away …

Artists Online: Marketing, Promotion, and Documentation

I have the honor of being an instructor at the Summer Arts Institute at the Women’s Studio Workshop in mid-July. I am hoping to apply my 20 years of design and art experience work for others in as constructive a way possible. Here is the sign-up page, if you’d like to have a lovely week in Rosendale, New York with a very enthusiastic and supportive instructor. Potluck lunches every day! From the WSW site: Libby Clarke, artist and art director, will train you to publish your work across online channels (websites and social media) in as professional and comfortable a way as possible. She will teach you what options exist for publishing your online portfolio and how best to navigate them. You will learn how to handle the seemingly endless social media tasks which can add a great deal to your career without becoming unmanageable. You will develop a plan to promote your work in the most appropriate way according to your needs. In the end, you will be better positioned and prepared to get your …