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Steven Silberg visits Photo Portfolio Class
UMBC Professor Steven H. Silberg shows an example of one of his early-career physical portfolios to students at Stevenson University Feb. 25.

Steven H. Silberg visited Photo 480: Photo Portfolio Development at Stevenson University to talk about his work and offer insight into how he chooses work and presents his own portfolio. In addition to being a prolific cross- and multi-media artist, Steve is a Lecturer in Foundations, concentrating in photography and video, at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the winner of the Washington Post’s 2010 Real Art DC competition.  stevenhsilberg.com

 Students in VCD 380

Visiting designer Michal Rotberg led an IDEO-style idea-generation workshop for students enrolled in spring 2015 VCD 380 Professional Design Studio. To learn more about Michal and her design interests, you can go to her web site: thesis2012.micadesign.org/rotberg/introduction.html.

Visual Communication Design majors generated ideas for the “Whole Foods Rating System” international design competition organized by the You Can Now organization, www.ycn.org.

Pictured are Joe Sullivan (Society for History and Graphics) and VCD senior Alex Pak Pictured are Joe Sullivan (Society for History and Graphics) and AVCD senior Alex Pak.


Pictured are Mark Figueredo (Black and Decker) reviewing AVCD junior Caitlin McCall’s conference program layout.


Pictured are Leah Matthews (Leah Rhianne Photography) reviewing AVCD junior Ashleigh Kilgour’s portfolio.


Pictured are Ebony Kenney (Ripe Fruit Creative) reviewing VCD senior Kia Dawkins’ portfolio.

Congratulations to AVCD juniors and seniors who presented their portfolios to the AVCD advisory board. Eleven reviewers provided feedback to 34 students on December 10, 2014.

This annual event provides crucial feedback to AVCD design students as they develop their design expertise and strategically plan for their employment in graphic, motion and interactive design studios.

Printer’s ink that is. When the Art & Visual Communication Design department wanted to create a poster to attract new students and promote all of the options available to students including graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics, and photography, they called upon Christopher Jaeger ’14 to put his illustration talents to work.

For several weeks, Department Chair Amanda Hostalka and Chris worked together—she as the art director and he as the designer—developing many ideas and iterations before settling on the “tree of design.” The tree is a metaphor for the way the Visual Communication Design fields of study branch out into many possible directions, and the items growing from the tree are the tools students use to bring life to their projects. The lively nature of the tree reflects the energy and vitality of the program, while the individual illustrations of fun objects, like the origami bird, reflect the fun and creative side of design.  The tree is also a pencil, and collectively, the sum of students’ experiences and skills gained at Stevenson allow them to draw their own destiny and design their own career based on what they love to do.

The poster, pictured above, was mailed to over 3000 prospective students and high school art teachers. How is that for a great portfolio piece? Chris Jaeger ’14 landed his first full-time job shortly after graduation at Tenable Network Security, where he designs graphics for print, web, and motion media. Chris was recently featured in an interview on our Career Services web site.

Students from the Relationship of Design and Business class visited Stanley Black & Decker University, Fabrication Lab, and Dewalt design studio.

Jim Watson, the Director of DEWALT Cordless Expansion Product Marketing, gave students a presentation about the design process. Presentation was followed by a student led discussion about the role of design and research in the new product development. 


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