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Michael Newman’s Super Skee Ball Shooter at The Tech Museum

Now featured at The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley, instructor Michael Newman’s Super Skee Ball Shooter uses technology to put a new twist on an old game. The nostalgia of arcades and state fairs is given a high tech yet elegant upgrade, allowing the player to control the  firing of the skee balls all with simple hand gestures. 

Michael’s Super Skee Ball Shooter joins huge cardboard robot arms and puppets that swing and jump on a trampoline, conductive play-dough that lights up, twirls around, and buzzes, and simple circuits & motors combined with everyday objects like markers, clocks, and scrub brushes to make robots that draw or clean the floor as just some of the wildly inventive projects that were selected from the 2012 Maker Faire, now featured @ The Tech Museum through August 17.

Rachel Langosch on the TedX Website!

Rachel Langosch’s TedXUCLA talk “Smiles Behind the Camera” is being featured on the main TedX site. She tells the story of teaching photography to kids, many of whom were picking up the camera for the first time, and the inspirational work they created in her class.

Congrats to Rachel on a great talk. We’ll look forward to hearing more like hers during the next TedXUCLA coming up in October.

Masood Kamandy’s Cronophotography

New instructor Masood Kamandy (he’s teaching Introduction to Digital Photography this summer) is working on a fascinating photography project. The images below are part of his Collapse series. They explore photography’s ability to collapse time and space. Utilizing software he designed himself to combine multiple images, he embraces chance and chaos, creating images which are unmanipulated composites, layered and mixed to arrive at a completed work.

You can see more of the project at antimemory.org. Of course, he also made the program open source, so others can play to! From the website collapsus.org:

“Collapsus is an open source program created for the exploration of chronophotography and image stacking in digital photography.

The program works by taking all photographs in a selected folder and using various algorithms of your choice to combine into a single image.

With this software you can compress time and reveal movement. You can average images. You can explore abstraction and chance operations. You can also export sequences to create animations.”

I asked Masood about his inspiration for this project, and he said:

“I’ve been interested in the web and open-source as a way of communicating with other artists and creatives for a long time, and teaching is also a big part of my practice as an artist. When I created the Collapsus computer program, I made it with the idea that it would be a teaching tool for digital photography. It is a really great way of understanding what exactly is happening when we modify an image in Photoshop, which essentially just executes mathematics on the pixels of an image to give a specific result.”

Good stuff.

Andrew Byrom @ A+D Museum on June 29

Join renowned typographer and graphic designer Andrew Byrom for an exciting and interactive discussion on TYPOGRAPHY and his EXPERIMENTAL approach to graphic design the evening of Friday, June 29th from 6-8pm.

Andrew’s clients include The New York Times, Penguin  Books, UCLA Extension, and Sagmeister Inc. His work has been featured in numerous design publications including Print Magazine, +81, and Creative Review,  and has been honored by the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. 

Andrew is a Professor at CSULB and has also taught at UCLA Extension, Northern Illinois University, plus Luton University and Central Saint Matrins in the UK. He has given presentations about his ideas throughout Europe, Asia and the US –  including the AIGA Y-Conference, ATypI, TypeCon, The Type Directors Club, Kuala Lumpur Design Week, and TEDx

Come with your favorite font in mind and join the conversation. (Tip: Make sure it isn’t comic sans.)  The A+D Museum is located at 6032 Wilshire Blvd.  For more information and to reserve your spot, see here

Also, this summer you can join Andrew every Saturday for his Typography course here at UCLA Extension.  This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of type, its characteristics, vocabulary, and nomenclature as well as creative uses of type and how it is integrated in successful design.

Enroll today.

Introducing Janine Vigus: New Design Fundamentals instructor

We are excited to announce designer Janine Vigus will be joining UCLA Extension this summer as our new Design Fundamentals instructor.  She brings with her an extensive background designing for the non-profit sector, with years of experience creating enriching design for the Greater Los Angeles area.  She took a moment to answer some key questions about her Design Fundamentals course this summer.

This course is considered the first course in the DCA certificate program. What will I take away from it?

We will be looking to the groundbreaking studies from origins of modern graphic design, and exploring the ways in which an understanding of and facility with formal elements – such as point, line, and plane, rhythm & balance, scale, framing, and figure/ground relationships – underpin great design, and provide greater conceptual freedom. Through a series of projects that I hope will be challenging, inspiring, and fun, students will experience design as practice, working through exercises towards successful solutions, and finding grounds for further exercise and experimentation within those solutions.

You’ve had a remarkable career thus far with clients including Chinese American Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Huntington Library Press, LACMA, and Library Foundation of Los Angeles. What makes you passionate about design?

I’m interested in the way that design can create conceptual and practical clarity, and in the role of narrative and ethics, which I think are intimately connected. I like the idea that emotional and intellectual work are supplementary to each other, and that discipline and freedom have equal weight. I’ve been inspired by colleagues – by designers I’ve worked for and with; by editors, curators, and clients – from my first job in a design studio working for John Coy to my colleagues at LACMA, and by projects with clients that have been rewarding collaborations.

Do you have any sample assignments? 

Students will have the freedom in class assignments to find physical and/or digital solutions in a project to construct an emotive word using point, line, or plane. They will explore rhythm and balance visually through a project that looks at sequential design through construction of an accordion book, and experience the value of responding to chance through the use of accidental images and found content. We will use a course text by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips: Graphic Design, the New Basics. Class exercises will be drawn from the text, which can be found here.

Marc Mertens, SESO & TED-Ed

Yesterday, we were excited to learn of the launch of TED’s new educational platform, TED-Ed.  Better still, Seso, the experience design firm founded by UCLA Extension instructor Marc Mertens, was instrumental in bringing this dynamic project to fruition. Marc will share his expertise in our upcoming summer course; User Experience Design.

The TED-Ed platform provides educators access to TED’s growing library of carefully curated educational videos, and the ability to build unique lessons around ideas.  These lessons can then be tracked through unique URLs, allowing educators to individually measure the efficacy of their teaching.  The TED-Ed site is an engaging new component in the educator’s tool box, and represents a forward thinking development in the continually evolving world of education.

TED-Ed has already garnered glowing praise from The Washington Post, The Atlantic, GOOD, and The Chronicle of Higher Education among others.  The Atlantic calls the new platform “Big” and maybe even “revolutionary.”  While The Washington Post remarks that TED-Ed uses “sophisticated animation, professional editing and high-quality production values to produce online lessons that are hard to forget.”

Check out this feedback from Marc’s former UX Design students:

“This was the best class I have ever taken, period. The subject material was really interesting and something that I can use in my career. I felt challenged, yet fully supported by Marc and the class. Out class also felt really cohesive and aligned. Awesome networking!”

“I wish Marc taught more classes! He is a great teacher, 110% knowledgeable, and really engaging. He makes a class in user experience a totally awesome user experience. I can’t thank him enough for all the advice, support and direction.”

“While he was an authority on everything we discussed, I liked that he also embraced other’s knowledge and expertise in the field.”

Apart from his upcoming User Experience Design course, you can also catch Marc at Big City Forum’s Mapping LA: Design Based Thinking, taking place May 2nd at the Armory Center for the Arts.

 

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