I have decided that the way to change the world around me is to change myself. This is not my original idea but it has finally sunk through my thick skull. I am leading a few instructors at my school and I am treating it as a pilot for true Libby-Style Administration. Up until now, I have hung back rather a lot. I have extended myself, but only a bit as I was still learning the ropes. Last year was a very hard one and I did not get to grow on a lot of levels as I could only manage to survive. This year, I choose to thrive and the best way to do that is to actually concentrate on helping others in a sincere and concerted way. Service is the way I will change myself and the world around me. Mistakes are pending, but willingness is in place and ready to roll!
I am producing materials and running the orientation of the new COMD (Communication Design) students this year, working once again with my co-conspirator, Prof. Anita Giraldo. We are developing a set of tools which will act as the needed decoder rings for incoming freshmen and transfers.
I have started an internship program for City Tech students at the Gowanus Studio Space: two students from the Communications Design Department are currently working hard and learning much in the way of printmaking in return. The interns do 7 hours of work in exchange for a set 3 hour block of time in the print studio. We are still tweaking the details, but this mix is working. I hope to get the internship recognized by the City Tech Communication Design Department as a viable opportunity so I can get the students college credit.
Class Website I was asked to teach a senior level class at City Tech in June, called Design Team. This class is a chance for our students to work as a larger whole for one client. As I told the class: You are going to be a part of a crack team of designers, solving problems and finding ways to innovate while working your butts off. You will be graded on your ability to work as a teammate and as an individual thinker. Our Client: DURA DURA Home | Facebook Page | Official Listing on Solar Decathlon Site This term, we had the honor of working on the design materials for the City Tech Solar Decathlon Project, known as DURA. I was so grateful to be able to work with the main designer for all of the materials to that point, Jennifer Jimenez, who graciously served as my art director and copilot for the entire class. The Work DURA had some key challenges with which we worked: they needed a revamped social media strategy, print materials or …