Month: December 2015

Parsons Interactive / Web Design 1: F15

I have worked and reworked the Interactive / Web 1 class a few times over the last couple of years. It is now the core of my approach to teaching interaction design thinking: I use the foundation of empathic research and altruistic design to push my students to create work that can get them noticed in the job market. These students are in the AAS Program in the Art, Media & Technology Department at Parsons The New School. I have the students go through the entire design cycle at a rapid pace so that we have time to also develop our pitches for the last day: I strive to have my students learn not only to think of lovely and useful ideas, but also have the tools to get those ideas made. Each student must produce the artifacts of the Design Cycle amidst numerous check ins, small group crits, and work sessions. By the end of the semester, each student has a full blown case study of her idea, ready for portfolio or actual development.

COMD 1103: F15

After asking for four years, I was given the chance to teach Foundation Drawing at City Tech! This is a class originally structured as an introduction to perspective and technical drawing, very rigid in its structure. I have found over the years that my students are coming in without a lot of the hand training they had in my day, so I messed with the syllabus a bit. I did not emphasis isometric projections, for instance. These students were so starved for basic perspective and beyond that PERMISSION TO DRAW AT ALL. There were people with a lot of anxiety around using their first pencil up, a terror of taking up too much material, space, and time. I countered this with a lot of pep talks, exhaustive handouts culled from the best sources, and by finding ways to just get them to draw until I could feel the room finally relax. 15 minutes of warm ups every class I started each class with warm ups which also gave the class time to sharpen pencils, settle down, …

COMD 1167: F15

I taught COMD 1167 again this semester at City Tech and really had a blast with this group. Excellent people! [swf: 1024 768 bgcolor wmode] [swf: 1024 768 bgcolor wmode] [swf: 1024 768 bgcolor wmode] [swf: 1024 768 bgcolor wmode]

Teaching: Typography Through Printmaking Workshop

I taught my first workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery tonight and it was spectacular! Here is the handout I gave out. Support the Brooklyn Brainery! I had 12 students, all adults except for one extremely intelligent and prolific 9 year old. Absolutely excellent evening had by all!

Collaboration with my Child-Person

My daughter loves to paint and so we have been exploring watercolor for a few weeks. A few days in, I started seeing things in her work and decided to draw out a few. Rules: I must preserve M’s chosen orientation of the paper I get one shot, so I don’t use up all of her paintings and send her the message that her work is no good I get 3 minutes, although I think I can keep it at 2  30 seconds, maybe 1 minute My work cannot overshadow hers: it must be equal in terms of effort and coverage (I did that a couple times and it made me sad) For her third birthday, I will give her the option of drawing on my paintings so we both have the same opportunities We plan some of the images, depending on M’s interest. If she does not have a preference, I get to do whatever I want. I have upgraded us to watercolor paper and better paints and have started scanning these for a later collection …