Parsons: Web 1, S14


I was invited back to Parsons for a second semester of Interactive / Web Design 1, and once again the students were brilliant. I did have a few more critical student comments from this group than ever: a few students found I was too easy and joked around too much. I think overall they may have been right–the group was exceptional, and I should have ratcheted up the instruction far more, pushed them harder. I had gotten very used to focusing on the lower third of my classes at other schools in an attempt to keep students engaged, but when you have a group that is not about to leave, you have to adapt completely. Lesson learned.

The class developed services they would like to create to change the world in some small way, did research, performed a competitive analysis, then went on into a full design cycle with information architecture, style guides, and eventually designs for a responsive site. We did three breakpoints: full screen, tablet, and phone. I encouraged students to use animated gifs to work out transitions of note.

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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 and 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.