Design Maymester in NYC

Art & Design Maymester in New York I just returned from a whirlwind month in New York City teaching in the School of Art’s maymester art & design field study program. The group of 32 students spent the mornings in contemporary class  with a colleague in art history (sometimes meeting in a traditional classroom setting and…

Advanced Type Student Work in AIGA ATL Poster Show

Eleven of my Advanced Typography students recently had their work chosen for inclusion in AIGA Atlanta’s juried exhibition and fundraiser, Poster Show Part 3: Destination Unknown, in which designers were asked to submit poster designs promoting a favorite location—real or imagined— paying homage to the traditional travel poster. The exhibition opening reception was held on…

Experimental (and Physical) Typography

Former student and now Assistant Professor of graphic design at Mississippi State, Cassie Hester, conducted a workshop with my Advanced Typography students earlier this semester in which they experimented with physical typography to create imagery for an event poster. They first completed exercises that forced them to physically alter printed letterforms, then were able to…

Senior Project Students Win Awards in Watershed Stories Contest

For their senior capstone topic, my spring 2016 Senior Project students worked with content related to UGA’s campus watershed initiative, a town/gown stream restoration and protection initiative aimed at engaging the campus community in sustainability through watersheds. The UGA Office of Sustainability held a ‘Watershed Stories’ multimedia contest during the term so the students submitted…

Words/Meanings Zines

My Type and Image students were asked to investigate the multiple meanings of a given word, generating content for a multi-page publication or zine. The design and content explored the various meanings of the word, both denotative and connotative, and perhaps commenting on related social/cultural issues. The title of the publication was the given word.…

Collaborative Letterform Workshop

We were lucky to have design/educator Helen Armstrong visit earlier this semester. She conducted various workshops while she was at UGA including this one on collaborative letterform design with my ARGD 3060 students (+ plus a few random other students thrown in). The students digitized the letterforms after the workshop then did quick poster designs based on…

Redesign of the Mundane

Four groups of second-semester students in my ARGD 3060 class were each given one of four real forms/business papers (two invoices, a health insurance EOB and a bank statement) and were asked to look at them critically in terms of information hierarchy, typography, readability and general usability. They then quickly did their own redesign(s) by the next…

Collaborative Animation

This was a first stab at this collaborative animation project in which each student does a different letter of a given  word (we used MAKE and CONNECT.) This project was done my second-semester design studio, Type & Image,. A few of the letterforms disappear for too long (and one of the letter Cs doesn’t stay…