Teaching & Student Work

Classes begin this week at GSU

Introduction to Typography will introduce concepts, principles and techniques unique to the language and profession of visual communication. We will examine the anatomy of letterforms extensively and begin to understand how to use classic typefaces in an expressive manner. After thorough investigation of letterform and words, we will begin to analyze layout design using grid application. You will combine display type, text type, grid knowledge, and images to design a final brochure print piece.

If you are interested in following along with our progress this semester, follow our blog.

Below are some past student work.

designed by Daniel Weathersby
designed by Akeem Mason
designed by Allie Hepburn
designed by Simmeyon Strickland
designed by Jessica Ongko
designed by Daniel Weathersby
designed by Simmeyon Strickland, Kristen Head, and Paul Cooper
designed by Daniel Weathersby, Akeem Mason, and Stefanie Junca
designed by Simmeyon Strickland
designed by Deonta Wheeler
designed by Tanjina Islam

Top 10 Learning Experiences from graduate school, GSU [Fall 2010]

GSUAs the fall semester at Georgia State comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the months that have past. It always seems like during the semester, you are constantly thinking when will this be over, but the truth is, school is filled with fantastic project work and exciting learning experiences.

Sixteen weeks of high intensity learning and teaching can be pretty intense but overall, it has been a great semester.

Top 10 learning experiences

  1. The library is a great resource for students and teachers. Make friends with your librarian and start your research early.
  2. Thesis writing is challenging. I’m exploring the use of guerrilla advertising in order to promote a cause or message. It continues to evolve.
  3. Teaching is challenging. I taught my first design course at GSU, Intro to Graphic Design. I am continuing to teach next spring.
  4. Digital media design is fun. I struggled through another animation/video project this semester. I had every technical issue in the book… but I made it happen!
  5. Learn from your students and keep an open mind. Students ask every question you can think of and are testing your knowledge all the time. They make you accountable for what you say and do… and they should.
  6. Try not to over commit yourself on projects. Sometimes it is OK to say no to a new project if it will distract you from your school commitments.
  7. Working with your hands is very therapeutic. Draw your ideas. Put the computer down.
  8. Try to balance your work load so that you do not get burned out with singular tasks and you work as efficiently as possible. If you prefer writing in the morning, drawing/ conceptualizing in the afternoon and reading at night, split up your course work and jump from task to task. It works better for me.
  9. If you don’t like reading and writing, be weary of going back to school for a graduate degree. The M.F.A. program requires a lot of reading and writing. This semester was particularly intense (more than likely circumstantial) but you never know what courses and professors will align that will require more reading and writing.
  10. Always appreciate the good cry session that happens about 3/4ths into the semester. It’s never as bad as you think and you always feel good after the fact!

A Reflection of Summer Semester 2010 at Georgia State University

My design history course finished up last week with an epic presentation on Victorian folk architecture. Well, not so epic… but not too shabby either! I wrote a 25 page research paper including a historic restoration of an 1890’s Victorian parlor as part of my final project for the class.

The drawing class I assisted with this summer finished up their semester with full color drawing / mixed media art for their final critique. It was amazing to see the improvement in all the student’s work from the 8 week course and I was surprised and delighted by the effect the students had on me. I learned so much from them! By the end of the course, they were giving me tips on how to use different medium and helping each other with ideas. The students not only blossomed as individuals, but they successfully worked as a team to create a safe place for self-expression. It was wonderful to see them progress and grow. One of the most difficult things to do as you continue through design and art is to work alone! Having a good relationship with your peers and supporting each other is a large part of the working art community!

I think Drawing (or any art-based course) is a great class to take during the summer. Drawing is a “practice makes perfect” talent and immersing yourself in the art form for longer amounts at a time and more often is a great way to get ahead in a class like this. I just hope the students continue to draw at home to keep their skills fresh… and me too!

Upcoming Events

In the fall, I will teach my own course for sophomore level art majors. The class will cover much of the basics of graphic design – we will design logos, book covers, posters, packaging, and ads. The students will use Photoshop and Illustrator primarily as well as drawing and conceptualizing. I’m really excited to start teaching – I know some of the students from the summer drawing class and look forward to working with them in the fall. I am in the process of building a class blog for the course which will be here:

I’ve been commissioned to paint a newspaper box for Creative Loafing! The project is to paint a newspaper box inspired by Salvador Dali… not much art direction besides that… So far’s progress… I started sketching ideas and picked up the box from CL today. Tomorrow, I visit the High’s Dali exhibit. Stand by for more updates on this project! Here is a link to some of the boxes painted from the last round:

That ends my summation of the summer events! It’s been great to catch up and I’ll be back next week with more on my Creative Loafing project and other exciting endeavors!