City Tech: Web Design 1, F08

Teaching

This was my very first college web design class and luckily my students were extremely hard working. I did not know how to build sites according to any real work flow as I had always hacked my stuff with google searches and Peachpit books. Becoming an instructor forced me to completely relearn how to design, to code, to work… It was such an honor to see these students put their sites together.

I immediately bought a laser printer and printed out reams of articles and tutorials for the commute to my dayjob. It took about a year, but I managed to completely re-educate myself, all while working with my students. I tried to always be completely honest about what I did and did not know, which seemed to actually make everyone even more willing to learn.

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Libby Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interaction art director for over 15 years for such companies as Agency.com and Scholastic.com. She was an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as the Director of the Studio School of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. She gives workshops and lectures across the United States on the intersection of art, activism, and technology, and her pieces are exhibited and collected internationally.