History of Photo – A Visual Guide

Interested in a visual representation of a timeline which concisely chronicles most of the most important events to shape photography from 1839 – 2008? This is an amazing resource to start your examination of the history of photography and creates a pleasant way to span 150+ years of innovation in a few minutes.


Redesigning the New York Times Magazine: Examining the Process

You may have noticed the dramatic redesign of the New York Times magazine a few weeks ago for their Innovation issue.  This article goes through the entire creative process in reimagining this publication in a new way.

New York Times Magazine

One of my favorite parts of this process was looking at this slideshow titled “Who Did What.” Here you can see the various options pitched regarding the main logo and have the designers explain each of their approaches to the assignment.

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: Greg Pizzoli Attends 40th Annual Society of Children’s Book Writers + Illustrators Summer Conference (Los Angeles, CA)

Work by Greg Pizzoli is currently on view in the Continuing Studies exhibition space on the 9th floor of Terra Hall (211 South Broad Street).

Read about his experience last summer below and stop by our offices this month to take a look at his screen prints!

Post by: Greg Pizzoli

In March of 2011, I was lucky enough to receive a Faculty Enrichment Grant from the Continuing Studies Department at UArts, where I was teaching screenprinting.  My plan was to use the money from the grant to attend the SCBWI Conference in LA, and use what I learned there to develop a course for illustrators who aspire to work in the children’s publishing market.  Having attended the previous SCBWI conference in New York in January 2011, I knew that the panels and workshops at the SCBWI Summer Conference would build on my knowledge of what art reps, literary agents, editors and art directors are looking for in a solid portfolio.

I was fortunate in my second ever conference experience in that I won an award for my portfolio in the Annual Illustrator’s Showcase (this was my second Portfolio award, as I also won a Portfolio Honor Award at the SCBWI Winter Conference back in January) and I attended many sessions about what should be in a portfolio to make your work stand out.

One of the main things everyone looks for is a sense of narrative. These drawings are presumably for books after all, so a portfolio should showcase characters in a narrative; the same characters over multiple pages, doing different things, etc. Another thing you definitely need is kids! This seems obvious, but I was stunned at how few portfolios had drawings of children. You need them!

The sessions were great, and it was very helpful to meet other working illustrators, editors and art directors to hear what they thought about the work, and what aspiring illustrators should be doing to get their work out there.

This past fall I taught my first section of “Children’s Book Illustration Portfolio Development” for Continuing Education and the class was a big success! The class size was very small, only four students, and I was able to focus on each student’s unique goals. Each student came out of the class with four finished portfolio pieces, including an edition of postcards to be mailed out in order to promote their newly revamped portfolios!

Many thanks to the Continuing Studies Department for making these Faculty Enrichment Grants available – it was certainly an enriching experience.

All images copyright Greg Pizzoli 2012.

Greg Pizzoli’s screenprints will be on view through the month of June.

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Film Is Back!

A recent NY Times article came out, and it’s got us all talking. Click here to read Just When You Got Digital Technology, Film Is Back.

I looked up the Lomography product line as a result of reading this article, and after speaking with some CE photo staff and friends, they confirmed that many “hipster” friends are really getting into using film cameras. Welcome back, film!

One reason for the surge in popularity is the relative simplicity of the Lomography camera line, and their innovative bodies. Their Sprocket Rocket line already caught our attention (see our NYIP article on 7 New Cameras – Which Is Your Favorite?)

Some cameras, like the Actionsampler Clear Multilens Camera (top photo), have unique functions – this camera lets you take a series of four images on a single 35mm print. This video shows users how easy it is to get started.

At the same time, Lomography has gone crazy with colorful camera bodies that also make users feel they’re handling something chic, retro and fashionable. Case in point, the La Sardina & Flash Camera (below).