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Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Visual Communication design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.

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Visual Communication Design News

Keyword: in the classroom

The Mill (CM 402) had the opportunity to visit Sagamore Creative. The class was given a tour of City Garage, a facility where companies and designers of different fields works under one roof. After the tour, the Sagamore Creative team spoke to the Mill about their shared client, Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition. The students designed printed and web deliverables while Sagamore Creative is currently in the process of rebranding. They walked the students through their problem solving methods, a “blueprint” that listed out what they and the client would need to do in order to complete any project and include the client in the process.

At Sagamore Creative, their motto is "thick skin and candor," something that all designers need to learn and follow as they go out into the “real world.” Designers need to learn not to take criticism personally and to be open to conversation about design aspects between themselves and the client.

Fashion Photographer and ASMP (American Society for Media Photographers) Baltimore Chapter vice president Sean Scheidt teaches a workshop to Advanced Studio Photography (PHOTO 341) students. ​ Sean presented his work and talked to class about business of photography, working with clients, and building a supportive creative crew for fashion photo shoots. Students learned how to work with a model, and how to create interesting lighting scenarios for strong visual impact.

Elena Volkova’s Advanced Photography class visited the Maryland Historical Society. It is the oldest cultural institution in the state of Maryland. The society displays a large collection of objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse heritage.

During their visit, the students looked at 19th century images of Maryland, and early portraits of Baltimore and its residents. The trip was insightful to the students and provided them a better understanding of 19th century photography.

The students were able to view a rare object, a Mathew Brady Civil War book (top and bottom right). It is one of only 5 existing copies that remain today, the students were fortunate to see the book in person.

Stevenson University Alumni Nick Patterson visited the design center class, The Mill, to discuss creative solutions while working with clients. He gave feedback to each group working on separate projects for the class’ current client: Baltimore Rails to Trails Greenway Coalition.

The Visual Communication Design students are designing maps and stickers, the Business Communication students work on posters and event planning and the Film students were out documenting and filming interviews with the target audience. Nick gave the students a crash course on designing for a client and how to better understand the audience with the use of an empathy map.

He informed the students that while using their design skills or specialties, anything goes so long as there is a reason that supports their decision. This knowledge will be carried forward for future clients and projects.

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.