Experienced and enthusiastic graphic design educator with 10+ years of continuous teaching experience.
M.S. Communication Design, Digital Media Concentration, Pratt Institute, 2001
Have served as an AIGA Club Faculty Advisor. Also, served as the Education Chairperson for The San Diego Chapter of AIGA in 2007 & 2008.
Have hosted various guest speakers in my classes including an animator from Rockstar Games, a Managing Editor from DC Comics, the EVP of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, an Art director at HBO and others.
Have taken classes on field trips to NBC, Hudson Yards, the Art Director's Club, AIGA, and various local agencies.
Parsons, the New School for Design, Spring 2013, MFA and BFA Design + Technology, Collaboration Studios are a unique type of studio course within the AMT curriculum, pairing teams of students with industry partners to undertake real-world projects. Many of the collaboration studios are dedicated to applied design research areas at The New School with cross-disciplinary teams formed from the various design disciplines at Parsons.
Here is a description of the Collab with NBC Universal’s Oxygen Media that I proposed, wrote and instructed in Spring of 2013: NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media is looking to refresh the cable television brand using the existing logo this spring. This class will be set up to function as an independent agency brought in to assess and refresh the Oxygen Media Brand across all platforms including Motion, Print and Web. It immerses students in a detailed, design intensive process that mirrors industry standards – from concept ideation, asset creation to final execution. Students will be divided into small teams to brainstorm new ideas and create creative pitches in response to the Brief provided by Oxygen. At the end of this class, students will have the opportunity to pitch their final presentation to Oxygen Senior management with the possibility of some or all of the work from the winning pitch being used across all platforms at Oxygen. Throughout the course, staff from Oxygen’s various departments will visit, offering guidance and mentoring the class along the way. Link to student project: Rebecca Low Project
St. Joseph’s College, Fall 2014, BS Marketing, In this course, students will develop individual projects to suit career needs. They will use the computer and laser printer in the production of campaigns relating to public relations, marketing, advertising and/or publication.
Parsons, the New School for Design, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, BFA Design + Technology, This course provides hands-on production skills and processes for projects in Core Studio: Image. Students will learn design specific technologies for digital printing, including vector and bitmap imaging, desktop publishing, media integration and color management. Primary software used: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign.
Parsons, the New School for Design, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, BFA Design + Technology, Students will learn how to use Photoshop to composite images. Topics to be addressed include making good quality scans and prints. There are in-class exercises designed to show various aspects of the software package. Homework assignments give students the opportunity for personal and creative development. Students will learn how Photoshop interacts with other programs like InDesign and Illustrator and also how to prep images for the Web. This course is a prerequisite for all Tier II computer graphics courses.
Parsons the New School for Design, Fall 2011, BFA Design + Technology, This course provides a thorough overview of presentation graphics. Students will learn how to develop and organize information to be used for all print media. Intensive weekly homework assignments and projects will exercise the students skills in mastering the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Point Loma Nazarene University, Spring 2008, Summer 2008, BFA Graphic Design, This advanced course covers applications of graphic design. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and analyzing concepts to solve assigned complex design projects. Students will be responsible for the critical analysis of design problems and creating professional level assignments. Traditional hand rendering skills and computer software will be used to develop advanced production techniques.
NYU, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, SCPS Graphic Design, In this advanced-level course, work independently and under the guidance of the instructor to create portfolio-ready work. Employ your skills with various Adobe programs and challenge yourself and your design ability in advanced-level projects. Learn critical skills for developing a portfolio, speaking about your work, and preparing yourself for a targeted career in your field of study.
Pratt Institute, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, AOS Graphic Design, This course explores the aspects of successful digital pre-press production. Dye-cutting, digital mechanics, 4-color separations, paper stocks, RGB, CMYK, Pantone color systems, coatings, em/debossing, thermography, foil stamping, and various types of printing presses are covered.
Parsons, the New School for Design, Fall 2010, BFA Design + Technology, This course combines in-depth classroom learning about new modes of publishing and publication design with hands-on experience. Students will participate in discussions about the future of publishing, publishing applications and platforms, and explore new, traditional, and alternative means of the production and distribution of text and image. The goal of this class is to give students a deep understanding of the best practices, trends, and issues that are challenging and redefining publishing, as well as a hands-on experience in the creation and manifestation of a publication.
San Diego City College, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, BFA Graphic Design, This beginning course covers the selection, styles, terminology, classifications, spacing, layout, and history of typography. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and analyzing concepts to solve typographic problems. Traditional hand rendering skills and computer software are used to develop effective typographic design.
St. Joseph’s College, Fall 2014, Summer 2015, BS Journalism, In this course, students will explore the application of interactive design elements, composition, and narrative for the purpose of creating websites. Students will develop thematic concepts and produce web pages using web popular software including Adobe Creative Suite and Dreamweaver, to communicate through the new media in areas such as journalism, marketing and advertising. Student Websites made in class: http://www.jessicajacolbe.com and http://www.david-lugo.com
Point Loma Nazarene University, Spring 2008, BFA Graphic Design, This advanced course covers graphic design concepts and technologies. Concentration will be placed on theories of interactivity, and the use of multimedia computer applications to design interactive web media. Each student will be responsible for purchasing, creating and posting their own web site in order to receive course credit.
San Diego City College, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, BFA Graphic Design, This intermediate course explores the graphic elements of web page design. Emphasis is placed on the content, look and feel and navigational issues of web design. Instruction incorporates the current hardware and software utilized in the web industry. The specific hardware and software will be announced for each course section each semester. This course is tailored to the student in graphic design. Student website designed in class, Jay Bryant Jones: http://www.jaybryantjones.com