Web Design at Pratt

I encourage my students to design for the web, not the browser. Keeping up with technology today, oddly enough, sometimes means predicting its future.

Student: Erin Marynowski

The assignments I craft for my students attempt to be broad enough to have something for everyone, conceptual enough to keep them guessing, yet accessible enough so as to give them an entry point.

Student: Anastasia Cook

Though my web design classes cover a healthy amount of HTML/CSS instruction, the majority of class time is spent discussing technological trends and where we, as designers, would prefer to take them.

Students: Moriah Helavi & Leah Johnstone-Mosher

Mixing art students and emerging technology principles tends to build its own momentum, producing an atmosphere of creativity, optimism, and self-empowerment.

Student: Miri Kunii

Visual Communication at Pratt

When leading young, creative minds towards a career in design, I find that using a trans-discipline approach to the curriculum instills an "anything's possible" attitude.

Students: Julie Finn & Spencer Hill

On occasion, I ask professional designers to join my students and I for the duration of a project - 2 or 3 weeks, typically - so as to lend their expertise and insights from initial steps to final critique.

Flat Vernacular critiquing student work

Bordering on the sculptural, my Visual Communication classes offer students an opportunity to explore ways of making that they may have been reluctant to attempt in other classes.

Student: Tim Liedtke

At the end of all the research, mock-ups and failed results, I push my students to find the simple solutions - human-centered designs that can make an immediate connection with the viewer or user.

Student: Eden Shats

Graphic Design at MICA

The first class I had the honor of teaching was at my alma mater, the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Student: Jordan Sondler

Not knowing exactly what to expect from sophomore Graphic Design students, I decided to throw them in the deep end and see how they swam.

Student: Tanya Heidrich

Perhaps to no one's surprise, they were excellent swimmers. Their inherent conceptual talent provided a unique starting point and listened attentively as we worked together to fit the pieces together.

Student: Katie Mazikins

In an attempt to teach the students some basic keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator, I asked them to pair up and create a step by step guide to creating something without the luxury of seeing the screen.

Lecture Series at Pratt

In the spring semester of 2013, on behalf of Pratt's undergraduate Communications Design department, I hosted a six-part lecture series with an emphasis on emerging technologies.

In some ways, the lectures served as a synthesis for what I had been discussing in my classes, revealing digital processes such as coding as an approachable medium as opposed to some unknowable magic.

Lecturer: Reed & Rader

More importantly, however, the lecturers had demonstrated ways of making that many students (seniors included) had yet to consider.

Lecturer: Oliver Munday

This experience and others like it have revealed a unique opportunity for Pratt's Communications Design department to help students not only better understand the technology that they interact with daily, but how they can become authors, critics, and designers of it.

Lecturer: Rune Madsen