Digital Illustration was a 1-semester course I taught at length ... and with great pleasure. This gallery includes samples of the Robotics, Dreams, Secrets, and Violence projects. The students were typically first year Graphic Design majors with no prior formal experience of illustration – and no prior experience using Adobe Illusrator. The class pursued the subject as an essential part of communication design, with an ever evolving legacy and similarly evolving tool-set.
Image Manipulation was largely a Photoshop 1 class, yet it was also an excellent opportunity to further communication and design concepts as well as to promote a larger purview of what imaging can be. The works I've included resulted from the "Cyborg Project," where students created self-portraits of themselves cybernetically altered.
The Native American Project is a four page assignment featuring the 3 largest surviving native tribes. I generally assign it to entry level web design or multimedia classes. At Borough of Manhattan Community College, students are required to include a minimum of two out of three additional media; selecting from video, motion graphics and sound.
Other assignments feature a wide range of techniques and subjects. In an entry level class, html, css and imaging skills take the lead. In more advanced classes, technical elements include jQuery, Fancybox and Bootstrap. Subjects cover presidential candidates, desert, and the history of graffiti.
Here are earlier student microsites built with Flash. I include these only as a reference point to what I can offer as a teacher of Adobe Animate. I certainly wouldn't recommend backstepping into older (and less stable) technology, but I do advocate the leveraging of past experience as we move ahead. Animate isn't Flash; its current assets have added real stability, responsivity, and safety. I'm confident about what could be done with this truly evolved, reborn program.
The Kinetic Type Project was given to pre-portfolio multimedia students. Each student would select a suitable audio source that they would then augment through the use of moving type and motion graphics. The assignment allowed students to consider kinetic type's value as a powerful communicator and storyteller capable of eliciting emotion and empathy.
Video Editing / Experimental Video
I had been teaching a basic Video Editing class when I was invited to teach Experimental Video to the the same student body. It was very exciting; the students had already taken classes in lighting, usage of the camera, some film appreciation, and most often they took my class simultaneously with a fine sound design course taught by a close colleague. My job was to expose them to a very different way of seeing, one where an extreme shorthand approach (movies were typically about 4 minutes long) invited experimentation with symbolism and open-ended stortelling.
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