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Photographic Composition with Douglas Hill

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This fall we’re pleased to have Douglas Hill teaching an online section of the course Photographic Composition. Douglas is a celebrated photographer of architecture and interior design, as well as the author of several series that capture the character and feel of our great city. His class is great for anyone who would like to strengthen their skills in composition, an element of your photography practice that is vital but sometimes overlooked in favor of more technical considerations. Certificate students can use it as an elective toward their progress as well.

Douglas was kind enough to share his syllabus for the class, so check it out to get a sense of the projects and what you’ll accomplish. Assignment 1, called “Be an Urban Explorer” should get you excited to start!

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Have a look at some of Douglas’ photography below, and view more on his website: douglashillphotography.com.

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Calligraphy with Carrie Imai

For many designers, calligraphy might not be the first thought when it comes to building your skill set. But for the last few years, Carrie Imai has been showing students that learning calligraphy can be a valuable skill, applicable to many design projects and goals.

As one student who recently took the class said:

“I had always been curious about calligraphy but never set out to try to learn it on my own. After hearing how calligraphy had been influential to Steve Jobs, I decided to take this Extension course. After only ten weeks of experience, I can say that this class has helped to improve my skills as a designer and artist. The combination of drawing (rendering letterforms) and typography/layout, as well as the exposure to new materials (inks, papers) is an invaluable experience for all designers.”

This Spring, Carrie will be teaching the Roman Majuscules alphabet. A few examples are included below. For those in the DCA certificate program, the class can be used as an elective.

Click here to read the course description and register. 

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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.

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