ISSUE 39 JULY 2003  News, ideas and events for educators & students | updated 7/28/03   

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Techniques | Course material | Professional issues
Conferences | Competitions
  JOB LISTINGS  (listings appear for three months)

New Assistant Dean/Chair of Visual Communications, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
Fulltime appointment. Develops and maintains the Department of Visual Communications and integrates new curricula and technology into Graphic Design and Photography programs. Develops and monitors budget. Teaches courses in Visual Communications. Advises BFA students. Coordinates events and curates one exhibition relating to Visual Communications.
  Required: MFA in Visual Communications or related field, Ph.D. preferred; expertise in multimedia and related computer applications; college teaching experience; prior supervisory experience preferred.
letter of application and contact information of 3 references to: Human Resources, Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly MA 01915
   Info: email:  (listed 7/03)

New Assistant Professor, Computer Art & Design, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Fulltime, Assistant Professor in Computer Art & Design to begin in Fall 2003 Semester.    Required: MFA; exceptional visual communication experience and teaching abilities in digital
print design for undergraduate students; evidence of professional scholarship in digital media/visual communication.
   Send: letter of application; teaching philosophy; resume; three references; examples of current work (slides, CD, zip disk, URL); SASE for return of work, to: Bill Hill, CAD Coordinator, Dept. of Art and Art History, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd N., Jacksonville, FL 32211.
   Info:  (listed 7/03)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Teach at all levels of an undergraduate professional design curriculum.
Required: MFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communications or at least 5 years professional design experience; prior teaching experience preferred; candidates should have professional experience and competence in contemporary media, including print, typography, and electronic media, motion, interactivity; background in design literacy.
Send: letter of application; design and teaching philosophy; CV; 20 slides and/or (URL or CD) of personal and professional work; and 20 of student work; 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, and SASE to: David McGee, Chair, Art and Design Dept., 1103 Calder Art Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401-9403. Open until filled. (listed 5/03)

CONFERENCES, EVENTS (listed by date)

DesignInquiry 2003: OFF THE PAGE — Type in Motion
July 28-August 8, 2003, Portland, ME
Maine College of Art aims to present twelve loaded days and bring about a kaleidoscopic view on this year’s topic: Type in Motion. For web designers, graphic designers, design educators, interactive designers, performance artists, motion graphic designers, animation specialists, public artists and other creative professionals & students who want to explore the many different ways and places that Type Moves.


New GAIN: The Business of Design, The Design of Business
September 19, 2003, Chicago, IL
If designers are to have a role at the leadership table with clients or senior management in their own organization, the imperative is to balance innovation and the design intellect with processes and tools that can make it happen.

Add integral marketing skills to your visual sensibilities – focus on the business of design through innovative perspectives and new ideas. Speakers from diverse disciplines discuss designing for the changing economy, environment and culture. Attend break-out sessions to learn about the marketing and selling of design, including research, client interaction and the art of presentation – the areas that most affect your return on investment.


New User Experience 2003, Nielsen Norman Group
September 21-25, Chicago, IL (also October 6-10, 2003, London, England)
A tag-team Main Event featuring usability heavyweights Don Norman, Jakob Nielsen, and Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini takes place on one day, with tutorials by a wide range of other web authorities two days before and two days after. Tutorial topics include Intro to User Testing, Testing for Enjoyment, Information Architecture, Creating and Using Personas, Flash Usability, and many more. Expensive ($600 one day, $2200 all five days) but then these guys really have written the book(s) on usability. I'm guessing you'll get your money's worth. 10% early registration discount.

Information: www.

VISUALOGUE - XX Icograda Congress and General Assembly
October 8-13, 2003, Nagoya, Japan
VISUALOGUE - a word coined from 'VISUAL' and 'DIALOGUE' - forms the thematic foundation of this important global event. This Congress will attract creative individuals from around the world who will explore the quality, beauty and benefits of information generated by the visual communication industry. The Congress will review the fundamental role of visual communication in the 21st Century from diverse perspectives and contrasting global environments. It will also challenge conventions by offering an innovative conference format.


New User Experience 2003, Nielsen Norman Group
October 6-10, 2003, London, England (see description above)

New S-T-R-E-T-C-H, University & College Design Association
October 12-15, 2003, Boston, MA
Goal of the 33rd annual UCDA Conference is to provide you with ways to stretch your mind, stretch your budget, stretch your creativity, and stretch yourself. A blend of inspiration, practical advice, and fun. Diversify your skills, discuss common concerns with colleagues, and network with other professionals.


New HITS 2003, Institute of Design
October 16-17, 2003, Chicago, IL
HITS will explore the link between interaction design and business strategy: how understanding users can help us design new products and services that are better for the people that use them, and more valuable for the companies that make them.


Shifting Perspectives: AIGA National Design Conference
Oct 23-26, 2003, Vancouver, British Columbia
Conference will focus on the extraordinary opportunities for designing in the 21st century. Designers will play critical roles in the success of our rebounding economy— both as agents of social change in a complex world and as leading architects of sustainable solutions for a troubled planet. You'll hear speakers from diverse disciplines who work in a variety of media talk about designing for the economy, environment and culture. Three days of conversation, inspiration, discovery, provocation and fun in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.



New Artists' Residencies, Visual Studies Workshop,
January–May, 2004, Rochester, NY
Residencies are project-based and are for a period of up to one month. VSW will provide access to facilities, an honorarium and housing on the premises. Facilities: new media lab with digital video capture and transfer capability. Macintosh G-3s and G-4s with Final Cut Pro, AfterEffects and Macromedia Director are available for editing and assembling video, multimedia or web-based projects. Systems include real-time digital editing. A MIDI-based sound lab with Pro Tools and a PC based animation system are also available. To be considered for residency, artists must be fluent with these digital technologies. Application deadline: September 30, 2003.
   Send: proposal, resume, work samples and SASE to: Visual Studies Workshop, Residencies,
31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607. Indicate date preference and 2nd choice.

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Course material

Interactive Graphic Design (projects)
Diana Black, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

New Media on the Web: Course Syllabi (website)
Dr. Paul Martin Lester, Professor, California State University, Fullerton

Introduction to Interactive Design(course description)
Al Wasco, Herron School of Art

Web Publishing I - Fall02
Student projects
Al Wasco, Cuyahoga Community College - Western Campus

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Tag, teams, and "The List"
Designer and former teacher Cindy Lowrey shares ideas for getting students more involved in critiques.

5 tips for better critiques
Do your students dread critiques? (Do you?) Read about how you can make critiques productive and fun. Be sure to read Bruce Cline's article below, too.

Evaluating student work
Types of critiques and how to use them, by Dr. Bruce Cline, Chair of the Photography Department at Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH
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Professional issues

Designing experiences, not objects.
If design is becoming more about creating experiences, what should replace educational traditions that emphasize objects and designers rather than audiences and their experiences? Written by Meredith Davis, North Carolina State University.
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Guidelines for faculty teaching in computer-based media in fine art & design
With new software, new hardware, and new courses coming along all the time, do you feel like you have way too much to do? The College Art Association (CAA) agrees. Faculty & administrators need to read this report.
[Highlights] or [Full text]

Technology thresholds in Graphic Design programs
What should design students be learning about new media; how should faculty and institutions respond to new demands? Excerpts from a report by American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD)
[Highlights] or [Full text, PDF]

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