I designed the upcoming screensavers for the COMD students at City Tech. Prof. Anita Giraldo took the photos and led the writing efforts. COMD students were the models for the shots and went over the designs and gave some ideas, as is only proper. I tried to give the slides some of the humor the students each display as once again, our students deserve the best.
The Gowanus Studio Space (GSS) offers space, equipment and support to emerging designers, artists and craftspeople. Located in the historically industrial neighborhood along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, GSS houses a large industrial arts workshop as well as private studios and exhibition space. By providing training, workspace, tools and resources, GSS encourages cross-pollination between the art/design communities; supports new businesses and design projects; and is a vital arts resource for the surrounding community. For the last 2.5 years, I have served as the Publications and Information Manager: I design, maintain, and produce materials for print, exhibition, and screen. I disseminate, organize and maintain meeting notes and internal communications.
Service (work you do for the good of your community, organization, or polity that is unpaid and often uncredited) is where I put the entirety of my work and life experience into practice. It is where I have to bring all I have learned to bear in the most humble way possible. It is slow, hard, and often feels unrewarding in the short term. It is usually done from within a committee, with people who have other methods, agendas, and motivations. It is infuriating, then amazing, then infuriating all over again. Make no mistake – for these and so many other reasons, I absolutely love service. Service work is the ultimate in design, people. Do service. Always do some service. It keeps your head the right size while sharpening your every skill. If you can’t find service work to do, pick up one juicy pro-bono client. GIVE BACK and you will give yourself so much more. It reminds you that you cannot always be in the game for money or fame. If you can be of service …
Last year, I started getting the Printmaking Club together. David Barthold joined me this year in rousing the students to action and we are finally building steam! We have had a couple promotional events as the club is open to all students. One was a Valentine’s Day Card Making with potato print lessons.
In an effort to improve overall departmental efficiency, I created a Google Drive-based archive for all departmental documents. This proved to be an enormous help when we updated all course descriptions.
In the fall of 2014, the Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts at City Tech was finally able to change its name to reflect the changing discipline and industry. Now the Department of Communication Design, we faculty needed to get the word out as quickly and seamlessly as possible. In 17 days, under the oversight of Prof. Anita Giraldo, we were able to take the initial idea (by Prof. Maria Giuliani) and work out the look and feel (myself). We then organized photos shoots using our students as eager models (Giraldo again), designed a print campaign of life-sized banners (myself), develop screen savers (Giuliani again), and finally developing an animation (Prof. Genevieve Hitchings). When we launched, every department computer had the informational screen savers in play and the banners were placed at key spots through the entire school.
I had the honor of being interviewed by our lovely peers at Art in Odd Places about the origins and intent of the Gowanus Studio Space. It feels odd to quote myself, but this part I thought was really true: Honestly, my joining GSS has been essential to my reviving my career as an artist after 12+ years weathering a career in interaction and advertising design. I consider it an ideal setting for my rehabilitation back into the wild after all those years alone in a cubicle. It’s also helped me become a better designer in my professional practice, thanks to being exposed to all the brain power floating around./blockquote> I cannot state clearly enough how important GSS is to those of us who work there. It is ramshackle at the edges, a bit roughshod at times, but always a place where proactivity is rewarded.
I developed several posters to inspire the ADGA students and to persuade them to come to the now-annual Info Session. Please note: all images in these posters were grabbed off the internet as I had about a day to make the posters. My deepest apologies to all the content providers I ripped off. I actually did the first campaign for this the previous year as well. Prof. Anita Giraldo was the copywriter on both years.
I was asked to develop a logo that would represent “A Living Laboratory,” which is City Tech’s biggest grant. My solution represents the way the program has allowed so many of the college’s faculty to meet and talk. These conversations have enabled many of us to develop new interdisciplinary classes, lessons, and ideas. What is “A Living Laboratory”? The College’s biggest grant: a five-year $3.1M initiative (2010-2015) funded by the U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Hispanic-Serving Institutions (Title V) program. Our mission: to re-envision General Education as a “living laboratory” using City Tech’s signature strengths – hands-on experiential models of learning and our vibrant Brooklyn Waterfront location.
These cards were designed by the Open Lab team to help instructors create whole new lessons based on game mechanics. I designed the cards while serving as the Outreach Lead.