I can’t believe it has already been more than a week since I graduated! Before much more time passes, I wanted to share some pictures from that day. With clear, sunny skies and perfect weather, the day couldn’t have been more fitting. Believe me, I’ve already been through several graduations, but this one was special. Instead of the usual pomp and circumstance, John Denver was played as we walked down the aisle. Only in Colorado! Otherwise, it was a very cozy, intimate gathering and totally perfect. Afterwards, we were welcomed to a well-catered lunch and the last few moments we would all be together. I was impressed with the entire experience and hope these pictures reflect that. The ’12 CMC Graphic Design class is a special group of people who will not be forgotten….
(Oh yeah, my design was also chosen by the grad department as the cover for the commencement booklet!!!!)
Brian Fales, Jordan Callier (me), Natasha Brown
Holding all of my degrees (high school, B.A., M.A., A.A.S., and two professional certificates)
Even my pug, Duncan, got involved in the festivities.
Gorgeous design by Anna Hoffman of A Dezign
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I just completed my final for my Motion Graphics class. Our assignment was to create an animated text video to either a song or speech. Although we only had to create a video 30-60 seconds long, I wanted to animate an entire song. I chose “Ce Soir On Danse” (Tonight We Dance) by Chromeo. The piece is about 1:30 long, and it took me about 15 hours to complete. This piece was even more challenging because it is in French, and I had to animate the words exactly when they are spoken. I was going for a very 80s aesthete to compliment the song. Please let me know what you think!
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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