Animated logos

My motion graphics class is diving into After Effects. Our latest assignment is to create animated versions of our logos. (We have been developing logos for our personal brands in the Capstone class). With the proliferation of mobile devices, animated versions of logos will gain traction. As designers and advertisers, we are no longer bound by the analog restraints of paper. Something as static as a printed logo is transformed into interactive art.

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CMC Theatre Rocky Horror Show

I’ve had this under wraps for a couple of months, but one of my poster designs was chosen by Colorado Mountain College Theatre for an upcoming production of the The Rocky Horror Show.  I designed this in my Graphic Design I class last semester, as part of a competition. The producers opted for my design because it was different yet recognizable to those who know the genre.  The show runs April 13–14, 19–20, 21, 26–28 at 7pm and again on April 29 at 2pm.  For reservations call 970-947-8177 or e-mail svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu.

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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?

**Apologies to my iOS friends.  Everyone else hit reload to replay.

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iWork classes at CMC Edwards

Hi Friends, I hope everyone is having a great week!  I have lots of good stuff coming up soon, including some guest posts from fellow graphic design students.  In the meantime, check out this interview I just had with Vail TV8/Plum about some new iWork classes I’m teaching in Edwards.

If you want more info, please call Edwards CMC at 970.569.2900 or visit the website.

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CMC theatre posters

It’s that time of year again!  The CMC theatre department has released what productions it will be running next year.  My Graphic Design II class has the pleasure of creating the posters for each production.  Each student submits a poster idea, and the big-wigs in from the theatre department pick their favorite poster.  Last semester, they chose my poster for their upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show.  I will post that design soon.  For now, enjoy some of my submissions for next year’s theatre season.  Some or more complete than others, but hopefully you get the gist…

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cool graphic design

I am a graphic designer.

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The power of graphic design

I created these images in my InDesign class last year to reflect the burgeoning Arab Spring.  I’d like to post today in the name of those who are being brutally oppressed in Syria.  See my previous post on the power of images in times of change.

revolutiontyrannyfreedom

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