Weeks #6 & 7 – GIF IT UP, Adobe MAX, Portrait Inspiration & More

Weeks #6 & 7 – GIF IT UP, Adobe MAX, Portrait Inspiration & Much More!

***The Zoom Recording from class on 10/26 can be found and viewed below


Passcode: &E6a*sLy


Adobe MAX kicked off last week and came to an end – it was FREE this year! Did you catch any of it? If not, they will be featuring a ton of content on their site, Im sharing this great talk below with one of my design heroes!

One of my favorite graphic designer’s is Aaron Draplin of the DDC – Be sure to watch his talk below for some insight and inspiration! How are some graphic designer’s handling the pandemic?

GIF IT UP is BACK! The 2020 Edition – Open Call!

Yes, this is my first iteration and submission to GIF IT UP 2020, want to see a few more of my submissions? Go here

(Content source taken from https://gifitup.net)

GIF IT UP is an annual gif-making competition for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material. It is run by Europeana in close cooperation with Digital Public Library of AmericaDigital NZ and Trove. This year two new content partners are joining the fun – Japan Search, a platform giving access to digitised material from cultural institutions across Japan, and DAG Museums in Kolkata.

From 1 – 31, 2020 – October, all gif-­makers, cultural heritage enthusiasts and lovers of the internet are invited to create brand new gifs by remixing copyright-free and openly licensed material.


1. Find an inspiring piece of copyright-free or openly licensed material from EuropeanaDPLADigital NZTroveJapan Search or chosen by DAG Museums.

2. Create an awesome GIF (Don’t know how? No worries – we have lots of resources to get you started.)

3. Submit your GIF for a chance to win great prizes

4. Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #GIFITUP2020

We began discussing and working on Assignment #2 –

The Two Portraits: “The Model & The Monster!”

Lets get inspired! TheAssignment specification are on the assignments page

Check out the work of:

Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney on ART21 – <–





Image Manipulation Applications to explore via any Web Browser – 

Glitcher – http://akx.github.io/glitch2/

Image Glitch Tool – https://snorpey.github.io/jpg-glitch/

c64 – http://c64.superdefault.com/

Glitchatron – http://www.errozero.co.uk/glitchatron/#

The site below has a huge list of online tools that you can explore!


***The Zoom Recording from class on 10/26 can be found and viewed below


Passcode: &E6a*sLy


Week #3

Welcome back!

Here we are in Week #3!

Lets dig into our zoom class time by first sharing some Animated GIFs that visually communicate how our weekend went.. Here is mine..

In fact, lets talk more about the many different Visual Forms of Communication.. Behold below,  The NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standard Manual! (Did you know about this?) Lets come back to that in a minute..

During today’s Zoom session class, lets take a look at where we are with the first assignment.

Assignment #1 is flowing in full force. We are getting acclimated to our class and using a few new tools. We will share a class update on our progress. How many graphics assets were you able to extract and cut out with the pen tool? Each student will share their screen and give an update on their progress. Are you working on various iterations of your work in progress? Each week we will spend a portion of our zoom class time sharing and talking about our process, while also giving feedback about each other’s work.

Assignment #1 also has a collaborative aspect to it, we will discuss the potential of the collaboration and how to contribute to it as a class.

**Graphic Assets Collab Exercise from 9/28: Students will share 1 or 2 of their graphic assets in a collaborative folder located here – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KM26xhmAwMotNq1Z6LhmTYcOcnugkUIo?usp=sharing

Students will select and download at least 6 assets from the collaborative folder link above and create a new digital illustration using all 6 assets (yes you can use as many as you wish if you want to use more) Please try not to use your own assets. The size is open ended and you may also consider using text and verbiage. This exercise is an opportunity to exercise creative immediacy, we will discuss the process and results next week in class.

Please click the link below to explore a great piece of both NYC and Graphic Design History, The NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standard Manual.


Designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda, Unimark, 1970

I would love to read your reactions and feedback in the comments section below! Each student will leave a series of comments (during or outside of our class session this week) if you are not in our zoom class today you are still required to participate this week from outside of class.

**after you “submit” your comment below – I will have to manually approve it – you may not see it show up right away, but it will be moderated shortly.

Some Questions to ponder and react to:

  1. What is your general feedback on the manual? Do you like it? Dislike it? Please Explain. Do you find it to be well designed, illustrated and clear in its application?

2. The manual was published in 1970. Does it still hold up for today’s world?

3. What is missing or should be added for today’s world of NYC Transit?

4. What additional questions are you left with?


Classic Poster Designs by Paula Scher

Graphic Designer and inspiration of the week!

Paula Scher! (please get to know her work!) Please watch this great talk by Graphic Design icon Paula Scher!

Welcome to artc-201 – Weeks #1 & 2

Welcome to artc-201 Computer Graphics 1 

Fall Semester 2020!

The course syllabus is here – https://artc-201.com/syllabus/

Welcome to our class! This post has been expanded to weeks #1 & 2

Weeks #1 & #2 – Class Introductions & Assignment #1 –>

This is our official class website! It will grow as the semester goes on, and it will remain a resource and repository of value and inspiration for years to come! We will ALL be contributing to this website.

Be sure to check out how our website navigates from the menu above, the class Resources page has a great amount of useful information and inspiration that will fuel your projects with references and resources –> https://artc-201.com/course-resources/

The Assignments / Projects page is here and will grow one project / assignment at a time –> https://artc-201.com/assignments/


During weeks #1  & #2 we discussed our first project / assignment and went over a few demonstration using the Pen Tool in Photoshop. My class demonstrations from our zoom class sessions are below, as well as 2 other very helpful pen-tool demo links!


Passcode for the Video –  g1^tA=gj



Passcode for the Video –  *B1DLth8


More Pen-Tool Resources:

Cutting out images in Photoshop

Cutting out Images in Photoshop – How To

During Week #2 we will re-cap the first class, using the Pen tool, assignment #1 and looking at student progress. Assignment #1 has a collaborative aspect that has been to the assignment, we shall discuss this in class on Monday 9/28.


Design Inspiration for the week:

Above – Google Talk with – Michael Bierut (fromPentagram Design) 

Check out Pentagram Design’s website here (you need to see this)


If you have any questions please reach out via e-mail – rseslow@nyit.com

*Please check our Canvas or Blackboard page for the the Zoom link & PW (also sent to your e-mail)