Thursday, October 23, 2008

Endless Hours of Typographic Fun

Ok, so I'm back to post on another site I found that made me smile.

FontPark unites the nerdy type-lover in all designers with our recent western fascination in all things asian, and our inherent desire to create and play.

Enter the site to see rapid combinations of chinese characters morph into typographic illustrations. Stare in awe, vote for your favorite, or try your own hand at it. All I can say is: fabulous.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Study Abroad

In spring the VP for Academic Affairs at SPU contacted the web team at SPU and asked for us to create a dynamite website for the study abroad programs at the university. They were in the process of bringing together all of the programs under one coordinator and wanted to consolidate all the information into one place.

The Mazz Squad had the privilege of getting to research and present our ideas for the site and they went over very well. A couple weeks ago I really started to dive in and crank on the site. My student workers jammed and our Hope and Allie from our copy edit team did a wonderful job. The site was finished on Thursday, after almost 90 hours of design, in time for the accreditation team to view it. So far it is getting really good reviews from faculty staff, and most importantly students.

The site has some cool features I am proud of including integration of Flickr Flash photo albums andPictobrowser photo feature, Google Maps API, clean CSS (thanks to Jason Herman's help), strong navigation, clear hierarchy, and beautiful photography.

View the site:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Anniversary Ciara!

Happy 1 year Ciara! 

Yes, that is right, Ciara has been with us for one year! She has come so far and is a valuable asset to the UC Web Team. 

Be sure to thank her for all her work!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Defining the Designer of 2015

Starting the school year again and meeting with this year's spuAIGA board reminded me of what a sweet resource AIGA is (how could I forget?).

So, I've been browsing their site today, and came across this set of articles. I want to look at it more closely, but it looks like it might be helpful in both directing student designers in what skills they should be developing, as well as directing student groups and professors in fostering that kind of learning.

Defining the Designer of 2015