Instructor Profile: Christine Seabo

Christine Seabo is an award winning graphic designer with extensive experience in print and web media, Seabo is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Rutgers School of Business. She is experienced with concept development where typography and imagery combine to create a unified message and generate a response. For example, Seabo designed a more accessible bilingual guide for Servicio Latinos with icons indicating bilingual phone support for social services. This created a 20% increase in participation.

“The application for design is evolving with digital technology, but the classic design
motto of ‘form, follow, function,’ still applies,” Seabo said. “We still have to understand the purpose behind the graphic and what response is expected.”

Being resourceful as freelance designer instilled a “whatever it takes” attitude Seabo brings into the classroom. She creates a unique profile of each student and their target audience so that she can guide the student in developing effective communication. “I love that I can use my skills to develop a doubtful student’s attitude to accomplishment.”

Visit for examples of Seabo’s photography and design work.

Courses: Adobe Photoshop for Web Design, Web Design I

Piecing it Together: Using Adobe CS + Corel Paint

by Christina Hess

Years ago I packed up my oil paints to concentrate on working digitally. I realized that I was just too slow in oils and the industry moved too fast. Also, working digitally gave me options that I could not get with traditional paints. I find that I can get more detailed and intricate in smaller areas of my work while utilizing the features of programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter.

I find myself bouncing back and forth between Photoshop and Painter to create the look I need. Painter offers a wide arrange of simulated traditional brushes while Photoshop offers a fluid workspace for transforming and modification. In the end I bring the finished piece into Adobe Illustrator or InDesign to add text.

I introduce the idea of bouncing back and forth between programs in the new Adobe Creative Suite for Beginners class that I am teaching this fall on Tuesday nights, September 28 – November 30. This class concentrates on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. To keep true to my publishing background I am having the students create three book covers utilizing the three programs.

Stay tuned for some terrific student samples in the near future!

Alberto Alessi Design Exhibit @ PMA

Above: “Whistling Bird” Teakettle, Made in Italy, Designed 1985 by Michael Graves, American, born 1934. Made by Alessi S.p.A., Crusinallo, Italy, 1921 – present.
Alessi: Ethical and Radical Exhibit at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art

November 21, 2010 – April 10, 2011

Alberto Alessi is widely regarded as the world’s most innovative and influential manufacturer of household objects that blur the boundaries between industry and art. The family-owned and operated company was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi near Lake Orta in the foothills of the Italian Alps, an area known for highly developed craft traditions in wood and metal.

In the 1950s, under the leadership of Carlo Alessi, Giovanni’s son, the company began to commission products from outside designers, and it was through this strategy that Carlo’s eldest son, Alberto Alessi, brought the company to the forefront of international design. Alessi: Ethical and Radical presents Alberto Alessi’s achievements since the 1970s in producing functional designs of exceptional quality by collaborating with leading architects and designers, including Ron Arad, the Campana Brothers, Achille Castiglioni, Michael Graves, Greg Lynn, Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck, and Robert Venturi.

Different from any other modern manufacturer, Alessi has offered its collaborators absolute creative freedom and technical support in a series of radical, experimental projects, whether or not the results could ever be brought to production. Alessi: Ethical and Radical includes objects, drawings, videos, and photographs that demonstrate the company’s unique approach to design and unique way of working with its designers.

Collab is a nonprofit group of design professionals that supports the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary design collection and related programs. Alberto Alessi, President of Alessi S.p.A., is the 2010 winner of Collab’s Design Excellence Award.

Collab Gallery, Perelman Building

Get It While It’s Hot Event @ GoggleWorks

Glass Demo and Auction Saturday Nov 20 | 5 – 9 PM

Come enjoy the energy, the crowd…and the fire! Watch extreme glass blowing by famed glass artists from across the country along with the opportunity to bid on the HOT art as it is being created. Enjoy adult beverages, live music and hors d’oeuvres. This one-of-a-kind event in Reading, PA supports the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Hot Shop. $35 per ticket. Call the Goggleworks at 610.374.4600 for further details.

Get It While It´s Hot! video

Within the Division of Continuing Studies at UArts, the Professional Institute for Educators partners with the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts to provide part-time graduate courses for teachers.

Photo Review International Photography Exhibit @ UArts

Photo Review Best of Show 2010
October 29 – December 10
Gallery 1401

Featuring the winners of the 2010 Photo Review International Photography Competition, juried by Brian Paul Clamp, Director of ClampArt Gallery in New York City, this exhibition includes 16 photographers from around the world. The University of the Arts has a longstanding relationship with the Photo Review, an independent journal of photography founded in 1976.

“Best of Show,” an annual collaborative effort between the Photo Review and the Media Arts department at the University of the Arts, features the prize-winning work of 16 photographers. This annual exhibition gives the public the opportunity to view the juried work featured in the Photo Review’s 2010 competition issue.

This exhibition is concurrent with Michael Rauner’s “The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape” in the Sol Mednick Gallery, Gallery 1401’s sister space.

A History of Symbols

Words Divide, Pictures Unite

Symbols: the Alphabet of Human Thought

Check out this graphic design history website which provides a rich history of the evolution of graphic design – this article explores the use of symbols in society: Design History: Symbols

60 Beautiful Examples Of Night Photography – Smashing Magazine

For the students enrolled in the fall Night + Low Light Photography course (CE 1745) with Hinda Schuman on Wednesday evenings, September 29 – December 8, I thought it fitting to post this link to some examples of inspirational night photography in advance of posting some student work later this month.

Smashing Magazine has compiled 60 examples of truly inspirational night + low light photographs, I am certain will ignite your enthusiasm as you prepare to shoot later this week. Smashing Magazine recommends taking a look at the websites + portfolios of the photographers featured as you will find links to articles about night photography that will help you in your image making- I couldn’t agree more. In particular, visit the Troy Paiva page where he presents an interesting “How To” checklist that was a great read.