Project Title– “The Cross College, Campus, Course ZINE Project!”
Participating Courses & Campuses:
Professor Ryan Seslow – CUNY York College, NYC, CT101, Digital Storytelling, CUNY, BMCC, NYC, Foundations of Digital Graphic Design, Touro College, Graduate School of Technology, NYC, Foundations & History of Design
Professor Michelle McAuliffe – Galluadet University, Washington, DC
Welcome! This project is a collaborative open education exploration using design, digital tools, the creative human potential and the Internet. It is our intention to generate, discuss and fuse together disciplines through visual communication.
The “The Cross College, Campus, Course ZINE Project” project synthesizes the disciplines of communication technology, graphic design, and digital storytelling courses across multiple campuses. Each course is given the same information and assignment below to complete the project from the perspective of their class content and personal experiences.
As individual courses, we are interested in knowing how traditional design principles relate and contrast to the medium of visual communication and storytelling (and vice versa) through the use of integrated software applications and web tools when applied and presented in a public space. “Public space” has an interesting context both physically and virtually. We wanted to test both.
What will the results be both digitally and non-digitally?
How will the immediacy of publishing to the Internet and the contrast of using public library spaces to experience the same content effect the overall generating and receiving of the works?
What kind of dialog would this create? (This is the short list of questions, we have many more!)
This project begins today 11/12/2019 by introducing the specifications of the project and publicly inviting other professors, students and courses to join in! Are you interested?
PART 1 – Design
Design Specifications – You have been selected to contribute 1 page to a collaborative magazine that produces a rare publication in both a (DIY) – Do it Yourself printed edition and an online digital version.
*Your submission to the publication will creatively communicate:
“How technology and creativity are powerful learning tools for communication, inspiration, digital storytelling and design.”
You have the creative freedom to produce and generate your contributions with full autonomy as to how you experience or define this statement above, however, your final submissions should display an integrated composition of imagery (use of layers and opacity) along with descriptive verbiage that has been typeset creatively.
***Size Requirements – 8.5″ X 11″ inches vertical, please. (What is the potential of a rectangle?)
Usage of Imagery – Participants should NOT randomly use images that are simply just found on the Internet, especially with-out proper attribution to its creator. Please refer to this resource page and work from the numerous repositories of public domain images and creative commons sources.
Software Skill Showcase – Over the past weeks we have all toggled through learning various techniques and methods working with adobe photoshop and related design tools. All image related composing and manipulations should be generated in photoshop, or another image making application that allows for a saved out-put as a .jpg or .png file.
Completed Submissions –
1. I would like to ask all students and participants to publish their completed pages as a blog post describing the process and meaning of your completes page / contribution. You may write the post as a tutorial that maps your process from start to finish. You can then share the link to your individual post when comment about the project below (the comments area).
2. Students will save all of their design work and submit one file ( .jpeg or .png image file) for both the digital zine publication here on the NET-ART website as well as a printed copy for the print version of the Zine. (E-mail this file to me – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org )
Part 2 – Commenting & Dialog
In the comments section below: all students and participants will respond and react to both the project as a whole (yes, in the comments space directly below) and individually to each other’s submissions. You can click on an individual image in the gallery in this post on the piece that stands out to you and add your comments. (As submissions come in they will appear).
The Academic Commons is a public platform and space for CUNY and beyond, the C.A.C commons community will also be invited to participate in commenting and creating dialog here.
Please consider addressing the following questions in your comments:
*What common threads or similarities do you see between the submitted work?
*What differences do you see?
*How does seeing all of the works organized into one space enhance or disrupt your interpretation of the project and its outcome?
*How do you think the general public will appreciate the project viewing it as a tangible object rather than an online experience? Do you prefer one over the other? Please explain and describe your answers. The printed zine will be donated to the NYPL’s Zine collection at their 5th Avenue & 42nd Street location – DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The printed ZINES will also be available at the participating Libraries of each campus as of late spring 2020.
*Due date –
All Submissions must be received no later than Thursday December 5th 2019.
Check out the previous examples from the last cross campus zine collab here!
The same specifications were used, lets see how things have evolved in the last 2 years!
Have Questions? Reach out!