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

Guest Speaker Matt Cole: EMP Environmental Designer

matt_coleThe second year students had the opportunity today to listen to Matt Cole, an environmental designer with the EMP Museum in Seattle. The Skype presentation was made possible by Jason Lueder, who made initial contact with Matt while visiting the museum this summer. Cole shared four case studies that focused on exhibit designs that he had worked on, outlining the entire process, from the initial concept to finished installation. This insight will prove helpful to the students who will act as, not only designers, but content curators, builders and installers on the program display cases that will be updated in December of this year.

Updating the dining experience

 

The GDC staff are big fans of the Bismarck State College Mystic Marketplace. If you aren’t on campus frequently or don’t know much about BSC, the Mystic Marketplace is the dining hall. The food is great and the staff are very nice people, plus, they have free ice cream on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Food Services Manager Mike Wavrin pointed out a few weeks ago that the wide open tile walls were begging for art work, so we put the freshmen GDC students to work fixing that problem.

Each student piece is the same size – 7 3/4 inches by 15 1/2 inches, half of the students did a vertical layout and the other half had to use a horizontal design. Students were further constrained with a design style, possibly using other students’ thumbnail sketches or a continuous line drawing. Some students were limited to only working with type, others had to use photos for their piece.

The finished wall looks great and the Mystic Marketplace staff has been very complimentary. The students like it too – most stuck around and shot a photo of the installation.

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?