All posts tagged: Metacognition

False Dichotomy: Official Launch

False Dichotomy is beginning to truly take form! I have artists agreeing to show, essays coming in from respected members of the fine art printmaking community, and a site in place! There is a lot to do: I have to find funding to print a decent catalog–but I feel so renewed. I have not been able to make a lot of work myself this year, but I can contribute through facilitation and research!    

Kinetic Vis Comm: Where My Research is Leading Me

I have lived, played, or worked in Visual Communication in some way for nearly 30 years, since the days I discovered I had to draw in order to stay sane. I have been through the waves of self-development and technological change and now that I teach these skills to others, I am always looking for ways to give the most high-impact lessons at the right time. Now, as I find myself drawn to physical computing and other modalities, I have to regroup and figure out how to show my students how to engage as beginners. Once I started teaching at the college level, I taught straight-up web design for a number of years–it taught me process, code, order, and clarity. Now that web design has been tamed rather a lot, I am anxious to find another compelling way into the conundrum of how to show students what is truly possible without overwhelming them from the start. The rub is this: how can I awaken my students to all that is possible without immediately lashing them to the …

Research has begun!

I have begun doing some research for a new suite of pieces. I am using a formal commercial design cycle to make this work as it is all within the Monstress Productions vein of my work. The first stage is research, wherein I am doing a lot of reading and gathering of data. If you have a moment or two, please fill out the questionnaire below: Loading…

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, …

Laying Out the Type Manual

The Type Manual project continues: we put our entire planned layout up on a wall to see what we needed to zero in on in terms of instruction and research. The class helped me shape tomorrow’s class, wherein I will teach specific lessons to help the teams complete their sections well. The crit cards are starting to really work as well: everyone is getting up and talking to someone new each class that we can fit it in. There is true hubbub and noise during lab time. They are starting to really inhabit the process as collaborators. I am trying to demystify the process of creation at every turn–I want them to see how the effort is theirs to make. It is half way through the semester and I’d say at least 85% of the class is still showing up with their homework. At least 85%. I am blown away, usually about half of my classes drift into various stages of distraction, exhaustion, or maybe a little indifference by this point. This time, I am making them …

Making a Type Manual with Students

In my COMD1167 class this semester (Type & Media, City Tech), my class and I are trying to create our own definitive Type Manual. We are hand printing some elements, writing our own content, and designing everything together. I wanted to start writing about the process as I am thrilled/scared and completely proud of my students. They are engaged, willing, and working hard. My methods: Each session, we cover a major topic and work separately on our own attempts on the page. We submit our work for online critique (I am just implementing this, so I am nervous but very hopeful). In the next class, we collect the most successful solutions and apply them to the collective edition. Each person is required to talk to another classmate for 10 minutes every class period, eventually speaking with each person at least once. I want my students to own typography from the bottom up. I have to get out of the way as much as I can while still instilling some rigor and criticality. I hope to introduce project-based …

Design Incubation Colloquium 1.0

I presented my research on printmaking as one way to ramp students into typography at the very first meeting of Design Incubation. AIGA Slideshow Thursday, June 5, 2014  |  2:30pm-4:30pm AIGA  |  Minnesota conference room, 3rd Floor  |  164 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 Design Incubation is a think tank for educators and practitioners of Communication Design to discuss their design research and practice. Our aim is to create a community in which graphic designers can assess creative work through a lens of scholarly activity and academic review.

Bridging the Gap Poster

In over seven meetings during spring 2013, 35 City Tech faculty members across many disciplines explored and discussed the importance of prior knowledge, knowledge organization and feedback in order to promote a more effective teaching-learning environment. This poster shows how participating faculty reflected on three of the seven learning principles and plan to apply them to their teaching practice. Based on the work published by Susan A. Ambrose et al., “How Learning Works,” learning can be defined as a process leading to change that occurs as a consequence  of experience, which ultimately results in improved performance and retention and the desire to keep learning. I was one of the 37 participating faculty members, and I designed this poster with the input of a subgroup of the larger whole. We presented it in the 2013 City Tech Poster Session. Open Lab site for the project Full sized poster (PDF)

Typography Research: Grid Lesson

When I was a rather green instructor, I needed to help my Type 1 class develop a sensitivity to typographic shapes and development while building their very low self-confidence. Tracing letters was doing nothing to help them. I finally realized that using a scaffolded grid exercise in order to help them. My original writeup of my work Examples from later classes Lesson plan