This semester I am teaching a typography course at LSUS. As a first part of the course we watched the movie TYPEFACE. Learning a little about how typographers have worked with woodtype. Then we had a small lecture on the history of typography. After all that nitty gritty stuff was taken care of we started on the fun stuff. The students were given a exercise to redraw in small form the letter A in a specific type face. Next they were given a new typeface to draw as perfectly as they were able in large scale. Before they were allowed to get started on that they needed to write a paper about this history of that type and the designer that created it. Below are images of student engaging with metal type and beginning work on their large scale letter forms. I was extremely impressed with a majority of the work the students have done for that part of the project.
The next part of the project involved taking the same typeface and coming up with something creative of their own. The project had no restrictions except they needed to use the typeface from the last large letter form and recreate it in any medium they wanted. We had a variety of mediums from airbrush, to sewing fabric to paper, coffee and modge podge, graffiti spray and even quilted paper. It was great to see a group of students excited to design something on their own based on a foundation of knowledge they were gathering from class. One of the best things I heard was from a student who is in this class and another class. They said that both of their textbooks had become their coffee table books and they loved having them. A student in another class ask if they could read the rest of the book for class. This semester is proving to be an interesting one. It is my hope that I can continue to inspire these up and coming designers to give it all they got and never be afraid to make great things that turn heads.
Really great things happening this semester at LSUS! Currently I am teaching a course titled Corporate Identity. Many of the students are graduating seniors or seniors. It is a smaller class of about 10 people. This semester they were tasked with reading about corporate identity is in a text I had them use for class. I had them question what it is was that the book was saying and discuss it seminar style for the first few weeks. The students were then tasked with presenting on local community non-profits that could use a rebrand or an identity design.
After they each stood in class and pitched to me their non-profit they were tasked with voting on one that could use our skills the most and the non-profit that we could have a more impactful relationship with. In the end a local homeless shelter named Hope House was chosen as the non-profit we would reach out to. It took us a little while to get into contact with them as they only have one main lady name Donna running the show.
A lot of work has already gone into working with Hope House, and learning about what is they all do for the homeless community. The students have now broken into groups like art director, creative team, web team, pr, and documentary team.
The creative team has been working with all the students to come up with proposed logo ideas and gathering the color palette. We team is creating wire frames and gathering information for the website. PR is reaching out to organizations on campus to bring more opportunities to Hope House and bring media attention to the work they are doing.
Today we are all heading over to Hope House to gain final research information as an entire team. This will lead the students coming back and completing the first draft of designs and beginning production for the midterm where they will be pitching to the client a proposal that showcases the research they have been doing.
Below are images of where the student started out in their designs for the Hope House. These were the initial ideas. I asked the students to remove the idea of a house, the color blue and the shield. The had to come up with a new list of descriptive words that described the Hope House. Then they had to come up with a list of image words for those descriptive words. The images following this set will show you what they came up with after the word list.
Below are examples of what the students came up with after the word list exercise.
Below is from the wonderful meeting in which all the students had a chance to meet with Donna at the Hope House. I was so impressed with the questions that people were coming up with for her. Very professional. I was also tickled with the discussions that were happening on the trip over and the trip back. Lots of good discussion on the homeless community and lots of great critical thinking happening. I heard from students on the way back from the visit to Hope House that they were extremely happy to have gone because they feel like they have a better grasp on the project and their client. That was exactly what I was looking to hear from them.
It has been a pleasure watching this group of students grow while working through this project. I will continue to update as this project goes further. I really think this is a group of students who have the drive to make a difference in their community while working on school related projects. I can't wait to see what they come up with. Keep it up guys and gals!
I had the great pleasure of attending the Ads After Dark's Addy award ceremony in for the Shreveport/Bossier community. A few of the students I have taught and I am currently teaching won awards! A few even won awards on project I had given them in class or that they had asked for my opinion on! Congratulations to them on a job well done! Their hard work paid back in Gold, Silver, Bronze and Judge's Choice awards. How cool is that? The event was beautiful and the food was spectacular. There was a photo-booth which was fun to do with the students once before we all left. I was so proud watching them all walk up their for their awards. I think next year I may enter in a logo design I did for LSUS. I will make a blog post on that soon. Thats a promise....as long as I don't forget, because lately life has been crazy busy, as you will see from all the blog post updates.
Last semester we had so much fun in photography. I was lucky enough to have such a great set of students doing amazing work. As part of the fun, we set up a photography show. It was titles "This is not an Exhibit." It was a play on this is not a pipe by René Magritte. The discussion was that the image was indeed not a pipe. It was a painting of a pipe. It was a canvas with paint that was a painting of a pipe. The exhibition was set up as a surprise to be about the content to the public. None of the photographs shown in the show were used in getting people to come. Anyways, we gave out a few awards to the students for best of show and we had a great turnout. Extremely impressed with all the work from the students. A big thank you should also go to Bossier Arts Council for supplying the space! Below is a showcase of the images from the show! Enjoy!