Motion and Sound with After Effects

Second year students in the Graphic Design and Communications Intro to Multimedia course recently completed an assignment where they used After Effects to incorporate movement and sound to introduce themselves. Students worked diligently using what basics they knew to incorporate some advanced techniques inspired by more popular television intros. All in all the results were impressive. Here are just a few.

2017 Halloween stop motion animations

Each year the freshmen students learn a tiny bit about stop motion animation through a collaborative project that focuses on Halloween. The groups of students have a little more than an hour to come up with an idea, then execute it with white board markers, taking a photo each time the action changes. Check out the videos at the links below.

Group 1 video

Group 2 video

Group 3 video

Group 4 video

Groovy movies

One of the best parts of being a teacher in the Graphic Design and Communications Department is watching students grow.

The sophomores are only a couple months from graduation and they have really figured out how to apply all of the pieces of their education. The movie posters they created based on real or fictional films are exceptional. The main photo for each piece was shot by the student and they handled the design as well.

Reality: Illustrated

The first year students recently completed one of the most time-consuming and technical assignments of the first semester: the vector product illustration. Success of this particular assignment hinges largely on the reference image as well as the quality of the path construction. Sampling colors and building custom gradients contribute greatly to achieving photorealism.

hammersmark_animation

Patrick Hammersmark

decoteau_animation

Meggan Decoteau

pfaff_animation

MiKayla Pfaff

wit_animation

Witney Nielsen

schaefbauer_animation

Josh Schaefbauer

emmil_animation

Courtney Emmil

murphy_animation

Jackson Murphy

Hink Pink

Freshmen students recently completed their first vector drawings using Adobe Illustrator and the pen tool. These illustrations were based on an earlier analog assignment where they needed to visually depict a hink pink, or two-word rhyming riddle and render it in ink. The original drawings were scanned and placed into Illustrator so that they could trace over them using the vector drawing tools they’ve learned over the past several weeks. See if you can guess these hink pinks riddles.

foxbox
smartheart
bigpig
bearchair
chillpill
leafthief
mimetime
polarmolar

TV Title Typography

Type is a powerful design element, one that greatly influences the mood and emotion of any creation. When era-specific typefaces and styles are used in a design the perceived age of that design changes accordingly.

First year students in BSC’s Graphic Design and Communication’s Typography class recently demonstrated how, just by changing a typeface, a modern television program can be transported back to an earlier time.

Click on the image above to load some examples of vernacular TV titles.

Click on the image above to load some examples of vernacular TV titles.

Movement for Mobile

Second year students in the Graphic Design and Communications program recently covered how to utilize Adobe Animate to execute HTML5, mobile-ready, browser-controlled animations. In the span of a few weeks students created animations that were to engage the user and link their original brands to a national cause/movement. Adobe Animate focuses on achieving mobile-friendly, efficient vector animation using javascript and HTML5’s canvas feature rather than rely on Flash’s vulnerable Flash Player.

Click on the images below to see a few examples.

 

CFlanaganAnimation

Cori Flanagan masters fluid movement with her ‘Monster Munchies’ character.

NWeaverAnimation

Nicole Weaver pours on the ‘Sweet Piggy’ BBQ sauce.

ALongAnimation

The buzz is about local, organic freshness in this ad by Adam Long.

DTrippAnimation

Daisy Tripp’s animation has us tripping on ‘Daisy’s Donuts’.

The best ideas

The sophomore students are starting on new display case designs. The past two years, the cases have been designed around Bismarck State College-related concepts. This year, the boundaries were minimal – nothing offensive and something that will fit a 15-25 year-old audience.

The images below are from one of the groups. Any guess what the theme is?

History’s Rolodex

Business cards are some of the most common brand identity elements designers are asked to create. So what if your brand is a fairly notable individual? First year students in the Typography class recently completed an assignment where they had to imagine and design a business card for an actual or fictitious character. After conducting some research as to who their character was they had to make design choices that reflected the era in which they lived. They were to consider typographic styles and details that would help the finished card appear as legitimate as possible. Typography is often a hit or miss proposition but with some historical context the choices can become more obvious.

HistoricBCs

Some notable business card designs from a handful of students. (Clockwise from left to right: Annette Pickard, Lindsay Swaidner, Hannah Schafer, Preston Murschel, Ashley Rudnick and Kelsey Nicholson.)

Disappearing Fonts in InDesign or Illustrator CC

We recently had a student who couldn’t select any fonts in InDesign shortly after we switched to the Creative Cloud. They vanished. After some detective work by Jason, he discovered where our fonts disappeared to and brought them back. See the screen shots below for the solution:

When selecting a font only Minion Pro would appear. No other fonts were available

When selecting a font only Minion Pro would appear. No other fonts were available

The culprit was the "Apply Favorite Filter " had been selected.

The culprit was the “Apply Favorite Filter ” icon had been selected.

The solution is to click twice on the "Clear Filter" icon and Voila! your fonts are back.

The solution is to click twice on the “Clear Filter” icon and Voila! your fonts are back.