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CMC Graphic Design Portfolio Show

Check out this poster by CMC graphic design student Natasha Brown.  Her design was chosen by CMC’s photography students to advertise the upcoming portfolio show, which displays both graphic design and photography students’ work.  The show starts at 4 PM tomorrow afternoon at Spring Valley.  I’m busy now trying to get everything done!


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Flash as art?

One of the big reasons that I started the Graphic Design program at CMC was to expand my skill-set.  I have a journalism/communication background, but I wanted to add graphic and video skills.  It seems that every journalist who counts isn’t just limited to one medium.  So why not master all?

I am currently taking a Motion Graphics class, per my course requirements.  Not only does this count towards my A.A.S. in Graphic Design, but it also is the last class I need to obtain a certificate in web design.  We are learning about Flash, Adobe After Effects, and general animation.  Even though Flash seems to be on its way out, I think there will always be a niche market for it.  It is also a very useful tool for creating app layouts.

My first assignment was to create the illusion of depth and motion with animated lines.  The sequence is supposed to reflect tranquility, then escalation and explosion, back to tranquility.  I attempted this by using color, size, contrast, and motion. We also had to work within a 728×90 pixel square (the size of a Google landscape Flash ad). What do you think about Flash?

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