CED Annual Meeting Presentation

I was asked by Raleigh-Durham’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development to help prepare a slideshow for their 2012 Annual Meeting. CED needed a way to communicate the outcomes of a 20+ years of connecting investors with start-ups. Advanced Authoring was asked to help add some visual punch to the PowerPoint content and did so by creating some simple, but bold graphics that helped relay their message. The meeting and the presentation was a success. Turn out was so high, a second presentation was scheduled that evening so that all of CED’s members could have the chance to see it. View the presentation as a PDF. You can also read the narrative of the presentation.

Syracuse U’s Access SU Mobile Site

Enjoyng the 1st year of success from helping create iAdvocate, Advanced Authoring begins working on its second venture with Syracuse University. AccessSU will be a mobile website designed to provide accessible resources and information available on and around the Syracuse campus for individuals with disabilities. Among the resources, a map showing accessible areas of campus such as parking, restrooms, elevators and building access ramps. Plans are also being laid to provide direct routes, and allow the Syracuse community to share comments and tips to help others.

Nude Pose Series for Art Institutes

After some consulting for Art Institutes Game Art and Design program, I was asked to create a series of nude pose tools for their figure drawing course.

In a few meetings, it had come up that students taking these courses had difficulty getting models to pose for their nude sketch assignments. In a traditional face to face class, nude models often sit in front of a course and pose for a standard amount of time while students make their sketches. In an online environment, there are a few logistics which complicate this issue: rarely can all of the students “meet” online at a specific time while a model is “streamed” to the sketching audience. Students take online courses for convenience of their schedule. So it’s rare that an entire class can meet at the same time. In addition, most students learning at home can’t afford their own private nude model. And of those that can afford it, few models are willing to have their photo taken digitally so that an artist can “use” it for comparison later.

So I was asked to create a tool that would make this assignment much more doable by students working, and sketching from home. The request called for short and long pose assignments, and an evaluation tool  for each that would help faculty assess the sketches.

For the Short Pose activity, students get 30 random poses for a time limit specified by the faculty, say 1minute. Each pose is proceeded by a pose number which is recorded by the student in the corner of the sketch. The associated pose is shown for exactly one minute, then on to the next pose.

The Long Pose activity lets the students take as much time as they need to sketch a pose. In addition, the activity lets the student choose the model they wish to draw. The viewing angle can be set by the student by rotating the model in 360 degrees.  And finally, adjust the light to deepen shadows on the model. The faculty can then recall either short or long pose numbers to show what the student was viewing while making their sketch.

As usual, I designed the activity to be reusable by any class, by simply swapping out media assets (example: nude pose for still-life) making the activity useful in almost any Art Institute course where drawing or sketching is called for.

© 2012 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. Republished with permission from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. Unauthorized copying or use prohibited.

Interactive Diagram for Art Institues

Last year I teamed up with the Media Development folks at Art Institutes to create the Virtual Studio. The project was a success, which prompted AI to call me for second and related photography course learning object. This stunning interactive teaches students the fundamentals of three-point lighting in a still-life photography setting.

In the activity, the student assumes the role of assistant to a famous photographer, and will be helping him compose and light a shot, based on a diagram. The student first has to construct the set by dragging and placing all the elements to their appropriate spots. Next the student needs to set up and adjust the lights. This portion allows students to manipulate each shadow as it falls on the scene. The photorealistic effects were achieved by using Flash Video and allowing the user to manipulate it’s playback in real-time. The students  move interactive lights in the background of the scene, and their shadows appear in the foreground of the scene showing the camera’s output.

Subsequent modules involve setting other lighting and camera options to create the proper mood for the final shot.

© 2012 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. Republished with permission from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. Unauthorized copying or use prohibited.