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Came across some great work coming out of the DIM224 Digital Illustration course taught by Tim Arroyo from over the past few weeks and had to share!

DIM224 Digital Illustration is a lecture/studio course at the Harrington College of Design that concentrates on the use of the computer as an illustration and page layout tool. The in-depth work with illustration, page layout, and ancillary software programs prepares our students for work in traditional print-based media and electronic media. The goal of this course is to create illustrations and layouts to accompany photographs in a final page design.

The promotional materials below are a great example of how integrated the skill sets of our students are: students had to photograph, brand and build their work into the beautifully crafted examples you see below.

Greeting cards: students were required to make (not purchase) 5 envelopes, 5 [5×7] greeting cards using their own photos with logos and contact information printed on the back of the cards, and belly bands imprinted or embossed with their logos, which were also designed in class:

5-page mini-portfolio with Booklet: students were tasked to create a hand-made leave behind with accompanying booklet, and a hand-made portfolio:


Even though this was a class project, there are so many great real-world scenarios that these types of materials would come in handy. Definitely a project worth keeping!

Find out more about the instructor, Tim Arroyo, by clicking here or visiting his site at http://timarroyo.com/.

Featured work is by Harrington students Jade Tungjairob, Eric Pierrot, and Perkin Yu.

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As a self-taught yet prolific street photographer, the late Vivian Maier discreetly chronicled all walks of life in Chicago’s Loop and its surrounding districts for decades.

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 Born in New York to Austrian and French immigrant parents, Vivian spent some years in France and then ended up in Chicago’s wealthy neighborhoods as a nanny and house keeper. Through the years, her private passion for photography resulted in over 100,000 negatives and more than 3,000 prints.  Her massive body of work were recently discovered in an estate auction shortly before her death in 2009.

While not much is known about Maier herself or her reasons for keeping her photographs hidden, the first exhibition of her work here in Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center reveals a keen eye, sharp honesty and humor while observing the people and fashions of Chicago in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

Find out more about this amazing story on the video clip recently featured on CBS News or see more photos by visiting the finder’s blog.

Better yet, check out the exhibit for yourself which is currently running:

Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer
Jan 8, 2011 – Apr 3, 2011
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St, Michigan Avenue Galleries
Chicago, IL 60602
For additional information please visit http://www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

All photos courtesy Maloof Collection, LTD.

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Many professional photographers take awe-inspiring photographs of sparkling city skylines. Vast skyline photographs can be just what a professional portfolio needs to stand out from the rest. On the right day, at the right time, a photographer can capture an award-winning photograph that showcases the beauty a city has to offer. Below is a list of the five best cities for photographing skylines.

1. New York – The Big Apple offers an unmatched diversity of skyscrapers. A great place from which to snap a few shots is Jersey City, across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Liberty State Park is another popular place to capture the NYC skyline. Be creative and expressive, as a million others have snapped this same photo before. Make the photograph your own.

2. Los Angeles – On a clear day, you can head to the Hollywood Hills and focus on a perfect view of downtown Los Angeles and surrounding areas. A wonderful place to snap a few pictures of the LA skyline is from Griffith Park, from the balcony of the Griffith Observatory, or along a drive down Mulholland Drive. Your journey will provide many views and angles of the LA skyline. A clear day or night in Los Angeles will provide some of the best shots of the city skyline.

3. Chicago – Professional photographers will oftentimes tell you that taking photographs of the Windy City’s skyline can be an enjoyable experience. Navy Pier, Ohio Street Beach, Shedd Aquarium and Monroe Harbor are just a few spots where you can capture the beauty of this diverse skyline. And if you find yourself in a boat on Lake Michigan, take advantage of this spectacular viewpoint for capturing the city’s beauty from the water.

4. Seattle – On a clear day views from the Space Needle are breathtaking. It’s by far one of the most popular places to snap pictures of the Seattle skyline. Kerry Park allows you to capture photographs of the skyline with the Space Needle in view and mountains in the background. If you’re out on a boat in Elliott Bay, don’t forget your digital camera. From the water you can capture the entire skyline, creating a near-perfect panoramic view of Seattle.

5. Las Vegas – What happens in Vegas … should be shown to the world. This happening hot spot is ideal for photography. Whether you’re taking a picture of a famous casino or a photo of The Strip during a helicopter tour, you’ll be sure to capture a memorable shot, day or night. Famous skyline photographs are mostly of The Strip from an aerial view taken at night, but you’re free to try something new. Head to the top of the Stratosphere for a few shots of The City of Lights. Want to stay grounded? Travel to any area about 10 miles from The Strip, where you can get the best view of the entire Las Vegas skyline.

No matter what city you’re in, taking pictures of the skyline can become an experience you won’t forget. Each city’s skyline is unique and provides plenty of opportunity for unique photography.

Los Angeles photo by Kevitivity . Las Vegas photo by MoToMo . Information courtesy Harrington College of Design

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This feature is continued from yesterday…

 
 
Yesterday, I shared some insight into one of Harrington’s Communication Design instructors, Alma Hoffman. Keep reading her interview below to find out her design advice to students and her inspiration…
 
Me: Any advice you would give to design students?
Alma:  I would say to learn to take things less personally and believe that we are here to help you. Believe it. Even those times when we need to be tough it is because we indeed care about you as a designer and as a person and perhaps you need to hear what we are saying even if you do not like it.
 
Also allow yourself to learn and to be pushed. It is amazing what you learn when you let yourself be pushed. The professors I remember the most are those who pushed me very hard and my frustration sometimes brought me to tears but I learned. Today we are great friends.

Finally, as a Communication Designer, learn about design history and learn about trademark and copyright. You have no idea what a difference it makes when you are an informed designer out there.

 
My personal design philosophy is simple: research, know the subject, topic, or client in and out, sketch (by hand as many as possible— I carry two sketchbooks with me: one in my purse and one in my school bag), doodle, incubate, and go to the computer to do the most promising ones.
 
M:  Any design inspirations?
A:  Whoa! I am inspired by so many things… music, Latin music, the sound of it just makes me get up and dance. But any music gets me going. I am inspired by clouds, I love to look at them, walks, long walks, movie credits, books —a good story that arrests me— , my children are a constant source of ideas and inspiration, and so many other things…
 
In terms of design: April Greiman is one of my heroes. Jennifer Sterling is another one. Rosemarie Tissi, and others. I say give me meaning, content, and substance, and your design will last a lifetime. Which is why work done by the giants never gets old or outdated: Armin Hoffman (My son’s middle name is Armin), Ruder, Brockman, Brodovitch, Matter, El Lissitzky, Bauhaus, Paul Rand, etc. They were designers with strong philosophical and political stances who made work based on the use of design principles and it never gets old.
 
Check out her photography and some cool design work here.
And finally, you can see her business site at http://www.studio2n.com/
  
 
About Alma Hoffman:
Alma Hoffman has been in the Communication Design field for over 10 years as both a freelancer and college instructor and currently teaches Communication Design at the Harrington College of Design.  She is a graduate from Iowa State University with an MFA in Graphic Design. Alma also has a bilingual background which helps her develop multicultural design strategies.  As a designer, she has received awards from American Graphic Design Awards GDUSA in 2008 & 2009. As a person, she likes to dance, play with her kids, take photos, exercise, eat ice cream and engage on on social media sites :-).
 
Photo and design courtesy Alma Hoffman

Thanks for sharing Alma! 🙂

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Again and again, I come across the great material that one of Harrington’s instructors in the Communication Design program produces on her various social media sites. So today, I wanted to share 🙂
 
Something I came across the other day is her great post on what makes typography good or bad. In a quick excerpt from the blog post, Alma says, “It is true that these aspects, context, content, purpose, and audience, will largely determine what typeface to use…”   Check out the full post here.

I followed up with Alma to find out a little more about here, and this is what I found out:

Me: What do you like about teaching?
Alma: I like design. I live design. I love design. To me design is a way of thinking, doing, an approach, an attitude, and a way of looking at the world. I find that design is more pure and experimental in education.
At Harrington, we are interested in students learning the premises, principles, and rules of design and then they are guided in experiments to break those rules for the sake of innovation. At the same time it needs to make sense and should be logical. Because we are visual communicators, every design decision—even the most insignificant— must be backed up by reasoning based on research about the subject matter. Even breaking the rules must be based on the premise that it is done to enhance the meaning we are trying to communicate. Otherwise we become fine artists using typography, space, color, and images to create something that might be aesthetically pleasing but void of meaning. And if it is void of meaning, it is not design.
 
So I teach because I love design and I love to talk. I talk a lot. 🙂 But seriously I teach because I believe as a designer one must be a perpetual student and teaching allows me to continue learning while giving to others. I teach at Harrington because I feel there is a very sincere commitment from our department to be the best at what we do and to really teach well.
 
Alma had so much good stuff to share, that I need to do a two-day feature… check back tomorrow!

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Breaking into a new industry is a daunting task for anyone… however, in Photography, passion, drive and few tips can help get you there. Dirk Fletcher, Digital Photography Department Chair at the Harrington College of Design, shares some insight and advise…

Building your Portfolio
“In order to be a successful professional photographer, you need to get your hands on the most diverse body of up-to-date professional photo equipment. The wider variety of equipment a student can experience while in school, the better they will be prepared for the diverse, and changing commercial photography marketplace. This will be an asset whether you enter the market as a photographer’s assistant or begin shooting right out of school,” Dirk explains.

Building your Expertise
In addition to a strong and unique portfolio that demonstrates your experience handling various types of equipment, it is also important that you build up some expertise in a few other areas. “In the past, the photographer would shoot the film and the lab would handle it from there. Now the photographer is responsible for the entire process,” Fletcher says.

Building your Future Business
In addition to developing your portfolio and building your expertise, it’s also important to develop the business skills necessary to run a successful (and profitable!) career. “Take as many business classes as your school offers. If the school you are looking at does not offer business classes, keep looking,” says Fletcher. “If you look at successful photographers today, you will find the individuals that are active in networking both in and outside of the industry.”

As Fletcher explains, “First and foremost, your product is your images. Many talented photographers struggle with this because they are passionate about the work and that is where they place all their focus.” Talent and passion are important, but a solid understanding of business and how to market and promote your work is essential for becoming known in the industry and launching your career in Photography.
 
 
About Dirk Fletcher:
With more than sixteen years experience in corporate industrial photography, Dirk Fletcher is the Department Chair of the Digital Photography department at Harrington College of Design. Fletcher graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in California, in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial/Illustration Photography. Fletcher’s work has been published in national newspapers and magazines, annual reports, and advertisements. To balance his high-tech days, he enjoys shooting with “old school” tools and techniques. His favorite camera is a custom-made, super-wide-angle pinhole camera that allows for a sweeping panoramic feel. Fletcher’s personal work—which is influenced by industrial greats Winston Link and Andreas Feininger—records skyscrapers, bridges, airplanes, railroads and bridges, as well as his wife and two young sons.

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I just heard about the HIP (Harrington Design Immersion Program) that is now being offered, and had to share the details and some photos!

Developed by Harrington Department Chair, David Dunworth, the HIP Program is based on the Immersive Design Education to Application Systems (IDEAS*). The goal of IDEAS is to provide you with an engaging and cognitively rich series of design problems that challenge you to apply the concepts from all of your classes together, rather than individualized applications within each course.
Pulling from your entire education experience, IDEAS allows you to work with other students and display mastery of design through your solutions to each design challenge. Open to students from any design field, this program offers both financial and academic benefits.
It is definitely a unique opportunity for those looking to try something new, and learn to think outside the “academic” box!
If you are interested, contact Rian Hacker at rhacker@harringtoncollege.com

*IDEAS is copyrighted and used with permission from David Dunworth

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