Two, Rare + Wonderful Photo Workshops

Charge Seine, gum bichromate print, Sandra C. Davis

The Room-Sized Copy Camera Experience


5 THURSDAY EVENINGS: Jul 13 – Aug 11, 2011 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This course presents students the rare opportunity to make large negatives using an industrial copy camera, a unique, room-sized camera. Very few of these cameras survive, and we have access to it this summer!

Working with 11 x 14 sheets of litho film, students choose their subjects and may opt to shoot still lifes, other students, or flat artwork. Discover the incredible detail made possible by using this enormous camera. Prints will be made in van dyke brown and cyanotype.
Instructor: Sandra C. Davis

the room-sized copy camera

Terracotta Madona, gum bichromate print, Sandra C. Davis

Gum Bichromate and Cyanotype


10 EVENINGS: MON + WED, Jul 11 – Aug 10, 2011 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Combine digital technology and traditional photography. Work with photosensitive solutions by hand-applying them to paper, fabrics and wood. (No Photoshop experience required.) Over the 5-week period you will have time to explore many options and make completed prints.
Instructor: Sandra C. Davis

student work, gum bichromate print, O. Thornton

student work, cyanotype, Michael Perotti

Space for both workshops is at a premium.

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The Contemporary Designer: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, or What to Do When You’re Feeling Uninspired by Erik Summa

Frequently, non-designers ask me where I get the ideas and inspiration for all of the projects I work on. The honest answer is that almost anything has the capacity to inspire me. This is why I think that it’s so important for a designer to carry a sketchbook with them wherever they go.

Working in a creative field is unique in the sense that seemingly non-design related personal experiences and surroundings can (and frequently do) directly affect your work as a creative. Many famous designers have claimed that they put a tiny piece of their own personalities and experiences into each of the projects they work on.

Over the course of my creative career, I have found this to be the case with myself as well. Spending a year abroad completing my Masters degree really helped expand my perceptions of the world we all share. During my studies and travels, I was exposed to a multitude of cultures, beliefs and different ways of thinking. As much as I can say that the Masters program I attended in London was the sole reason for my growth as a designer, everything else I saw and experienced during my stay played no less of a role.

That isn’t to say that every designer is absolutely required to move outside of his or her comfort zone or travel 3,000 miles away in order to evolve as a designer. Even a walk to work every day can yield unexpected surprises if you look closely enough. You’d be surprised at how beautiful and inspiring the world can be when you take the time to notice it. Go to that art opening, attend an AIGA meeting, or see that foreign movie with subtitles!

If you do ever find yourself in a creative slump (and believe me we’ve all been there), there are easy ways to get yourself out of it. Here are some techniques I personally use to shake off my own mental blocks:

  • Get away from the computer and try to flush out your ideas in a sketchbook
  • Have an open mind and experiment with a new style or technique
  • Take a break, go for a walk or read a book for a few minutes, then come back to your project
  • Surround yourself with creative people and collaborate
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes (who knows, they might turn into a happy ones!)
  • Take design risks but be sure not to force anything
  • Remember to have fun! Being a designer is one of the few occupations that can be fun, rewarding and well compensated.

For further reading, be sure to check out the following books:

  • Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steven Heller
  • How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman

Erik Summa received his BFA in Graphic Design from West Chester University and graduated with an MA in Graphic Design from University of the Arts London. Summa is currently self-employed as a freelance designer.

His personal website can be found at

Erik will be teaching courses offered in the UArts Print Design Certificate program in the fall.

What Things Do Designers Need to Know?

I was reading the latest issue of HOW magazine while sitting in a coffee shop and the article on the 29 Things All Young Designers Need to Know struck me as a great resource and a simple summary of what to keep in mind in your work.  You can even order it as a poster to keep these as a reminder.  Written by Doug Bartow, a principal and design director at id29 and the former director of design at MASS MoCA, this article hits many points that will help you.

A few that stood out to me are:
Define Your Audience
Make Mistakes
Value Your Work
Keep a Sketchbook

What tips would you give a new designer? Is this advice helpful?
How does this compare to the AIGA article on What Designers Need to Know?

Win a Photo Gallery from TN3 Gallery!

TN3 Gallery is giving 3 free PRO license to check out their jquery slideshow product.

Rules of the Contest

To enter this contest you must comment on the post located here. Three winners will be selected at random on June 15, 2011. One entry per person.

About TN3 Gallery

With TN3 Gallery you can easily create amazing photo galleries and slideshows with slick transition effects, as well as multiple albums, CSS skinning, XML and Flickr support with a host of additional features. No browser plugins required.

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You can download the free lite branded version for the basic functionality, or the unbranded professional version for extended features.

Here are some great examples of the product:

Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship 2011

Two awards of $2,500 available for 2011-2012 academic year

Destiny Solutions launched the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship Award in 2008 as a tribute to a trusted friend and mentor, “Dr. Mary Cone Barrie (1945-2009) was our first customer and the person who inspired us to do great things.”  She was the Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and remains known for her attentiveness to student needs and a devotion to her instructors and staff.

Click here for application.

“We value the critical role lifelong learning plays in enabling millions of people to transform their lives during these turbulent times.”

Shaul Kuper, Founder & CEO
Destiny Solutions

Should I apply?

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is available to any currently enrolled “new traditional” learner residing in Canada or the United States who has demonstrated a propensity for lifelong learning.

It is a yearly program that was established to recognize the efforts of learners who are improving their lives through continuing education and workforce development. We understand how difficult it can be to embrace the concept of lifelong learning, to go back to school with a full time job and a family. We are proud that we can contribute even a little bit to help make life a little easier.

When should I apply?

Applications are due by July 29, 2011.

When are the scholarships awarded?

Recipients of this award will be selected in August 2011 by a committee that includes Andy and Jesse Barrie, husband and daughter of Dr. Mary Cone Barrie. Winners will be announced in September 2011 and will be contacted directly by Destiny Solutions.

Click here for application.

Project Management | the Essential Tool for Getting it Right

Project management skills are often what distinguish an easy, successful project from a painful disastrous one. In a world where clients and business partners increasingly want a full solution rather than just the component pieces of design and code, having at least basic project management skills is a requirement for web professionals.

Often project management is neglected in web projects because the delivery teams come from a design or creative background and are used to a creative process instead of a methodological process.

There are a number of reasons why project management is particularly important to the success of web projects:

  • There are multiple aspects (and skill sets) which comprise a web project, from creative to technical, all of which need to be managed appropriately
  • The web is a unique media environment so planning is often not treated as such, as the people involved don’t always know the unique complexities of designing and developing projects for the web
  • Again due to the age of the media, clients are not clear about what to expect – how long a project will take, how much it will cost, what resources and skills are required
  • Design/Development teams tend to be of varying experience and therefore require skilled supervision
  • Objectives can often not be clearly defined.  Strong project management is required to ensure that requirements are crystal clear and managed throughout the lifecycle of the project.

All web design starts with planning, research and consultation. It’s important to ensure that the web design hits the right note and captivates its audience. This is where the project manager’s job starts. Good project management ensures the designer delivers a design that will please the client, and visitors alike.

The Continuing Education summer 2011 course, Project Management for Web Designers + Developers, addresses what project management is and what it isn’t, introduces the basics of the project lifecycle, and provides an arsenal of tools that can be used to make design and development projects run smoother, faster and easier – an essential course for all web designers and developers.