IIDA Carolina Chapter Portfolio Review

March 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

The IIDA Carolina Chapter Portfolio Review in Colfax, North Carolina at Alfred Williams was most definitely a valuable use of my time. Getting the chance to talk to different design professionals about my portfolio, resume and cover letter was beneficial in many ways. This experience helped me realize that every professional designer looks for certain skills in which we (as future designers) possess. Further, potential employers have preferences regarding organization, process work, software diversity and hierarchy. Another key takeaway was to dress professionally, but also to be mindful that our “look” should represent each of our individual styles as designers. When we were not meeting with professionals on an individual basis we were able to go to different design forums. Forums were presented with discussions on residential design, commercial design and product design throughout the event. These forums offered an informal way to ask questions to professionals in order to help us gain knowledge in understanding the design world post graduation. This experience as a whole was propitious and useful, especially since the majority of us were [3rd] year students and will continue to have our portfolios evolve as we grow as designers. I was fortunate enough to take part in this event increasing my networking skills through building new relationships with design professionals. I hope to attend next years portfolio review as a [4th] year!

Contributed by Alanea Kriete [3rd] year

[3rd] Year Studio Update

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Jo Leimenstoll and Cat French’s [3rd] year studio spent the first half of the semester designing parklets for downtown Greensboro. A growing movement in many cities, parklets are spaces that reclaim parking spaces and transform them into public extensions of the sidewalk. Students in the studio are each designing a hypothetical parklet to occupy the street in front of one of two locations: Triad Stage or Scuppernong Books, both located on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. After meeting with local business owners, representatives of the city of Greensboro, and Downtown Greensboro Incorporated, students spent several weeks developing concepts, schematic designs, and, finally, a complete design proposal. We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, March 3 at 8:45 a.m. our studio will be holding an open critique with guests from several Greensboro organizations.

Contributed by Hunter Morton, [3rd] year

[4th] Year Studio Update

March 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

As studios are approaching Spring Break next week, [4th] year students led by Travis Hicks work toward their mid-semester critique on March 17th. Students are completing their “capstone” final studio project, which are student-led and are centered around community-engaged design. Students have covered all the bases between working at Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth to the Veterans Administration. We look forward to seeing the progress of these projects in the weeks to come!

Contributed by: Torrey Orlopp [4th] Year

Center for Community Engaged Design Happenings

March 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Illustrator CC – The Tale of the Two Arrows

February 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Students new to using Adobe Illustrator often wonder why there are two different selection arrows to choose from.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 1.09.23 PMThe easiest way to explain the two arrows is the black arrow is for large gestures and the white arrow is for fine tuning.  The black arrow is referred to as the selection tool and the white arrow is the direct selection tool.  Use the selection tool (black arrow) to move, resize, and rotate objects.  You can also select multiple objects and enter into groups with this tool.  The direct selection tool can be used to move an object or path (line), select any of the points on a path, manipulate any of these points, and manipulate handles.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 1.10.28 PMIn the above image we used the selection tool to highlight the curve.  Notice the two ends are highlighted as well as the curve itself.  With this tool you can move this curve anywhere on the canvas.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.42.24 PMIn the above image the direct selection tool was used to highlight the curve.  Notice two “handles” appeared at the the endpoints of the curve.  You can use these endpoints to manipulate the shape of the curve by moving them, like in the image below.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 1.12.14 PMThere are many other uses for each arrow.  Should one arrow not let you manipulate your object as desires, try the other one.  Eventually, you will learn which one works best for a particular task.

Contributed by Jack Kennedy, Graduate Student

Graduate Student Update

February 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Graduate students concentrating in Historic Preservation have been working with professor Jo Leimenstoll to organize a symposium exploring place memory.  We are very excited to have guests Tom Mayes, Deputy General Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Patrick Lucas, Director, School of Interiors, University of Kentucky College of Design.  The symposium will take place March 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  More information will be forthcoming.

Compass4Fz26 copyIf you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mardita Murphy (mmmurph3@uncg.edu) or Audrey Wagoner  (arwaggon@uncg.edu).

Contributed by: Jack Kennedy, Graduate Student

[1st] Year Studio Update

February 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

In the first year studio, we have spent this semester diving into a long project led by Felicia Dean and Tommy Lambeth that involve weaving. Through a combination of Tablet and Back-strap weaving techniques, we are attempting to create a stole that represents a cultural aspect about ourselves. The project has allowed first year students the ability to research and explore the craft of weaving and textiles first hand. In this project, we have had an introduction to Illustrator and Rhino, as well as the laser cutting machine in order to make our tablet cards. Each student was provided the wood to create their own shuttle by which we will attach the weft for our looms. As we begin weaving through the next few weeks, students are encouraged to strongly consider the purpose and representation of the stole by which we are making to describe ourselves.



In Design Visualization II, Stephanie Brooker is introducing first year to materials by having our class draw the values of materials through different kinds of lighting. We began last week by using different mediums, such as markers graphite, and pens and experimenting with crating a value scale with different techniques. This week, Stephanie guided us through the materials and sample section of the IARc library. We were encouraged to pick different kinds of materials draw them using different techniques and in different kinds of light. This project has been a great way for the class to build on using drawing techniques to define value and having us consider other things such as texture and how some materials react to different kinds of light.

Post and Images contributed by:
Clifton Woods [1st] Year


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