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(Left to right) Grace Greason, Sammy Smith, Krystal Carpintieri, Hailey Guit, Jessica Hernandez

New and old officers from Stevenson’s AIGA club attended this year’s Ink and Pixels to show off their portfolios and practice their interview skills with professional designers. The students had a chance to receive in-depth critiques on their portfolios, resumes, and cover letters.

Ink and Pixels is an annual event that helps designers gain a new perspective for their portfolios or to ask questions and get advice from experienced designers. It is a great opportunity for juniors or seniors who are looking for some feedback or to network with professionals. Ink and Pixels has even helped students land internships. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event!


Corrin Johnson photographed by André Chung during his internship with Mr. Chung.

VCD student Corrin Johnson recently completed an internship with photographer, André Chung. Corrin was introduced to Mr. Chung through Professor Elena Volkova. Corrin seized the opportunity and benefited from the mentorship provided through the internship.

The photo above is a test shot taken by Chung while they were on assignment at the Capitol Building in DC. The two got to the location early to set up the scene and Chung took test shots of Corrin to make sure the lighting was right.

On other shoots, Chung asked Corrin to periodically take photos of him while he worked. Corrin’s photos would be used for a workshop about lighting and Chung also needed material that illustrated how he works. Corrin was given complete freedom on the photos he took in order to test his abilities.

The internship taught Corrin an extensive amount about the photography industry from lighting and photo editing to the business side. André Chung taught him about how to price yourself as a photographer, share photos with clients, and how to work efficiently.

“Overall, he was an excellent photographer to learn from and an amazing and effective mentor. Even though the internship is over he hires me from time to time to help him assist on some of his bigger shoots. He also welcomes me to his studio to edit projects if I ask.” – Corrin Johnson

Inside Out is an internationally acclaimed project known for its themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change, Black Lives Matter and more. Photos representing these ideas are plastered on the sides of buildings to bring awareness to the community. Its impact around the world has led to over 260,000 people participating in the project and the number continues to grow.

Inside Out has left its mark in Stevenson University thanks to a collaborative effort between students and faculty. The exhibition can be seen outside of the Greenspring Campus Art Gallery and Inscape Theatre. AVCD Professor Chris Metzger and his students spent countless hours to make the project a reality.

Chris Metzger first learned about Inside Out while teaching at Morgan University. The project’s creator, JR, is a renowned photographer. JR won the 2011 TED prize for his work and encouraged others to participate; currently, 129 countries have taken part in the project.

In fall 2016, Chris Metzger introduced the idea of Inside Out to his students to gauge interest for the project. In spring 2017, his photography class took a more active role with Inside Out. He believes that “art can facilitate important conversations,” and wanted to create a project that represented Stevenson University’s theme of diversity and inclusion.

Visit the link for more information on the Inside Out project: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en

What do graduating designers need? Something to help them designing, having fun, and remember their teachers. 

Inna Alesina proposed the idea to design a deck of method cards as a gift for the 2017 graduating seniors. She enlisted the help of student assistant Jessica Hernandez, who suggested that they make them into tarot cards.

The end result was a deck of 22 cards inspired by the Major Arcana. Each card contains a different design methods and exercises. Each deck also includes a handmade pouch sewn by Inna Alesina.

Faculty and students collaborated to create the cards.

The back of the cards includes patterns by juniors: Nadejda Augen, Krystal Carpintieri, Caroline Gillman, Samantha Smith, and Michaela Sonntag. The fronts feature icons designed by Jessica and sophomores: Bin Le, Destiny Hadel, and Kaelyn Cox.  

VCD Faculty contributed with the selection of design methods and feedback. 

SOD faculty Lori Rubeling and Inna Alesina continue their Impact design initiative by facilitating design thinking workshops by visiting classrooms of their colleagues at Stevenson University. 

This week they conducted idea-generating charrette in two Film and Moving Image classes taught by faculty Dina Fiasconaro.

Next week, Inna Alesina will use design thinking to walk students taking ENG 381 class taught by faculty Amanda Licastro through the scenario design exercise where students will envision how people will read in the future.

What are Impact Design Processes?

Impact Design Processes incorporate more variables than simply designing the way things look. 

Impact Design requires all participants to abandon assumptions and 
conventions in solving design problems. 

 

1. Thinking non-linearly

2. Beginning with questions instead of outcomes

  scenario-based questions

  systems-based questions

  human-centered questions

  learning framework questions

3. Devise questions by generating

  yes/no maps

  Idea /mind maps

  word lists

  connotations and denotations lists

 

Click here to learn more about impact design.