Flash Lab: First Week

This year’s Digital Media Camp at BAYCAT includes a component where students are working in digital imaging and animation software. The first project that the class is working on is a "self map." Students brainstormed to think of things that represent them…what hobbies they have, their favorite place they have visited, where they are from, what languages they speak, etc. The answers to these questions informed how they constructed a self-portrait using digital images.

During the first week of Flash Lab students learned how to use a digital camera to take a self-portrait and also how to import the file into Photoshop. Using various tools they removed the background from the original photograph. They used Google Images to search for pictures to add to their digital self-portrait collage. This is the first time many of the students have used Photoshop and Google Images and I am absolutely thrilled by their willingness to experiment with tools and techniques.

Once the students complete their Photoshop collage they will import the finished document into Flash to add interactive components. The individual elements in the collage will be converted into buttons that when pressed will play sounds.

I look forward to sharing some of their projects when they are completed so stay tuned!!

Week Two Wrapup: Media Camp

What an amazing week! The students started on their media classes: Digital Audio, Flash, TV Production and a media Manifesto project. Another cool exercise was the Nursery Rhyme Newscast…watch it here:

Nursery Rhyme News from BAYCAT Media Camp on Vimeo.


They also created a visual calendar for the weeks of events. I am so excited to work these creative mediamakers!


Week One Wrap Up: Media Camp

Students in Digital Media Camp

The first week of our Digital Media Camp went off like a 4th of July firecracker…pow! The 18 or more students who signed up were energetic and ready for the challenge of Orientation Week. We started planning this week for awhile and we wanted the students to understand the philosophy behind BAYCAT as well as build their skills in communication and team building.


So the first thing we did was have them create a list of Group Agreements which they got excited about (some examples were "No Haters", "Ego Check" and "Do Try) and then we posted them on a huge sheet of paper which went on our wall.


 At the end of the week the students also got to reflect on some of the activities that worked or didn’t work and also what they would like to see more of. We also talked about the upcoming schedule and their projects. I am excited about the crew and can’t wait to see what we create this summer!

3 Seconds

These were created in class to illustrate different design concepts.

The task was to create a poster that communicated a two word concept in 3 seconds.  An adjective noun combination.  Good work students, each poster communicated at least one of the two words.  Graphic design is communication, and it’s important to remember if you aren’t communicating your intended concepts you have failed at your attempt.


(jumping car, lazy elephant, dancing spagetti.)


This exercise also taught about the design process. Here are some samples from the ideation stage.


That’s it for today.



Paul Rand on Graphic Design

Paul Rand (1914-1996) was one of the 20th century’s greatest graphic designers. Among his other work were logos for major corporations like ABC, IBM, and FedEx that are still used to this day. I enjoyed this video that Imaginary Forces created based on an interview with him late in his career, discussing various definitions and topics related to art and design.

Students of Design

Heed my call. The world is in disarray, and we stand between order and chaos.
Your actions now craft the world around us. Act well and act quickly.