Month: June 2015

City Tech COMD 1167: S15

I reworked my approach to Type & Media, the foundation class for Typography and page composition in the Spring of 2015. I decided to let the students generate their content for the initial shared project, the Type Manual. This has proven to be far messier and risky process and honestly I despair each semester that it won’t come together. The manuals are always so chaotic, but then when the students switch to their own projects, I find them far more self-starting and focused than previous classes wherein I was far more heavy-handed in my instruction. The design is not always as high as the other classes where the students are told how to design, but my students stay engaged until the very last and make deep discoveries in terms on meaning and context for themselves. Manifesto Project The following pieces are in Flash, so they only play on some devices. They are a study of animation and typography. This student dove into the material and tried to have Rams’ philosophy influence his every choice. [swf:http://libbyclarke.com/material/10RamsRunning.swf …

Altruism as Your Medium

As I develop my practice as a design educator, I find there are some core ideas that I find I must get across to my students: Work with the tools you were born with before the ones you buy Play without fear every single time Good enough is not good enough when you can do better Give a damn every day and you can change the world This all really started back when I wrote my Master’s Thesis in the form of a personal manifesto for the 2D Design program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Here follows a shortened version: MONSTRESS MANIFESTO Repeat each day you are a cultural producer. I state the (personally) obvious. I remember the audience is my equal. I remind the audience we all choose what we believe. I invite evaluation and interaction. I sell no empty dreams of Perfection. I believe and believe. I CHANGE THE WORLD. This creed has served me well as a professional, as a parent, and as a citizen. It has been the core ethos I …